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Summary: Questions concerning the Holy Spirit.

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The Spirit who is not a ghost:

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Ill:

• In the first column rank each person in order of importance to society.

• In the second column rank each person in order of their importance to God.

• One, two, three etc.

• Doctor

• Soldier

• Criminal

• Policeman

• Tramp

• Waitress

• Teacher

• Bank Manager

• Nurse

• Engineer

• We will come back to this diagram in a bit!

• In some Churches the Holy Spirit is never mentioned.

• Ill: Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Bible!

• In other churches he is made the centre of attention.

• Ill: You can be made to feel second class Christian if you don't conform.

• Both extremes in my view are wrong

• As Christians we need a balanced understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Ill:

Pendulum.

(A). Quick overview of the Holy Sprit:

(1). The Holy Spirit is a person.

Quote:

• Life has been described as the seven ages of man:

• They are ‘Spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, wills’.

Remember the Holy Spirit is not human!

• But he is a person!

• He is not to be talked about or understood to be just a force or influence?

• As we scan through the Bible;

• We can see at least three proofs that the Holy Spirit a person:

(1). THE HOLY SPIRIT IS REFERRED TO AS A PERSON.

• He is always called a HE and never an IT!

• Quite deliberately Jesus described him to the disciples as a person (“He” & “Him”).

• And Jesus explained in John chapters 14 to 16;

• That he would do things that only a human could do.

e.g.

• Comfort them.

(2). THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A PERSON.

• He has qualities that a force or an influence can never have.

• I have chosen just twelve examples.

Ill:

• He has a mind (Romans 8:27),

• He has a will (1 Corinthians 12:11),

• He speaks (Acts 8:29),

• He teaches (John 14:26),

• He convicts (John 16:8),

• He encourages (Acts 9:31),

• He guides (John 16:13),

• He has power (Romans 15:13),

• He creates and gives life (Job 33:4),

• He sanctifies (Romans 15:16),

• He indwells Christians (1 Corinthians 6:19),

• He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30).

• Can yow show me a force that can be grieved?

• Can you show me as force that can speak?

• Can you show me a force that has a mind and a will of its own!

• Of course not! These are characteristics of a person!

(3). THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD REPLACE JESUS TO THE DISCIPLES.

• i.e. The Holy Spirit would do for the disciples;

• What Jesus a real person, made of flesh & blood had been doing for them!

Ill:

Human body.

• Replace my arm for a metal artificial substitute.

• You could do the same with my leg or even my eyes!

• But you could not replace my brain!

• Because that is the key to my very life source!

In a similar way:

• When Jesus left his disciples on earth;

• They had lost their very source of life (there was no point anymore in carrying on).

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