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GIBI Course-Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit

Created by Henry Rave, SBC

Gateway International Bible Institute 4445 W. Olive Ave. Glendale, AZ 85302 (602) 993-5353

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Lesson 1

Introduction – Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV unless otherwise noted)

Many times we do not understand, due to our ignorance, and the lack of teaching and preaching in this area, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead and His purpose regarding the disciples. Note – we, the believers in Jesus Christ as our savior, are all disciples of Jesus Christ whether we know it or not. Therefore, it is imperative that we learn all that we can about the Holy Spirit and His functions by careful systematic study of the Word of God, of which He is the Author, for the more we know who He is the more we realize how wonderful it is to have Him abiding in us. You will see proof positive that He functions in the realm of personal rather than impersonal. For these reasons, the following mini introduction to the Holy Spirit is provided.

1. The Person of the Holy Spirit One of the most serious errors in the minds of many people concerning the Holy

Spirit is that He is simply a principle or an influence. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit is as much a Person (individual existence of a conscious being) as the Father and the Son.

A. The Personality of the Holy Spirit. The Bible speaks of the mind (Romans 8:27) and will (I Corinthians 12:11) of the Holy Spirit. He is often described as speaking directly to men in the Book of Acts. During Paul’s second missionary journey the apostle was forbidden by the Spirit to visit a certain mission field (Acts 16:6-7) and then was instructed to proceed toward another field of service (Acts 16:10). It was God’s Spirit who spoke directly to Christian leaders in the Antioch church, commanding them to send Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey (Acts

13:2).

B. The Deity of the Holy Spirit. He is not only a real Person, but He is also God. As is God the Father, He too is everywhere at once (Psalms 139:7). As the Son is eternal, the Holy Spirit has also existed forever (Hebrews 9:14). He is often referred to as God in the Bible. See Acts 5:3-4. Finally, the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son. This is seen during the baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:16-17) and is mentioned by Jesus Himself just prior to His ascension from the Mount of Olives (Matthew

28:19-20).

2. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation There are three wonderful works performed by the Holy Spirit in preparing unsaved people to become the Fruit of the Spirit.

A. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Restraining. Satan would enjoy nothing more than to destroy people before they make their decision to accept Christ as Savior. But the Holy Spirit prevents this from occurring (Isaiah

59:19).

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B. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Convicting. Mankind’s sin and righteousness are exposed by the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). There are two well-known examples of sinners being convicted by the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Felix, a Roman governor, actually trembles under conviction as he hears Paul preach (Acts 24:25). The other case involves King Agrippa who responds to a gospel message by saying: “You almost persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

C. The Work of the Holy Spirit is Regenerating. When a repenting sinner accepts Christ as Savior he is given a new nature by the Holy Spirit. See II Corinthians 5:17. Jesus carefully explained this ministry of the Holy Spirit to Nicodemus (John 3:3-7).

3. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Christian Living As a loving and wise mother tenderly watches over her child, so the Holy Spirit cares for the children of God.

A. The Holy Spirit Indwells Christians. The Bible teaches that all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19). The purpose of this indwelling ministry is to control the newly created nature given at conversion (II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 3:16).

B. The Holy Spirit Fills Believers. We are admonished to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The word “fill” means to complete. The filling does not mean that the Christian gets more of the Holy Spirit, but rather, He gets more of us!

C. The Holy Spirit Sanctifies the Believer. The Holy Spirit delivers us from the state of uncleanness and puts us into a state corresponding to the nature of God (Romans 15:16; II Thessalonians 2:13).

D. The Holy Spirit Produces Fruit in the Life of the Believer. This fruit is described by Paul: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

E. The Holy Spirit Imparts Gifts to the Christian. (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:1-11; I Peter 4:10). The purpose of these gifts are twofold, namely, to glorify God (Revelations 4:11) and to edify the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13).

F. The Holy Spirit Teaches Believers. He will instruct us in all spiritual things as we read the Word of God (John 14:26) and abide in the Son of God (I John 2:24-27).

4. The Holy Spirit is the Administrator of the Church’s Affairs. This is a major element to consider regarding the Holy Spirit as administrator of the Church’s affairs and is strongly emphasized in the Book of Acts, which deals with the internal austerity and the external obligations of the Church. If the Church today was controlled by the Holy Spirit as it was in the apostolic days, their work and life would be entirely transformed. He is also an essential part of divine revelation, for the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit. He is the direct Agent between heaven and earth in this age.

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Lesson 2

The Person of the Holy Spirit Continued Why?

1. Isn’t it note-worthy that the Presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church today is less discernable than in the Apostolic Age? It is a foregone conclusion that Pentecostal inspiration and enthusiasm in contemporary Christianity has rapidly diminished. What is Christianity if it is not spiritual?

2. Why hasn’t the Church that is now 2000 years of age, a more developed realization of the witness of the Holy Spirit than the First Century Church had?

3. The question that the Church must answer is – has the Church accomplished all the purposes that God contemplated for it, and has it surpassed its pinnacle of brilliance and blessing? It is imperative to remember that the source of the Spirit was not limited to the Spirit, whose experience of Him was so real. The vast resources of the Spirit are for each individual and all within the Church.

There are many cases in which ignorance and misinterpretations are responsible for infirmity and ineffectiveness in Christian life and labor. If only the Holy Spirit could perform His work in us as the Scriptures have said He could, our lives would be rich in fruitfulness and the fragrance of the knowledge of God. Becoming aware of all that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, has for us, produces the transformation of facts of promise into factors of power. Therefore, when the Spirit-filled life is developed, labor is empowered, and the Lord is exalted.

However, as we delve into the concept before us, exalted and sacred, fathomless and precious as it is, we must concede that no saint can explain to himself or to others the wonderful operations of the Holy Spirit. Individualistically, we can experience His teaching, His power and see Him work in and through other lives, but our range exceeds our comprehension. Therefore, any analysis of the Personality and work of the Holy Spirit is limited because of our inability to describe our own experiences correctly.

We are all able to know with complete certainty the facts of His indwelling presence, His life-giving energy and sanctifying power, even though we might have differing points of view as to the origin and theory of the Spirit’s presence within the soul. We must at all cost guard ourselves against cruel denunciation of fellow believers whose explanation might be different from our own.

Again we must remember and confess that because of our finite understanding, the Holy Spirit, in many respects, is mysterious. However, the fact remains that the Holy Spirit must be studied carefully from the Scriptures, so that we may understand Him as well as we may.

It is an absolute essential that we grasp the truth of the Holy Spirit for many reasons:

1. Because it is a neglected doctrine. Although much has been written, in the past 150 years, on the subject of the Holy Spirit, sadly, the fact remains that such enlightenment is neglected by the vast majority of Christians. As Professor

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Erdman wrote in his book, the Holy Spirit and Christian Experience, “The Spirit cannot be where Christ is denied as Redeemer, Life and Lord of all. Christ is ‘The Truth’ and the Spirit is ‘The Spirit of Truth’. In brief, the Spirit must be silent altogether in pulpits and Churches where ‘a different gospel which is not another gospel’ is preached, etc.”

2. Because it is a misunderstood doctrine. It is safe to say that there is not another aspect of Biblical truth that is so misunderstood as the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Because of the lack of understanding His Nature and works, there is perpetual turmoil which results in emotional upset and spiritual ruin. Whenever printed material is assembled pertaining to the Holy Spirit there is always conflicting theories and bitterness is expressed by some groups of believers against another for their views pertaining to the Holy Spirit. When this is analyzed we find that Satan has two methods of dealing regarding truth. First, he finds a way to obscure the vision. When this fails, and any truth begins to cut away the “cobwebs” by its gleaming intensity, Satan simply lies about and takes it out of its true proportion and turns into a fatal untruth.

3. Because it is a perverted doctrine. Note: this point of view comes from No. 2 above which was just considered – because misunderstanding and perversion

form an inseparable bond. As Paul, whose concern for the converts of Corinth, presents for them three characteristic marks of false teaching (II Corinthians

11:4):

A.

Another Jesus.

B.

Another Spirit.

C.

Another Gospel.

Let’s look at the trinity of perversion.

A. Another Jesus. It was apparently clear-cut to Paul and the Corinthian believers that the “Jesus” spoken of by the false teachers from Galatia and Corinth was definitely not the “Jesus” they knew – not the Savior of a world lost to sin Paul so ardently preached. The present-day Modernism teach a very different “Jesus” from the “Jesus” we know and love, the one who died for us, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He intercedes for us until He appears again in great glory for His redeemed ones.

B. Another Spirit. 1) Modernism of today has produced “another spirit,” one which has no recognition of the Holy Spirit’s Personality or Deity but whose works are simply emanations. To quote the findings of the modernistic school of thought, “what the New Testament denotes by ‘Holy Spirit’ is the divine dynamic energy, pregnant with all the potencies of ‘spiritual’ or supernatural life, which passed, as in the nervous system of a human organism from head to body, animating and controlling all the members and constituting the whole mystic or spiritual Messianic organism, humanity, indwelt

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by God.” Quite bluntly, all that sentence has done is to politely rule out the Person of the Spirit from Biblical revelation of His real essence and labor. 2) There is a more Satanic manifestation of “another spirit” called the “seducing spirits” which the Holy Spirit Himself expressly warns us against who are counterfeits of His Person and work (1 Tim.

4:1).

3) Then there is the “spirit” controlling “spiritualism” and all spiritist forces, note: this is not the Holy Spirit, whom we love and adore. It is “another spirit”, the evil satanic adversary of the Holy Spirit, Satan and his evil spirits.

C. Another Gospel. The perverted gospel was the old Pharisaic gospel of works, ritual, ceremonial and moral precepts and not the gospel taught to the Corinthians by Paul of which was the gospel of pardon through faith working by love. This very same gospel that Paul taught the Corinthians is today not always popular because in this new age it seems that Paul’s gospel, the gospel of the grace of God is not fashionable in some quarters. The gospel of the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, of salvation by faith is treated like overworked theology. As knowledge has advanced, it brought along with it a gospel of ethics, a social gospel, and salvation by works. However, as Paul preached the warning to us, “…If any man preach any other gospel unto you than what ye have received, let them be accursed.” (Galatians 1:7, 9). That warning still stands today regardless of our advancements in knowledge!

4. Because it is a Scriptural doctrine. Since the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is difficult to understand, it behooves all of the believers to an exhaustive study of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelations regarding the Holy Spirit by outlining all of those Scriptures to see what the Bible teaches about Him. We certainly believe that the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16), therefore, it will not be unexpected to find His own visible imprints across its sacred pages from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

5. Because it is a practical doctrine. Our goal must be to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth of the Holy Spirit, in a way to produce a life of richer devotion and holiness. The Word must become flesh and go out and dwell among men. As Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Whether we understand this verse or not, it has surely happened to us, a pure mystery of God! We were crucified with Christ, therefore, the Holy Spirit has transformed us into new people; we belong to Him.

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Lesson 3

From lesson 1, we learned that the Holy Spirit is not a visible Person but is like the breath of a man or the wind, impossible to see, and yet He abides in us. We also learned that the Holy Spirit is a personality which makes Him a Person. He, being a personality, makes Him more than a principle or an influence upon us but someone intimate within us teaching us those wonderful principles that Jesus Christ taught the apostles, sharing those things that He hears from the Father, making intercession to the Father for us from the very groaning of our inner man, something that is almost impossible for us to comprehend.

The adjective “Holy” Spirit is used nearly 100 times, why? He is fundamentally holy in character. Holiness is not just one of His attributes as being part of the Godhead, it is part of His Being, He is Holy. The Holy Spirit came from a Holy God. Therefore, all representatives of such a venerable, Holy One must bear His image (John 14:26; 17:11; I Peter 1:12, 16). His purpose in the world is to represent the Holy Savior. “He shall glorify Me (John 16:7-15; Hebrews 7:26). His work is to transform us into a holy people, and develop holy living through His indwelling and dominion. Through this He is called “The Spirit of God” (Romans 1:4), because He is the One who sanctifies the believer (Romans 15:16).

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity only because of His work being the third manifestation. The functions of the Father, Son and Spirit can be expressed as:

God the Father is the original source of everything (Genesis 1:1). God the Son follows in the order of revelation (John 5:24-27). God the Spirit is the Channel through which the blessings of heaven reach us (Ephesians 2:18). The three Persons in the Godhead are co-equals with each other.

The question is, since the Holy Spirit is Holy – how can we approach Him? That question is not as difficult as it sounds: first of all, the Holy Spirit has a heart because if He didn’t He could not love us. He has a mind and a will and a personality as we have already learned in lesson 1. As Dr. Herbert Lockyer puts it in his book, All the Doctrines of the Bible, Page 76:

“He has a heart, and loves me. Let me therefore love Him and ever strive to please Him. He has a mind, and constantly thinks and plans for me. Let me learn of Him and take His plan for my life. He has a will, so mighty to carry into effect all His loving plans. May I never cross His will, but have a personality completely dominated by Him.”

Christian character is not mere moral or legal corrections, but the possession and manifestation of the grace of Galatians 5:22, 23. Taken together they present a moral portrait of Christ, and may be understood as the apostle’s explanation in Galatians 2:20, where he says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me;”. The explanation being “Not, I, but Christ,” and as a

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definition of “fruit”. This character is possible because of the believer’s vital union with Christ (John 15:5; I Corinthians 12:12-13), and is wholly the fruit of the Spirit. “Fruit” (singular), in contrast with “works” (plural, v. 19), suggests that the Christian’s life in the Spirit is unified in purpose and direction in contrast with the life in the flesh, with its inner conflicts and frustrations. One of the Holy Spirit’s tasks is to prepare you and I (Christians) for eternal life.

