Summary: To establish that God has provided for seekers of faith: the pattern of conversion to Christ. It was given to the world through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, beginning on the Day of Pentecost. This lesson describes the work of the Holy Spirit, in the dispensation of grace.
3. He Will Shew You Things to Come
1. This is the last lesson, in the sermon-series entitled: “The Pattern of Conversion.” Recall, Jesus said to them: “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 will be a discussion of the “mystery of Christ,” 1 Timothy 3:16.
2. In this lesson, we will investigate how: “He (the Spirit of Truth) would shew them things to come;” through His revelation of the truth unto them beginning on the Day of Pentecost. It would be at this time; the Holy Spirit would “shew them things to come,” John 16:13. The Lord said unto these 11 apostles, before His ascension: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry (wait) ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high,” Luke 24:49.
3. This power would come with the Holy Spirit’s descending upon them. Jesus said further: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth," Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:14-18; Acts 2:33-41. With this brief introduction, let’s consider the last lesson in this sermon-series: “He (the Spirit of truth) shall shew you things to come.”
BODY OF LESSON
III HE WILL SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME
A. He (the Spirit of truth) will (shall) shew you things to come. The Lord speaks now of divine revelations unto them. The one thing they needed; to save the world was an understanding of the “pattern of conversion.” The Holy Spirit's ministry began after Jesus has gone back into the heavens. Some 40 days, after His resurrection from the dead, Acts 1:1-11. The apostles are told to remain in Jerusalem until "they were endued with power from on high," Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4. Observe, the continuity of the message--
1. Preaching of remission of sins. On the Day of Pentecost, in the city of Jerusalem, "the truth of the gospel message," was proclaimed by Peter and the 11, and, after that, 3000 souls were obedient to the gospel of Christ, Acts 2:38-41.
a. First, on this day, the preaching of remission of sins; began, in fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures and, the promise of Christ, unto His apostles, Zechariah 13:1; Luke 24:44-47; Acts 2:36-38. What these men said and did; was as the direct result of the Holy Spirit as Jesus was directing him.
b. Further, Peter was given authority and direction by the Holy Spirit; to be the first in presenting the "pattern of conversion" to the world on this day.
2) Nowhere else in the Bible, can anyone find a clearer record of the: "pattern of conversion" then, in the Book of Acts.
3) The “Great Commission,” literally, began on the Day of Pentecost; and was being fulfilled, through the “acts of conversion,” recorded by Luke, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit and Christ, Galatians 1:11-12.
c. Preachers and teachers are cautioned not to present any examples of the miracles of Jesus, healings, acts of forgiveness, or pronouncement of salvation by Him; as an example of “the pattern of conversion" being taught by Him, during His ministry. I wish I had some help! Amen, brother Walls.
d. Conclusion: The "Son of Man" had the power to forgive sins while He was upon the earth, Mark 2:10. Neither of these cases of forgiveness can be considered; as the teaching of the Holy Spirit. His work in revealing the: "pattern of conversion" was not published until the Lord sent Him; to begin His work in the revelation of the mystery of Christ, 1 Timothy 3:16.
2. Apostles’ preaching. This was the beginning of the apostles preaching under the "Great Commission," Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16. This was the beginning of the “dispensation of the grace of God.”
3. The Day of Pentecost. This was the beginning of the Holy Ghost’s work in conversions. The Book of Acts contains a complete record of His work in reconciling the world unto Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
a. It is the record of His work; and our guide on how to be converted to Christ, through the preaching of the gospel.
b. If one desires to understand the work of the Holy Ghost in conversion; and be called by the gospel of Christ, they must read, study, and be influenced by the examples of "the pattern of conversions," as outlined in the Book of Acts.