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SABBATH—APRIL 1
Symbols of the Holy Spirit
in the Bible
11
READ FOR THIS WEEK’S STUDY: Matthew 3:11; Matthew 10:16; John 1:9,
32; John 7:37-39; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; 1 Peter 1:22.
MEMORY VERSE: “The wind blows where it wants to. You hear the sound
it makes. But you can’t [cannot] tell where it comes from or where it is
going. It is the same with everyone who is born through the [Holy] Spirit”
(John 3:8, NIrV).
“THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A LIGHT TO ENLIGHTEN US. He is a Friend we turn to
for advice. He is Water to refresh us. He is a Comforter to cheer us. He is a
Teacher to teach us. He is a Guide to lead us. He serves as Oil to make us shine
and as a Fire to cleanse us. He is a Dove to bring us mercy.1
He serves as a
Seal2
to make us safe. He is the Witness3
for us to look up to. . . . He is the Power
to help us pray. He is the Fruit Bearer and Sap4
to make us grow. He is the
Reminder to help us remember God’s promises. And He is the Earnest
(Guarantee) of the coming glory.”—Adapted from F. E. Marsh, Emblems
[Symbols] of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1971),
p. 246. This week, we will learn what some of these symbols mean.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, April 8.
2
1
mercy—kindness we do not deserve.
2
seal—when kings in Bible times sent a letter, they sealed (closed) the letter with a mark in hot wax. This
mark showed the letter was from them. This mark was called a seal. The seal kept what was inside the letter
safe. The Holy Spirit seals us to show we belong to God, our King. The Holy Spirit’s seal keeps us safe from
sin.
3
witness—someone or something that tells us about God.
4
sap—the liquid in trees that helps the plant to grow.
Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible
12
DOVE (John 1:32).
Read John 1:32. “The Lord had
promised to give John a sign so he
might know who was the Messiah. As
Jesus went up out of the water, the
promised sign was given. John saw
the heavens opened. He saw the Spirit
of God, the same as a dove of bur-
nished (shining) gold, flying over
Christ’s head.”—Adapted from Ellen G.
White Comments, The Seventh-Day
Adventist Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1078.
Why is a dove a good symbol for
the Holy Spirit? Matthew 10:16.
The word in Matthew 10:16 trans-
lated as “harmless” (NKJV) can be
translated as “pure” or “without a
mixture of evil.” This is a good
description of Jesus. It is also an
example of what the Holy Spirit can
do in our lives.
What do we learn about the Holy
Spirit’s work from Ephesians 5:9,
10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; and
1 Peter 1:22?
The Bible is clear about how
Christians should live. The Bible is
also clear that we can live such a life
only through the Holy Spirit working
in our hearts. We are too spiritually
dead to change ourselves. Only the
cleansing and re-energizing power of
the Spirit can help us develop Jesus’
character. To develop Jesus’ charac-
ter is the goal of all who wish to follow
Him.
What areas in your life need to
change? How can you help the
Holy Spirit make these changes?
SUNDAY—APRIL 2
We can live a Christian life when the Holy
Spirit lives in our heart.
13
Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible
WATER (John 7:37-39).
There can be no life without water.
In the same way, there can be no
spiritual life without the Spirit. Also,
we cannot make water. We are totally
dependent upon God for it. We also
are totally dependent on God for the
Spirit.
Notice the idea of water flowing out
from those who love Jesus (John
7:38). This is an important truth about
those who love Him. When believers
receive something through the Spirit,
it will flow from them to others.
How does Isaiah 44:3 show the
same idea Jesus talked about in
John 7:38?
The second part of Isaiah 44:3
explains what the first part means.
Isaiah 44:4 shows that growth will
come from the pouring out of water
upon dry land. In the same way, spir-
itual growth comes from the outpour-
ing of God’s Spirit. Growth is proof of
life. Dry land becomes green because
of water. So, the Spirit can change a
“dry” soul into a person of Christian
beauty. “The Spirit of God through
faith makes a new life in the soul.”