Dr. Gene Holmes of Sweetwater Bible College did a study on the Fruit of the Spirit from the Scriptures and this is his translation from the Greek as he was inspired to write the following course of study. This is an excellent analogy of the fruit of the Spirit.

The Character of Jesus: Galatians 5:22-23 What the Spirit Himself produces in and out of the Believer. The total character of Jesus being produced in the total life. It is the Spirit’s responsibility to produce openly all of these portions of the complete character of Jesus. All of these parts spring forth by the influence of the Holy Spirit.

Fruit: that which is dry and ripe (ready for action), produce, result.

these parts together working. One part missing and a deficiency will occur. The construction of the thought of ‘fruit of the Spirit’ in the Greek would not permit us to say love alone in the fruit. All of the parts of this fruit are valuable – all work together to bring perfect harmony to the Believer’s spiritual existence, and work in his natural life. They cannot work independently from each other. All must perform at the same time. All are important in the working and manifestation of the quality of the fruit. Each has its own quality, yet together they make up the total quality.

The result is all of

1. Love: agape delight in, devotion, generosity, kindly concern, value, esteem, generous concern for, to set store upon, to cherish with reverence, to acquiesce, be quiet, to accept or comply without words or speech with satisfaction.

Love is the CORE of the fruit. It influences all the others, but it cannot stand- alone. It is the force that makes the other portions work. Love gives itself. Love has all the other parts around it. Love makes all the other parts to grow into complete development. The operation of love brings all of these parts of the fruit out in the open in equal amount. Love flows with the rest of the fruit. Love does not work independently of the other fruit. From I Corinthians 13 we can see love at work with the other fruit.

A. Love and joy are joined together, I Corinthians 13:6. Rejoices in the truth.

B. Love and Faith in action. I Corinthians 13:7. Believes all things, Hopes (trust) all things.

C. Love and Longsuffering cooperating. I Corinthians 13:5, 7. Endures all things, bears all things, is not easily provoked.

D. Love and Gentleness performing. I Corinthians 13:4-5. Behaves itself not unseemly, seeks not its own, its kind.

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E. Love and Meekness maintaining. I Corinthians 13:4. Vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

F. Love and Goodness working. I Corinthians 13:5. Thinks no evil.

G. Love and Self-control keeping a level living. I Corinthians 13:8. Never fails.

H. Love and Peace abiding. I Corinthians 13:4-8. The total rest of all these together, bringing the absence of strife.

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The Character of Jesus Continued

2. Joy: (Chara) delight, gladness, cause of joy, glad, occasion of rejoicing, rejoice, source of joy, fullness of joy.

Joy is the JUICE of the fruit. Joy is strength. It penetrates all the fruit. It works in making the freshness of the fruit. Joy is the source of delight, the cause of gladness. It is the continuous flow of rejoicing. It is the cause of cheer. Joy makes us glad because the Lord is glad. Joy is the happiness in the fruit. Joy comes from the same root as Grace, so joy would be continuous benefits and blessings flowing in and forth bringing a state of continuous gladness. Joy makes us delight in all situations and circumstances because it floods the soul with the victory of the Lord. Jesus claims that his joy remaining in us makes our joy full. John 15:11, this full means to be satisfied and to have the full enjoyment of. Joy is bringing satisfaction to the life on a continued basis.

3. Peace: (eirene) rest, calm (in contrast with strife and denoting the absence or end of strife), a state of health or well being, a state of untroubled, undisturbed well being. A state of being free from all anxiety and care (arising from His perfectly knowing the future). The peace which is the result of forgiveness enjoyed. Tranquillity, concord and unity. Also has a meaning of harmony.

Peace is the PULP, which is the wholeness, soundness and healthy state. Peace is being untroubled (not agitated, stirred up, disturbed) as He is untroubled. Peace is being in the same state of mind as God. Resting as He rests. Being free from strife and torment, speaking from an inner condition. Peace is the tranquil (free from agitation of mind or spirit) state of being in complete harmony with God. The tranquillity also means free from disturbance or turmoil and being steady and stable. The healthy status of the believer is found in the center of peace, which brings the soundness to his existence. The wholeness of our condition is determined by the recognition of the workings of peace within the inner man.

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Lesson 5

The Character of Jesus Continued

4. Longsuffering: (makrothumia) long before being angry, patient endurance, forbearance, fortitude, slowness of avenging injuries, patient enduring of evils. (Root: to wait with patient expectation).

Longsuffering is the LASTING QUALITY of the fruit. Taking the punishment, while growing to development. The endurance through all kinds of pressure. Take what you face and not becoming angry nor avenging what has been done to you.

5. Gentleness: (chrestotes) usefulness (as of persons towards others), goodness that shows itself in benevolence, kindness shown. (Root: to treat, behave towards, to avail one’s self).

Gentleness is the SHAPE of the fruit. Gentleness shows the kindness of what is being produced. Gentleness is to treat another with kindness. The purpose of the fruit is to be a treat of kindness to another. Being given to another as a treat of benevolence. Gentleness is the usefulness. How this part works in the life will determine one’s usefulness.

6. Goodness: (agathosine) the quality of him who is ruled by and aims at the food, moral worth, sterling goodness apart from attractiveness, virtue (Root: profitable, beneficent, upright).

Goodness is the TASTE of the fruit. One taste will tell if the fruit is any good. No matter how it looks, it can taste good. A taste will reveal its profit and worth. Goodness is being worked in us so we can be of profit and merit to God.

7. Faith: (pistis) firm persuasion, confidence, conviction that is based upon hearing, not sight. Assurance, trust, a firm relying confidence, faithfulness, guarantee, ground of belief, truthfulness. (Root: convince, to confide in, place hope and confidence in, to quiet, render tranquil, to pacify).

Faith is the SEED of the fruit. Faith is producing or making things happen. Faith is bringing forth things into being. Faith is the confidence that makes things happen or take place.

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Lesson 6

The Character of Jesus Continued

8. Meekness: (praotes) mildness, gentle (Root: enduring all things with an even temper, tender, free from haughty self-sufficiency), kindness, forbearance.

Meekness is the TENDERNESS of the fruit. Being ripe all the way through. Holding an even temperament. The part that helps you maintain an even level existence without wavering in your temperament.

9. Temperance: (egkrateia) mastery or dominion over, self-command, self-control, master of self, strong, stout, continence (self-restraint from yielding to impulse or desire, ability to refrain from a bodily activity).

Temperance is the SKIN of the fruit. It holds things together. Keeps the inward covered and protected from outside pressure. Prevents the interior from being hurt or harmed. The self-restraint that keeps you from yielding to impulse or desire. Temperance helps you to have mastery over self. The inner ability to keep things under control.

God is seeking to make us sound. When all the parts of the fruit operate at the same time, the believer flows as a total man, healthy and well, growing in the grace of God. The conclusion is that there is no law or regulation against the fruit. We can develop fully in complete character of Jesus. It is the Spirit’s responsibility to regulate and maintain development of the fruit. We must submit to the Spirit’s leadership and authority, so the production will take place in our life. Fruit is benefit and profit and this is what is being produced in us by the Spirit. Thus, the believer must be careful not to grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. He is working at all times to bring the believer to the stature of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This ends the lessons that Dr. Holmes was inspired to write, and as you can see there is a great deal of truth here that must be digested and practiced. In order to accomplish the Fruit of the Spirit by the Holy Spirit it must be accomplished by the following practices, not necessarily in this order. Note: this is but a small number of His ways of helping us to attain the character of Jesus Christ:

1. A study of the Word of God pertaining to the Holy Spirit.

2. Prayer, we must pray for the enlightenment of what we are studying by the Holy Spirit and the ability to put it to use. Prayer and study can be done together. Until we know more about the function of the Holy Spirit in our lives and most especially in the area of prayer, it is very important to pray in the Spirit because many times we do not know what to pray. The Holy Spirit will enlighten us as we pray (Romans 8:26).

3. We must be filled with the Spirit every day.

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4. We must walk in the Spirit at all times.

5. We must be full of the Holy Spirit.

6. We must believe that the Holy Spirit indwells us, but we must also remember not to confuse the indwelling with His fullness and infilling, (Romans 8:9, 11).

7. The supplication of the Holy Spirit on our behalf. He is our intercessor (Romans

8:26).

8. We must be yielded to the Holy Spirit.

9. We must have the willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to saturate every part of our life thereby, expelling all that is alien to His will.

10. The Holy Spirit is gloriously presented as our Source of Power, life and peace (Romans 8:4-6).

11. He is our Quickener (Romans 8:11). Quickener means: to make alive, give life, esp. of that life which will last forever, to give eternal life.

12. He is the Spirit of our sonship (Romans 8:15).

13. He is the First Fruits of our redemption (Romans 8:23).

14. Christ paid the price for our redemption; the Holy Spirit makes deliverance actual in experience (Romans 8:2).

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Lesson 7

Let’s discuss some of those items mentioned on Page 2 of Lesson 6 – namely:

Walking in the Spirit: Yielding

Romans 12:1-2 hits several of the items mentioned in lesson 6, however, all those items added together make up walking in the Spirit. Those two verses say the following:

1. “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Confession of sin in itself is not enough to enable the believer to automatically walk in the Spirit. He must then become a yielded instrument for God’s service. What is to be yielded is simply himself (Romans 6:13; James 4:7). This involves both the body (Romans 12:1; I Corinthians 6:20) and the mind (Romans 12:2) since it is with the body that actions conceived in the mind are carried out and with the mind that they are formulated. Stated another way, that which is conceived in the mind is carried out in the body; thus, one’s whole being must be presented by a decisive act of the will of God for His service. Yielding must not be thought of simply as a willingness to do some specific thing. Rather, it consists of dedication by a person to do whatever God commands.

Yielding leads not only to dedication but also can result in separation: “do not be conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). Since the world is resolutely opposed to God one cannot revel in its lusts and at the same time do the will of God (I John 2:15-17). The same word translated “conformed” here is translated “fashioning” in I Peter 1:14. So the concept of separation involves being “unfashionable” in spirit, thought, values, and actions according to the worlds standards. Note: the word “unfashionable” means not complying in dress or manners with the prevailing fashion, mode, or custom.

Finally, yielding includes transformation of the mind. This work is said to be accomplished through a lifetime of “renewing” the mind. Man’s mind has been darkened by sin (Romans 8:7; Colossians 1:21) and must be brought to the place where it thinks as God thinks (Ephesians 4:23). This renewing is said to come especially through prayer to God in everything (Philippians 4:6-7) and through constant meditation on the Word of God (Psalms 119:1). This transformation is a lifelong process that will not be completed until we are with Christ (Philippians 1:6; I John 3:2). Along life’s way, however, it brings a peace and delight that can only come from having embraced the mind of Christ.

to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and is therefore crucial to

successfully living the Christian life. Unlike the indwelling of the Spirit, filling is a repeated experience. This is underscored by the use of the present tense (“be filled”) as well as by Biblical examples of Christians who were filled more than once (Acts 2:4;

Walking in the Spirit:

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4:31). Just as important, we must observe that filling as a command to be obeyed, not an option. The next most important question is, how can someone be filled with the Spirit? The prerequisites are simply confession of sin and yielding to God. The former means to agree with God about the person’s sin; the latter means primarily dedication of himself to God. As the believer chooses to obey in these areas, he is filled with the Spirit and enabled to manifest Christ-like character. This obedience may be accompanied by prayer but not necessarily so.

The certainty of being filled with the Spirit may be confirmed by the believer’s faith and life. The believer will exhibit the Christ-like character described in Galatians 5:22-23 as the fruit of the Spirit. Included in that list are all the vibrant, attractive qualities desired by all Christians. How delightful it is that any Christian may possess them and be transformed by the filling of the Spirit.

The Filling of the Spirit:

One issue must be made clear at the outset to avoid confusion. The Spirit’s indwelling is distinct from His fullness and infilling. He possesses each and every one accepting Christ as Savior. However, “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” (Romans 8:9). So therefore, it is imperative to have accepted Christ as Savior to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament there are several people which are referred to as having received “The filling of the Spirit” (Luke 1:15, 41, 67; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17; 13:9,15). “Filled” as a participle refers to an occasional experience, a more abundant blessing for the time being than “fullness.” This “filling” speaks of a special inspiration, a spontaneous action or impulse of the Holy Spirit for a particular purpose.

Those who are permanently full of the Spirit need to be filled to meet a particular need. In times of particular difficulty or trial we can expect the additional motivation of the Spirit’s grace and wisdom. Exceptional power for special necessities or urgencies can be available. Therefore, the rule boils down the truth. “One baptism of the Spirit – many fillings.” “Fullness”, on the other hand, is an adjective and denotes a continual position, a constant condition. Christ was full of the Spirit (Luke 4:1). He received the Spirit without measure (John 3:34). Barnabas and Stephen are spoken of as being “full of the Spirit” (Acts 7:55; 11:24). Note: that “full of the Spirit” was the normal experience. However, even though we are “full” of the Holy Spirit, there are many times when we need that special filling of the Holy Spirit for those special purposes. This spiritual fullness that we are speaking of should characterize every Christian at all times and under all circumstances.

