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A303 The Work of the Holy Spirit

The Nature of Spirit

Spiritual qualities and entities seem so unreal to most people.  Spiritual things are invisible, not discerned by the natural senses.  But they are clearly defined in the written word of God and with this guide, can be clearly discerned.

John 4:24  “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

The God family is composed of spirit.  The Father and the Son, who are composed of spirit, have definite shape.  From one end of the Bible to the other we are told about the form and activities of each member in the God family.  The Father and the Son each have a definite shape and form.  Angels are ministering spirits.  Man was formed in the image of God, but fell to the ministry of the spirit of devils.  And it is God’s work, through the redeeming sacrifice of the Son of God and by the quickening agency of the Holy Spirit, to restore man into spiritual fellowship with God.

God’s Creative Work and the Holy Spirit

God’s Spirit permeates everything (Ps 139:7-11).  All is touched by the breath of God.  This is the very power of divinity – omnipresence.

Gen 1:2  “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

The Divine Spirit that fills the entire universe is the channel by which the Father and Son (the Word) created.  The Word spoke and by divine decree it was so.

The physical creation reveals the divine attribute of God to reproduce us in His image.  Nature reproduces – therefore it reveals that power which is of God.

Rom 1:20  “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

And because He is our Father, because we are begotten of His Seed, the implanting of Christ in the heart by the Holy Spirit makes us grow like Him.  But if our birth or planting is of the world, we cannot know the Father.

Man has no such attribute or power born within himself.  The Holy Spirit is a free gift of God, offered to those who desire to be born of the Spirit, who brings about the spiritual recreation or rebirth.

False Spirits

1 John 4:1  “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

GC 516 (danger in denying existence and agency of spirits of devils)

There are many evil spirits originating from the rebellion, from Satan the father of lies.

Mark 5:7-9  “And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.”

Mark 9:25-26  “When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.  And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.”

Luke 4:33-36  “And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.  And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

PP 685, GC 552, GC 556, PK 401, PP 676, 683, 4SGa 84.

Man in his earthly state is subject to the prince of this world.  Without the power of God’s Spirit, man cannot conquer his own spirit or the spirits of this world.

DA 257-8 (God’s Word as only safeguard against familiar spirits)

Man’s Fallen Condition and Misrepresentation by False Spirits

Man, in his present state, is mortal, fleshly, earthly.  He is subject to death.

Rom 7:14  “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.”

Despite man’s fleshly condition, God desires us to be spiritual.

Rom 8:1  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Rom 8:9-11  “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

The mortal, fleshly body will, due to sin, inherit death.  But that if the Spirit of God dwells in the heart, “he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”  That is, He will make us spiritual, quicken us to life eternal!  if His Spirit dwells in us.

1 John 5:11-13  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

These texts illustrate that if Christ lives in us by the converting power of the Spirit, then we have eternal life dwelling within us, but if the Spirit is not in us, we have no such life.  (see also 1 Peter 3:18).

1 Cor 6:20  “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

God’s Redemptive Work and the Holy Spirit

When the Holy Spirit is spoken of, many cannot grasp His nature or His work.  In view of the danger of over-simplifying, the Holy Spirit is the Active Agent creating, or recreating upon passive, deat matter.  For man is dead in sin, without God and without hope (Eph 2:2,5).

MB 92 (same law obtains in spiritual world as in natural world)

Holy Spirit’s Work of Converting, and Regenerative Power

The Holy Spirit is God’s Agent of quickening power.  To quicken is to “give or restore natural or spiritual life, or vigour to animate, stimulate, rouse or inspire” Oxford Dictionary.  The Holy Spirit is the active Agent, breath God, the germinating seed to the soul, the shower of blessing, the breath of spiritual life.

God’s work is to restore man to His original design, to lift man from his fallen state.  Such restoration is “into the likeness of Jesus Christ”, to become “like God”, holy, pure, blameless, perfect.  God is Eternal, Spirit, Heavenly, Immortal.