—Adapted from The Desire of Ages,
p. 176.
How does Matthew 18:21-35
show the idea that what we receive
from the Holy Spirit will flow out to
others?
What are some things the Holy
Spirit has done for you that you
also should be doing for others?
OIL (Matthew 25:1-4).
Read Matthew 25:1-4. Lamps in the
time of Christ did not give light without
oil. In the same way, a Christian can-
not bring light (God’s message) to the
world without the Spirit in his or her
life (Matthew 5:14-16). “The wise vir-
gins symbolize people who received
the grace of God and the renewing
power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy
Spirit’s power makes the Bible a lamp
to the feet and a light to the path. In
the fear of God these people had
studied the Bible to learn the truth.
They had worked hard for purity of
heart and life.”—Adapted from The
Great Controversy [War], p. 394.
MONDAY—APRIL 3
Water helps plants to grow. The Holy Spirit
helps us to grow in Christ.
TUESDAY—APRIL 4
Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible
14
How does Zechariah 4:1-6
describe the light-giving power of
the Holy Spirit? What do you think
the angel meant in verse 6?
The lamps or the lampstands
(candlesticks) represent the church
or Christ’s followers (Revelation
1:20). The holy ones that stand in
God’s presence give the Holy Spirit to
humans who are dedicated to His
service. Only through the renewing
power of the Holy Spirit can we de-
velop the right attitude toward God’s
light and truth. Only through the Holy
Spirit can we be messengers of
mercy and grace to the world.
The two olive trees are draining the
golden oil out of themselves into a
bowl. This bowl feeds the sanctuary
lamps so they always can give a
bright light. So, from the chosen mes-
sengers that stand in God’s pres-
ence, the fullness of God’s light, love,
and power is shared with His people.
They in turn become messengers to
share God’s love to the world.
In the past 24 hours, were you a
dim bulb, a weak lantern, or a
bright lamp of light giving hope
and grace?
SEAL AND GUARANTEE
(2 Corinthians 1:22).
What is Paul teaching us in
2 Corinthians 1:20-22?
Where do you see the work of the
Three-in-One God in 2 Corinthians
1:20-22? How do these verses give
us hope about salvation?
Notice that 2 Corinthians 1:20
teaches that in Jesus, we have all
these promises. These promises are
made sure through the Holy Spirit
(2 Corinthians 1:22). The promises
come because of what Jesus did for
us on the cross. Because of the
cross, we can receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the seal of our sal-
vation.
The gift of the Spirit is God’s prom-
ise to believers that He will bring them
the full gift of salvation by taking them
out of this world of sin and giving
WEDNESDAY—APRIL 5
Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
15
Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible
them the right to enter His eternal5
kingdom.
Second Corinthians 1:20-22 does
not teach “once saved, always saved.”
But we can resist the Spirit (Acts
7:51). God does not want to force us
to follow Him. It is up to us to follow
Him by faith, by claiming His power to
overcome when tempted, and by
claiming His forgiveness when we
fall. When we do these things, He will
do all He has promised. What more
hope do we need?
“All the promises of God find their
Yes in him [Jesus]” (2 Corinthians
1:20). Which promises mean the
most to you?
LIGHT AND FIRE (John 1:9).
“Many worldly people have no
knowledge of God’s written law. They
have never heard Christ’s name. But
they have been kind to His serv-
ants. . . .They have protected His serv-
ants at the risk of their own lives.
Their acts show the working of God’s
power. The Holy Spirit has planted
the grace of Christ in the hearts of
worldly people, awakening sympa-
thies that are not normal. The ‘Light
that gives light to every man was
coming into the world’ (John 1:9,
NIrV) is shining in their world. And
this Light, if obeyed, will guide their
feet to God’s kingdom.”—Adapted
from Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 385.
What important questions does
the above quote answer? What
questions does it not answer?
With what did John the Baptist
say Jesus would baptize His fol-
lowers? What do you think he
meant? Matthew 3:11.