Those who are “full” find, that on special occasions of opposition, persecution, service, danger, or whatever, the Holy Spirit causes these fillings to come just when they are needed. It is His responsibility to send them and ours to receive them. You may ask the question, why, if a person is “full” of the Spirit does he need these special fillings. To answer that question we need to know what the word “full” means and the easiest way to illustrate “full” is relating it to a vessel or glass of any sort filled with water to the brim. Note, the water is not running over. “Being full of the Spirit” does not make a Christian independent of needing the filling, it really serves to make him more sensitive to his

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inadequacies, and of the necessity of the Spirit sustaining and renewing grace every moment.

We can possess the Spirit, and yet not be possessed by Him. It is said that “Egypt always has the Nile, but Egypt waits every year for its overflow.” Having the Nile is one thing; rejoicing in the overflow is another. The Nile’s overflow is Egypt’s salvation. But to overflow, the river must first be full. And the overflow from our lives is the world’s salvation. But in order to overflow we must first experience the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ. When the Spirit enters; He enters to stay. His indwelling is permanent (II Corinthians 13:9). He remains with us forever (John 14:16). As the Holy Inhabitant, He remains with us until death. He dwells in our hearts, that is, settles down, never to be driven out (Ephesians 3:16). When we open our window in the morning to welcome and inhale the fresh air, let us focus on the Holy Spirit at the very beginning of each new day, welcoming Him as the Inhabiter of our being, the Fountain of peace and joy, the Strength of our heart, the Director of our life. And as the day progresses let us count upon Him, who came as the Helper of the redeemed.

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Lesson 8

Ephesians 5:18-21 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. You may be immature, weak and imperfect, but if you have been “born again” of the Spirit (John 3:3-7), He dwells in you (I Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9). It is one thing for you to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, but does the Holy Spirit have you, that He may fill you with abundant life? The abundant life is not found in environment or circumstances, or in things you may possess. It is found in the infilling of the Holy Spirit. “Be filled with the Spirit” (Vs. 18 above) is a command. You may be filled many, many times, (Acts 2:4; 4:31). The apostles that were filled in Acts chapter 2 were filled again in Acts chapter 4. Just exactly what does it mean to be filled? To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be Spirit-possessed, Spirit- empowered, Spirit-led, and Spirit-controlled (Acts 8:26-40).

1. You are filled with the Spirit that you might have joy (vs. 19-20 above).

2. You are filled with the Spirit for service (Acts 6:3; 11:22-24).

3. You are filled with the Spirit for power to be a witness (Acts 1:8; 2:4-7).

4. You are filled with the Spirit for the hour of persecution (Acts 7:54-60).

5. You are filled with the Spirit that you may “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-

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6. You are filled with the Spirit that you may be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14).

How can you be filled with the Holy Spirit? First, you must desire Him to fill you. Second, you must ask Him to fill you. Third, you must believe that He does fill you (John 4:14; 7:37-38). The short formula is this: you must be cleansed, consecrated, and then claim. Note: this has already been reiterated in a previous lesson; however, it is very important that we receive in our hearts the message repeated.

As we keep believing, God keeps us filled with the Holy Spirit, Who, as the Spirit of faith, makes our faith possible. It has been said that “we must take God’s checks by faith and cash them by obedience.” Therefore, by faith we must reckon we are filled, then daily act as if we are.

The Supplication of the Spirit

In a previous lesson we learned that there is an area in our life that really needs help and that area is prayer. The Holy Spirit, when He takes possession of us, becomes the Spirit of intercession. Many, many times, we yearn to hear heart-communion with God, however, we seem unable to express ourselves in the right manner, the Holy Spirit is at our beck and call to aid us in this dilemma or infirmity. He, being indwelling in our

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heart, is our aid in prayer, and inspires every outgoing of the mind toward God whether in supplication, intercession, confession, or thanksgiving. Without the Holy Spirit our prayers are as dead as a body without a soul; as useless as an arrow without a bow. Dr. Norman Harrison, from his book, His is a Life of Prayer, writes: “As the telephone is dead and impotent without the electric current, so is prayer apart from the Spirit. He supplies the sending power, He secures the access; He forms the contact, He molds the pray-er into the mind and will of God. The Spirit is at once the Guide prayer and the Guarantor of its success. “Praying in the Spirit” is of great importance and is very effective. We have no knowledge of what we are saying, except that we have that certain quieting, a feeling of peace that is extremely hard to describe, knowing deep down that the Holy Spirit has everything under control, however, the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, knows exactly what we are saying.

As we move in the direction of this remarkable phenomenon of the mystic truth of “Prayer in the Spirit,” it may be useful to group together the different passages of Scripture associated with this phenomenon. Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27). “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into their hearts, crying out, “Abba Father!” (Galatians 4:6). “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18). “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephsians 6:18). “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3). “But you beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 20).

Praying in the Holy Spirit is a very valuable asset to praying. The Spirit is the Inspirer of all true prayer. Contact with God rests on the basis of regeneration. Prayers are not accepted and are not acceptable unless the praying one is truly saved. There are three elements pertaining to all mighty praying:

1. Prayer is impossible without an act of memory. We must have the recall of all that we desire to present to God. It doesn’t matter whether its God’s mercies, our needs, our sins, or the needs of others, the Holy Spirit must bring all that we desire to pray about to our remembrance.

2. Prayer is impossible without an act of mind. As the Spirit of wisdom, He can cause us to use acceptable words to express our adoration, petitions, and supplications. His power alone can cause us not to be distracted but can also cause us to develop the necessary concentration prayer demands.

3. Prayer is impossible without an act of love. Remember the Spirit of love is shedding abroad in our hearts the love of God. He is able to lead us to present, compassionately, the needs of others. Therefore, intercession, whether from God or man, rises on the wings of love.

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There is a great deal more that the Holy Spirit does for the believer along the lines of prayer, however, we must bring this back to the Fruit of the Spirit and through that fruit which is brought into the life of all “born again” Christians by the Holy Spirit, we Christians grow beautiful fruit, for this fruit brought in by the Holy Spirit is the very Character of Jesus Christ our Lord! Therefore, if we allow ourselves to be given over completely to the Holy Spirit for our entire lives, the fruit that will be produced will be absolutely wonderful.

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Lesson 9

We have presented many facets of the Holy Spirit that are not commonly understood or taught but have only encompassed the general theme “The Fruit of the Spirit.” We will now expand on some of those facets and will open new areas of study to give us a more comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives and in the life of the Body of Christ, the Church, of which the Holy Spirit is the Administrator.

The importance of the Holy Spirit’s role as Co-Creator of the universe.

The first reference to the Holy Spirit is found in Genesis 1:2 and the last reference of Him in the Old Testament is Malachi 2:15. Twenty-two books out of the 39 books making up the Old Testament present a dynamic insight of the Holy Spirit, in spite of the limited revelation of His pre-incarnation. Upon reviewing the Spirit’s initial work relative to creation, remember that He is mysteriously yet unequivocally declared as the divine Agent in the making and forming of material things.

It is odd that the Holy Spirit being a Spirit by His substance has a direct connection, because He is the divine Agent, with a world of matter. The Biblical writers of old would hardly look into their thinking as other than “Yea or Nay,” however, today’s writers are seeking to place everything they think into a neat rational set of reasoning for what is seen. Therefore, since the holy men of old saw the wonder of nature as the direct fruition of God’s direct action through His Eternal Spirit, then let us examine the creative works of the Co-Creator:

1. He is Co-Creator of the world. Three key passages of Scripture proving conclusively the Holy Spirit’s work in the creation of the universe.

A. “The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).

B. “Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit they are created” (Psalm 104:30; 147:14-

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C. “By His Spirit He hath garnished the heavens” (Job 26:13).

The first glimpse that we receive from the Holy Spirit in Scripture is that of Creator – Genesis 1:2. Seeing that creative power is a permanent feature of His work. Many times, regarding the Holy Spirit’s work, we put the “cart before the horse” so to speak – we worship the gift rather than the Giver. It seems that we cry for the light, sun, moon, and stars: for the animals, birds, and forgetting that without the Giver none of the above would have been brought into being.

2. He is the Co-Creator of man. The “Nicene Creed” addresses the Holy Spirit as

“The Lord, the Life-Giver” and a mixture of other Scriptures which describe Him as the direct Agent in the Creation of man, just as it is His responsibility of recreation. Three key Scriptures regarding His part in the Creation of man:

A. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).

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B. “(He) breathed into his nostrils the breath (spirit) of life” (Genesis 2:7).

C. “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4).

It is man’s desire to have an honorable heritage. Man is pleased with a good ancestry, an ancestry whose character was goodness.

3. He is Co-Creator of the animal world. It is not downgrading our nature to be reminded that we are created by the same Spirit who gave all creation and breath

of life. “To believe that God’s Spirit is the missing link between ourselves and the animal world,” says one writer, “is to reach a Darwinism where there is nothing to degrade. We did not come from them, but we and they together are the offspring of God.” “Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created” (Psalm 104:27-30). Observe from the immediate context the words “all” and world, and to beasts, birds and fish in particular (Psalm 104:25-26; Genesis 1:21). Two thoughts crop up from this aspect of the Spirit’s creative work.

A. The fact that we are bound together with the animal world by one Spirit of creation sends us the signal that we have not the right to be cruel to those creatures sharing our natural life. This, of course, becomes the greatest argument in favor of the well-known society “The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

B. Isaiah 65:24-25 says, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, saith the Lord.” From these two verses from Isa. it is apparent that we will sit at “The one communion table of nature” which means the animal world will also share in the fruit of Christ’s redemption, and experience a mighty deliverance when He comes to reign as the Prince of Kings of the earth (Romans 8:19-22).

4. He is the Co-Creator of beauty. Job and the apostle Paul both describe the beauty of the heavens; Paul does this in I Corinthians 15:41. Psalm 19:1-6 certainly describes “the heavens declare the glory of God.” Matthew Henry, a great Bible commentator, describes it by this comment: “The Spirit not only made the heavens, but beautified them: has curiously bespangled them with stars by night, and painted them with the light of the sun by day. God, having made man to look upward (to man he gave an erect countenance) has therefore garnished the heavens, to invite him to look upward, that by pleasing his eye with the dazzling light of the sun, and the sparkling light of the stars, their number, order and various magnitudes, which as so many golden studs, beautify the canopy drawn over our heads, he may be led to admire the greater Creator, the Father and Fountain of Lights, and to say, “If the pavement be so richly inlaid, what must the palace be!” If the visible heavens be so glorious, what are those that are out of sight? From the beauteous garniture of the antechambers, we may infer the

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precious furniture of the presence-chamber. angels!

If stars are so bright, what are

The Spirit is not only the Creator of all the beauty above, but He is also accountable for the beauty that we see all around us in the world today where everything seems to please us. Nature presents us with a wealth of loveliness and a richness of color that is unsurpassed in each of the four seasons! At this point we can certainly appreciate Psalm 29 more fully when we remember that the Voice spoken of within the Psalm is the Voice of the Holy Spirit Himself, described by Ezekiel as “the voice of the Almighty” (Ezekiel 10:5).

5. He is the Co-Creator of substance. It is difficult for people of the world today to realize that the continual harvests of the fields are made possible by the Holy Spirit. However, following are some passages of Scripture that we can praise the Holy Spirit as our daily Provider and Benefactor. Isaiah 32:13-16, which says, “For the land of my people growing up with thorns and briers; yes, for all the houses of joy in the joyous city.” “For the palace shall be forsaken, the populous city shall be deserted; the hill and the watchtower shall be for dens (of wild animals) endlessly, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks.” “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is valued as a forest.”

“Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness (religious and moral rectitude in every area and relation) will abide in the fruitful field” (Isaiah 32:15- 16). Psalm 104:27 says, “These all wait and are dependent upon You, that You may give them their food in due season.” [(Compare with Psalm 136:25; 145:15- 16; 147:9). The Scriptures above are from The Amplified Bible.] We must remember that what the blessed Holy Spirit is in the realm of nature, He most assuredly is in the realm of grace! Only on His gracious visitations are there spiritual harvest and renewal. Food to maintain our spiritual lives emanates from this same bountiful Source. The Holy Spirit is One who feeds our souls with the Bread of Life.

6. He is the Co-Creator of rest. To jog our memories a little, the Holy Spirit is a tender, loving, and considerate Third Person of the Godhead. With all of the work that He does with and for us, it is difficult for us to associate the Spirit with giving animals the sleep that refreshes them. Yet it is true, the gracious Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life, revitalizes man and beast alike with that invaluable blessing of rest. Psalm 127:2 says, (Amp. Version) “It is in vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of (anxious) toil; for He gives (blessings) to His beloved in sleep.” “As the cattle that go down into the valley (to find better pasturage, refuge and rest) the Spirit of the Lord caused to rest”. The Holy Spirit, as the gentle dove, puts to sleep those doubts, fears and anxieties within our hearts that make us toss and turn, sleepless and perplexed.

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7. He the Co-Creator of death. The Holy Spirit is the Life Giver who is able to make that which is dead alive, continually quickening the body; however, He is also able to take life away. Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 have this to say about death, “Remember your Creator earnestly now, before the silver chord of life is snapped apart, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern (and the whole circulatory system of the blood ceases to function),” “Then shall the dust (of which God made man’s body) return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God Who gave it”. (AV). Let us look at some further Spirit Scriptures: “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh” (Genesis 6:3; 7:22). “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass” (Isaiah 40:7; Psalm 104:29; 147:16-17). Then in the New Testament, Acts 5:1-4 it is apparent that the same Spirit can bring forth sudden death.

