THE HOLY GHOST
There are many misconceptions regarding the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost. The Bible is the Word of God and should be considered the final authority for any doctrine or teaching. There are plenty of scriptures regarding purpose of the Holy Ghost. This lesson is designed to bring you into a greater understanding regarding the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.
I. Who is the Holy Ghost?
1. 3 in 1
In order to understand who the Holy Spirit is, we must understand the triune nature of God. We know that God is three-in-one. He is Father, Son (Manifested Word), and Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost, also referred to in the Bible as the Holy Spirit, is the third part of the trinity.
Man is made in God’s image, meaning we also are a three part being. Man is a Spirit, who lives in a body, and possesses a soul. 1 Thessalonians 5 says that the peace of God sanctifies us wholly, including our spirit, soul and body (v.23). Our Spirit is who we are, our body is the house our spirit lives in, and our soul is our mind, will, or choice. Man is a spirit, just as God is a Spirit (John 4:24).
2. The Witness
When we are saved, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us. We are sealed with His presence for the rest of our lives. It is by His Spirit that we communicate with God daily.
A. “The Spirit itself ___________________________________ with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16)
The word witness means to testify jointly, to confirm, endorse or validate by evidence. We have the Word of God. What it says about us is true. It is Holy Spirit’s job to confirm that. He is living inside us to validate that we are His children, adopted into the family of God by the finished work of Christ.
B. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the ________________ ___________: and these three are one. And there are three that bear ___________________in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.” (1 John 5:7-9)
The Holy Ghost is the internal witness that testifies of the truth. Without the Holy Ghost, man’s fallen nature prevents him from having the ability to comprehend truth. We would be unable to see things as they really are. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t expect another person to really know who you are simply by looking at you. They can’t truly know you or understand you until they have talked to you and heard your thoughts from your own mouth. It’s the same with God. No one can know Him until they listen to what He has said of Himself. He is the only one who knows who He is. He has chosen to share that with us by the avenue of His Word and Holy Spirit.
C. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us_________________________: 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 2:9-11).
The Holy Spirit is God and He lives in the heart of those who have been redeemed. By trusting in the work of Jesus, we are made clean from our sin. God can fulfill His name “Emanuel” or “God in Man” by making His home inside us. However, He doesn’t just move in then lie dormant. He isnt silent.
God wants us to know who He is, what He is like, and He wants to be close with us. What better way to form that relationship than to give us His spirit? That way He can speak to us Himself.
II. What Did Jesus Say About The Holy Ghost?
1. He Will Convict
In John 16:8 Jesus gives an outline of the 3 purposes of the Holy Spirit, saying that when the Holy Ghost is come, He will:
A. reprove the world of _______
B. and of ______________________
C. and of ______________________
D. The first role then of the Holy Ghost is to convince one to believe on Jesus. “Of _____________, because they believe not on me.” (John 16:9)
E. The second role of the Holy Spirit is to convict or convince the believer to live righteously. “Of _______________________ , because I go to my Father and you see me no more.” (John 16:10)
F. The third role of the Holy Ghost is to give us the victory over Satan.“Of _____________________, because the prince of this world is judged. “(John 16:11)
2. He Will Lead
A. John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the ________________________________________ , which proceedeth from the Father, he shall _____________________________of me.”
B. John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the________________of truth, is come, he will guide you into all ______________: for he shall not speak of____________________; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”
Truth is the Word of God (John 17:17). The Holy Spirit came to lead us in the Word!
3. He Will Empower
The Holy Ghost empowers the Believer to preach the Gospel.
A. Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive __________________, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be _______________________ unto me… and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
B. Acts 4:31, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all_______________with the________________________ , and they spake the _____________________________________________with boldness.”
III. When Does One Receive The Holy Ghost?
Since the first role of the Holy Ghost is convincing one to believe on Jesus, we must understand what happens when one is born again.
A. Jesus called being born again a work of the Spirit. In John 3:6-7, Jesus said, “That which is born of _____________is flesh; and that which is born of ____________is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be _________________________________________.
B. Jesus said in John 7:38-39 “He that _____________________on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (inner being or spirit) shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the _________________, which they that_________________________on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified).”
The moment we are born again, we receive and are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Sadly, many are not taught that they actually received or were sealed with the Holy Spirit at the point when they first trusted Jesus. Paul further validates the work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth that comes when one believes on Jesus. Consider his charge:
C. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the pupose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after ye _____________ the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye ________________, ye were sealed with that_________________________of ______________________.” (Ephesians 1:13)
There is much misunderstanding about the early disciples who received the Holy Ghost at a separate occasion than when they were born-again. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was sent as the promise of the Father. Today, we do not have to wait to receive this promise!
There is, however, a difference between being sealed with the presence of the Holy Ghost and walking in the fullness of the Holy Ghost. Walking in the fullness of the Holy Ghost is not an automatic manifestation that flows without ceasing. Just because we are born again and have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise does not mean that we are walking in the fullness of His power. If that were the case, Paul would not have commanded us to be filled with the Spirit.
A. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be_______________ with the_______________ ; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, sing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:18-19)
IV. The Baptism of The Holy Ghost
1. What Is The Baptism of The Holy Ghost?
The word baptize comes from two Greek words ‘bapto’ (to whelm, cover wholly with fluid) and ‘baptizo’ (to immerse, submerge, and make whelmed, to cleanse by submerging). A great analogy can be found in the recipe for making pickles. The Greek physician named Nicander wrote that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be ‘dipped’ (bapto) into boiling water, and then ‘baptized’ (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution, but the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptizing the vegetable, produces permanent change.
Therefore, baptism into water is an outward representation of the internal change, or internal cleansing, that is done in of by the Holy Spirit. His sanctifying work in us is eternal. The blood of Christ makes us new and able to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is He who endows us with the power to live a Godly life, to break free of burdens, and to live in lasting freedom.“We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 5:20)
2. Evidence of The Anointing
When one is baptized or anointed with the Holy Ghost, they are empowered to preach the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Ghost ‘rubs off on’ or anoints the believer with a burden-removing, yoke-destroying, power of God. Read Isaiah 10:27. The end result of the power of the Holy Ghost will be the saving of the lost and the manifestation of the Gospel – every time!
A. Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1:5-8, that they would receive__________________after the Holy Ghost comes upon them. That power would enable them to be ____________________unto the uttermost part of the earth. After Peter had received the Holy Spirit, he began to witnesses to a crowd with boldness. He gave the testimony of Jesus and the crowed was moved to repentance. About 3,000 people were saved that day. (Acts 2:41)
When the Bible mentions the Holy Ghost coming “upon” someone, it is referring to the anointing of the Spirit. It empowers believers to do the work of Jesus the Anointed One.
B. Jesus declared in Luke 4:18, “the ____________________of the Lord is ________________ me.”
You see, Jesus did not work any miracles or accomplish any work of ministry until the Spirit of God came up and on Him, baptizing him to do the work He was sent to do.
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