Doctrine of The Holy Spirit. During one of his missionary trips, the Apostle Paul questioned a group of Ephesians Believers (they were disciples of John the Baptist) about the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Their answer must have shocked him somewhat, for they replied: We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. Acts 19:2.
This statement by these Ephesians disciples, perhaps as no other in the Bible, illustrates the reckless treatment often given to the Holy Spirit. His very existence has been ignored and His ministry misunderstood. May the following notes of the Person of the Holy Spirit prevent such a tragedy in your life and church.
The Holy Spirit of God is a Person, as much as the Father and Son are Persons, and therefore experiences all the sinless elements involved within a divine personality and abides with equality within the Trinity.
1. He has a mind - Romans 8:27.
2. He has a will - 1 Corinthians 12:11.
3. He speaks - Acts 8:29; 10:2; 13:2.
4. He loves - Romans 15:30.
5. He grieves - Ephesians 4:30.
6. He prays - Romans 8:26.
1. He is omnipresent - Psalm 139:7.
2. He is omniscient - 1 Corinthians 2:10,11.
3. He is omnipotent - Genesis 1:2.
4. He is eternal - Hebrews 9:14.
5. He is called God - Acts 5:3,4.
a. The Spirit of God - 1 Corinthians 3:16.
b. The Spirit of Christ - Romans 9:14.
c. The eternal Spirit - Hebrews 9:14.
d. The Spirit of Truth - John 16:13.
e. The Spirit of Grace - Hebrews 10:29.
f. The Spirit of Glory - 1 Peter 4:14.
g. The Spirit of Life - Romans 8:2.
h. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation - Ephesians 1:17.
i. The Comforter - John 14:26.
j. The Spirit of Promise - Acts 1:4,5.
k. The Spirit of adoption - Romans 8:15.
l. The Spirit of holiness - Romans 1:4.
m. The Spirit of faith - 2 Corinthians 4:13.
The designated emblems of the Holy Spirit sheds light upon His nature and mission.
a. The Dove - Indicating purity, peace, modesty. John 1:32.
b. Water - Indicating life and cleansing - Isa 44:3; Jhn 7:37-39.
c. Oil - Indicates light, healing, anointing for service.- Lk 4:18
d. A Seal - Indicating ownership, a finished transaction, identification, security, value, and authority. Ephesians 1:13.
e. Wind - Indicating unseen power. John 3:8.
f. Fire - Indicating protection, purifying, and judgment. Ex 3:2.
a. The Holy Spirit and the universal Church. He formed it. Ephesians 2:19-22.
b. The Holy Spirit and the local church:
* He desires to inspire its worship service - Philippians 3:3.
* He desires to direct its missionary work - Acts 13:2-4.
* He desires to aid in its singing services - Ephesians 5:18,19.
* He desires to appoint its preachers - Acts 20:28
* He desires to anoint its preachers - 1 Corinthians 2:4.
* He desires to warn its members - 1 Timothy 4:1.
* He desires to determine its decisions - Acts 15:28.
* He desires to head up its evangelistic efforts - Acts 1:8.
The primary way the Holy Spirit works in the life of a local church and of a Christian is through the instruction and influence of the Word of God. See John 14:26.
It is imperative that a believer learn to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate a teachable spirit within them. As the Holy Spirit instructs the believer concerning the Word of God, He will illuminate (give understanding) the believer's heart that they might conform to the truth being taught.
His ministry concerning the gifts of Christ. The gifts of Christ are for service, not salvation. Christ is the Gift of God for salvation (John 3:16). Learn more about Spiritual Gifts.
In the Bible the entire Trinity is often described in the act of giving. God gave His Son. Jesus Christ gave His life. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to the church. Christ is the gift for sinners unto salvation. The Holy Spirit gives gifts (teaching, giving, helps, discerning spirit, etc.) unto sanctification.
Every believer can and must live under the compelling influence of the Holy Spirit of God. This can only be realized as we hide the Word of God in our hearts. May you continue to allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with the truth of the Word of Christ for the glory of God: (Col. 3:16).
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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