8. He is Co-Creator of Christ’s human body. As the Holy Spirit designed Adam without the natural course of events in the inception of a person, so He fashioned Christ’s body, the last Adam without the natural course of events in the inception of Jesus. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, a miracle through and through for it was not the birth that was a miracle but the inception of that baby in the womb of Mary (Matthew 1:20). Our Lord’s birth was supernatural in that He was created as a direct result of a divine creative act without natural generation. It becomes evident that it was the direct act of the Holy Spirit within the body of Mary that produced a human body for Christ and a sinless one as well – see Luke 1:35; when we look at Exodus 40:35 it becomes clear that where ever that great glory is there is no sin there. Though Mary herself had sin, that part of her flesh whereof Christ was made, was without sin.

9. He is Co-Creator of the new nature. The birth of Jesus Christ our Lord by the Holy Spirit is representative of our rebirth. “That which is born of the Spirit” (John 3:6) – “Born…of God” (John 1:13) – “Through the Spirit…being born again” (I Peter 1:22-23) – “A new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17 AV). Dr. Lockyer from his book Al the Doctines of the Bible, page 67, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, writes, “The notable difference between the creation of our Lord’s physical nature, and the creation of our spiritual nature by the self same Spirit can be expressed in this way – at the virgin birth of Christ there added to His already existing divine nature, a human nature, while at our rebirth the Spirit adds to an already existing human nature, a divine nature. Regeneration does not make a sinner a better man, but brings in a new man. The old nature is not improved. By faith the believing one is made a partaker of the divine nature.”

10. He is Co-Creator of the Church. The Church of Jesus Christ had its birthday on Pentecost. Before that the disciples existed as units but through the baptism of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost they were integrated together into the mystic consistency Paul described as “the church of God” (Acts 20:28). The Holy Spirit who is responsible for Jesus’ physical body produces His mystical body, the Church, of which Jesus is the Head. The mystical body, the Church, brought into being, the

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Creator-Spirit kindly acquiesces to indwell a holy creation, thereby, making it His dwelling place (Ephesians 2:19-22).

11. He is Co-Creator of the Scriptures. There were over 40 writers utilized in the assembling of Scripture, it required only one divine Author. II Peter 1:21 speaks very clearly of this, “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.” Compare with these Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:10-12; II Timothy 3:16; II Samuel 23:2-3. It is the Holy Spirit that unfolds the revelation of Scripture into the hearts of those He indwells. It is the Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth and grants to us discernment (John 16:13-15).

12. He is Co-Creator of the new creation. There apparently are not any direct Scriptures combining the Holy Spirit to the new creation as being His work, however, there is an inference that having been commissioned by God to perform in a creative manner, He surely will have a share in the last creation, impressive beyond any other recognition of achievement. The climax of His creations will be the new heavens and new earth. These will be His masterpiece (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; II Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1).

Can you imagine the holy joy and exaltation that the Creator must have felt when He carried John to that great and high mountain and place on display to John’s adoring gaze “that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God” (Revelation 1:10; 21:10). And as Dr. Lockyer states in his Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, “And, believing that the holy city is “the Bride, the Lamb’s wife,” that is, the church in government and millennial splendor, we can detect a beautiful combination in such fact. The Church is not yet without spot and wrinkle. Here below, although the creation of the Spirit, she has many blemishes, living as she does in a corrupt and hostile world. But when she is glorified and made entirely holy, then she is to have a world akin to her perfect nature. Thus, the last creative act of the Spirit is to prepare an absolutely holy home for an absolutely holy Bride and Bridegroom.”

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Lesson 10

The Savior and the Spirit As our study goes forward into the New Testament regarding the Holy Spirit it becomes most awe inspiring because we are afforded a clearer view of His Person, His relationship, His Function, with God the Son, and God the Father. It also becomes more apparent that His tasks and activities are expanding at a more rapid pace. Our personal interest of Him accelerates immensely and becomes more intense as our knowledge increases regarding His relations with Christ our Lord and His never ending indwelling in the Church. Note that it is only as we take the New Testament into our hands and aggressively push ahead with our journey through its sacred pages that we will realize the fullness of “the things of the Spirit.” There are only three books of the New Testament in which the Holy Spirit is not named – they are Philemon, and the second and third epistles of John.

The most important part about this trip through the Scriptures is that the more we get to know the Holy Spirit, the more we find we can believe Him and trust Him, the more clearly we can understand His words and works. This is extremely exciting because the apostolic fathers found the same to be true and they believed Him and trusted Him. John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit are counted as forerunners, for as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus; it was the Holy Spirit that prepared the way for both John and Jesus.

Pre-Messianic Operations By this is meant the Holy Spirit’s movements before Christ’s appearance. Just prior to the entrance of Christ into the world, the Holy Spirit began to stir up the devoted souls who had been longing for the consolation of Israel. They who experienced the new and strange leading found that their thoughts were directed to the coming Messiah.

First: Zacharias and Elizabeth who were “both righteous before God and walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless,” (Luke 1:6), had a tremendous experience of the Holy Spirit’s miraculous creative power. Zacharias was informed by Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, that he was to have a son and that he was to be filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb (Luke 1:15). Elizabeth, on the other hand, was filled with the Holy Spirit as John was about to be born (Luke 1:41). Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit to give the prophecy concerning the mission of John the Baptist (Luke 1:17, 67).

Second: In the informing of both Joseph and Mary, we can see the delicate and sacred work of the Holy Spirit in this manifestation; refresh your memory by rereading Matthew 1:18-25. Joseph was informed that the child that Mary was to give birth to would be conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20). Of course the pregnant condition of Mary was extremely disturbing to Joseph, however, this was fully explained by revelation (Matthew 1:18-19). Mary was given the secret of our Lord’s conception by Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, the Holy Spirit would come

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upon her and the power of The Most High will overshadow you; disassociated from all human agency. Gabriel also told her of her elevation as blessed above all other women for being the mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:35).

Third: There was Simeon, the saint from Jerusalem who was advanced in age, who lived a “just and devout” life always looking for Christ to come. He was given the assurance that he would live to see the Messiah, by whom, the Holy Spirit. Simeon’s name means “one who hears and obeys” as knowing the voice of the Spirit we see:

1. The Spirit was upon Him (Luke 2:25).

2. The Spirit revealed unto him the fulfillment of his desires (Luke 2:26).

3. The Spirit led him to the Temple to see Jesus at the time when Jesus was brought to the Temple to be dedicated to Jehovah as the firstborn and to be redeemed by payment of a ransom (Exodus 13:12; Luke 2:23, 26-27).

Fourth: John the Baptist; the forerunner of our Lord was in the same manner subject to the diverse operations of the Holy Spirit. Some examples are:

1. In Luke 1:13-25 we find that John’s birth was impossible by natural means but was brought about by the Holy Spirit.

2. John, at birth, was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15).

3. John was born of a Spirit filled mother (Luke 1:41).

4. John performed his ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:17; Mark 6:20).

5. John prophesied about the baptism with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33).

6. John saw the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ in the form of a dove (Luke 3:16-22).

Even though it is not expressly written there are more times in which the Holy Spirit intervened. For instance – the search and the joy of the wise men from the east finding Jesus in Bethlehem – without the Holy Spirit showing them the way; then, the adoration and testimony of the shepherds. From this we can see that the Holy Spirit united the transition period between the two Testaments by “coming upon” the lives of those righteous people gathered around the Lord’s entrance into our humanity, with His own holy presence and power.

Messianic Ministrations There existed a marvelous and blessed relationship between Jesus Christ the Holy Son and the Holy Spirit. Peter explains, in I Peter 2:21, which the Lord Jesus had patterned His life such that it was to be an example in which we could and would follow in His footsteps. Jesus, in Matthew 10:24, states that “the disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord,” one application, of the declaration, is that if Jesus needed that which the Holy Spirit could meet, and which He brought to the Holy Spirit in humble dependence to meet them like Christ, then we, as disciples and servants, also must be dependent at least as much upon the Third Person.

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The Holy Spirit in our Lord’s Teaching and Types. Jesus teaching on the Holy Spirit is complete and varied, and especially near the close of His earthly ministry. His reference to the “Paraclete” was always in a personal way. Scripture presents a developing revelation of the task of the Holy Spirit, however, our expectation of our Lord’s teaching will be a thorough and distinct revelation of the Holy Spirit’s Person and task, than the Old Testament contains.

It is imperative that we understand that while marvelous developments of the truth of the Holy Spirit are traceable after the Lord’s ascension, such as the magnificent brilliance of

a noonday revelation, as described in the book of Acts and the epistles pertaining to the Holy Spirit’s activities, after Christ’s testimony no new truth appears. That which the apostles taught regarding the Holy Spirit can be found within Christ’s teachings. The classification of the truth, concerning the activities of the Holy Spirit revealed in the New Testament can be described thusly, Who the Holy Spirit is and what He does is unfolded in four categories:

1. Historically in the gospels.

2. Experimentally in the Acts.

3. Doctrinally in the epistles.

4. Governmentally in the Revelation.

The Holy Spirit was prayed for by Christ. There are several important aspects of Jesus’ revelation of the Holy Spirit found in the gospels:

1. The Holy Spirit came in answer to Christ’s prayer in the gospel of John 14:16 which says, “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter.” And, of course, the experience of the apostles found in the book of Acts includes an answer to this prayer by Jesus.

2. Jesus commanded His disciples to pray for the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:13 says, “… how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” This request forms the burden of His high-priestly position of John 17, for it is only through the gift of the Holy Spirit that the desires of Jesus for His own can be fully realized. Very important -–As believers, then, we have the Holy Spirit through the joint prayers of the Lord and ourselves.

The Spirit Was Prophesied by Christ. At the Feast of Tabernacles, on the last day of that great and holiest of all Feasts, Jesus gave a prophetic view of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. John 7:38 in part says, “…out from his innermost being springs and rivers of living water shall flow (continually)…” The word “flow” appears only at this one place in the New Testament and means the continual movement of the Spirit. Flowing up from the “belly,” filling him completely and then flowing out, giving spiritual refreshment to parched barren wilderness around, making a garden that can grow good things, we must remember that no believer can experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit in life and service unless he is willing to glorify the Lord. He cannot bless and use those who are boastful, self-confident, and self- glorifying.

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The Holy Spirit Was Given By Christ. Christ is God’s Love-Gift to “a world of sinners lost and ruined by the fall.” The Holy Spirit is Christ’s Love-Gift to His Blood-bought ones. The evidence clearly indicates that the Gift of the Holy Spirit was a donation that neither the Father or the Son could give alone – therefore the procession of the Holy Spirit is from the Father through the Son. The presentation of this blessed Gift can be shown in a threefold manner:

1. The Holy Spirit was given by the Father (John 14:16, 26; Acts 1:4). As Christ is God’s Gift (Romans 6:23), who, as the totalitarian Possessor of all things, possesses Christ (I Corinthians 3:23), so the Holy Spirit is God’s Gift, and therefore, His possession (Genesis 6:3; Zachariah 4:6).

2. The Holy Spirit was given by Christ (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost as the promised empowering Gift of the Lord Jesus Christ in response to Jesus Christ’s own request.

3. The Holy Spirit came on His own initiative. “When He…is come” (John 16:13). We see the willingness and voluntary service the Third Person gave and gives. It was not necessary for God and Christ to press Him into the ministry He represents. All His activities, like the incarnation and death of the Savior, are in accord with and without compulsion.

The Father was willing to give His Son as the sinner’s Substitute. The Son was willing to die in the sinner’s place. The Holy Spirit was willing to enter and remain in the world from Pentecost until the translation of the Church, and by His long ministry, complete such a Church, which is the Lord’s Body.

The Holy Spirit Was Prepared for by Christ. When Jesus was preparing to ascend into heaven “He breathe on His disciples, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22 RV). Immediately a question arises, did the disciples actually receive the Holy Spirit at this time or at the later time of Pentecost? We know two things – one, that the Holy Spirit was to come upon the disciples at Pentecost. Two, Jesus, by breathing upon them audibly, created an atmosphere, preparing them to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that we must openly yearn to receive the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Was Received by Christ for Us. Peter and Paul both affirmed the above issue. Acts 2:33 which says, “Being therefore lifted high by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promised [blessing which is the] Holy Spirit, He has made this outpouring which you yourselves both see and hear.” Paul also gives us the reminder that in Ephesians 4:8 that on His Ascension, Christ “gave gifts unto men.” In the same way that the Holy Spirit indwelt the human body of our Lord, so the Father gives the Holy Spirit to us that He might indwell us thus forming the Lord’s mystical Body, manifesting in and through each believer the spiritual gifts necessary “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).

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The Holy Spirit Witnessed Christ’s Exaltation. The disciples saw Jesus ascend from the earth to heaven, however, we are privileged because we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who also witnessed Jesus Christ’s arrival into heaven (Acts 5:30-32; John 7:39; 16:7). When Jesus, who was gloriously exalted, sat down on the right hand of the Father, The Majesty on High, the Holy Spirit descended to engage in His defense of the Lord’s people. Since the Holy Spirit abides in us, it also provides us with evidence of Jesus Christ’s state of being enthroned and more than that proof of His resurrection. This takes away the myth that some one stole Christ’s body therefore there was no resurrection. The fact that the Holy Spirit is here today makes it clear that Jesus is alive forevermore.

The Holy Spirit Testifies of Christ. There are two considerations to take into account:

1. Upon referring to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “…even the Spirit of truth …” (John 15:26). Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are called “the truth” (John 14:6; 15:26), it is essential to have the One sharing His nature to bear testimony to Him.

