The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

John 16:13-14 KJV “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. [14] HE SHALL GLORIFY ME: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

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The Holy Spirit leads into all truth. No amount of human effort or intellect can do this. No Bible college or ministerial schools can do it. The Bible is a supernatural book and can only be understood supernaturally, with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is why a person can read the Bible regularly, join this or that church/religion and never come to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7) One needs the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14-15 KJV “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. [15] But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

Spiritual discernment comes from the Holy Spirit. Spiritually dead persons cannot know and do the things of God, not even the basic teachings. What must one do to come to life?

RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 8:14-17 CSB “When the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. After they went down there, they prayed for them so that the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit because he had not yet come down on any of them. (They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”

The passage we just read shows a person can be baptized in water, even receive the word of God, and not yet be spirit-filled. I don’t know at what point each person receives the Holy Spirit, but scripture says that hearing the gospel about Jesus Christ, and believing in Jesus is a prerequisite:

Ephesians 1:13 NET “And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.”

JESUS SAYS ASK FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT

Luke 11:11-13 CSB “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?””

Once we hear the gospel; the good news about Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, and we believe the message by putting our faith in Christ, we can ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit.😊 He will teach us and guide us into ALL TRUTH Jesus says. He will show us future things to come also. And He will only glorify Jesus. He will never speak anything of His own initiative or glorify Himself. Only what He hears directly from Jesus’ mouth will He reveal to us. The Holy Spirit can be trusted.😊

COMPANIONSHIP WITH THE SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a person. He is one with God and Jesus Christ. He’s not an, “it,” or just a force as some teach. This is important to know. How can we walk in the Spirit or live in the Spirit if we don’t know Him?

Galatians 5:16-26 KJV “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. [18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. [19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

AMOS 3:3 KJV “CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER, EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED?”

Can any relationship last if the parties are not in agreement? No. Being that the Holy Spirit is the Lord (they are one) we have the privilege of agreeing with Him.😊 This gives us freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

John 14:26 CSB “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”

Again, the Holy Spirit teaches us all things and reminds us of what Jesus has already taught us. What a friend to have; someone who ALWAYS accurately teaches us about God and helps us remember what God says.😊

SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO PRAY

Romans 8:26 ESV “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Ever felt so troubled you didn’t know what to say to God, you didn’t know how to pray? The Holy Spirit knows how. He takes those groans, aches, and pains straight to God in words we cannot express. God still hears our prayers as if we knew what to say to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.😊 What a friend! Our hurt feelings or inability to express ourselves in words don’t stop our prayers! When we make those inexpressible groans to God we are praying in the Holy Spirit:

1 Corinthians 14:15 ESV “What am I to do? I WILL PRAY WITH MY SPIRIT, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.”

Let us take time out to get alone in prayer, meditation, and study of the word of God, that we may hear what the Spirit is saying to us. (Revelation 2:29) He will teach us, guide us, encourage us, remind us, correct us, even bring our groans to deep for words to express to God. He will also lead us to eternal life in the very presence of God our Father. The Holy Spirit loves us and is our friend.😊 He will never tell us anything wrong. He is the only person who always gets it right. May we be a friend to Him too and not grieve the Holy Spirit:

Ephesians 4:30-32 ESV “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

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