The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

 

THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.

Rev. Jay Werman, Director

Sturdy guide for Doctrinal Foundation

Topic: The Holy Spirit; Experiencing His power and presence.

Based Texts: Acts 1:8, John 7:37-39

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” John 7:37-39

The first question we to ask is Who is the Holy Ghost? well, many people have come up with their own answer to this question, which had lead many into confusion and doubt relate to the understanding of who is The Holy Ghost. But regardless of people’s own opinion, we need to go to the only source that can really answer that question. We must not force the Scripture to say something that doesn’t say, as many are accustom to do.  Please read the following posting for more detail about how to interpret the bible. Interpretation of the bible

The Holy Spirit is “One of the three distinct Persons of the Divine Trinity or The Godhead” and is the “divine agent that makes us born again and who we are grafted into the body of Christ at the time of the new birth.” The function or ministry of the Holy Spirit in the “Plan of Redemption” among others is to make us individual part of the body of Christ, not Christ or minister, but the Holy Spirit Himself. Read the following passages, Rom. 6:3-6 Compare with 8:2, 13; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27. Also, 1 Cor. 6:11, Col. 2:12, Titus 3:5.

There are 3 types of baptisms in Scripture:
  1. Water Baptism: Mt. 3:6, 13-16; Mark 1:5, 8-9, Acts 1:5, 10:47, 11:16. Ministers are “agents” appointed by God to perform that function,”not God The Father, God The Son nor the Holy Spirit. Mt. 3:6, 13, 28:19, Marc 1:8-9, Luke 7:29-30, John 1:28, 31, 3:23, 4:1-2, 10:40, Acts 1:5 , 8:38, 19:4, 1 Cor. 1:16.
  2. Baptism in the Holy Spirit or with The Spirit: Mt. 3:11; Mk. 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:21. Christ is the “Divine Agent” that performs this function or ministry in the “Plan of Redemption” and specifically in relation to the church which is “the body of Christ.” The minister is just a “channel” used by God to give the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” John 1:31-33, Acts 1:4-8 compare chap. 2:33, 5:32, 11:17; Gal. 3:13-14.
  3. Baptism into the Body of Christ: Rom. 6:3-6 Compare with 8:2, 13; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:13

Who can receive or be baptized with the Holy Spirit?

Only a person who has “Born Again” and obviously has the nature of God, which is “eternal life”. Read John 1:12-13, 3:1-13, 5:24, 1 John 3:14. In the Old Testament only people who were anointed (separate for a specific work) were allow to receive a temporary presence of The Holy Ghost. Why? because of men sinful nature. Rom. 3:23. Until Jesus came and paid the price for our sin and gave us the privileged of being in union with The Holy Spirit.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (The Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he (Is a person and hot a force) is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” John 16:7-11

The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the result of the power God exerted by becoming “Born Again”. Once we confess Jesus as “Lord and Savior”, we receive “eternal life” or also known as “The Divine Nature”. John 3:16, 36, 4:36, 5:24, 39, 6:27, 40, 47, 54, 60, 60, 10:28, 12:25, 50, 17:2-3, Acts 13: 46-48; Rom. 2:2, 5:21, 6:22-23, Gal. 6:8, 1 Tim. 1:16, 6:12, 19, Titus 1:2, 3:7, 1 John 1:2, 2:25, 3:15, 5:11, 13, 20, Jude 1:21.

“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:15

Because of the sin nature that men had inherited from Adam, no one could be indwelling The Holy Spirit (as we already explained it) but the experience of being born again gives allows us to be the “Temple of the Holy Spirit”. Read John 14:23, 1 Cor. 3:15-17, 6:19, 2 Cor. 6:16, Ephesians 2:21-22. It was only through the “new birth” that we can receive the Holy Spirit’s presence. Jesus did mention about receiving it in John 14: 15-26; 16:5:15.

In John 7:37-39 Jesus did “The Great direct statement of Baptism with the Holy Spirit”. Compare: Mt. 3:11, 20:22-23, Luke 24:49, John 14:12-17, 26, 15:26, 16:13-15, Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-21, 38 – 39, 5:32, 8:14-21, 9:17, 10:44-48, 11:14-18, 15:7-11, 19:1-6, Gal. 3:14.

Conditions of receiving the Holy Spirit in the light of John 7:37-39:

A. Thirst: What this means is that the person must be “Hungry, keen, ardent, eager, enthusiastic and above all a complete passion for having inner being union with God and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.” Read Psalm 42:2, 63:1, 143:6, Isaiah 41:17, 44:3.
B. Come to me: This means that the total gift of life to do all the will of God as light is received. Read Isaiah 55:1, Mt. 11:28-30, 1 John 1:7.
C. Drink: This means “whole heartedly receiving the gifts, fruits, operations, and changes made by the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:4-12, Gal. 5:22-23, Rev.. 22:17.
D. Believe in what the scriptures say about me: This means “Believe and obey to the letter the whole gospel program.” John 14:12-15, Matt. 28:20; Mk. 16:15-20, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 5:32.

7 active ministries of the Holy Spirit today:

I. Spirit of the Lord. Isaiah 61:1, Mt. 3:16, John 3:34, Acts 10:38.
II. Spirit of Wisdom. Isaiah . 11:2. The Hebrew word used is “chokmâh”, which mean “skillful, wisdom, wisely, wit”
III. Spirit of Understanding. Isaiah 11:2
IV. Spirit of Counsel. Isaiah 11:2
V. Spirit Might. Isaiah 11:2
VI. Spirit of Knowledge. Isaiah 11:2
VII. Spirit of Fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2

The context of Isaiah 11:2 can be found in Rev. 1:4

 

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