2. As Peter proclaims in Acts 5:32, there is a twofold witness – the Holy Spirit’s testimony and our testimony (John 15:26). We give what we get – we reflect, as a mirror, what we receive.

Make no mistake about it; the Holy Spirit loves to make much of Christ. Whereby He leads us to the Master and preserves Him and keeps His fires burning brightly in our hearts. The focal point of our faith is that Jesus Christ with His limitless assets, with His great love, mercy and grace, is very near to the individual believer, and made part of Christ'’ very being by the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Glorifies Christ. In the gospel of John chapter 16 verse 14, Jesus, still speaking about the Holy Spirit, tells His disciples this, “He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) them to you.” (AV). Christ’s integrity as the God-Man, savior, Friend, Companion and Lord are extolled by the Holy Spirit. One man by the name of Bengel wrote a meaningful phrase concerning the Holy Spirit, “The Son glorifies the Father, the Spirit glorifies the Son.” And the divine function of the Holy Spirit is to induce in us a higher esteem of love.

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World About Christ. The Holy Spirit’s responsibility began at Pentecost and will continue until the Church is complete. The association of the Spirit with the Church will come to an end when the Church is translated at the return of Jesus Christ. His function at the present time is with and in the world, and with, in and through the Church. Jesus, in His sermon dealing with the Holy Spirit’s functions, informs us concerning the first act of the Holy Spirit is worldwide conviction in a threefold dimension, sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:8). The world being spiritually dead (John 16:3), is in extreme need of this function of the Holy Spirit. The disaster of this function is that it is so resisted that it cancels the saving purpose of God, or it is received in vain, because it takes more than a change of

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mind, it also requires that godly sorrow which carries out the work begun by repentance to its completion in the acceptance of salvation (II Corinthians 7:10). Let’s examine the threefold conviction the Holy Spirit strives to produce:

1. He convicts men of the sin of unbelief (John 16:9).

2. He convicts men that Jesus is the righteousness of God (John 16:10).

3. He convicts men that the power of Satan has been broken (John 16:11).

The Holy Spirit Transforms Men into Christ’s Image. Another function of the Holy Spirit is the creation of the image of the Master within willing, obedient lives. “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” (II Corinthians 3:18). We were given four gospels, representing four contrasting views of one divine Person, so the continuous ministry of the Holy Spirit is to fill the world with people reproducing Jesus Christ. However, transformation is the exclusive function of the Spirit realizing that He alone “possesses” the power to reproduce Christ in the lives yielded to His control.

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Lesson 11

The Sufferings of the Holy Spirit:

As we grow in the Lord we seem to receive the feeling that we are the only ones who are suffering. Let us put your mind at ease regarding suffering:

1. First, there was the Father, who from the foundations of the world, knew that His Son was going to have to die for you and for me, His creations – He suffered long and hard for us.

2. Then, there was Christ who suffered and died for you and me; prior to His death, just the last few years of His life, He suffered the insults, name calling, belittling, lies, rejection, schemes, loneliness, etc., of the people who wanted to kill Him and had been trained and taught to know and recognize Him when He came as the Messiah. These were the religious people, the priests, the elders, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the scribes or lawyers of the law of God, the Sanhedrin, all who should have been happy to see Him, for the most part rejected Him. Christ taught us by the Word of God, a way of life not a religion. A life that we could live twenty four hours a day for the rest of our lives. The Holy Spirit was with our Lord during His suffering, death and His resurrection.

3. Christ asked the Father to send us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to indwell us (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7), which He has done and will do until our Lord Jesus reaches down with His hand and says, “Well done good and faithful servant.” You say, how can the Holy Spirit suffer? Review the earlier lessons where it was proved that the Holy Spirit has a personality and deity, therefore, it is clearly evident that He is capable of being treated wrongfully. Because of Who and What He is, any kind of sin committed against Him is grievous and condemnatory. The dignity of the person magnifies any crime committed against him. For instance, insulting a prince brings more punishment than mistreating a nameless indigent. Since there is absolute equality among the Persons of the Godhead, there is equality of suffering. What One feels, the Others feel. Therefore, let’s classify the various sufferings personally endured by the Holy Spirit:

Sufferings – self-imposed. Sufferings – caused by sinners. Sufferings – caused by sinners and saints.

Sufferings caused by saints

1. Suffering self-imposed, as the Savior did, the Holy Spirit also had sufferings self-imposed. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we

ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Consider two very important issues related to verse 26:

The Sufferings of the Holy Spirit:

A. The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities.

B. Groanings are His.

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We must remember that as the eternal Spirit, He suffered in Christ’s sufferings (Hebrews 9:14). Jesus lived on this earth for just over 33 years, however, while He suffered so much anguish, especially during the last three years of His life, His sufferings ended with His resurrection and ascension to the Father’s right hand. Some 2000 years ago, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to earth as a gift of heaven, and has been enduring all kinds of insults since that time. He chooses to remain among men, and from many, many people, generation after generation He has suffered a great deal from both sinners and saints.

2. Sufferings caused by sinners. Because this is the administration of the Spirit of grace and because He most certainly is related to all who do not know Christ, at least three situations of disgraceful treatment is dispensed to the Holy Spirit by such sinners.

A. He is blasphemed. “The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: as found in Matthew 12:31, provides us with ample proof of the great importance that is placed on the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the area of grace by Jesus Christ Himself. The Holy Spirit is God’s final decree, His last Witness to men, that if they treat Him as they treated Christ the Savior, their final judgement is sealed. This “blasphemy” has become known as “the Unpardonable Sin,” and is the headstrong, conscious, final rejection of the Spirit’s revelation of Christ.

B. He is spurned. Hebrews 3:7-8 reveals to us, “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” The Holy Spirit is the direct Agent between the Savior and sinners, it is His work to convict and convince the lost of their need (John 16:8). However, there are myriads of people through out the world who are continually convicted of their sinful condition, but who continually say “No!" to the Holy Spirit. He warns of the terrible danger ahead, but all of His supplications are refused. As each refusal is made time after time after time, links are forged in the chain, binding the soul forever.

C. He is insulted. A sinner insults the Holy Spirit when he refuses to obey His voice. As He says, “today,” to reply, “No, not today, there’s plenty of time,” is to despise His request. Hebrews 10:29 says, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, where with he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” The word “despite” actually means “to shamefully entreat.” Therefore, the Holy Spirit, in the refusal, has already been insulted. Furthermore, as the Spirit testifies to the deity of

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Christ, and the necessity of the cross, to deny these fundamental truths is to insult the Spirit. See Hebrews 10:30-13.

3. Sufferings caused by sinners and saints. There are certain Spirit-passages which have the ability of having a double application, here are some of those passages.

A. He can be angered. Psalm 78:40 tells us, “How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert.” The Israelites angered the Holy Spirit in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert. The suddenness of the Holy Spirit’s descending from heaven upon Saul which aroused his (Saul’s) anger and aroused him into action (I Samuel 11:6). The Jews angered the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10). It is indeed terrible to have the Holy Spirit as your enemy. There is “the wrath of the Spirit,” as there is “the wrath of the Lamb.” Divine anger is different from human anger. Divine anger, speaking of a wounded heart, cries out for atonement – human anger, speaks of wounded pride, and cries out for revenge. In the days of Noah, the sinners were guilty of arousing the wrath of the Spirit, so that He would not strive with them (Genesis 6:3). Saints although redeemed, can rebel (Isaiah 63:10). When the Holy Spirit reveals to us unexpected ugliness within, the proud heart acts in a way displeasing to the Holy Spirit. For we must remember that He is not condemning us for that, He is convicting us for our revulsion and confession, for His help in removing the ugliness.

B. He can be resisted. Stephen, just before he was stoned to death, condemns his nation for resisting the Holy Spirit in very strong language (Acts 7:51). “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.” Sinners resist Him when they do not respond to His prompting. His imploring voice is heard but the heart is not open. Walls of excuses and indifference are immediately thrown up producing an after effect of active resistance to His gentle inducement. Saints resist the Holy Spirit by their negative actions, when they doubt the power of God through the Word. Negative actions regarding the prompting of the Holy Spirit to obey specific commands is resisting the Spirit.

C. He can be lied against. Remember the tragedy which overtook Ananias and Sapphira, when Peter attributes deity to the Holy Spirit. “Lie to the Holy Spirit…Lied unto…God” (Acts 5:3-4). The conclusion is that the Holy Spirit is God. These tragic people were guilty of acting a lie. We must guard ourselves against secret deceptions of the heart. Sinners try to deceive the Holy Spirit when they say they are converted and are not, or when they play act a profession for something of gain to them. Saints, on the other

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hand, lie against the Holy Spirit when they tell Him that they have placed all on the altar but kept back part of the price.

D. He can be tempted. Peter refers to the incident regarding Ananias and Sapphira as agreeing “to tempt the Spirit of the Lord” (Acts 5:9). You have no doubt read of sinners having an exaggerated self-opinion, who, denying the presence and reality of God, have the audacity to say, “If there is a God, let Him strike me dead?” God, who is gracious and merciful, doesn’t use His power to remove those who try to deny His existence; however, asking for signs is a form of tempting God.

4. Sufferings caused by saints. As has been said before, one way that we have for discovering the treatment saints are to give out to the Holy Spirit is to systematically and patiently search out and study what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. The Bible contains so much more truth, than a good book, because the Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible, that is not to say that the book would not be anointed by the Holy Spirit, however, the Bible has 66 books included in it; and He will reveal Himself to us as we study and meditate upon the Bible.

A. He is ignored. This event took place in Ephesus, and it concerned the disciples of John the Baptist there. These people had received the baptism of John but not the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which would be subsequent to their exercise of faith in the Lord. The statement that they made, “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost,” reflects their lack of knowledge about the Holy Spirit’s work or ministry, not their denial of His existence. The sticky wicket, in this case, is that these people said that Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost “since” they believed. Their purpose was to show that Paul accepted the idea that some do not receive the Spirit until after salvation. If should be understood, however, that the Greek does not support this translation. A literal rendering of the Greek would be: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit, having believed?” It is plain in verse 4 and 5 that these people had not believed in Jesus Christ but in the repentance that John the Baptist had preached. Thus no conflict. Question, “Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed?” (Acts 19:2). Paul had rebuked them for the lack of spiritual power in the lives. “We have not so much as heard that there be any Holy Ghost.” It is plain from this that there are millions of people who are ignorant of His Personality. Ignorance of His Person is responsible for spiritual barrenness. Ignorance, is the sin of those who are saved, it affects your spiritual progress, your experience with the Spirit and proves a lack of knowledge.

B. He is grieved. Immediately the Scripture, Ephesians 4:30 floods into our mind, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit.” “Grieve” is a word

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that was used in Gethsemane, meaning “to afflict with sorrow.” We read concerning Jesus that “He began to be sorrowful” (Matthew 26:37). This implies that we can give the Spirit His Gethsemane. Grieving is the sin which effects the ones who are sealed, however, it can never effect the sealing which is “unto the day of redemption” of the body. This particular sin is a sin of the saints and relates directly to their inward, outward, upward, life of holiness.

C. He is quenched. I Thessalonians 5:19 says, “Quench not the Spirit.” Quench means to put our, extinguish, as a light or fire; to damp, hinder, or repress. Therefore, we can say that quench means to put out the fire which has two important lessons. We can quench the fire in other hearts. How – by unkindness, jealousy, lack of understanding, criticism, prejudice against a message of the Truth, and last but not the least we can dampen the faith of those we come into contact with any of the above. It is also possible to quench the fire in our own hearts, by sin, worldly desires, and disobedience. Quenching is the sin of the saved as servants and is connected with service, personal or general. Therefore we must, at all cost, be willing, pliable, loving and welcome the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

As we become more and more aware of the Holy Spirit taking over our heart, will, and life, it is imperative that we learn what not to do to cause the Holy Spirit anguish, anger, etc., as outlined in this lesson. Therefore, since we own nothing, are nothing (except what Jesus makes of us), there isn’t anywhere that we can escape, why not relax in Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit fulfill our lives as required by our Lord! Let us take on the nature of Christ, by receiving from the Holy Spirit the wonderful Fruit of the Spirit which is the character of Christ and function in the image of Christ. And while we are at it, learn to use the gifts of the Spirit wisely and profitably to the Lord Jesus Christ. No one has ever been denied a gift or gifts from the Holy Spirit.

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Lesson 12

Walking in the Spirit Marks of spirituality:

1. There is the natural man. I Corinthians 2:14 says, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…” As is obvious the natural man is under the influence of human nature, eloquent, learned, cultured, even religious, but unregenerated by the Holy Spirit, and therefore does not have the capability to understand the Scriptures. This man may have all the wisdom the world can offer but without the renewing of the Holy Spirit he counts spiritual things as foolishness.

2. There is the carnal man. I Corinthians 3:1 says, “And, I brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as carnal, as to babes in Christ.” This second man is somewhat improved over the first man since he does have the Spirit. We find here, a man who is in one sense spiritual, because he has the spiritual gifts, but he has not the spiritual graces. He therefore, walks in the flesh guided by the principles of the world; he cannot eat solid food only the milk of the Word. He does not walk in the Spirit because of his lack of understanding the deep things of the Word. Babes must be fed with simple food; they are not capable of feeding themselves.

