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LESSON 1: SPIRIT'S MINISTRY
THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY by Rev. John Green
"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.
This lesson on THE HOLY SPIRIT is a Supplementary Study. You will notice as you read over the lesson, that some Scripture quotations are left blank. You will need to up the references in the Bible and fill in the blanks. Study the lesson carefully and fill in ALL Scripture blanks completely before trying to answer the test questions at the end of the course. When you answer the test questions, you should review the lesson materials at least twice before filling in the test. As you study this lesson and take the test, pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and teach you this Bible truth. We want everyone to do as well as possible, so do rush through the lesson. As you read it, keep in mind the study questions that will help you in taking the test. If some part of it is not clear to you, please write us and we will seek to help. The truths that are given in this course are those held by generations of Bible scholars.
AN OUTLINE OF THE STUDY THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY
THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY TO THE UNSAVED,
THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY TO THE BELIEVER
God's Word the Only Source
Aspects of the Holy Spirit's Work
IN THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY TO THE BELIEVER, WHAT IS MEANT BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS?
WHICH ACTIVITIES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT MUST BE ACCEPTED BY FAITH?
WHICH ACTIVITIES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE RECEIVED THROUGH OBEDIENCE?
WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE BELIEVER'S RELATIONSHIP TO THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Many of the Scripture references in this lesson are left blank for the student to locate in the Bible and write in. Fill in the whole verse, or verses asked for. In the lesson text we have shown our respect by beginning pronouns and attributes referring to Deity with capital letters. Your Bible may not capitalize these. Emphasis used in some Scripture quotations are the author's.
1. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY TO THE UNSAVED PERSON.
VERSE: "And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment". John 16:8.
This verse explains the threefold witness of the Holy Spirit to a world lost in sin, without God or the knowledge of how to find Him.
1. Reprove (convict) the world of sin (of unbelief)
2. Reprove the world of righteousness (man's need of God's righteousness
3. Reprove the world of judgment
It was Satan's lie that tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God. Satan implied that God was holding out on them by refusing to let them know the difference between good and evil (Genesis 3:2-5). Adam and Eve believed that lie and sinned, disobeying God by eating the forbidden fruit. The wages of sin death; therefore, "death passed upon all men" (Romans 5:12), because Adam was the ancestor of all men. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict the unsaved person of his hopeless condition. All man's works, no matter how noble, just, and good, cannot bridge the gulf between man and God. In His mercy and wisdom, God bridged that gulf by sending His Son into the world to be the Redeemer of mankind (Titus 3:5). Christ, by His death and shed blood, has provided a new and living way back to God. His blood is the basis and the means of reconciliation and forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5:19). The work of the Holy Spirit is also to show the unsaved person his sinful condition caused by the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ as his Saviour. In John 16:9, Jesus makes it clear that unbelief condemns the sinner and bars him from heaven and eternal life (John 3:18). Any sinner who believes that Jesus died for him, and in repentance receives Jesus as his Saviour, is immediately regenerated (Born Again). The new birth gives him a new nature and relationship with God, the Holy, Righteous One. He becomes a child of God and a member of the household of faith. He has the right to call God "Father," and to look to Him for daily light and guidance (See also 2 Corinthians; Ephesians 2:19).
2. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY TO THE BELIEVER
VERSE: "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 show you things to come." John 16:13.
a. GOD'S WORD THE ONLY SOURCE
God's Word is the only source from which we can gain knowledge about Holy Spirit's ministry to the believer. Human wisdom cannot attain knowledge. The Bible declares that the "world by wisdom knew not God" (1 Corinthians 1:21). Peter's admonition is timely, 1 Peter 2:2:
There is to be a two-fold growth--grace and knowledge, and it can come only by the Word of God (2 Peter 3:18). This growth is to produce the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ in each believer. Paul had this desire for those whom he had led to the Lord: "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you" (Galatians 4:19). His desire was that they should show Christ likeness in all things. This growth (maturity) in each of us is the goal of the Holy Spirit's ministry. Ask God, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit to make your life Christ like in meekness, gentleness, and holiness. Then others will see "Christ in you" as an example of what God's power can do.
b. ASPECTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT'S WORK
Certain words are used in the New Testament to describe the work of the Spirit in bringing about the new birth. These words are Regeneration or New Birth, Baptism, Indwelling, Sealing, Anointing, Leading, and Filling. Without the first, life with God is impossible; without the seventh, no acceptable service is possible.
REGENERATION--The new birth John 3:3, 3:5, 3:7)
As the first birth is necessary before life on earth is possible, even so, spiritual birth is necessary before life with God is possible. How is this new birth accomplished? Peter explains the difference between the two births in 1 Peter 1:23: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed (the first birth), but incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." Apart from faith in God's Word, the new birth is impossible. Two verses will help us to understand what God requires. The first is Romans 10:17:
The second is John 6:63-64 (John 3:5). Jesus gives an illustration in the parable of the sower of how the devil seeks to prevent the seed (God's Word) from becoming fruitful. He said, "...then cometh the wicked one [Satan], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart..." (Matthew 13:19; Luke 8:12). This leaves the Holy Spirit with nothing to work upon in that heart; therefore, the new birth cannot come to pass. If you have repented and believed the Word of God, and because of this received Christ as your Saviour, then you have been Born Again by the Holy Spirit as God's Word promised (1 Peter 1:23). You have become a new creature in God's sight. The Word of God says that old things (of the old life) will be passing from life and new things (from the Word) will characterize your new life in Christ. You will find no pleasure in some things you once enjoyed, and you will love the things of God which you once thought foolish (2 Corinthians 5:17) See also Colossians 3:10 and Ephesians 4:22.) Before we leave this truth of the new birth, ask yourself the following questions:
QUESTIONS - A changed life
a. Have you truly believed God's Word and received Jesus as your Saviour? When?
b. What changes, if any, have taken place in your life?
c.Name three things to demonstrate that you now love the things of God.
d. What changes, if any, have others noticed in your life style?
e. Has there been a change in your love for God's Word?
