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Lesson 4

The HOLY SPIRIT

The HOLY SPIRIT is GOD, and is equal to the Father and the Son. Don't ever speak of HIM as "It" or refer to HIM as "an influence." HE is GOD the HOLY SPIRIT, and is set forth in the BIBLE as being distinct from the Father and the Son. In the Genesis account of creation, HE is seen actively engaged in the work of creation, along with the Father and the Son. In the Old Testament, HE came upon men to empower them for service; but, when they were disobedient, HE departed from them.

 

When David sinned against the LORD, he prayed, "Do not take Thy HOLY SPIRIT from me" (Ps. 51:11). In the New Testament, after Pentecost, we see the HOLY SPIRIT indwelling the believer, never to leave him, filling and empowering him for service. The study of the person of the HOLY SPIRIT is of utmost importance. A scriptural understanding of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT will make you a better Christian and servant of GOD.

I

The Deity of the HOLY SPIRIT

"But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the HOLY SPIRIT, and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in our heart? You have not lied to men, but to GOD.'"

Acts 5:3,4

In dealing with Ananias, Peter revealed the deity of the HOLY SPIRIT when he said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the HOLY SPIRIT… You have not lied to man, but to GOD." In this Scripture it is very clear that the HOLY SPIRIT is GOD, and HE is co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent with the Father and the Son.

 

HIS deity is also set forth in that HE possesses divine attributes:

    1. HE is everywhere present in the universe (Ps. 139:7-10).
    2. HE has all power (Luke 1:35).
    3. HE has all knowledge (1 Cor. 2:10,11).
    4. HE is eternal (Heb. 9:14).

HIS deity is revealed in that HIS name is coupled in equality with the name of the FATHER and the SON.

    1. In the baptism off the believer (Matt. 28:19).
    2. In the apostolic benediction (2 Cor. 13:14).

HIS deity is seen in relation to the life and ministry of JESUS CHRIST.

    1. JESUS was conceived by the HOLY SPIRIT (Luke 1:35).
    2. HE was anointed by the HOLY SPIRIT for service (Acts 10:38).
    3. HE was led by the HOLY SPIRIT into temptation (Matt. 4:1).
    4. HE was crucified in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (Heb. 9:14).
    5. HE was raised from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (Rom. 8:11).
    6. JESUS gave commandments to the apostles and the church through the HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 1:2).

If JESUS needed to depend solely upon the HOLY SPIRIT during HIS life and ministry here on earth, can we afford to do less?

    II

    the Emblems of the HOLY SPIRIT

"HE will baptize you with the HOLY SPIRIT and fire."

Luke 3:16

It is often difficult to impart truth by the use of words. Frequently they reveal only a half-truth, leaving the other half hidden. The writers of the BIBLE used certain emblems when unfolding the mysteries of the HOLY SPIRIT, because they illustrate more about HIM than volumes can contain. They are:

 

    III

    SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

"but blasphemy against the HOLY SPIRIT shall not be forgiven"

Matthew 12:31b

 

This is a solemn study, because the HOLY SPIRIT is GOD and can be sinned against by both the believer and the unbeliever. May HE help you search your heart as you consider:

 

    IV

    THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

"But the fruit of the SPIRIT is love."

Galations 5:22

The word fruit here is singular and correctly read says, "The fruit of the Spirit is love!" Only as we live in love can we fulfill the will of GOD in our lives. The believer must become love inspired, love mastered, and love driven (2 Cor. 5:14). Without the fruit of the Spirit (love) we are just a religious noise (1 Cor. 13:1).

"The fruit of the Spirit is love" and it is manifested in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control:

"Against such things there is no law!"

A HOLY SPIRIT-controlled man needs no law to cause him to live a righteous life. The secret of a Spirit controlled life is found in dedication to GOD (Rom. 12:1,2). Put your all on the altar, and the HOLY SPIRIT will fill your heart with the love of GOD (Rom. 5:5).

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