Summary: The Holy Spirit is undeniably the least understood part of deity, yet he is said to live within us, a gift we receive when we are baptized. He has several names - Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Helper, and even Holy Ghost in early English translations.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
This nine-part series was originally developed for a class environment, and later adapted for use in a prison ministry conducted via correspondence. Because of that background, questions were developed for each lesson for participants to use in a setting conducive to discussion, or as handouts for private use if the lessons are presented as sermons. At the beginning of each part of the series, I will include the outline of the series.
OUTLINE OF THIS SERIES OF STUDIES
Introduction, Holy Spirit as deity
Names of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
Holy Spirit in the NT (apostles to receive power)
Gabriel’s message to Mary
Foreseen by NT characters—Jesus, John
What we learn from Jesus in John 14,16
The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost
Baptism in, or by, the Holy Spirit
Baptism of believers
If I do not go away the Holy Spirit will not come
Men received and were dependent on the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a Guarantee
Grieving the Holy Spirit
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Being Filled With the Spirit
The Holy Spirit in the Functioning of the church (first installment)
(1 Cor 12; Rom 12; Eph 4)
Gifts of the Spirit
Grace as Gifts (did not delve into each of the gifts, or special aptitudes, given by the Holy Spirit)
Functions “God Has Appointed”
The empowering gifts of the Holy Spirit
Bestowing honor upon less “presentable” members
Order of functions (First apostles, second prophets, third teachers) Teachers discussed in Part 6
First apostles, second prophets, third teachers.
Ministries of the Holy Spirit
Are the Bible and the Holy Spirit the same?
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit
The Spirit vs the Flesh
Attributes of the Holy Spirit
Acting in opposition to the Holy Spirit
• Lying to the Holy Spirit
• Resisting the Holy Spirit
• Quenching the Holy Spirit
• Grieving the Holy Spirit
• Defiling the Temple of the Holy Spirit
• Insulting the Spirit of Grace (doing despite)
Intercessor (though mentioned previously)
How Can I Know if I Have the Holy Spirit?
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The study of the Holy Spirit is often avoided or passed over lightly, leaving many questions unanswered. It is difficult to grasp in concrete terms what the Bible says about him. The Holy Spirit has no physical appearance, except as a symbol, like “descending like a dove upon Jesus at the time of his baptism” (Mark 1:10), or a sound, “like a mighty rushing wind” (Acts 2:2) when the disciples were assembled on the day of Pentecost. Jesus, on the other hand, was visible to humans when he “became flesh” (John 1:1, 14) and took upon himself the form of a man (Philippians 2:7, Galatians 4:4) and was born, as humans are, of a woman (John 1:18; 1 John 4:12). No one has actually seen God’s face (Exodus 33:20), for as he said, anyone who did so would die; but men have seen representations of God in visions (Isaiah 6:1-5), as well as representatives of God (Genesis 32:24-30).