The Comforter And The Teacher
The first mention of the Spirit of God in the Scriptures is in Genesis 1 verse 2 – in creation: “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. Thus, the Holy Spirit of God has been revealed from the very beginning, in creation, and is revealed throughout the Scriptures – Old and New Testament.
In the account of the birth of Jesus Christ, as we studied earlier, (Luke 1:26-38) we read the words spoken by the angel Gabriel to Mary, the mother of Jesus: “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing that shall be born of these shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). In this scripture, we see the revelation of God –as Father, and as the Holy Spirit in the conception of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Saviour.
When the time of Jesus ‘ministry on earth was to come to an end, He spoke of ANOTHER Comforter. This time, God is to be revealed by the Holy Spirit, dwelling in man. The Holy Spirit is the promised Comforter and Teacher, revealing the will of God, empowering believers to become the sons of God, and enabling them to do the works of God that Jesus did on earth, by giving His gifts to the body of Christ.
(John 14:16-26, Acts 1:1-9)
Introduction To Lesson 4(A):
The Nature Of The Holy Spirit
Preamble And Personal Meditation
Various questions come to mind as we embark on getting to know better the Person of the Holy Spirit. Most often, we had approached the Holy Spirit from a distance, with the resulting difficulties in our ability to grow spiritually, to know and understand the ways of God and to do His will consistently.
May we see these studies not as academic or theoretic attempts to examine the person of the Holy Spirit, but as the approach of a bright light to better SEE Him, KNOW Him and FOLLOW after HIM? Amen.
* Who is the Holy Spirit?
* What is the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives as children of God?
* How do we relate to the Spirit of God?
* How do we understand the ways of the Holy Spirit?
* How do we grow in following the Holy Spirit?
The Nature Of The Holy Spirit
1. The Holy Spirit is God: Genesis 1:2; Matthew 3:16; John 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8 : 9; 1 Corinthians 2 : 10-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 5:7
2. Names Of The Holy Spirit (Include):
* The Holy Ghost: (Matthew 1:18, 20; Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:P19; Luke 3: 22; Luke 4:1; Acts 1:8 etc…)
* The Comforter: (John 15:26; John 16:7);
* Spirit of Truth, the Teacher: (John 15 : 26; John 16 : 8-11, 13 -14);
* The Holy Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11; Ephesians. 4:30);
* The Spirit of the Lord: (2 Corinthians 3:18);
* The Eternal Spirit: (Hebrews 9 :14);
* Spirit of Grace: (Hebrews 10:29)
* The Spirit of His Son (Galatians 4:4-7)
3. Some Attributes of the Holy Spirit:
* He is Eternal: (Hebrews 9:14)
* He is Omnipotent (Romans 15:13; 17-19)
* He is Omnipresent: (Psalm 139:7-10)
* Symbolized in Scriptures: DOVE (Matthew 3:16); WIND (Acts 2:2) FIRE (Acts 2:3)
* He is The Spirit of Love: (Romans 15:30)
* The Holy Spirit gives gifts according to His own will: (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
* The Holy Spirit Speaks and Direct (Acts 8:29; Acts 13:2)
* The Holy Spirit produces fruit in Believers who walk in Him (Galatians 5:6; 22 – 23)
a. Meditate on one new insight you have gained from this lesson concerning the Holy Spirit.
b. In what areas(s) of your life do you believe that this new insight will help your Christian walk?
The Fruits Of The Holy Spirit
When a man born again (John 3:16; John 3:7), he is a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). He is sealed by the Holy Spirit as a son to God (Acts 12:13; Romans 8:9, 14-16; Ephesians 4:30). This experience is the beginning of the Christian life, as a birth into a life of victory over sin and witness in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This study is about the Baptism with the Holy Sprit, the Promise of God given by the Lord Jesus.
Main Texts: Acts 1:1-9; Acts 2:1-18; 38-39
1. What are the main events that happened in these passages above?
2. What was the evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost? Add on examples from other passages in the Scriptures.
3. How do we know that the Promise of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for all believers and for us till this day, that is, not only for the apostles then? – (see also Acts 2:38-39)
4. Why do we need to be baptized with the Holy Spirit? (See also Acts 1:8; Acts 4:31; Romans 8:26-27)
5. How do we receive the Baptism in the Holy Ghost?
(A SEPARATE TIME IS TO BE DEDICATED TO MORE DETAILED TEACHING AND MINISTRATION FOR THOSE SEEKING THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT )
Life Applications (Personal Meditation)
1. Have I been baptized by the Holy Spirit? What testimony do I have of that experience?
2. Do I really desire to be filled continually with the Holy Spirit? Why?
Am I willing to ask for a fresh filling with the Holy Spirit? (Ephesians 5:18)
Courtesy: CHRISTIAN HOUSE FELLOWSHIP