Fire showed God’s presence
(Exodus 3:2), His protecting care and
leading (Exodus 13:21), His approval
(Leviticus 9:24), and His sanctifying6
power (Isaiah 6:6, 7).
How have you experienced a
baptism of fire? What lessons did
you learn from this experience?
ADDITIONAL STUDY: Ellen G.
White, Christ’s Object Lessons, “Two
Worshipers,” pp. 158, 159, and “To
Meet the Bridegroom,” pp. 405–408;
The Desire of Ages, pp. 190,
453, 454; The Ministry [Work] of
Healing, pp. 36, 37; The Great
Controversy [War], pp. 425, 426;
Steps to Christ, “The Test of
Discipleship,”7
pp. 57, 58.
Jesus used another symbol to
describe the Holy Spirit’s work. He
5
eternal—forever; without beginning or end; lasting forever.
6
sanctifying—the Holy Spirit’s work of helping us to have the character of Jesus.
7
discipleship—surrendering fully our lives and hearts to God.
THURSDAY—APRIL 6
FRIDAY—APRIL 7
Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible
16
compared8
the Spirit’s work to the
wind (John 3:8).
We cannot see the wind. We do not
know where the wind comes from.We
do not know where it goes. But we
can see what the wind does.
Likewise, we cannot see the Spirit.
But we can see what the Spirit does
in the lives it changes. The Spirit is a
mystery. Of the Three Persons in the
Godhead,9
the Spirit is the most unfa-
miliar to people. Jesus came to show
the Father (John 1:18). And people
saw Jesus in human form. But no one
has ever seen the Spirit.
“Christ uses the wind as a symbol of
the Spirit of God. ‘The wind blows
where it wants to.You hear the sound it
makes. But you cannot tell where it
comes from or where it is going’ (John
3:8, NIrV). It is the same with the Spirit
of God.We do not know through whom
the Spirit will be shown.”—Adapted
from Selected Messages, book 2, p.15.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
1. As a class, compare your an-
swers to the last question in
Wednesday’s study. What prom-
ises came up again and again?
2. This week’s study focused on the
changes the Holy Spirit brings to
our lives and how we should
show these changes. But how
should the Holy Spirit change the
church as a group? How would
these changes be shown in the
church’s relationship to the local
community?
8
compared—showed how things are the same.
9
Godhead—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit make up the Godhead.

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  • 1. Easy Reading Edition April 1-7 SABBATH—APRIL 1 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible 11 READ FOR THIS WEEK’S STUDY: Matthew 3:11; Matthew 10:16; John 1:9, 32; John 7:37-39; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; 1 Peter 1:22. MEMORY VERSE: “The wind blows where it wants to. You hear the sound it makes. But you can’t [cannot] tell where it comes from or where it is going. It is the same with everyone who is born through the [Holy] Spirit” (John 3:8, NIrV). “THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A LIGHT TO ENLIGHTEN US. He is a Friend we turn to for advice. He is Water to refresh us. He is a Comforter to cheer us. He is a Teacher to teach us. He is a Guide to lead us. He serves as Oil to make us shine and as a Fire to cleanse us. He is a Dove to bring us mercy.1 He serves as a Seal2 to make us safe. He is the Witness3 for us to look up to. . . . He is the Power to help us pray. He is the Fruit Bearer and Sap4 to make us grow. He is the Reminder to help us remember God’s promises. And He is the Earnest (Guarantee) of the coming glory.”—Adapted from F. E. Marsh, Emblems [Symbols] of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1971), p. 246. This week, we will learn what some of these symbols mean. Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, April 8. 2 1 mercy—kindness we do not deserve. 2 seal—when kings in Bible times sent a letter, they sealed (closed) the letter with a mark in hot wax. This mark showed the letter was from them. This mark was called a seal. The seal kept what was inside the letter safe. The Holy Spirit seals us to show we belong to God, our King. The Holy Spirit’s seal keeps us safe from sin. 3 witness—someone or something that tells us about God. 4 sap—the liquid in trees that helps the plant to grow.