The Holy Spirit is also doing a work upon hearts, to “… reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”  John 16:8.   Yet the reality of the Holy Spirit is not understood by most people.  Why?

1. Physical Flesh:

James 2:26  “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Flesh, as in earthly.  Man is mortal flesh, fallen under sin.  No sinful flesh or blood shall inherit the kingdom.

1 Cor 15:50  “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

Scripture says “flesh and blood” (1 Cor 15:50) shall not inherit the kingdom.   Yet after the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus still retained “flesh and bone” (Luke 24:37-39).  This is either a contradiction, or two concepts are portrayed in scripture?

The earthly flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  But notice that the flesh and bone which Jesus possessed did and does inherit the kingdom of God.

Luke 24:39  “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Mat 16:17  “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

1 Cor 15:44  “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.”

Here we have a concept of what constitutes earthly flesh and blood in contrast to spiritual flesh and blood.  It becomes quite evident that God is here referring to a spiritual condition of the flesh and blood (body), rather than the material substance.

1 Cor 15:39-41 “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.”

With the understanding that there is a physical body and a spiritual body, we must understand that there is a “quickening of the flesh” just as there is a “quickening of the spirit” of man.

2. Spiritual Flesh:

1 Cor 15:42-47  “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

The spiritual flesh will not attain its fulfillment until the second advent and the translation of the righteous.  But the work of transformation begins in this life through the converting power of the Holy Spirit and through the blood of our redeemer Jesus Christ.

1 Pet 4:6  “For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”

Without God, without the saving grace of Jesus, without the Spirit, man is as dead bones, a walking death.  But the breath of the Spirit quickens life, raises from the dead.

Ezek 37:1-14  “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,  And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.  And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.”

Phil 3:3  “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Hence the valley of bones.  The earthly cannot be simply rejunivated, but must be given wholly to life, and that life can only come by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ.

Quickened from the DeadResurrection work of the Godhead

Jesus shall raise Himself

John 2:20  “Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”

Raised by the Spirit

1 Pet 3:18  “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

Raised by God

Acts 2:32  “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”

Gal 1:1  “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)”

Shall also quicken (raise) you

Rom 8:11  “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

John 5:28-29  “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

John 5:21  “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.”

John 6:63  “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Rom 8:10  “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Obedience to God through the Word and the Spirit.  This is living by every word that proceedeth from God.

Jesus, Born of the Spirit and Baptised of the Spirit

In His divinity, Jesus was equal with the Father.  In His human nature, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:38  “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

This power He offers to each person who receives the Holy Spirit as Christ’s representative.

Rom 15:13  “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Rom 15:19  “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”

1 Cor 2:4  “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”

Man, Born of God, Born of the Spirit

1 John 5:4  “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

If we are born of God, being His children, we will overcome the world and grow up to be like Him.  That is true of all offspring in nature – they inherit the characteristics of their parents.  It is equally true of the Spirit as it is of living matter.

Statements referring to God should not be confused because the same similitude is referred to either Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.  We cannot confuse the fact that this work and any illustrations refer to each of the Godhead.  The work is one, their purpose and plans are one.  Yet each has a personality and office of their own.  (refer to study on “Personality of the Holy Spirit”)

If Christ lives His life in us by means of the Holy Spirit (which is the same as living by every word of God, for Christ is the Word personified – Christ is the Bible in action) we have at hand the power of spiritual self-control as we yield to His Spirit.  We have the capacity to grow toward a perfect character like God!

John 3:6  “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

To be born of God is to possess the new mind, conversion, the new life in Christ Jesus, born of the Spirit.  This is the baptism of the Spirit, death to the world and it’s corrupting influences in the life, and a resurrection to a life hid in Christ, a life bearing the fruits of the Spirit, a life as a child of God.  It is a rebirth into the family of God, into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

A Re-Birth into The Family of God

Since there is a Heavenly Father, and we are His begotten children, then God must be a family!  And the Church of God must be composed of the begotten Family of God.  It is the Holy Spirit that unites the Church on earth with the Church in heaven.