3. There is the spiritual man. I Corinthians 3:1 says, “…As to spiritual people…” This spiritual man is the regenerated man, the man of the Spirit, spirit filled and in full communion with God. He is able to understand the great and magnificent revelation of God. Only through the Holy Spirit is this possible.

There are 7 marks of carnality:

1. Carnally minded (Romans 8:5, 7).

2. Carnally limited (I Corinthians 3:1).

3. Carnally weak (I Corinthians 3:2).

4. Carnally bound, enslaved (Romans 7:14).

5. Carnally opposed (Romans 8:7).

6. Carnally doomed (Galatians 6:8).

7. Carnally despised (I Corinthians 3:3-4).

There are 7 marks of spirituality:

1. Spiritually born (John 3:6).

2. Spiritually led (I Corinthians 2:11-12).

3. Spiritually minded (Romans 8:5-6).

4. Spiritually renewed (Ephesians 4:2-3).

5. Spiritually sealed (Ephesians 1:13).

6. Spiritually filled (Ephesians 5:18).

7. Spiritually freed (Romans 8:2).

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Walking in the Spirit

We can see two important spiritual changes which are possible within these three classes mentioned above:

1. There is the change from “natural” to the “carnal”. Only the Holy Spirit can

divinely accomplish this, when by faith, Jesus Christ is received as personal

Savior.

2. There is the change from the “carnal” to the “spiritual,” which is a product of complete conformance to the Spirit, in lifestyle and service. The spiritual man is, of course, the divine criterion.

When examining the spiritual man more closely we find:

1. A man of the Spirit. He is completely different from the unregenerated, natural man, who is a man of the world and the flesh. The great difference, he has the Spirit, where before as a natural he lacked the Spirit (Jude 19).

2. He is the property of the Spirit. He is completely in accord with the Spirit and is under the rule of the Spirit. A repeated phrase, “in the Spirit” means that he is in perfect agreement to the Spirit’s requirements and work.

3. Endowed with the Spirit’s attributes. As a spiritual man, he is imbued with all that the Holy Spirit has to offer:

A. His tremendous love.

B. His work of transformation in each of us.

C. The imparting of the Fruit of the Spirit (The Character of Jesus).

D. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

E. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us.

F. The baptism of the Holy Spirit.

G. The ability to help us grow in all the phases that we are to grow into. Note: there are many other attributes of the Holy Spirit such as being the Administrator of the Body of Christ, the Church, etc. Our next question is, how does one become spiritual? The answer to that question has many parts:

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We must realize that it is necessary.

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We must believe it is possible.

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We must be willing to give our all to the Holy Spirit, just as we did

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with Jesus. We must yield ourselves completely to all His claims.

To express the spiritual man more clearly:

One who has been baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ. One who has received the gift of the Spirit, once and forever. One who has been sealed as God’s possession through Christ. One who has received the earnest of the Spirit as God’s complete redemption. One who has the indwelling of the Spirit as the evidence of salvation and sonship? One who has the anointing of the Spirit for service. One who realizes the constant infilling of the Spirit.

In the New Testament and for general use, “spiritual” means man renewed, indwelt, empowered, enlightened, endued, guided by the Holy Spirit. He is intimately acquainted

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with the Holy Spirit as to the will of God, because he has the mind of the Spirit, and he is Spirit led and belongs totally to the Holy Spirit. Being immersed in the Spirit, he is surrounded by people, who are in the “same condition,” that bear the same character. Therefore, listed are nine areas in which a “spiritual’ man will flow:

1. Feeds upon spiritual food. As Paul puts it in I Corinthians 10:3-4, “all eat the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” Paul speaks of nourishment miraculously given in the wilderness, specifically, manna and water which came from the rock, and is typical of the spiritual food we need for us to live. The old adage, we are what we eat is very true, for man grows by what he feeds on. Actual food, meat and drink causes the body to grow, spiritual food also causes spiritual character to be built. The four factors of our spiritual diet should be:

A. The Christ of God – John 6:48-58 – bread.

B. The Will of God – John 4:32-34 – obedience.

C. The Truth of God – Hebrews 5:12-14; Mt. 4:4 – bread.

D. The Things of God – I Corinthians 3:1-2 – milk.

In reviewing the prodigal son, we find he is a type of the wayward son of God, then in his repulsion concerning eating the hog’s food and his consequent confession that there was plenty of bread to spare at his father’s house reveals an acute message for many. The question was why feed on the husks (selfish, greedy, sinful indulgences and trashy novels, and literature) when the Father has an unlimited supply of heavenly bread?

2. Exercises spiritual gifts. First of all, what are spiritual gifts? And what are they for? Spiritual gifts are discussed in detail in four passages of the New Testament:

Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:1-10, 28-31; Ephesians 4:11-12; and I Peter 4:10-11. These lists are to be regarded as representative of spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are those gifts given by the Spirit of God for the accomplishment of God’s purpose in the world and for the edification of the Church, the body of Christ. Two aspects are important to remember concerning spiritual gifts:

A. Every believer has been given spiritual gifts (Romans 12:5-6; I Corinthians 12:7; I Peter 4:10).

B. The gifts belong to God and are given for the believer to use for the glory of God (I Peter 4:11).

Several Scriptures prevalent to the exercising of spiritual gifts are: Romans 1:11 in which Paul says, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.” Then again in I Corinthians 12:1 Paul says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.” Also in I Corinthians 14:1, Paul says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” Again, in I Corinthians 14:12, Paul says, “Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the Church that you seek to excel.” As is evident by the Scriptures read the

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indication is that the Holy Spirit bestows various gifts to the believers, thus, equipping them to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. No child of God is left without a gift. Because we have received the Holy Spirit as the Gift of God, a gift was given to each from the Holy Spirit to exercise to the very limit. Therefore, we have the obligation to discover our gift, and being empowered by the Holy Spirit to employ our talent to gain other talents, to use for the edification of the Church, the body of Christ.

3. Sows spiritual things. Paul indicates to us, in Romans 15:27 that the Gentiles had taken up a collection for the poor of Jerusalem and rightly so, for as we prosper in spiritual things we must also give of our material things, see I Corinthians 9:11. We must understand that those possessions were forth coming from the Holy Spirit; therefore, they pertain to man’s spiritual life, ministry and worship. We have here a discourse by Paul, regarding benefits accompanying our salvation, such as live, faith, hope, sanctification, justification and peace, in fact, all the fruits and blessings, and support of the renewed life. As believers, it is not for us to sow merely for the things of the body, such as food, clothing, and money, but we must also sow that most precious gift, the gift of life through our Savior. Sowing to the Spirit reaps life everlasting (Galatians 6:8).

4. Enjoys spiritual blessings. In Ephesians 1:3, we read, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” This phrase can also be translated, “Blessings of the Spirit,” and if we read verses 1-14, we will see many of these blessings listed in those verses. The greatest blessing the Holy Spirit can give us is His introduction of us into the heavenlies. We must be very careful that we are not more interested with the blessings to the exclusion of the Blesser. Satan, being very crafty, knows that even a gift can conceal the Giver.

5. Sings spiritual songs. When we read Ephesians 5:19 it tells us, “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Again we read in Colossians 3:16, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” When we remember through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, that we are spiritual, we lose the desire to read, see on television, trashy books and novels written of this world. Thus, some of the pollution is eliminated. Since these particular songs originate by the Holy Spirit and are sung in a joyful and devotional manner, this becomes a very delightful expression of our spiritual life to our Lord.

6. Part of a spiritual house. I Peter 2:5 says, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The “spiritual house” mentioned in this verse, is not only a Church per say, but is any body of believers making up a local Church, where the power of the Spirit and of God are manifested, therefore, any

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company of saints where His glory dwells. For other applications of the term see Matthew 21:13; John 14:1-2; Hebrews 2:3; Ephesians 2:19-22; I Corinthians 3:16;

6:9.

7. Offers up spiritual sacrifices. The Amplified version of I Peter 2:5 says, “Come and as living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, for a holy dedicated, consecrated priesthood, to offer up those spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable and well pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.” Peter is describing a figure taken from the Tabernacle sacrifices of the Old Testament times, when a lamb was killed and placed upon the altar of God, denoting the complete and acceptable offering of a self-dedicated spirit.

Just a little history lesson of the Tabernacle that Moses built for the Lord God Almighty taken from Maureen Gaglardi’s book, The Path of the Just. “There were six pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle. By drawing a straight line from east to west, and also one from south to north, passing through each article of furniture, you would see it was laid out in the form of a cross. Beginning in the east at the first piece of furniture – the Brazen Altar – and drawing a straight line to the west, you would pass the laver, the Altar of Incense and the Ark of the Covenant. Then, from south to north, the line would join the Candlestick and the Table of Shewbread.” This is a partial description from page 19 or the Path of the Just.

The Brazen Altar should and is a very important Altar for believers since we are to spend much time there in the process of sanctification, justification, and dedication, because we are to place on that Altar as a sacrifice all of our fleshly sins and all of our spiritual sins which we offer up to be burned up by the Holy Spirit and rectification and restitution to begin in our inner man and our spiritual man. As we more and more place ourselves, our wills under the direct control of the Holy Spirit we will be much better imitators of Jesus Christ our Savior. The Word of God takes all doubt away concerning the nature of sacrifices we are to offer up. For instance:

There is Christian benevolence (Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:16). They cover our praises (Hebrews 13:15-16. These sacrifices are inward (Hosea 6:6). They include a broken spirit (Psalm 51:17). They represent the surrender of all we are and have (Romans 6:12 RV).

8. Fights spiritual foes. Ephesians 6:12 says, “We wrestle…against spiritual foes.” It is very plain to see that our actual foes are not flesh and blood people but they are invisible, wicked spirits in heavenly places. It seems that almost every time we come in contact with antagonism from flesh and blood we rise to meet the occasion. However, Paul takes the occasion to take us behind the scenes to show us the invisible inspiring the visible. As Dr. Lockyer says in his book The Doctrines of the Bible, page 115, “And if only we can gain the victory over hidden, satanic force, then flesh and blood will not trouble us very much.”

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9. Awaits a spiritual resurrection. I Corinthians 15:54 says, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” Our resurrection body will contain to the brim all the desires and capacities of our spirit in the heavenly world. Because we are still in our mortal bodies, we require food and clothing and we are subject to pain and sickness, weakness, sorrow, and lamenting. But our beautiful new bodies will be similar to the body of Jesus’ glorified body. All of the believers are awaiting the redemption of the body (Romans 8:23; Ephesians 4:30). Our bodies at present is going through the natural stage but the promise is I Corinthians 15:51 which says, “…we shall be changed.” The inner man will then correspond to the outer man. Spiritual life is to have a spiritual body. The Holy Spirit will have worked the Fruit of the Spirit, the character of Jesus Christ, into us until it is part of our personality. The Holy Spirit will have completed His spiritual work in us making us wholly spiritual. Love will have perfected that which it started out to accomplish in us. What a glorious consummation!

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Lesson 13

Walking in the Spirit

The Spiritual Man – How He is Known Expanding further on other Scriptures containing the term “spiritual,” it is significant that there are at least six characteristic marks that lock in the spiritual man. During the Tribulation period, spoken of in Revelation 13:16-17; the spiritual man will not be able to buy and sell because only those who receive the mark of the beast will be able to do this. On the other hand unless we receive the mark of the Spirit we will not be able to traffic in the holy things. Some of these marks are:

1. Misunderstanding – Hosea 9:7 says, “…Let Israel know this!

The prophet is a

fool; the inspired man (man of the spirit) is demented…” The only Old Testament reference to the word “spiritual” can be translated, “Crazed is the prophet, mad the inspired man.” The prophet described has been driven mad by the persecution he was forced to endure. However, doesn’t the world look upon the spiritual man of today as a fool, stupid? “But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised (understood) by no man” (I Corinthians 2:15).

The more pure in heart, more spiritual, the more conspicuous our separation toward God, the more considerable the misunderstanding we create. However, if there is no cause, no angry actions on our part, causing people to think that we are crazy, then we’re not responsible for what they say about us. As we learned from Matthew 11:19, many people called Jesus a wine bibber or drunkard, because, from their point of view, they could not see nor understand the nature of His spiritual life and therefore misjudge us. An important infraction that spiritual man must place his guard against is misunderstanding created by ourselves. This occurs when we act on our own without the Holy Spirit's guidance and help and may incur the just ire and ridicule of the world. As we walk in the Spirit we will receive enough ridicule without increasing it unnecessarily. Even though we are to be fools for Christ’s sake, we must not make ourselves foolish.

2. Development – As the apostle Paul reminded the Corinthian people (I Corinthians 3:1) he also reminds us – this is not the time to sit back and relax and just do nothing, except remain a baby, this is the exciting part – this is the time we spend growing in the Holy Spirit; learning to read the Bible with the Holy Spirit giving us fresh revelation; learning to pray the right way -–in the Spirit and in our intellect and wisdom. This is the time that the Holy Spirit teaches us all that Jesus taught His disciples. We also learn about Who, and where the Holy Spirit is, does, and abides. The learning experience continues with the Holy Spirit teaching us how to use our intellect and wisdom with His guidance and direction. He will also reveal the special gift that He has for us. This is the time when you, through the Holy Spirit, will receive revelations from the Word of God that will absolutely thrill you!

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As spiritual people we must see ourselves as looking in a mirror. If the mirror is tilted toward the earth it will only reflect earthly things, however, when that mirror is tilted toward the heavenlies, as Paul puts it is II Cor. 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” “Changed” means “Transformed.” In the Greek the same word (metamorphoo from which we get our word metamorphosis) is rendered “transfigured” in Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2. Spirituality is only the spiritual mind reflecting the things of God.

