Scriptures

The Holy Spirit

Introduction

The Holy Spirit must be the most misunderstood, neglected and underappreciated Person within the Christian world. Some people don’t even believe He exists and others believe He still works ‘through them’ like He did within the early church and still others believe He exists but stay clear of speaking about Him because they believe He is beyond our understanding.


Complete Study

We need to return to the Word of God, to discover what it reveals about the Holy Spirit. We should always remember that, if everything we now know about the Holy Spirit, could be blotted out of our minds, and if our Bible was taken from us, we wouldn’t even know that the Holy Spirit exists! Complete Study Of The Holy Spirit


Individual Studies

Why study this subject? The simple answer is because many Christians do not know a great deal about the Holy Spirit. Why is this the case? Why is there so much ignorance and confusion about the subject?

Because for centuries, it was a neglected subject. Why Study The Holy Spirit?

Now I don’t need to tell you that these are some of the most serious words that ever came from the lips of Jesus Christ. In fact, the more you study this passage, the more terrible it reveals itself to be. It seems that Jesus is indicating a position into which if a man enters his case has become hopeless. Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit!

If the books of the Bible were written by men and were merely the products of men’s minds, they possess only human authority. If, on the other hands, they were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the mind of God is behind them, they are backed by the authority of God. The Holy Spirit And The Scriptures

The Holy Spirit is ‘omniscient’ that is He knows all things. The Holy Spirit is also ‘omnipresent’, that is He is everywhere. We also find the Deity of the Spirit demonstrated in His workings.

It was through the Spirit that miracles occurred. The Holy Spirit Is Deity

In 1856, William Arthur wrote a book entitled ‘The Tongue of Fire’ which, if you will excuse the expression, ‘reignited’ interest in the doctrine of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.

Many religious bodies suddenly rediscovered such scriptural expressions as, ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’, ‘indwelling of the Spirit’, ‘filled with the Spirit’, ‘gifts of the Spirit’, etc. False Teaching About The Holy Spirit

How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit? When you read of the spiritual vibrancy in the life of the early church do you wonder, why is my life not like that? How can I live under the Spirit’s influence? Conversion to Christ is something amazing. We receive the gracious gift of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit as a gift from God. Filled With The Holy Spirit!

I don’t pretend to have a complete picture on this matter, but I wouldn’t exclude the idea that the Holy Spirit leaves a Christian similar to the way that God’s Spirit left the temple. The leaving of the Spirit wasn’t at the first sin or trespass since God is longsuffering and patient with His people. Losing The Holy Spirit!

The ‘Denominational World’ admits that ‘division’ exists among the many sects and parties that make up so-called Christendom. And they arrange ‘committees’ and ‘conferences’ at which they discuss how they might achieve ‘unity’ between them. The Church of England and the Methodist Church spent years exploring plans that would enable them to unity. Other denominationalists have gone down the same road and arrived nowhere! Maintain The Unity Of The Spirit

The Spirit of God took hold of men for special purposes, without reference to their character. Sometimes they were good men. Sometimes they were not so good! But He took them and used them to accomplish His purposes.

This one of the amazing differences between the people of God of Old Testament times and the people of God today, that is, the church. The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament

The ministry of the Holy Spirit commenced on the Day of Pentecost, as Acts 2 reveals. The Holy Spirit came, as the Lord had promised. And the Holy Spirit has never left! What is more, He will not leave until the close of the Christian Age, when the Lord Himself returns. The Age Of The Spirit’s Ministry

It is a pity that in our anxiety to convince people of their need to obey the Gospel by being baptised in obedience to the Lord’s command, Matthew 28:18-20, very often only the first part of the verse of Acts 2:38 is emphasised, ‘be baptised for the forgiveness of your sins’, whilst the latter part, ‘and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’, is hurried over, with sometimes scarcely a mention. The ‘Gift’ Of The Holy Spirit

When we were baptised, we received the gift, Greek word ‘dorea’ which means ‘free gift’ of the Holy Spirit.

