The Holy Spirit (Part 1)
I. The Holy Spirit (or Spirit of God) is also called the Holy Ghost.
MAT 3:16 c/w LUK 3:22.
II. The Spirit has personality; hence, He is not just a force.
1CO 2:10-11; ROM 8:26-27; 1TI 4:1; JOH 14:16-17.
III. The Holy Spirit is declared Deity.
ACT 5:3-4; ISA 6:5, 8-10 c/w ACT 28:25-27.
IV. Consider the diverse operations of the Spirit. 1CO 12:4-6; REV 1:4.
A. The Spirit takes part in creation. GEN 1:2; JOB 26:13; 33:4.
B. The Spirit inspired prophecy/Scripture. 2SA 23:2; 2PE 1:21.
C. The Spirit imparts eternal life. JOH 3:5-8; 6:63; TIT 3:4-5.
1. Old Testament saints also received this operation. GAL 4:28-29.
2. The Spirit takes up residence in the elect that they may cry "Abba, Father." GAL 4:6.
3. The Spirit will play an active role in the resurrection of their body. EPH 1:13-14 c/w ROM 8:11.
D. The Spirit played a role in Christ's sacrifice. HEB 9:14.
E. The Spirit makes overseers of God's flock.
ACT 20:28; 1TI 4:14 c/w 2TI 1:6, 14.
F. The Spirit plays a role in teaching and empowering.
1. Christ promised that the Holy Ghost would come for this purpose.
JOH 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7; ACT 1:4-5, 8.
2. These disciples were already born again. JOH 13:10; 15:3; 1:12-13.
3. This is part of the Spirit's operation as the Comforter.
a. Comfort: To strengthen (morally or spiritually); to encourage,
hearten, inspirit, incite. (fr. L. 'confortare:' to strengthen,
f. confiltered= intensive + fort = strong.
b. Con (as prefix): In Eng. com - The sense is 'together,
together with, in combination or union,' also, 'altogether,
completely', and hence, intensive.
4. The obedient believer receives this promise.
JOH 7:37-39 c/w MAT 11:28-30 c/w Lu.6:46-49; 14:26-27.
a. Through obedience to the gospel, a person is graft into the
local church by the Spirit. ACT 2:37-47 c/w 1CO 12:13.
b. The Spirit builds obedient believers together into the local church where He dwells for this ministry of comforting.
EPH 2:22 c/w 1CO 3:16.
5. Consider the Holy Spirit's ministry of teaching.
a. This was to the apostles immediately.
JOH 15:15, 27; 16:12-13; 1CO 2:12-13; EPH 3:3-5.
b. This is to the believers mediately.
JOH 17:20; 2 Ti.1:13; 2:2; 2PE 1:19.
c. Continued obedience is necessary for continual teaching.
HEB 5:14; 1PE 2:1-2; COL 1:10.
d. Sin will blind the mind and obstruct this teaching ministry.
HEB 3:13; EZE 14:4; 1PE 2:8.
e. There are exceptions where God's truth will be declared by
NUM 22-25:3 c/w 2PE 2:15-16 c/w JUDE 1:11;
(1) God can cause any creature to declare His truth.
(2) However, this is no rule for enlightened Christians to walk
by. A broken clock is right twice each day.
(3) Also, there is a difference in knowing certain aspects of
truth and growing steadily in all truth. MAT 4:4.
aa. Devils know and believe that Jesus is Christ and that
there is one God. LUK 4:34, 41; JAM 2:19.
bb. There is truth that men may know naturally, i.e.,
without the Spirit. ROM 1:19-20; 1CO 11:14.
6. Consider the Spirit's ministry of empowering.
a. The goal of the gospel is obedience. ROM 15:18; 16:26.
b. The Holy Spirit empowers to obey.
EZE 11:19-20; ROM 8:13-14.
(1) This power must be sought through believing prayer.
EPH 3:16-17; MAT 6:13; ROM 5:2 c/w
HEB 4:16; 11:6.
(2) This power is experienced in faithful obedience to the word, for the Spirit leads through the word.
REV 19:10; 1PE 1:22; JOS 1:8-9; JOH 15:4-12;
GAL 5:16 c/w PSA 119:1-3.
(3) The obedient life of the believer is the Spirit's seal of that person.
aa. Seal: To attest by a seal; to place a seal upon (a document) as evidence of genuineness, or as a mark of authoritative ratification or approval.
bb. The believer's seal is his belief of God's word. JOH 3:33.
cc. God's seal is given in 2TI 2:19. This departure from sin by one who names Christ is God's evidence of the genuineness of that person as His own. EPH 1:13; 1TH 1:4-6.
dd. The formal attestation to being a son of God (the seal) comes at baptism, as with Christ.
JOH 6:27 c/w MAT 3:17.
c. Works of righteousness may be performed by unbelievers as seen in ACT 10:1-2, 35.
(1) Cornelius was yet lacking in his life toward God.
(2) Cornelius was not yet a disciple for Christ. He was not a
witness for Christ. The following passages would not have
applied to Cornelius before his conversion:
JOH 15:8, 11, 14; 1CO 15:58; COL 2:2, 7;
PHM 1:4-6; 1JO 5:4-5.
7. The teaching and empowering ministry of the Spirit is the means for the abundant life. JOH 10:10.
a. Abundantly: F. ab - away from + undare - to flow in waves =
abundare. Overflowingly, exceedingly, enough and to spare;
hence, in large measure, plentifully, copiously, amply,
sufficiently for all purposes.
b. The saint should not produce trickles, but rivers of the Spirit's empowerment. JOH 7:38.
c. We should be FILLED with the spirit. EPH 5:17-21.
d. In so doing, we are FILLED with joy and peace.
ROM 15:13; ACT 13:52.
8. Disobedience obstructs this ministry of the Spirit in the believer's life. EPH 4:30; JUDE 1:5 c/w HEB 3:15-19 c/w ACT 7:51.
9. Failure to obey God in future leading can nullify the effects of other obedience. EZE 18:24; REV 2:1-7; NUM 20:12; 1CO 9:27.