God the Holy Spirit


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God the Holy Spirit

  1. 1. GOD In our previous study we saw that the term “God” in Genesis 1:1 is plural. Consequently, the Godhead (Rom 1:20) consists of three distinct beings referred to as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three are spirits and have distinct personalities. Today we will examine what the Bible teaches concerning God the Holy Spirit. 1
  2. 2. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Because of the many misconceptions about the Holy Spirit, His work and charactistics, this is an important study. So, with open hearts and open minds, let us see what the word of God teaches concerning the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. 2
  3. 3. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Gen 1:2 And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved …ASV Isa 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. KJV Matt 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, … 3
  4. 4. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT The Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead. Acts 17:29 …we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, … Rom 1:20 …even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: 4
  5. 5. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Godhead = divine nature or essence, divinity or deity. The sum total of the attributes and characteristics that are common to deity. De – ity means God-kind, just as Human-ity means Man-kind The Godhead refers to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, collectively. 5
  6. 6. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT The Godhead is three separate personalities – John 20:17Jesus saith …I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. KJV – Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …KJV – Acts 5:3-4 ..why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, …4 thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. KJV 6
  7. 7. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Three separate personalities, cont’d – John 17:5 …the Father ..before the world was – Gen 1:1-2 …In the beginning… the Spirit … – John 1:1-3, 14 ... In the beginning was the Word … the Word became flesh … – Matt 3:16-17 .. three in the passages … – Matt 28:19 .. baptized in the name of the three – Eph 2:18 .. Access to the Father involves the three 7
  8. 8. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Displays personal characteristics – Knowledge 1 Cor 2:11-12 – Judgement Acts 15:28 – Will (rationality) 1 Cor 12:11 – Goodness(moral sense) Neh 9:20 8
  9. 9. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Engages in personal activities – Hears, guides and shows – Speaks expressly John 16:13 1 Tim 4:1 Using words, not generic thoughts 1 Cor 2:13 – Testifies – Instructs or teaches – Prohibits – Commands John 15:26 John 14:26 Acts 16:7 Acts 13:2 9
  10. 10. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Engages in personal activities, cont’d – – – – – – – – Searches Delivers law Glorifies Comforts Gives life Gives hope Gives joy Provides fellowship 1 Cor 2:10 Rom 8:1-2 John 16:13-14 Acts 9:31 Gal 6:8 Rom 15:13 Rom 14:17 2 Cor 13:14 10
  11. 11. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Suffers injuries (not physical) – Can be lied to – Can be resisted – Can be insulted – Can be blasphemed – Can be grieved – Can be vexed Acts 5:3 Acts 7:51 Heb 10:29 Matt 12:31-32 Eph 4:30 Is 63:10 11
  12. 12. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Possesses all the attributes of personality. Consequently, He is an individual character, a “He”, not an “it”. He is not a mystical, indefinite, undefinable, gaseous substance, which enshrouds and permeates the universe like fog or atmosphere. 12
  13. 13. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT He is not merely the mind, temper or disposition of the Father or the Son. The Holy Spirit is not a mere influence or vague impersonal form or power released by God in response to human needs. He is not the Bible, the New Testament or the word of God in oral or written form. These are products of the Holy Spirit, not He Himself. He is an individual personality of the Godhead. 13
  14. 14. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT His work accomplished by His words – Eph 6:13-17 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 14
  15. 15. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Led by the truth Ps 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; Begotten by the word James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, Born again by the word - 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 15
  16. 16. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT Saved by the implanted word - James 1:21 receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Teaching and admonishing by the dwelling in word - Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another … Entrance of the word gives understanding - Ps 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. 16
  17. 17. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT To be led by the Spirit to be saved, one must: – Hear and Learn – Believe – Repent – Confess – Be Baptized – Be Faithful John 6:45 John 8:24 Luke 13:3 & 5 Luke 12:8 Mark 16:16 John 8:31-32 17