Introducing the Holy Spirit


SERIES: “Understanding the Ministry and Purpose of the Holy Spirit”













INTRODUCTION


Today we will begin a new series of teachings entitled “Understanding the Ministry and Purpose of the Holy Spirit.”


We should know who the Holy Spirit is, His nature, His essence, His ministry, His relation to God, to Christ, and to man; in fact we should study everything that the Bible reveals concerning the Holy Spirit.


As far as it is possible for us, we should clear away all superstitions and traditions and let the Holy Spirit stand out as definitely and prominently in our minds as He does on the pages of the bible.


During one of his missionary trips the Apostle Paul questioned a group of believers about the Holy Spirit. He asked if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. Their answer was, “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” (Acts 19:2). Paul shared the message of the ministry of the Holy Spirit with these Christians (Acts 19).


Today it is equally important that believers understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God promised, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh...” (Acts 2:17)


The fact that God is willing at this time to pour out His Spirit upon us makes this study important. We must understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in order to be part of this special revelation of the power of God. The study of the Holy Spirit is one of the major doctrines of the Bible. A doctrine is all the teachings which relate to a particular subject. Paul said, “...give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:13).


It is not through the natural powers of man that God moves in our world. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).


OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this series of teaching you will be able to:

1. Describe the personality of the Holy Spirit.

2. List various names and titles of the Holy Spirit.

3. Identify emblems representing the Holy Spirit.

4. Describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

5. Explain how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

6. List and define the gifts of the Spirit.

7. Identify your spiritual gift(s).

8. Identify the fruit of the Spirit.

9. Develop the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.


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KEY VERSES:

Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him; And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”


A. INTRODUCTION


The Holy Spirit is probably the least understood person of the Trinity. Among the myths and the mistaken concepts that are shared, He has been described as a force, a ghost, and a second-class or replacement god. He is confused with the manifestations themselves, and has even been presented as an incidental figure that appears momentarily. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is vital for the church to know the Spirit, learn to relate to Him, and understand how He manifests Himself.


This teaching introduces the Holy Spirit. It explains who the Holy Spirit is, His position in the Trinity of God, discusses His personality traits, and warns about His sensitive nature. In this teaching you will discover that The Holy Spirit has a sensitive nature, the Holy Spirit is a person, a being with a personality. The Holy Spirit is a being with whom you and I as Christians share a relationship. As in any relationship, there are sins that we can commit against the Holy Spirit. This means He has feelings that can be affected by the actions of man. The title “Holy Ghost” is used to identify the Holy Spirit. The personal pronoun “He” is also used, as the Holy Spirit is one of three persons of the Trinity of God.


We should know who the Holy Spirit is, His nature, His essence, His ministry, His relation to God, to Christ, and to man; in fact we should study everything that the Bible reveals concerning the Holy Spirit.


As far as it is possible for us, we should clear away all superstitions and traditions and let the Holy Spirit stand out as definitely and prominently in our minds as He does on the pages of the Bible.



a. The best place to start in a study of the Holy Spirit is with this question: “Who is the Holy Spirit?”


· Is the Holy Spirit merely a divine force?

· Is the Holy Spirit simply an influence?

· Is the Holy Spirit the mind, temper, or disposition of God?

· Is the Holy Spirit an “it”?

· Is the Holy Spirit a being, a person, yea, a divine person?


b. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit as “He.” Jesus said:


John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me…”


John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 16:14, “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”


John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”


1. THE TRIUNE NATURE OF GOD

There are many gods worshiped throughout the world, but there is only one true God. The Holy Bible contains the story of this true God. The Bible is the Word of God which reveals His special plan for all mankind.

One of the things the Bible reveals is that God has a triune nature. This means His personality is revealed in three different forms. He is three persons, yet one God.


The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God which consists of the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The three personalities are united as one in the Godhead. Each part of the Trinity...the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit...have special functions on behalf of mankind. This series of teachings concerns the ministry and purpose of the Holy Spirit.


2. GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT

a. The Holy Spirit is called God: As we continue our study of the Holy Spirit, we need to understand that the Holy Spirit is God.

“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost...thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” (Acts 5:3-4)


b. Since He is called God, the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.

The Key Verses for this chapter reveal clearly the triune nature of God. Jesus is being baptized, the Holy Spirit descends on Him, and God speaks:

“And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)


c. Prior to returning to Heaven after His ministry on earth, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit:

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me.” (John 15:26)


d. The Apostle Paul spoke of the triune nature of the God:

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” (Romans 8:2-3)


“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)


“For through Him [the Son] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)


e. The Apostle Peter also spoke of the triune nature of God:

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.” (1 Peter 4:14)


f. The book of Acts also verifies the triune nature of God:

“Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)



B. NATURE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

As part of the Trinity of God, the Holy Spirit has a special nature. When we speak of His nature we mean the basic qualities which describe Him. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is:


1. OMNIPRESENT:

This means He is present everywhere:

“Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Psalms 139:7)


2. OMNISCIENT:

This means He knows all things:

“But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)


3. OMNIPOTENT:

This means the Holy Spirit is all powerful:

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” (Psalms 62:11)


“But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...”(Acts 1:8)


4. ETERNAL:

This means He is everlasting. He had no beginning and will have no ending:

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14)



C. THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God, but the Holy Spirit also has an individual personality. The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit...


1. HAS A MIND:

“And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit…” (Romans 8:27)


2. SEARCHES OUT THE HUMAN MIND:

“But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:10)


3. HAS A WILL:

“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to everyman severally as He will.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)


The will of the Holy Spirit guides believers by denying permission for certain actions:

“Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit suffered them not.” (Acts 16:6-7)


The will of the Holy Spirit also guides believers by granting permission:

“And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the Gospel unto them.” (Acts 16:10)


4. SPEAKS:

He spoke to Philip:

“Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.” (Acts 8:29)


He spoke to Peter:

“While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.” (Acts 10:19)


He spoke to the elders in the city of Antioch:

“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)


Revelation chapters 2 and 3 records several messages spoken by the Holy Spirit to seven churches in Asia.


5. LOVES:

“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.” (Romans 15:30)


6. INTERCEDES:

One of the personality traits of the Holy Spirit is that He is an intercessor. This means He prays to God on behalf of others:

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered [spoken].” (Romans 8:26)



D. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The works of the Holy Spirit also prove that He is divine. (NOTE: Some of these topics will be addressed in more detail in later lessons).

1. THE WORK OF CREATION

Three verses show us the Spirit’s role in Creation.

a. Genesis 1:2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

b. Job 26:13, “By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.”

c. Psalm 104:30, “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.”

Jehovah was the Divine Architect; the Word was the Divine Agent…the Holy Spirit was the Divine Organizer, Arranger, and Beautifier

2. THE WORK OF REVELAION

When the Word of God was spoken by inspired men in the Old or New Testament times, they received that word from the Holy Spirit.

Three passages:

a. 2 Samuel 23:2, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”

b. Matthew 10:20; Mark 13:11, “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

c. 1 Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”