Gal 4:6-7  “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

The family relationship is here expressed.  It is the same Spirit by which we are placed or immersed into the Church.

1 Cor 12:13  “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.”

Heb 12:9  “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”

God is “the Father of spirits.”  We are ultimately, at the resurrection, to be composed of spirit – members of the divine family (John 3:6).

That relationship begins here through receiving the Spirit of God and Jesus Christ.

In the resurrection we will be changed to “spiritual bodies” (1 Cor 15:44) imbued with the power of God.

Notice how often in Scripture we are declared to be heirs of the divine nature – of immortal, incorruptible, perfect, all-powerful spirit, possessing the very mind of God.  We are to be full “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).  But we may also receive a part of that power in this life – now!  The apostolic Chruch had that power – so may we.

Examples of Rebirth and Regeneration by the Holy Spirit

Just as symbols are used to represent Christ, so symbols are used to represent the Holy Spirit.  Symbols are used to convey different aspects of characteristics and of the work being performed, ie., water, dove, seed, fire or wind.  The work of the Holy Spirit is most clearly understood through these symbols of rebirth and converting power.

Rom 8:10  “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Germinating seed:

1 Cor 15:36-38  “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”

The Holy Spirit implanted the seed of life to Mary’s womb.  “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” Mat 1:20

The comforter:

John 16:7  “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.”

Jesus was to depart, but He promised that “the Comforter” would come as His representative to abide with, and give life to, His righteous people.

Cloven Tongues of Fire:

Acts 2:3-4  “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit  appeared in the form of tongues of fire.

Wind:

John 3:8  “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus could not understand how, when you are old, you can be born again.  Jesus differentiated between the birth of the Spirit in contrast to the birth of the flesh.  Like the winds coming and going, we see the result.  Like spiritual growth we see the result of the spirit, but do not see the Spirit.  Life is quickened, activated by the Spirit.

Dove:

Mat 3:16-17  “And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

The Spirit cannot be seen unless it is given a physical form or shape.  God used a dove, a symbol of peace, to symbolise the Holy Spirit, at the baptism of the Prince of peace.

Water:

John 3:3-5  “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

The Holy Spirit is spoken of as the quickening, activating power of God.  We may understand this in relation to the physical, lifegiving power of mortal man.  Second, we may recognise the redeeming agency of man’s spiritual awakening and revival.  This work the Holy Spirit carries out in harmony with, and in unity with, the Father and our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

The Temple of the Holy Spirit

1 Cor 6:19-20  “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Our bodies are to be a temple for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Just as our bodies are to glorify God, so also our spirit is to be the very breath and presence of God.

Col 1:27  “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

Christ in you.  The Previous text the Holy Spirit is in you.

Gal 4:6  “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

God in you, Jesus in you, the Holy Spirit in you.  The same united power and interest of the Godhead is working in our behalf.

Why We Need the Holy Spirit

Man is carnal, mortal, subject to death.  Man is not spiritual, he is sold under sin.

The Holy Spirit imbues the Spirit of Christ.  The Holy Spirit imparts the power to commence eternal life.  We inherited mortal life through Adam.  We become heirs of eternal, immortal life (the new birth) by being begotten through the Holy Spirit.

“Christ be formed in you,…” Gal 4:19

“grow up into him in all things” Eph 4:15

Rom 8:9  “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

To be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18), is to be imbued with the Spirit from heaven, administered through Jesus Christ in His office as High Priest.

1 John 5:11-13  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

Source of Power

Rom 15:13  “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Notice it!  “Filled”!  Filled with what?  “with all joy and peace”!  By what power?  “By the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The inspired, original Apostolic Church was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 4:31  “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Joshua was full of the Spirit (Deut 34:8).  Elijah was full of the Spirit.  John the Baptist was strong in the Spirit.

Inspired preaching.  Straight testimonies.  Positive messages.  “Righteous Life”.

Have the churches lost contact with the Holy Spirit of God?  How many professing Christians really know what the Holy Spirit is?  why they need it? and how they can receive it?  How many really know when they have received the Holy Spirit?  How many really believe that God acts upon or operates in the life through the Holy Spirit?

