Introduction to the Holy Spirit
Father AND Son AND Holy Spirit
Gal 1:1 - God the Father
John 20:28 - Jesus as God
Acts 5:3 - The Holy Spirit (as a part of God)
3 persons, 1 in essence/substance
Holy Spirit not a force, not a mystical entity. HE is a PERSON. Not an IT.
Acts 10:19 - The Holy Spirit speaks to Peter
What does the Holy Spirit do?
The Spirit is the great Teacher. Inspires the writers.
The Spirit illuminates text and hearts and opens them to God.
Take note of which aspect of the trinity does what! Use that in your prayer.
Ephesians 1: Different aspects of the Holy Trinity are highlighted
Fullnes of an understanding of the Holy Spirit so that we don’t OVER or UNDER emphasize each part of the trinity. Pay attention to your personal practices and theology: don’t raise aspects of the trinity on a pedestal, nor ignore any.
Biggest problem of humanity:
Broken relationship with God - Out of this, all other problems arise. The Church needs to address these and speak out.
God is so completely holy that any sin that comes near is disintegrated. His separation from us is His grace, because we would die.
Slow work towards repairing our relationship with God. God trying to reconcile His people so that we have life again.
Jesus: Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus is God’s Word turned flesh, and He dwelt with us (John 1)
God is dwelling with us now, and we are not being obliterated because of Christ.
Christ leaves, but He sends a helper: the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the mystery of the gospel, expounded. The Holy Spirit now dwells in us!!! We are the temple for God.
If we are a believer of God, why would we desecrate the temple?
God will pour out His spirit on all
Works can only be produced by the Spirit
How the Holy Spirit works:
Brings unity to His people (1 Cor 12:13) - All can be in the presence of God
Cannot live the Christian life alone.
All are drawn near to God
Unity in WORSHIP AND PRAISE. Why we come together. Corporate worship.
The Spirit fills us
Holy Spirit is passively and continuously filling us.
Holy Spirit DRIVES and MOTIVATES us
Holy Spirit PERMEATES us
Holy Spirit DOMINATES us
The Spirit generates fruit within us.
Does your life radiate JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, FAITHFULNESS, SELFCONTROL
The Spirit gives gifts
Goal of gifts is to edify the body!!! How can I edify the body with these gifts?
Walk and live in the Spirit constantly, so that you witness NATURALLY, oozing with who God is.
Go and be Christian.
God is always there with you. He promises to give you not what you want, but what you need.
Satan does not care how holy or godly your intentions are, if you leave it for tomorrow. Be in God today.
The Holy Spirit is crying TODAY, to not harden your hearts. Do not say TOMORROW.