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SHORT COURSE ON THE HOLY SPIRIT

Intro.

1. Short course on Holy Spirit - Designed to identify major aspects of the subject (H.S. 264 times in NT).

2. Reason: Tremendous amount of confusion & division over the Holy Spirit [Baptism, gift, gifts, anointing, person or force, new birth, His work today, etc.] - Eph. 4:4; 1 Cor. 14:33.

3. This is an overview. Hope this will provide easy & helpful answers you can use in further study & teaching.

 

I. WHO THE HOLY SPIRIT IS (HIS NATURE).

  A. He Is Deity - God - Acts 5:3-4.

    1. Possesses attributes of deity (eternal - Heb. 9:14; omnipotent - Psa. 139:7-10; ....)

    2. Anything which lessens His deity is false!

  B. He Is A Divine Person - Not Impersonal Force .

    1. His works show this - (He speaks, Acts 1:16; teaches, Jno. 14:26; knowledge, 1 Cor. 2:11; has a will, 1 Cor. 12:11).

    2. Pronouns in NT reveal this - Jno. 16:13.

    3. Doctrines which render the Holy Spirit as a mere force w/o personality deny the truth!

 

II. WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS DONE.

  A. He Inspired The OT Prophets Of God - (1 Pet. 1:10-11) 2 Pet. 1:21.

    -Not merely human words - Divine source! (2 Tim. 3:16)

  B. He Immersed The Apostles With Himself (His Power Holy Spirit baptism).

    1. A promise to apostles, fulfilled by Jesus - cf. Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:2-5 (2:1-4).

    2. Acts 1:8 - Give apostles power to be witnesses:

      a. Revelation - Jno. 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:10.

      b. Inspiration - l Cor. 2:13.

      c. Confirmation - 1 Cor. 2:4-5 (Heb. 2:3-4).

    3. Claims of H.S. baptism today must be for these same purposes, or it is not Holy Spirit baptism!!

  C. He Fell Upon Cornelius & House To Testify That Gentiles Can Be Saved - Acts 15:7-9 (11:15; 10:44-47).

    1. Not to produce faith - v. 7.

    2. Not to purify their hearts (save them) - v. 9.

    3. Not to enable understanding of Peter's words (the gospel).

    4. v. 8 - Bore them witness ("acknowledged them" - NKJV)- To remove final doubts about preaching the gospel to Gentiles - Acts 11:3, 15-18 (Joel 2:28--Acts 2:17).

  D. He Gave Miraculous Gifts To Christians To Confirm & Spread The Gospel (Heb. 2:3-4; Mk. 16:17-20).

    1. Acts 8:14-18 - By the laying on of an apostle’s hands.

    2. 1 Cor. 12:11 - Miraculous gifts distributed according to His will.

    3. With revelation complete & confirmed, & the means of imparting ifts impossible -- Miraculous gifts have ceased.

 

III. WHAT HE IS DOING TODAY.

  A. He Is Using His Product - The Word Of Truth - To Accomplish Human Redemption. {Agency}

    1. To convict the world - Jno. 16:8.; 2 Thess. 2:13-14 .

      -Conversion / salvation / sanctification / cleansing.

    2. To guide Christians - Rom. 8:14; 1:16. Jas. 1:21-22.

    3. To testify of one's sonship - Rom. 8:16.

      - I know I'm saved by the Spirit's testimony of truth (1 Jno. 2:5).

    4. Every action of the H.S. in conviction & conversion is accomplished by means of the word He revealed! (Rom. 1:16; 10:17; Eph. 6:17).

  B. He Has Fellowship With Christians - Phil. 2:1.

    1. "Spirit dwells in you" - Equivalent to "Christ in you." HOW?

      -By faith (cf. Eph. 3:17; Jno. 14:23) -- As the word of Christ dwells in us!

    2. He communes with Christians! - 1 Jno. 3:23-24; 4:12-13.

 

IV. WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT DOING TODAY.

  A. He Is Not Baptizing People With Himself.

    1. United Pentecostal Church "New birth" - cf. Eph. 4:5.

    2. Purposes & promises of Holy Spirit baptism have been fulfilled.

  B. He Is Not Distributing Miraculous Spiritual Gifts Today - 1 Cor. 13:8-10.

    -Full revelation exists - No longer need the scaffolding.

  C. He Is Not Revealing New Truth - Jno. 16:13 (Jude 3).

  D. He Is Not Enlightening People Apart From The Word Of Truth - Rom. 1:16 (Psa. 119:105).

    - Cf. Brethren using this terminology; "Holy Spirit leading through my feelings...."

  E. He Is Not Personally Indwelling People's Bodies - l Cor. 6:19.

    1. Speaks of fellowship - cf. Father & Son (Jno. 14:23; Col. 1:27).

    2. Deity incarnate = Jesus Not Christians! (Gal. 2:20)

 

Conclusion

1. Eph. 3:3-5 - Divine promise of understanding God's plan of human redemption.

2. Work of the Holy Spirit is central to our salvation in Christ.

3. Don't be afraid of studying and learning about the Holy Spirit.

4. He is God, & deserves our praise for what He has done & what He is doing for us (and all men) so that men may be saved!