  • 2. Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible 12 DOVE (John 1:32). Read John 1:32. “The Lord had promised to give John a sign so he might know who was the Messiah. As Jesus went up out of the water, the promised sign was given. John saw the heavens opened. He saw the Spirit of God, the same as a dove of bur- nished (shining) gold, flying over Christ’s head.”—Adapted from Ellen G. White Comments, The Seventh-Day Adventist Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1078. Why is a dove a good symbol for the Holy Spirit? Matthew 10:16. The word in Matthew 10:16 trans- lated as “harmless” (NKJV) can be translated as “pure” or “without a mixture of evil.” This is a good description of Jesus. It is also an example of what the Holy Spirit can do in our lives. What do we learn about the Holy Spirit’s work from Ephesians 5:9, 10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; and 1 Peter 1:22? The Bible is clear about how Christians should live. The Bible is also clear that we can live such a life only through the Holy Spirit working in our hearts. We are too spiritually dead to change ourselves. Only the cleansing and re-energizing power of the Spirit can help us develop Jesus’ character. To develop Jesus’ charac- ter is the goal of all who wish to follow Him. What areas in your life need to change? How can you help the Holy Spirit make these changes? SUNDAY—APRIL 2 We can live a Christian life when the Holy Spirit lives in our heart.
  • 3. 13 Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible WATER (John 7:37-39). There can be no life without water. In the same way, there can be no spiritual life without the Spirit. Also, we cannot make water. We are totally dependent upon God for it. We also are totally dependent on God for the Spirit. Notice the idea of water flowing out from those who love Jesus (John 7:38). This is an important truth about those who love Him. When believers receive something through the Spirit, it will flow from them to others. How does Isaiah 44:3 show the same idea Jesus talked about in John 7:38? The second part of Isaiah 44:3 explains what the first part means. Isaiah 44:4 shows that growth will come from the pouring out of water upon dry land. In the same way, spir- itual growth comes from the outpour- ing of God’s Spirit. Growth is proof of life. Dry land becomes green because of water. So, the Spirit can change a “dry” soul into a person of Christian beauty. “The Spirit of God through faith makes a new life in the soul.” —Adapted from The Desire of Ages, p. 176. How does Matthew 18:21-35 show the idea that what we receive from the Holy Spirit will flow out to others? What are some things the Holy Spirit has done for you that you also should be doing for others? OIL (Matthew 25:1-4). Read Matthew 25:1-4. Lamps in the time of Christ did not give light without oil. In the same way, a Christian can- not bring light (God’s message) to the world without the Spirit in his or her life (Matthew 5:14-16). “The wise vir- gins symbolize people who received the grace of God and the renewing power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s power makes the Bible a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. In the fear of God these people had studied the Bible to learn the truth. They had worked hard for purity of heart and life.”—Adapted from The Great Controversy [War], p. 394. MONDAY—APRIL 3 Water helps plants to grow. The Holy Spirit helps us to grow in Christ. TUESDAY—APRIL 4
  • 4. Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible 14 How does Zechariah 4:1-6 describe the light-giving power of the Holy Spirit? What do you think the angel meant in verse 6? The lamps or the lampstands (candlesticks) represent the church or Christ’s followers (Revelation 1:20). The holy ones that stand in God’s presence give the Holy Spirit to humans who are dedicated to His service. Only through the renewing power of the Holy Spirit can we de- velop the right attitude toward God’s light and truth. Only through the Holy Spirit can we be messengers of mercy and grace to the world. The two olive trees are draining the golden oil out of themselves into a bowl. This bowl feeds the sanctuary lamps so they always can give a bright light. So, from the chosen mes- sengers that stand in God’s pres- ence, the fullness of God’s light, love, and power is shared with His people. They in turn become messengers to share God’s love to the world. In the past 24 hours, were you a dim bulb, a weak lantern, or a bright lamp of light giving hope and grace? SEAL AND GUARANTEE (2 Corinthians 1:22). What is Paul teaching us