God the Holy Spirit – in OT & NT <br />Maywald Jesudass<br />
Era of the Holy Spirit<br /><ul><li>Christians in general agree that we are living in the era of the Holy Spirit.
Some Churches overemphasis it – preach it as the only doctrine.</li></li></ul><li>Era of the Holy Spirit<br /><ul><li> Some Churches ignore the Holy Spirit coz of the attention given by others to the topic.
Others believe in the Holy Spirit and teach it like any other doctrine.</li></li></ul><li>The Bible Says ...<br />Who is the Holy Spirit? <br />What does the Bible say? <br /><ul><li>I believe that our study will lead us to a higher understanding of the Holy Spirit.
I hope we will receive the Holy Spirit and be empowered to complete His task.</li></li></ul><li>Three Part Study <br /><ul><li>Holy Spirit in the Old & the New Testament.
Holy Spirit – Receiving the Latter Rain </li></li></ul><li>Holy Spirit in the Old Testament <br />“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; … And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Gen. 1 : 1, 2<br /><ul><li>The Holy Spirit was involved in the Creation.
He was in the beginning … in fact He has no beginning, He is the beginning.
After the Holy Spirit moved upon the waters – the entire earth (as the earth was covered with water) He gave His feasibility report. </li></li></ul><li>Holy Spirit & Creation <br />“Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Gen. 1 26 <br /><ul><li>Man was created in the likeness of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Its so powerful to know that we were made with a capacity to interact with … connect with the Holy Trinity. </li></li></ul><li>Holy Spirit & Samson<br /><ul><li> How would you draw Samson? The man who killed a lion with bare hands, one who carried the gates of a city ...
People kept asking him to tell them the source of his strength.
Physically Samson was an ordinary looking person.
“And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart …” Judges 14: 6
The Spirit gave Samson supernatural strength and courage. </li></li></ul><li>Holy Spirit & Saul<br /><ul><li> Prophet Samuel anointed Saul to be the King.
He gives Saul signs to confirm that the anointing is from the Lord.
One of the signs was ...</li></ul>“Then the Spirit of God will come upon you. And you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.” <br />1 Sam. 10 : 6<br /><ul><li>Saul began to prophesy. The Holy Spirit revealed to him the future. He was counted among the prophets.
The Spirit was to transform Saul into what God wanted him to be. </li></li></ul><li>King Cyrus of Persia<br /><ul><li> King Cyrus of Persia – In his first year decreed that Jews in Babylon can return and rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.
The very next year, Zerubbabel and those able began to rebuild the sanctuary of God.
The task was impossible – they did not have the construction material like King Solomon, the neighbors opposed their efforts, they themselves were often discouraged. </li></li></ul><li>Holy Spirit & The Prophets<br /><ul><li>Zerubbabel was given this assurance as he undertook this great task of rebuilding Solomon’s Temple</li></ul>“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” Zec.4:6<br /><ul><li>The Holy Spirit empowered Zerubbabel to finish the task he was asked to begin. </li></li></ul><li>Only by the Holy Spirit<br /><ul><li>God is very plain. When you are willing to be involved in His work then ...
His work CANNOT be done by might – human strength and abilities.
His work CANNOT be done by power – human authority, money and influence.
If His Work is done by the anointing of the Holy Spirit - then we will accomplish the purposes of Heaven. </li></ul>It is Best to do His Work with His anointing. <br />
Holy Spirit & The Prophets<br /><ul><li>Prophet Joel warns about the great and terrible day of the Lord.
A day in which none stand a chance unless they turn to Him renting their hearts with fasting & weeping. </li></ul>“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall see visions”. <br />Joel 2 : 28 – 32<br />
* The Holy Spirit falls upon ALL genders. <br />* A Christ centred Church uses the gifts of all its members. <br /><ul><li>The Holy Spirit empowers the old and the young.
Some cultures respect the Old and undermine the young.
Even the master and the maid are treated alike by the Holy Spirit. </li></li></ul><li>Great and Terrible Day<br /><ul><li> This predicted out pouring of the Holy Spirit will take place at a certain point in time.
There will be wonders in heaven – Sun will be darkened, Moon turned to blood.
There will be wonders on Earth – looks like a volcanic eruption or use of weapons of mass destruction. </li></ul>This prophecy will be fulfilled in our times … <br />“Before the coming … of the Lord.”<br />
Holy Spirit in the New Testament<br /><ul><li>Mary was a virgin, engaged to Joseph who was from the lineage of David.
Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she was “highly favoured one ... Blessed are you among women!”
“you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, ... And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. ... And of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1: 28 - 33 </li></ul>“she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Math. 1 : 18<br />“… that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1 : 35 <br />* The Holy Spirit was powerfully involved in the incarnation of God. <br />
<ul><li> John the Baptist, the forerunner, called the people to repentance and baptised those who confessed their sins.
Referring to Jesus he said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” </li></ul>“When He had been baptized …behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove” Math.3: 5–16<br />* Jesus was born & baptized by the Holy Spirit. <br />Holy Spirit and Jesus<br />
Holy Spirit and Recreation<br /><ul><li>A Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Jesus by night.
He said “weknow that you are a teacher come from God”
With compassion Jesus looked at this old man and discerned his inner most need.
Nicodemus had all the knowledge about God, but he did not know God.
He needed the transformation of heart. Jesus said, </li></ul>“Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.... he cannot enter the kingdom of God ”<br />John 3: 3,5<br />The Holy Spirit which was active in creation must be involved in the Re-creation, the Born Again experience of every individual.<br />
Holy Spirit and Discipleship <br /><ul><li>The risen Saviour told the disciples to meet Him in Galilee.
Jesus once again talked about His authority over heaven and earth
He commanded His disciples,</li></ul>“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Math.28:19<br /><ul><li>The Disciples were to make disciples.
The Presence and Power that Jesus assured in all ages ... till the end of the earth ... End of time, can be experienced today by the abiding Holy Spirit. </li></li></ul><li>The Promise of the Holy Spirit<br />* Every believer will be a blessing ... Out of his heart will flow rivers of living waters. <br />“He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive” Jn. 7 : 39<br />* Before His ascension, Jesus commanded the apostles to wait for the Promise of the Father. He said, <br />“you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”Acts 1: 5<br />
Holy Spirit – Experience of Apostles <br />On the day of Pentecost, Acts 2 : 2 – 4 says, <br /><ul><li> They became an amazement</li></ul>* There came a sound like the blowing of a violent wind from heaven<br /><ul><li> Tongues of fire rested on each of them
Except ye become like children – means to </li></ul>GROW DAILY. <br />
The Holy Spirit of the Old & the New Testament ... This Eternal God desires to powerfully manifest Himself in this era through our lives and ministry. <br />Look out for Part II<br />The Former and the Latter Rain<br />