Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is called in the Bible by various names such as ‘the Spirit of God” (Gen. 1:2), “the Spirit of Truth” (Jn. 14:17), “the Holy Spirit” (Lk. 11:13), “the Spirit of Holiness” (Rom. 1:4), and “the Comforter” (Jn. 14:26). The Holy Spirit is the Creator of all things and the Giver of life (Job 33:4; Ps. 104:30). He is the one who inspired the writing of the Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:21). It is through Him that God’s miraculous gifts are manifest in the whole world through God’s people (1 Sam. 10:10; Acts 10:38; 1 Cor. 12). He is the giver of understanding of spiritual matters (Job 32:8; Isa. 11:2). It is He who anoints God’s servants and by Him they are sanctified and consecrated for ministry (Acts 10:38; 1 Jn. 2:27). He is the Great Witness of Jesus Christ who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 15:26; 16:8). It is by His indwelling filling that the disciples receive power to be the witnesses of Christ in all the world (Acts 1:8).

The Holy Spirit is
1.Helper (parakletos) – Advocate – One Who Comes Along Side to Help (John 16:7)
Rom. 8:26 – Helps in Weakness
Rom. 8:26 – Helps in Expression of Prayer (Abba Father, Access through the Spirit Eph.2:18)
Eph. 3:16 – Strengthens Inner Man (Gives Power)
Rom. 8:13 – Helps to Mortify Deeds of Flesh
2 Tim. 1:7 – Gives Sound Mind
2. Convictor (elegkho) – Reproves, Rebukes, Admonishes (With Sternness) – (John 16:8)
Of Sin, Righteousness, Judgment
Sin (The Holy Spirit through Witness of the Church Makes the World Speechless Before God) – 1Pet.2:15, Rom.3:20.
Righteousness (The Holy Spirit through the Life of the Church Makes the World Speechless Before God) – 2Pet.2:9
Judgment (The Holy Spirit through His Power in the Church Makes the World Speechless Before God) – 1Jn.3:8, Rom.15:9, Heb.2:4
3.Spirit of Truth - Guide (hodegeo) – Shows the Way (John 16:3)
Many Things to Say (Completion of NT Canon Yet)
Will Guide You Into All Truth (Jesus Christ the Treasure of All Wisdom and Knowledge) – "He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."
-Revelation
-Illumination (Understanding)
4. Glorifier of Christ (John 16:14)
The essence of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is the testimony and glorifying of Christ. Not the glory of any man, the personal wellbeing of any man, but the glory of the Son.
5. Guarantee of our Inheritance (2Cor.1:22; 5:5; Eph.1:14; Rom.8:16-17)
6. Baptizer of Believer into the Body of Christ (1Cor.12:13)
7. Anointing of Power for Christian Walk and Ministry (Lk.24:49; Acts 1:8; Acts 10:38; Rom.15:13,19; 1Cor.2:4; 2Tim.1:7)
8. Witness of Christ in the World (John 15:26; 1John 5:6-8)

Notes from Outline of Theology

I. Nature
Names.
Spirit of God – Person, Executive of the Godhead
Spirit of CHRIST. Rom. 8:9 – Sent in Christ’s Name (Jn.14:26; Jn. 16:14; Mt. 18:20; Rom. 8:9-10)
Comforter – Jn. 14-17
Holy Spirit of the Promise – Luk. 24:49; Eze. 36:27; Gal. 3:14
Spirit of Truth – Jn. 14:17
Spirit of Glory – 1Pe. 4:14
Spirit of Grace – Heb. 10:29
Spirit of Wisdom & Knowledge Isa. 11:2
Spirit of Life – Rom. 8:2; Rev. 11:11
Spirit of Adoption – Rom. 8:13

Symbols
Fire – Isa. 4:4; Mt. 3:11
Wind – Eze. 37:7-10; Jn. 3:8; Acts 2:2
Water – Eze. 17:6; Jn. 3:5; Jn. 4:14; Jn. 7:38,39
Seal – Eph. 1:13; 2Ti. 2:19
Oil - Psa. 92:10; Luk. 4:18; Acts 10:38; 1Jo. 2:20
Dove– Mt. 3:16-17;

II. Personality
3rd person of the Godhead – Mt. 3:16-17; Jn. 14:16
Has knowledge – Isa. 11:2; Rom. 8:27
Has feeling – Isa. 63:10; Eph. 4:30
Has will – 1Co. 12:11

III. Attributes
1. Is Divine (Acts 5:3-4)
2. Eternal (Heb. 9:14)
3. Omnipresent (Psa. 139:7)
4. Omniscient (Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:13)

IV. Works
1. Active in Creation (Gen. 1:2; Job. 33:4; Psa. 104:30).
2. Inspired the Bible Writers (2Pe. 1:21).
3. Empowered the conception of Christ (Luk. 1:35).
4. Convicts of sin (Jn. 16:8; Gen. 6:3).
5. Regenerates (Jn. 3:5-6).
6. Counsels (Jn. 14:16-17; Jn. 16:7-14).
7. Brings assurance of salvation (Rom. 8:15).
8. Teaches or enlightens (Jn. 16:12-14; 1Co. 2:13).
9. Aids in prayer (Rom. 8:26-27).
10. Resurrected Christ (Rom. 8:11; 1Pe. 3:18).
11. Calls to service (Acts 13:4).
12. Seals the elect’s salvation (Rom. 8:23; 2Co. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13-14;Eph. 4:30).
13. Indwells the believer (Rom. 8:19; 1Co. 3:16-17; 1Co. 6:19).
14. Works in the church (1Co. 12:7-11).

V. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
It’s a promise of the Father (Acts 1:3).
It’s a promise of Jesus (Jn. 16).
Baptizer – Jesus Christ (Mt. 3:11)
Initial Sign – Speaking in Tongues (Acts2, 10)
Meaning – Anointing, Filling, Being immersed
Results – Power, boldness, guidance, miracles, gifts of the Spirit
Means – Faith (Gal. 3:14), Laying of Hands (Act 8)
Prerequisites – Salvation, Desire, Prayer, Expectancy, Water Baptism

VI. Gifts of the Spirit (1 Co. 12)
Gifts of Power – Faith, Healing, Miracles
Gifts of Knowledge – Word of Kn. W/Wisdom, Discern./spirits
Gifts of Speech – Tongues, Interpretation, Prophecy

VII. Fruit of Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)

VIII. Offences Against the Spirit
1.  Resisting the Spirit (Acts 7:51)
2.  Insulting the Spirit (Heb. 10:29)
3.  Blaspheming (Mt. 12:31-32)
4.  Grieving (Eph. 4:30-31)
5.  Lying (Acts 5:3)
6.  Quenching (1Th. 5:19).

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