How has it affected your life?
2. BAPTISM--Placed in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
A word of caution. There is an erroneous teaching that speaking in tongues is the indispensable evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is misinterpretation of the Scriptures. A careful reading of these verses (above) will show that the purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to place one in the Body of Christ. It is wholly the work of the Holy Spirit; no action to the believer but to believe what God has said. Accepting Christ immediately places the believer into the Body of Christ - also called the Church. "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:13). This is not the local church, but the WHOLE body of believers from the Day of Pentecost until the moment of the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). At that time, all believers will be presented to Christ as "a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle...." (Ephesians 5:27) could not be said of any local church.
QUESTIONS - BEING A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST
a. Have you accepted the Bible truth that you are a member of Christ's Body, His Church?
b. Does the realization that you are a member of Christ's Body make any difference in the way you are now living? How?
c. As a living member of Christ's Body, could you justify living after the flesh and expecting the Lord to be pleased with your conduct?
d. Is the Bible the sole reason for you to believe that you are a member His Body, His Church? Give a Scripture to prove your answer
3. INDWELLING--Christ in you (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Christ dwelling in you is an important and vital truth. It must be accepted by faith. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit (the Comforter) was given in fulfilment of Jesus' promise to His disciples (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit came to live in each believer. He dwells in the Christian's body--His Temple- -until death or the Rapture. In the key verses for this spiritual truth (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) the Apostle Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth that Holy Spirit now indwells them. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
The Christian life is to be lived in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. How we live will either please or grieve the Holy Spirit. We should be careful that nothing we do or say will hinder or mar the Spirit's work in making us Christ like. We are admonished, in 2 Corinthians 7:1, to do certain things to make this possible. First, we must "cleanse [purge out]" what is called, "filthiness of the flesh," (See 1 John 1:9) and second, "perfect holiness (make complete)" --a continuous act of making our lives pleasing to the Lord.
QUESTIONS--Indwelling Holy Spirit
a. Do you still indulge in some habit that mars fellowship with God? Name it before the Lord and ask Him to take control.
b. Is there anything about your speech, dress, or conduct that would grieve the Holy Spirit? Where do you need to improve?
c. Do you allow the world's language to influence your speech?
d. Do you notice any difference in your life and conduct since you received Christ? In what areas?
e. Are your former friends pleased with this chance in your life style? What are their reactions?
4. SEALING--Identified with Christ (Ephesians 1:12-13; 4:3)
The sealing by the Holy Spirit is the evidence of the value that the Lord has put upon the redeemed soul. This too, must be accepted by faith. God's Word declares that is true. To doubt God's Word is to doubt God Himself. 1 John 5:10. In Ephesians 1:13b, this fact is set forth: "After that ye believed (having believed], ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise." Then, in 2 Timothy 2:19, we find this statement of what God has done: "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal The Lord knoweth them that are his...." God has placed His identification (mark, stamp, seal) upon every redeemed soul. That soul is eternally linked with Christ, being united permanently to His Body--the Church. The child of God has no part in this action of the Holy Spirit but to believe that it is true. It is literally the down payment (earnest) made by God to assure that one day the child God will be fully redeemed - body, soul and spirit 1 Thessalonians 5:2. That which God has begun in each believer He is able to perform fully. (Philippians 1:6) Therefore, rejoice. resting in the assurance that He will complete our redemption in that day when we are presented before God as sons. (Romans 8:23;) See also Ephesians 1:5; 5:27; 1 Peter 1:5-7).
QUESTION - THE DOWN PAYMENT OR SEALING
a. What is your assurance that you are a child of God?
b. Do you bear the Lord's seal as one of His redeemed?
c. Do you believe that the Lord is able to keep His Word? Upon what basis?
d. What is the purpose of this sealing? (Ephesians 1:13)
e. How long will this sealing last? (Ephesians 1:14)
TEST LESSON 1- HOLY SPIRIT BIBLE STUDY
Type the correct letter (a,b, or c) on the line provided:
1. The ministry of the Holy Spirit to the unbeliever is - .................................
a) To reprove the world of Adam's sin;
b) To reprove mankind for its waywardness;
c) To reprove the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.
2. The source of information about the Holy Spirit is - ................................
a) Human wisdom;
b) God's Word;
c) A new revelation.
3. In Regeneration, the Holy Spirit - ................................
a) Brings the believer to the new birth;
b) Gives energy to one who is saved;
c) Saves succeeding generations.
4. In this lesson, the term "baptism" means - ...................................
a) Being immersed in water;
b) Being "placed into" the Body of Christ;
c) Being sprinkled by a priest in infancy.
5. The "indwelling of the Holy Spirit" refers to ................................
a) The cleansing of a person's life by his own efforts;
b) The Holy Spirit living in the believer;
c) The believer living in the Holy Spirit.
6. The sealing of the Holy Spirit is .............................................
a) God's mark upon the redeemed soul;
b) God sealing all sin out of the believer's life;
c) The Holy Spirit keeping a person obedient.
Have you taken the Lord Jesus as your Saviour? ...........................................................
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