The Mind of God

Conversion starts with repentance.  Conversion means change.  Repentance means a change from the wrong to the right.  It is a change of mind.  But that change is not enough.  We must receive the Spirit of God in order for that change to be permanant.  Our minds need to be developed to become like God’s mind.  “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).

Job 32:8  “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”

This spirit in man is not conscious of itself, for it is but mortal life breathed into the flesh.  It cannot know apart from the brain.  It is spirit in essence.  It is a human spirit.  Man, with this spirit, knows only physical things.  It requires the addition of another Spirit – God’s Holy Spirit – God’s Agent who opens the human mind to comprehend spiritual things.

1 Cor 2:10‑11  “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

There is a spirit in man.  It is not the man – it is the breath of life in the man.  Connected with physical brain, it forms human mental functions.  But the physical and mental connected with the spiritual, God’s Spirit, imparts the power of intellect and personality that no animal can have.  This is the development of a character, a fitting up for heaven.

The mind of the flesh – with which you were born – is death;  it produces death through sin; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace (Rom 8:6).

The Holy Spirit imparts eternal life through Christ, it imbues the spiritual characteristics of God.

How to Receive God’s Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a gift

Acts 10:45  “And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 11:17  “Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?”

A Conditional Gift – by Repentence, Conversion, Baptism

Acts 2:38  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

1st — by repentence, turning from sin through the blood of Christ, and by baptism.  You are then unconditionally promised the Holy Spirit.  God has bound Himself to perform His part if you first perform yours through faith and obedience.

2nd — You can ask God thereafter to direct you through His Holy Spirit to lead a new life in conformity with His revealed Word.

We must not only repent and believe in Jesus Christ, but we must also obey the Father;

Acts 5:32  “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”

The emphasis is placed upon obedience which is by faith, submission of the mind to the will of God, to the law of God.

Luke 22:42  “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

God expects submission and obedience before we may receive the Holy Spirit.  How plain it is that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of total submission and obedience to the Father.  This is the way to a full, abundant, power-filled life.

Baptism

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

The Holy Spirit is a gift from God upon condition of genuine acceptance.  Baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt.28:20) is death of the old man and a rebirth of the new.  It is a testimony to the world of repentance from sin, belief in the true God, acceptance of the converting power of the Holy Spirit and of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Baptism into the threefold names of the Godhead is a sure promise of God’s Spirit and salvation through Jesus Christ.

By baptism, having hands laid on us by God’s true ministers, we receive a portion of that Spirit.  That Spirit permeates the life like leavening, it transforms like the germination of a seed.  It will grow and mature into the beautiful graces of Christ, by dwelling in the atmosphere of heavenly influences in harmony with God’s grace, in overcoming power.

The Holy Spirit is as much a key factor to eternal life as is receiving Jesus as our personal Saviour.  If you do not have the Spirit, then you do not have eternal life dwelling within you.

God made a plan, to bring man into His Family by adoption through Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is the work of the Godhead, divine purpose of the one true God, through Christ, and by the Holy Spirit.

The inter-connecting thoughts, acts, purpose, objectives of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same.

Our Duty to Ask for the Promised Gift, in Faith

Therefore the Holy Spirit is not something we are born with, neither can it be earned.  So we must turn to the source of the gift and ask for the promised blessing, in faith.

Luke 11:13  “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?”

1 John 3:22-23  “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”

A Fruitful Life

By the reception of, and growth in the Fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), we become partakers of the Divine nature.

2 Pet 1:4  “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

To lead a rejuvenated, fruitful life, is to be imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Gal 5:22  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

Mat 7:20  “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

It is by the fruits of the Spirit that you know you have received the Holy Spirit of God. Love is the first fruit.  “Love” is the greatest spiritual power on earth.

Rom 5:5  “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Rom 13:10  “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Love never fails.  Love is a godly, spiritual force, imparted by the Holy Spirit.  Love channels the human will into willing obedience to God’s law, God’s principles.  This obedience originating in love, has no force or coersion.  If you love God, you will by the power of God (not by human strength or will) keep all His commandments.