This ‘free’, or ‘extra’ gift, is God’s own gift of the Holy Spirit, to us. It is important that we don’t confuse it with the ‘charismata’, the ‘grace gifts’, which were miraculous powers that the Holy Spirit Himself gave to the infant church in order to establish it. The Holy Spirit In The Church

Jesus made a promise to the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit, who would guide the apostles into all truth. Peter says that they didn’t write down their own words, but the very words of God, as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Further, Paul said that when people read what the apostles wrote, they would understand the apostles’ insights into the mystery of Christ. The Holy Spirit And The Believer

Now, it is true that the Spirit lays down the terms by which we may become Christians, and if we obey these terms, then both the Holy Spirit and our own spirit testify that we are ‘children of God’.

If the Holy Spirit indeed leads us in a conflict with sin and a steady effort towards righteousness, and if we submit to be so led, then the Holy Spirit unites with our spirit to testify that we are God’s children. The Spirit of Adoption

The seal of the Holy Spirit offers a wonderful glimpse of God’s role in salvation. When we receive salvation in Christ, we are given a guarantee, exchange our ownership for His, and are protected against forces of evil.

This seal should provide wonderful encouragement for the believer against the spiritual battles in this life, Ephesians 6:12 and anticipation for the life to come. Sealed By The Holy Spirit

God didn’t give us the gift of the Holy Spirit just for the fun of it, He gave us the gift because He wants to change us, and He wants to morph us into the image of Jesus. Let the world see that He is using you, and how will the world see that your life is being influenced by the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit Still Speaks To Us Today!


The Miraculous

It’s notable that the apostles were never confused about the Spirit, His mission nor His medium, but confusion reigns today as every charlatan and huckster seeks to make merchandise of the Spirit of God.

How fearful it is to consider the fate of those who do despite of the Spirit. Holy Spirit Baptism

I recall, a few years ago, being taught that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurred twice during the New Testament period, once in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost when the first Jews obeyed the Gospel, and once at Caesarea when the first Gentiles became Christians. Did Cornelius And His Household Receive Holy Spirit Baptism?

When we take a moment to understand the contrast between Holy Spirit baptism and water baptism, it’s clear there’s a difference between a command and a promise. Some however, can’t see the difference and therefore conclude that the 120 present at the meeting in Acts 1 also received the Holy Spirit! Did The 120 Receive Holy Spirit Baptism Or Just The Apostles?

If Acts 2 is the only instance of Holy Spirit baptism in the New Testament, how then do we account for the fact that many others in the New Testament performed miracles or spoke in tongues?

If they were not recipients of Holy Spirit baptism, how did they get the ability? The Laying On Of Hands

Of the early disciples who were endowed with spiritual gifts, Mark declares, ‘And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed.’ Mark 16:20.

The function of the ‘signs’ was to ‘confirm’ the revelatory process, i.e., the word of truth being communicated from God to man. The Purpose Of Miracles!

On the matter of spiritual gifts in the infant church we learn that Paul informed the Ephesian believers that prophets were among the Lord’s gifts to the church. Ephesians 4:11.

Earlier in the same letter he had stated that apostles and prophets had laid the foundation on which the church is build, that foundation being Christ Himself, Ephesians 2:20. The Miraculous Spiritual Gifts

The whole point of 1 Corinthians 12+13 was to stress the need to function in the church in ways that were meaningful and understandable.

Since God, by His very nature, never would do anything that is superfluous, unnecessary, or frivolous, it follows that He wouldn’t bestow upon a human being the ability to speak in a nonhuman language. Tongue Speaking Angels!

When the church possessed only bits and pieces of God’s will, as revealed through scattered miraculous gifts and the gradual production, between approximately A.D. 57 and A.D. 95, of the written documents from the inspired writers of the New Testament, it couldn’t achieve full spiritual maturity. The Duration Of The Miraculous Gifts


Fruit Of The Spirit

Since the fruit of the Spirit is the produce of the Spirit, then how does the Spirit produce the qualities of ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance’ in Christians today? The Spirit influences Christians today by the Spirit inspired Word. The Fruit Of The Spirit

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

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