in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22? Where do you see the work of the Three-in-One God in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22? How do these verses give us hope about salvation? Notice that 2 Corinthians 1:20 teaches that in Jesus, we have all these promises. These promises are made sure through the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22). The promises come because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Because of the cross, we can receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the seal of our sal- vation. The gift of the Spirit is God’s prom- ise to believers that He will bring them the full gift of salvation by taking them out of this world of sin and giving WEDNESDAY—APRIL 5 Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
  • 5. 15 Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible them the right to enter His eternal5 kingdom. Second Corinthians 1:20-22 does not teach “once saved, always saved.” But we can resist the Spirit (Acts 7:51). God does not want to force us to follow Him. It is up to us to follow Him by faith, by claiming His power to overcome when tempted, and by claiming His forgiveness when we fall. When we do these things, He will do all He has promised. What more hope do we need? “All the promises of God find their Yes in him [Jesus]” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Which promises mean the most to you? LIGHT AND FIRE (John 1:9). “Many worldly people have no knowledge of God’s written law. They have never heard Christ’s name. But they have been kind to His serv- ants. . . .They have protected His serv- ants at the risk of their own lives. Their acts show the working of God’s power. The Holy Spirit has planted the grace of Christ in the hearts of worldly people, awakening sympa- thies that are not normal. The ‘Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world’ (John 1:9, NIrV) is shining in their world. And this Light, if obeyed, will guide their feet to God’s kingdom.”—Adapted from Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 385. What important questions does the above quote answer? What questions does it not answer? With what did John the Baptist say Jesus would baptize His fol- lowers? What do you think he meant? Matthew 3:11. Fire showed God’s presence (Exodus 3:2), His protecting care and leading (Exodus 13:21), His approval (Leviticus 9:24), and His sanctifying6 power (Isaiah 6:6, 7). How have you experienced a baptism of fire? What lessons did you learn from this experience? ADDITIONAL STUDY: Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, “Two Worshipers,” pp. 158, 159, and “To Meet the Bridegroom,” pp. 405–408; The Desire of Ages, pp. 190, 453, 454; The Ministry [Work] of Healing, pp. 36, 37; The Great Controversy [War], pp. 425, 426; Steps to Christ, “The Test of Discipleship,”7 pp. 57, 58. Jesus used another symbol to describe the Holy Spirit’s work. He 5 eternal—forever; without beginning or end; lasting forever. 6 sanctifying—the Holy Spirit’s work of helping us to have the character of Jesus. 7 discipleship—surrendering fully our lives and hearts to God. THURSDAY—APRIL 6 FRIDAY—APRIL 7
  • 6. Lesson 2 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible 16 compared8 the Spirit’s work to the wind (John 3:8). We cannot see the wind. We do not know where the wind comes from.We do not know where it goes. But we can see what the wind does. Likewise, we cannot see the Spirit. But we can see what the Spirit does in the lives it changes. The Spirit is a mystery. Of the Three Persons in the Godhead,9 the Spirit is the most unfa- miliar to people. Jesus came to show the Father (John 1:18). And people saw Jesus in human form. But no one has ever seen the Spirit. “Christ uses the wind as a symbol of the Spirit of God. ‘The wind blows where it wants to.You hear the sound it makes. But you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going’ (John 3:8, NIrV). It is the same with the Spirit of God.We do not know through whom the Spirit will be shown.”—Adapted from Selected Messages, book 2, p.15. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 1. As a class, compare your an- swers to the last question in Wednesday’s study. What prom- ises came up again and again? 2. This week’s study focused on the changes the Holy Spirit brings to our lives and how we should show these changes. But how should the Holy Spirit change the church as a group? How would these changes be shown in the church’s relationship to the local community? 8 compared—showed how things are the same. 9 Godhead—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit make up the Godhead.