3. Fundamental – the term fundamental means basic, important, essential, affecting the foundations of something; immediately it places before us one of the cardinal truths of the Scripture, Jesus Christ is our only foundation (Isaiah 28:15; Matthew

13:35; Luke 6:47-48; Romans 15:20; I Corinthians 3:10-12; Hebrews 1:12; 6:11; 11:10; I Timothy 6:18-19; II Timothy 2:19). These are only some of the verses of Scripture applying to this subject. Paul stated in I Corinthians 14:37, “If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write

to you are the Lord’s commandments.”

Those born and taught of the Holy Spirit are forever true to the divine revelation. Further, the spiritual cannot doubt the infallibility of the Scriptures. A man’s spirituality can be judged by the way he utilizes the inspired Word of God. Some men will criticize the Bible, will reject the fundamental truths of the Bible; and are blind to spiritual things although they have the appearance of being learned in the wisdom and knowledge of the world, and yet appear reverential, why? Those people do not have the Holy Spirit abiding in them – they are not truly born again. They understand only by reason and not revelation by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual discernment is in contrast to worldly cleverness and a world apart. One is the worldly ability to understand and reason, the other is heavenly wisdom. Modernists idolize intellect and wisdom whereas a Spirit – taught mind is the first requirement. It is the spiritual state of mind that gives the soul its presence for discovering the deep things of God and not the learned mind.

Jesus Christ explained to Nicodemus, the Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews, that unless

a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Since Nicodemus

couldn’t comprehend this statement, Jesus went on and clarified it: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:3-8). This is the difference between the man of the world and the spiritual man, the spiritual man has been born of the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit has performed the new birth in him and “old things have passed away and all things have become new.” The regeneration process has begun.

4. Discernment – discernment means discriminating, insight, and perception.

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reviewed. If we walk in the Spirit there are no limitations to our understanding of divine truth; we are able to freely receive, and glory in the holy truths, which is something the natural man cannot understand. Entered below is a comparison between the natural man and the spiritual man:

The natural man sees spiritual things as dull, incomprehensible, stupid, and cannot receive truth, therefore, truth does not produce its proper fruit. This comes about because he feels truth is unappetizing, stale, pointless, mundane, and distasteful. His problem is that he cannot discern the proper nature of truth and therefore he cannot conceive of truth as being true, appealing and good. His dilemma stems more from an inward condition than from the willful situation, because it is only through the Holy Spirit that truth can be spiritually discerned. The natural man is spiritually blind; he does not have that inner or inward condition necessary to receive divine revelation.

The spiritual man - spirituality encompasses the entire realm of spiritual man’s faculties, his heart, will, and mind. His heart, the spiritual man receives truth in a very special and different manner; he receives truth through the Holy Spirit in love (the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of love). With a heart that is full of the love of the Holy Spirit, he is able to receive all that the Spirit reveals to his intellect. Since there is first, the love for the God of truth, there is love for the truth of God. Therefore, spirituality, in the area of responsibility of the affections is that condition of the soul which the heart containing all its devotional love, has its center upon God as revealed in Jesus Christ. This, of course, is the specific work of the Holy Spirit because it is He who sheds love abroad, love within the soul – see Romans 5:5 which tells us, “New hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” His mind – the curse of today is the complete separation of the intellect and the spiritual – today we have the wisdom of words verses words the Holy Spirit teaches (I Corinthians 1:17). Remember this; the spiritual is never separated from the spiritual, because a spiritual man is inspired by the divine Spirit. If we will just look and see, we will find some of the greatest saints have been the deepest thinkers. One of the first results of the regenerated life to the Holy Spirit is the complete redistributing of human reasons to divine reason. After this accomplishment the believer finds that the arguments he had concerning divine revelation no longer exists, since he simply accepts it by faith and is empowered to think God’s thoughts and clearly discern His purpose. Colossians 1:9 declares, “For this reason, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Consequently the spiritual man can rejoice in the heavenlies where the glory of the Triune God is sublime. His will – the mind of the believer must be in complete subjection to the will of the Holy Spirit; for until this is accomplished our mind is not in harmony with the will of God and there cannot be the enjoyment of His favor. After this accomplishment is complete, the spiritual minded becomes the mind of the Holy Spirit and we willingly become what He desires us to be. As we constantly act

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under the guidance and dominion of the Holy Spirit we become vessels unto honor. When the heart, mind and will reverently and affectionately “fine tune” themselves as one upon Him, a special love, intimate, abiding forever, ever controlling love, will be the exciting conclusion. This is the ultimate function of

the Holy Spirit’s indwelling activity, and one He longs to fulfill. Thus, the Spirit filled God controlled life, produces the character described by the word “spirituality”. Then to be spiritual means:

A. Discern the deep things of God with our minds.

B. Love these deep things of God with our hearts.

C. Submit to them with our wills.

5. Compassion – compassion means to show mercy (more than have compassion), to have the desire of relieving the miserable, to show kindness by beneficence or help. Galatians 6:1 teaches us to have compassion on our brothers, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” The spiritual man, who was given the character of Christ by the Holy Spirit, of which He continually works into our hearts, minds and wills, takes on the humility that this causes in us, purposes to win the brother back. However, the question emerges, Am I spiritual enough for the Lord to use me in this? Only the spiritual man has been equipped to engage in the work of restoration. This is possible only because of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the fact that you can receive from the Holy Spirit a spiritual insight as to the problem hindering restoration of the retrogression of the man, and the words of knowledge to apply. We must be spiritual enough to realize that after delivering the message given to you by the Holy Spirit and seeing the brother brought back into fellowship with the Lord, doesn’t give you bragging rights even if you are without fault, since it was all accomplished by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and His grace will also keep us in line.

5. Victory – victory means attaining the mastery over; victory in battle, to conquer, get the upper hand, prevail, and be victorious. There are three circumstances that the spiritual man can receive victory over:

A. The flesh.

Paul, in the epistle to the Galatians, 5:16-18, 22-23 and 25,

provides a study indicating the contrast between the flesh and the Spirit.

Verses 16, 22, 23 and 25 points out victorious living while verse 17, 19- 21, indicates the devastating effects of remaining carnal. When we have completely given our heart, mind, and will to the Holy Spirit then we are walking in the Spirit and we have victory.

B. The world. John, in the epistle to the Asian churches, I John 5:4 we read, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” These are tremendous words of encouragement for the spiritual man today.

C. Satan. James, in the epistle of James 4:7, writes, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” How do we do this? We must surrender ourselves completely to the Holy Spirit,

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experience Him in a very new dimension, the dimension of complete love, communion, and fellowship; praising and worshipping Him just as we do the Father, and the Son, Jesus Christ, for He is equal with them. This victory brings peace – the result of having “the mind of the Spirit.” We are no longer at war with God for we are at peace with Him and as Romans 8:6 says, “…is life and peace.”

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Lesson 14

Marks of Love

Believers tend to focus on the love of the Father and the Son, losing consciousness of or

disregarding the love of the Holy Spirit. Just think back, when was the last time you heard a sermon regarding the love of the Holy Spirit? It stands to reason that if the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Love” then, why is it so difficult to acknowledge and delight in Him? We have learned that the Scriptures show us that there is absolute equality existing among the Persons of the Godhead, therefore, we are equally loved by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Remember this:

1. The Father, who loves us, cannot be pleased until we glory in His love and find the rest that is in it.

2. The Son, Jesus Christ, loved us so much that He gave His Lifeblood at Calvary for us, and on the third day He arose and lives again to be our advocate in heaven.

3. The Holy Spirit loves us and indwells us until we are in the image of Jesus Christ.

We, the believers, seem to have very little problem conversing with the Father and the Son in prayer, on the other hand, it is definitely difficult, or so many believers believe, to converse or have a conversation with the Holy Spirit – person to Person – no reservation but from the heart, just as you would the Father and the Son. Jesus taught us that we are to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus; however, we may ask the Holy Spirit to help us to pray to solve the problem, which He will do. The Bible proves that the Spirit is love; it is one of His indispensable attributes which He so freely imparts upon all believers.

The Direct Evidences – there are several passages of Scripture that establish the fact that the Spirit is love.

1. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy…” It follows that the fruit is of the same nature as the tree. For example, an apple tree cannot produce oranges or grapes. Consequently, since the Holy Spirit generates love, He must be love. The fruit must coincide with the root.

2. Ephesians 4:30 says, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.” “Grief” is a more profound word than “sorrow.” Herod was sorry regarding the request of Salome when she asked for the head of John the Baptist, because of his respect for John, his sorrow was genuine. Grief, however, originates from a relationship of love. Grief is a component of the heart. The more profound the love, the more agonizing and distressful the grief.

3. II Corinthians 6:6 says, “by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.” The apostle Paul confirms the love that the Holy Spirit produces and stimulates. Therefore, it is imperative that we realize that the love, in which the Holy Spirit so graciously apportions to us, is a very pure love, no ulterior motives, because He loves us. It is also imperative that we practice, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the graces of the fruit of the Spirit. By doing this, we can love one another. Otherwise it is impossible.

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4. I Peter 1:22 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” The apostle Peter gives us some very good advice.

5. Colossians 1:8 says, “Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.” Paul again reiterates that we, the believers, must love the Holy Spirit as much as we love the Father and the Son. This particular epistle deals specifically with the supremacy of Jesus Christ. This is the only reference made to the Holy Spirit. Many times it has been said that we become like those we live with. The Spirit Himself produces in and out of the Believer the total character of Jesus in the total life. For that reason, if we are in harmony with the will of the Holy Spirit, it follows that there will be a definite reflection of His character.

The Indirect Evidences

As we study the various facets of the Holy Spirit, it surely becomes evident that He

definitely is the Spirit of love. Recorded below are five indirect evidences of His undying love:

1. He distributes God’s love (Romans 5:5). The love that the Holy Spirit distributes is a love of supernatural origin. It is a love that loves the unlovely as well as the lovely. It is not a human love, passionate, and romantic. This particular love is not natural, it is divine. We are particularly unattractive and completely sinful, however, the Holy Spirit’s love was directed towards us and Jesus Christ died for us. The Holy Spirit seeks to love us out of our sin and the more He has of us the more we are able to project that love of heaven for all men.

2. He imparts love as a gift. I Corinthians 12 and 13 should always go together, for Paul said that the greatest gift was love. Paul, moreover, admonishes us to covet earnestly the best gifts. Certain believers are given special gifts to exercise; however, the Holy Spirit gives the gift of love to all believers. Since the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts, our heart should be a loving heart.

3. He is likened to a dove. The dove is a symbol of gentleness, peace, and purity. As a symbol of the Holy Spirit’s loving nature, and His peaceful ways. Matthew in Matthew 3:16, says, “He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” King Solomon talks about the Beloved as having “the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters,” (Song of Songs 5:12).

4. He was promised as a Comforter (John 14:16). The apostles and the Early Church walked in the comfort of the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:31). Comfort means a calling near, a summons to one’s side; hence, an admonitory, encouraging, and consolatory exhortation, invitation or entreaty. The Lord says, in Isaiah 66:13, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you…” Here we have the Lord who promised to comfort His own as a mother comforts her child. Thus the Holy Spirit consoles and supports the life of the believers which is the result of His gracious work.

5. He is pictured as a jealous Lover. Jealousy is definitely a part of the divine nature, as spoken of in the ten commandments, Deuteronomy 5:19 says, “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” James also refreshes our memory that “The Holy Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” (James 4:5). The revised

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version says of James 4:5 that “loveth us to jealousy.” Remember that the Holy Spirit loves us so much that He cannot stand for anything to get in the way.

Two brands of jealousy are:

A. Divine jealousy – II Corinthians 11:2 clearly states this when it says, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, which I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” This kind of jealousy is of a true lover who will not consider a rival. The Holy Spirit has a passion for us for God, and since He is a possessive Lover, we need to understand that He is jealous to provide His rights.

B. Devilish jealousy – we learn in Proverbs 6:34 that “For jealousy is the rage of a man”. Jealousy is very cruel. Christians must be aware of the trap of this wrong kind of jealousy. Imagine, if you will, the grievousness to the gracious and loving Holy Spirit, who indwells us, when one believer is obviously jealous of another believer. Therefore, this wrong kind of jealousy must cease among Christians. Jealousy is extremely cruel, “cruel as the grave.” It is very devastating to another Christian.

Divine Association As this point let us consider another avenue which is a compelling and inescapable proof of the Holy Spirit’s love. From the Scriptures we are assured that what the Father and the Son possess the Holy Spirit shares; additionally we know that there is a definite characteristic of equality forming the Persons of the Godhead. The entire doctrine of faith is a most engrossing one. Let us digress a moment and receive an encouraging fact by a scholar of a past generation, Dr. Daniel Steele:

The three Persons in the Trinity are never brought together in the Bible without a result of blessing. We have instances in which each Person standing by Himself is in an aspect of fear. The Father we have seen clothed with the thunder of Sinai; the Son, as “the falling stone that grinds to powder; and “The sin against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven.” But there is not an instance upon record in which the three Persons stand together without an intention of grace. And it is a magnificent thought, which the completeness of Deity, in all essence and all operation reveals that all three Persons stand together in “love.” The third Person is “the Spirit of God” and as “God is love” (Matthew 3:15; I John 4:8, 16), therefore the Spirit of love. He is also called “The Spirit of Christ” and Christ is love (Romans 8:9; Galatians 2:20). The Spirit, then, shares Christ’s nature. In fact, each loved the other. A study of the New Testament reveals a blessed partnership between the Holy Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was full of the Spirit, and the Spirit is ever full of Jesus. Jesus sends us to the Spirit, and the Spirit points us to Jesus. The association imbued in love is of a twofold nature:

1. The Divine Benediction. The Scriptures of the Bible pertaining to the Trinity, proves that the Holy Spirit is in fact “the sacred Being who is the love knot in the

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Trinity.” Proof of the love of the Trinity is found in the remarkable benediction of the universal Church, given by the apostle Paul to the Church at Corinth. “The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit” (II Corinthians 13:14). The word “communion” in this verse could be translated “fellowship,” because there cannot be true fellowship without true persons. This remarkable association originates from the same love which characterizes God and the grace Jesus Christ brought and exemplified.

