The Holy Spirit and His Work

I. Who is He?

A. Names or titles given to the Holy Spirit.
1. Holy Spirit.  (Isaiah 63:10-11), Acts 1:8).
2. Spirit (Genesis 1:2).
3. Spirit of God.  (I Corinthians 3:16).
4. The Comforter.  (John 14:16)..
5. Spirit of truth. (John 15:26).
B. The "Words" = "Holy Spirit".
1. Holy = set apart = In some sense meaning different.
2. Spirit = air, breath, wind.  (speak and put your hand in front of your mouth).  He is the "breath" of God.  (Job 33:4).
C. He is the third person of the Trinity.
1. He is God.  The plural pronoun "us" implies the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1:26).
2. He has seven personal attributes.  (Isaiah 11:2).
3. He has a mind.   (Romans 8:27).
4. He has personal characteristics.
a. He speaks.  (Acts 8:29).
b. He leads. (Romans 8:14).
c. He forbids.  (Acts 16:6).
5. He is responded to as a person.
a. He can be lied to.  (Acts 5:3).
b. He can be grieved.  (Ephesians 4:30).
c. He can be despised.  (Hebrews 10:29).
6. He is the Comforter (paraclete), the "one called along side of."  (John 15:26).
7. He is to be our teacher. (John 14:26, 16:13-15).
D. The Symbols of the Holy Spirit.
1. Voice. (I Kings 19:12).
2. Wind. (John 3:8)
3. Cloud. (Exodus 13:21).
4. Fire. (Acts 2:3).
5. Rain. (Isaiah 44:3-4).
6. Oil. (Zechariah 4:2-6).
7. Water. (John 7:37-38).
8. Dove. (Luke 3:22).
9. Breath. (Job 33:4).
10. Seal. (Ephesians 4:20).
II. The Work of the Holy Spirit.
A. In Creation.  (Genesis 1:1-31).   (God said > the Spirit moved> and there was creation.)

B. In Scripture.

1. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost"  (II Peter 1:21).
2. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works"  (II Timothy 3:17).
C. With the Old Testament Saints.
1. Craftsman were filled with the Holy Spirit.   (Exodus 35:30-35).
2. Elisha had a double portion of the Holy Spirit and did twice as many miracles as Elijah.  (II Kings 2:9).
3. Prophets who were anointed with the Spirit spoke (prophesied) and it came to pass.
D. The work of the Holy Spirit through the Believers reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment. (John 16:7-8).

E. In the New Testament, Believers are:

1. They are born of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:1-8).
2. They are to be baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:18).
III. The baptism in the Holy Spirit.
A. Every Believer receives an earnest of the Spirit.
1. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory"  (Ephesians 1:13-14).

2. "Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts"  (II Corinthians 1:22).

3. "Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit"  (II Corinthians 5:5).

.B. The baptism in the Holy Spirit means that one is immersed in the Holy Spirit and that one may be filled with the Holy Spirit.
1. "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire"  (Matthew 3:11).

2. "For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence"  (Acts 1:5).

3. "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance"  (Acts 2:4).

C. Purposes:  Although it is a gift of God, it is essential for living the Christian life.
1. Power for witnessing. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth"  (Acts 1:8).  (This is the primary purpose).

2. Comfort and boldness in living.  "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever" (John 14:16).

3. Ability to walk in truth. "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come"  (John 16:13).  "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them"  (Ezekiel 36:27).

4. He shows us our inheritance in Christ..  "He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you"  (John 16:14-15).

5. Revelation of His Word and guidance.  "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you"  (John 14:26).

6. Operation of spiritual gifts, administrations, and manifestations.

7. Maturing of Spiritual fruit.  "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain"  (James 5:7).  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law"  (Galatians 5:22-23).

D. How does one receive?  Basically by ASKING in faith.  "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"  (Luke 11:13).

E. God give the command to be continually filled. "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit"  (Ephesians 5:18).

IV. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
A. "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal"  (I Corinthians 12:4-7).
1. "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness"  (Romans 12:6-8).  SEE: "Motivational Gift Test".
a. Prophecy.
b. Ministry.
c. Teaching.
d. Exhortation.
e. Giving.
f. Ruling
g. Mercy.
2 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers"  (Ephesians 4:11).
a. Apostles = Missionary work, establishing churches.
b. Prophets = Ministering and training in prophecy.
c. Evangelists = Outreach & evangelism.
d. Pastors = Shepherd over local congregation.
c. Teachers = Training in local church.
3.  "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  ... But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will"  (I Corinthians 12:7-11).
a. Word of wisdom.
b. Word of knowledge.
c. Faith.
d. Gifts of healing.
e. Working of miracles.
f. Prophecy.
g. Discerning of spirits.
h. Divers kinds of tongues.
i. Interpretation of tongues.
B. Purposes.
1. That the body of Christ may function as a spiritual (supernatural) body building up itself.
a. "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"  (Ephesians 4:12-13).
b. "As every man hath received the (a) gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen"  (I Peter 4:10-11).
2. Tongues = The gift for self edification.
a. "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church"  (I Corinthians 14:4).
b. "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost"  (Jude 1:20).
c. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered"  (Romans 8:26).  (as intercession for the body).
3. Tongues = body edification with interpretation.
"How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret"  (I Corinthians 14:26-27).
4. Use.
a. Love should control our use.  (I Corinthians 13:1-13).
b. We should honor one another no matter what manifestation are given.  (I Corinthians 12:11-27).
c. Every working of the spirit is under the control of the user of that manifestation.  (I Corinthians 14:32).
d. The manifestations are to used to edify.  (I Corinthians 14:26).
e. They should be used in order. (I Corinthians 14:30-31).
f. they should be under authority of leadership.  (I Corinthians 14:34-37, Hebrews 13:17).
5. Desire of.
a. "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way"  (I Corinthians 12:31).
b. "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy"  (I Corinthians 14:1).
V. The fruit of the Spirit.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law"  (Galatians 5:23).

A. The fruit comes with maturity.  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing"  (John 15:5).

B. Listing.

1. Love = self giving.
2. Joy = like deep water in knowing the Lord.
3. Peace = calmness in the of the storm.
4. Longsuffering = patience, enduring hardship.
5. Gentleness = kindness, strength used gently).
6. Goodness = doing good toward others.
7. Faith = action based upon God's Word.
8. Meekness = humble submission to authority.
9. Temperance = self control.

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