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1-HOLY SPIRIT

THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 14:16-17; 16:7-11
John 14:16-17  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  (17)  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 16:7-11  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  (8)  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  (9)  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  (10)  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  (11)  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

IN ORDER TO SUMMARIZE THE BIBLICAL TEACHING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THREE INDISPENSABLE TRUTHS MUST BE AFFIRMED, NAMELY --
     a. The Holy Spirit is a person. 
     b. He is God.
     c. He has specific functions in the triune economy of the Kingdom.

1. Since He is represented by the symbols of fire, a dove, oil and water and because the Gk pneuma [breath or wind] is neuter, the Holy Spirit is erroneously construed by some to be a power or force and not a person.

2. But the references to Him attest to one who has intellect, emotions and will and He is designated by personal pronouns ––
John 14:17; (John 15:26) "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me.
(John 16:23) "And in that day you will ask Me no question. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name.

3. Christ refers to Him as a Comforter like Himself…note the word Another, implying another of the same kind, Authority, Dominion.

4. He is the Spirit of Truth
(John 16:23) "And in that day you will ask Me no question. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name.

5. He is the Comforter — whom Jesus and the Father will send into the world
John 14:16,26; (John 15:26) "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me.…
(John 16:7) But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

6. Because He is a person
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a. He can be grieved
(Eph 4:30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
b. He can be sinned against
(Mk 3:29) but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"--
c. He reveals, searches and knows
(1Cor 2:10-11) For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
d. He evaluates situations (Acts 15:28) "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials.
e. He inflicts punishment
(Acts 5:3) But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land?
(Acts 5:5) And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came upon all who heard of it.
f. none of these verbs could rightfully be used of a mere impersonal FORCE, power or influence.

7. Not only is He a person, He is God, He is specifically called God
(Acts 5:4) "While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God."
(1Cor 3:16) Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
(2Cor 3:17-18) Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

8. God's attributes are present in Him ––
a. the Holy Spirit of Truth
(John 16:13) "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
b. Eternity
(Heb 9:14) how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
c. Omnipresence
(Psalms 139:7-10) Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Thy hand will lead me, And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
d. Life (Rom 8:2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

9. The Holy Spirit is associated as One with the Father and the Son in the Baptismal formula
(Mat 28:19) "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Prayer requests: 1-918-224-3609
Mail: Pastor Ira L. Hargis
9238 Columbia St.
Sapulpa, Oklahoma USA 74066
Email: pastoriralh@fireofrevival.com

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