John 14:15  “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

No one who resists God’s law of love has received the Spirit of God or has the power of God working within him.  They will never be converted until they yield to God’s spiritual law of love.

The remaining fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) are but the spectrum of love.  Obedience to God is not harsh and cruel and unyielding – it is a joy, it is peaceable and gentle, it expresses itself in self-control.  Self-control is the key to real spiritual power.  Most people cannot be filled with spiritual power because they have not been willing to exercise self-control.  Uncontrolled power is worse than no power at all.

God’s law of love has been His message from the beginning (1 John 3:11-12).  Mankind has rebelled against it.

The Spirit – Our Guide

John 16:13  “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.”

Zec 4:6  “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

The outpouring of God’s Spirit will be the fullness of God’s promised gift.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS WORK

1.  WHAT precious promise did Jesus make to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion?

“I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.” John 14:16.

2.  Who is the Comforter, and what was He to do?

“But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.” John 14:26, R.V.

3.  Why cannot the world receive Him?

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him.” John 14:17.

4.  How intimate is His union with believers?

“But ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:17.

5.  Whose presence does the Holy Spirit bring to the believers?

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18.

6.  What promise is thus fulfilled?

“Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matt 28:20.  See also John 14:21-23.

7.  What threefold union is thus established?

“At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.” Matt 28:20.

NOTE.—Rom 8:9 shows the Spirit of each of the three persons of the Godhead to be one and the same Spirit.

8.  How does Jesus, through the Spirit, seek an entrance to every heart?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” Rev 3:20.

9.  Why was it necessary for Christ to go away?

“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.” John 16:7.

10.  What was the Comforter to do when He came?

“And when He is come, He will reprove [margin, convince] the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” John 16:8.

11.  By what other title is the Comforter designated?

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me.” John 15:26.

12.  What did Jesus say the Spirit of truth would do?

“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.

NOTE.—The Spirit speaks (1 Tim 4:1); teaches (1 Cor 2:3); bears witness (Rom 8:16); makes intercession (Rom 8:26); distributes the gifts (1 Cor 12:11); and invites the sinner (Rev 22:17).

13.  Whom did Christ say the Holy Spirit would glorify?

“He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:14.

NOTE.—It is plain from these scriptures that the Holy Spirit is the personal representative of Christ upon the earth, abiding in the church by dwelling in the hearts of the believers.  It follows that any attempt to make a man the vicegerent of Christ in the place of the third person of the Godhead is an attempt to put man in the place of God.  Thus does the fundamental principle of the Papacy set aside the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

14.  How has God revealed to us the hidden things of the kingdom?

“But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Cor 2:10.

15.  Who moved upon the prophets to give their messages?

“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.” 2 Peter 1:21.

16.  After Pentecost, how was the gospel preached?

“With the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.” 1 Peter 1:12.

17.  How are believers sealed?

“In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” Eph 1:13.

18.  What warning is therefore given?

“Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are; sealed unto the day of redemption.” Eph 4:30.

19.  Is there a limit to the strivings of God’s Spirit?

“And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man.” Gen 6:3.

NOTE.—The limit is determined by the creature rather than by the Creator.  It is when there is an utter abandonment to evil, and further appeals would be without avail.  God foreknowing all things, may designate a definite period of probation for man, as in the case of the one hundred and twenty years before the flood (Gen 6:3); but His Spirit never ceases to strive with man as long as there is hope of his salvation.

20.  For what did David pray?

“Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.” Ps 51:11.

21.  How willing is God to give to us the Holy Spirit?

“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.

O FOR that flame of living fire,

   Which shone so bright in saints of old;

Which bade their souls to heaven aspire,

   Calm in distress, in danger bold!

Remember, Lord, the ancient days;

   Renew Thy work, Thy grace restore;

And while to Thee our hearts we raise,

   On us Thy Holy Spirit pour.

WM. H. BATHURST.

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