2. The Divine Sacrifice. Hebrews 9:14 declares, “Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God.” This passage proves that the third Person has a heart of love. The above passage distinctly teaches that the Holy Spirit was there with Christ on the cross. It was through the eternal Spirit that Jesus offered Himself to God as the sinless Substitute for sinners. He was also a witness of Christ’s sufferings (Acts 5:32). And as Dr. Lockyer, in his “The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: put it, “And now the Spirit is the heavenly Eliezer (meaning God of help) seeking a Bride for the heavenly Isaac. And one day He will bring the beautiful Rebekah home and witness the blissful union (Revelation 22:17).” The Holy Spirit’s ministry of love is five fold:

A. To lift up Christ.

B. Extol His love and sacrifice.

C. Quicken the sinner’s conscience.

D. Lead to Christ.

E. Impart faith and assurance of salvation.

Many times we overlook the Holy Spirit’s own sacrifice. We understand the sacrifice of the Father and the Son, which were great, but we forget the length of time that the Holy Spirit has suffered us. Jesus lived on this earth as a man approximately 33 years, and lived a sinless life as a ray of pure light among men. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, has been indwelling man ever since, almost 2000 years. What a sacrifice! And it was voluntary. The sacrifice that was made by the Holy Spirit has been fittingly expressed in these words:

What a tenement He has condescended to enter, and what a glorious work He is pleased to be bearing forward there! He found it dark as night, and foul as the very grave. From a den so filthy, from a cage so full of unclean birds, He might well have turned away. But the Spirit of grace, He unbarred the gate, and entered in. And what a change He has wrought! Where darkness long brooded, light now shines; where Satan held sway, Jesus now sits enthroned; where enmity long burned, love now glows; where death – the worst of deaths – the death of sin – long prevailed, life now reigns – life – with its beauty and bliss of holiness.

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Lesson 15

The Sufficiency of the Holy Spirit When we think of the Holy Spirit’s abundance we think of His fullness, completeness, which characterizes all of His multitudinous works and ways. There are four places in

the Bible where we read of Him as “the seven Spirits of God” – Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6. There aren’t seven Spirits, only One, who has a sevenfold manifestation. The word “seven” in the Hebrew has quite an implication in that it means satiated or filled, to become satisfied. Primarily this word presents itself as abundance, and is an indication of nature’s perfection with its seven-colored lights and seven notes of music. The word “seven” divinely has a like idea of perfection; however, it can be for good or evil. Listed below are several quotations found in the Scriptures, indicating both good and evil:

1. There were seven days of creation.

2. We are to forgive seventy times seven.

3. There were the seven saying of the cross.

4. Seven other spirits, speaks of completion of satanic possession.

5. Seven played a prominent part in Levitical requirements.

Spiritually “seven” demonstrates the greatness of the Holy Spirit’s power, and of the

many duties and manifestations He performed. As a result, since the “seven devils,” or “seven other (evil) spirits” (Luke 8:2; 11:26), reveals the perfection of evil, so the Holy Spirit, as the “seven Spirits of God,” reveals the abundance and perfection of all that is good. “Seven” being the expression of the highest power, the immeasurable fullness of violence which brought about the pressing of this word into service of religion, and for that reason it was implemented to the Spirit’s ministry. This fullness is found in a fourfold manner:

1. In Himself

A. The apostle John applies “seven” to the Spirit in this fashion – “The seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6). All the Spirit’s

fullness and perfection proceed from God.

B. “Seven lamps of fire burning before the throne” (Revelation 4:5). The various gifts, graces, and operations of the Spirit of God.

C. “Seven horns” (Revelation 5:6). The horn is a symbol of power, as a result, the Spirit’s fullness of power to execute judgement.

D. “Seven eyes” (Revelation 5:6). The eyes are the symbol of understanding, we understand by “seven eyes,” perfect vision, intelligence. As eyes, the Spirit penetrates; as lamps, He reveals, exposes; as horns, He destroys, overcomes.

Included in all of the Spirit’s diversities, there is an inevitable unity. Though His tasks was and is various, He nevertheless is “One Spirit.” In the Old Testament,

In the

Gospels, His entire grace and energy was funneled into the one Person, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit inundated Him with His abundance (John 3:31). In the Book of Acts, our attention is directed upon the abundance of His Power in

there is the Spirit’s diverse service as a tangible and fundamental Power.

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the establishment and continuation of the Church. In the Epistles, the Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual gifts among the members of Christ’s Body, the Church. In the Book of Revelations, the Holy Spirit appears to be acting governmentally from heaven to earth. It is further apparent that in the economy of God, only one member of the Godhead is present on the earth at one time. They explain this more thoroughly, starting with the Old Testament – there is the Tabernacle, and then the Temple, where the presence of God was localized. His “Shekinah Glory” was real to men. Then there were the Gospels – which present us with God Tabernacling among men in the person of His Son. Now, this being the Church Age – the Holy Spirit indwells saved men and women.

2. In Christ We have studied the “Messianic Activities” and have traced the Holy Spirit’s plentitude in the life and labors of Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ was completely

Christ was anointed by the

possessed and stimulated by the blessed Holy Spirit. sevenfold Spirit in a sevenfold manner:

A. The Spirit of the Lord

B. The Spirit of wisdom

C. The Spirit of understanding

D. The Spirit of counsel

E. The Spirit of might

F. The Spirit of knowledge

G. The Spirit of fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

The prism has the properties to reflect the seven different colors forming light, so our Lord manifests all the various, though unified functioning of the Spirit. Christ received His sevenfold names by the Holy Spirit as:

A. Child

B. Son

C. Governor

D. Wonderful Counselor

E. Mighty Lord

F. Father of Eternity

G. Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Christ was quickened by the sevenfold Spirit to accomplish the sevenfold ministry prophesied of old:

A. To preach good tidings unto the meek

B. To bind up the brokenhearted

C. To proclaim liberty to the captive

D. To open the prison to them that are bound

E. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord

F. To declare the day of vengeance of our God

G. To comfort all that mourns (Isaiah 61:1-2).

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Luke reveals six of these ministries of Christ and leaves out the sixth one – the “day of vengeance,” blending with “the day of the Lord,” a time span covering Revelations 4 through 22. Note: this is man’s day, “six” is man’s number, however, God’s day is coming, Jesus speaks about it in the gospels, and when it arrives, it will be a day of judgement.

3. In the Church The apostle Paul outlines the gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12:4-11, and confirms that even though there is a variance of His gifts there definitely is a unity

In Ephesians 4:3-6 Paul explains this unity as the “unity

binding them together.

of the Spirit.”

There are seven unities to be kept – seven strands in the cable of

Christian unity:

A. One Body – the true, invisible Church, the mystical body of Christ.

B. One Spirit – the One, forming, indwelling, sustaining the Body.

C. One Hope – the completion and translation of the Church.

D. One Lord – the Christ, the Head of the Body.

E. One Faith – the full revelation of God in the Gospel

F. One Baptism – the work of the Spirit, whereby we are incorporated within the Body.

G. One God and Father – the Fountainhead of all supply.

He is Father of all – Possession. He is above all – Pre-eminence. He is through all – Providence. He is in you all – Presence.

4. In the Believer There were seven terms associating the Holy Spirit with the believer:

A. Baptism with the Spirit

B. The Gift of the Spirit

C. The Sealing with the Spirit

D. The Earnest of the Spirit

E. The Indwelling of the Spirit

F. The Anointing with the Spirit

G. The Filling of the Spirit

1) The Baptism with the Spirit. At salvation we receive the Person, the Holy Spirit. He brings with Him the new birth. At the Baptism in the Spirit you receive the Gift of the Spirit which is power. The Word of God establishes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Person) and the Baptism is the Spirit (Gifts). The term “Holy Spirit” in the Greek without the use of the article before it refers to the ‘Gift of the Spirit’ rather than the Spirit Himself. Therefore, the Baptism in the Spirit (Gift) can be subsequent to receiving the Person, the Holy Spirit at Salvation or it can be at the same time.

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2) The Gift of the Spirit. You receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit at the time that you receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit; the Gift of the Holy Spirit is the power. The power of Salvation comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit, the person, in your life. The power of the Holy Spirit to work and perform for God in the supernatural manifestations comes from the Gift of the Holy Spirit, which is power.

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The Sealing with the Spirit. Sealing speaks of His ownership of

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the believer; it is a finished, eternal transaction. Those believers who believe in Christ and believers only, are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. While we were yet sinners we were quickened by the Holy Spirit, but as Christians we receive Him, for the world cannot receive Him (John 14:17), and then He becomes God’s seal upon us. The Earnest of the Spirit. The word earnest in II Corinthians 1:22; 5:5 and Ephesians 1:14 means: earnest money, caution money deposited in case of purchasers, gen. A pledge. The Holy Spirit is the pledge, deposit of our complete inheritance (Ephesians 1:14). That, which God has given us in part here on earth, He will present to us at last in perfection. As we walk in the Spirit, where He is constantly changing our inner man to conform with Christ, teaching us the ways Christ gave us in His Word, convicting and eradicating sin from our lives, comforting, encouraging, loving, exhorting us by reassuring us, working through us performing His power through us by the Gifts of the Spirit, and much more; so that we can experience a little of heaven here on earth.

5) The Indwelling of the Spirit. As we have studied, in a previous

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lesson, once the Holy Spirit enters your heart, He becomes your perpetual friend, comforter, teacher – revealing the Word of God to us, and our eternal Inhabiter. You can do nothing to get rid of Him, for He’s there to stay. The Anointing with the Spirit. As I John 2:27 tells us, “And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, as is true and is not a lie, and just as it was taught you, you abide in Him.” Also we read in I John 2:20, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.” This anointing must be claimed for special ministry, but also for every fresh act of service (Psalm 92:10). The Filling of the Spirit. This speaks of a continuous work being done in you without any stoppage or break in progress. This speaks of the after work of the initial work with the idea of a continuous flow of the power influencing as Jesus makes the idea known of rushing rivers of living waters coming forth. Jesus expected us to realize this flow should never stop, but be continuous. The only thing that would stop the flow of rivers

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would be to dam them. Therefore, you are either allowing a constant flow or you are damming up the rivers.

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Lesson 16

The Emblems of the Holy Spirit The Bible is the Word of God; as a result it is composed of the mind and will of God disclosed to man, in a language understandable to man. He accomplished this by the use of Metaphors, Parables, Emblems, Symbols, Allegories, Types, and Similes because it pleased God to show Himself to our hearts. The Book of Hosea is full of them. For example, see Hosea 12:10, “I have…used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” Just as a review, let us look at what these figures of speech God uses, mean:

1. Similitudes – Similarity. One who or that which is similar; a counterpart or likeness; like or compare, i.e., Psalm 102:6 where the Psalmist is saying “I am like a pelican in the wilderness” comparing himself to the bird in its isolation and solitude.

2. Similes – a figure of speech expressing comparison or likeness by the use of such terms as “like,” “as, “ “so,” etc. Proverbs 25:25 says, “As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” this is a simile.

3. Metaphors – a figure of speech in which one object is likened to another by speaking of it as if it were that other, i.e., when Christ is called “The Lamb of God” it is a metaphor. If we say Christ is led as a lamb to the slaughter, it is a simile.

4. Parable – is truth illustrated by fact, or a short narrative making a moral or religious point by comparison with natural or homely things, i.e., as the young child said, “It is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,” like the seven parables of Matthew 13.”

5. Emblem – is a figurative representation of anything, i.e., as the scepter is an emblem of sovereign power.

6. Symbol – is something which stands for something else, i.e., the hand is a symbol of God’s power.

7. Type – is an object which is used to profigure another object, i.e., lifting up the brazen serpent in the wilderness was type of Christ’s death on the cross (John

3:14).

8. Allegories – is a story which represents a fact, or illustrates a thing in parabolic language, i.e., in Judges 9:1-21 it tells us, as Jotham’s story of the trees did the action of Abimelech, is an allegory.

A summary follows of these emblems to make them easier to follow:

1. Inanimate nature – air, water, fire, earth, oil, see, earnest, seal.

2. Animal nature – dove, peace, beauty, innocence, patience, sincerity.

3. Human life – the finger of God, the Porter of the Flock, the number Seven, the Paraclete

The Holy Spirit is the Secret of all Blessing:

1. Breath, wind, secret of vitality – life speech – testimony, motion – activity

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2. Dew, water, rain, secret of satisfaction – thirst, beauty – verdue, flowers, fertility – crops, harvest

3. Oil, the secret of joy – cheerfulness, facility – readiness, fragrance – unction

4. Fire, the secret of light – knowledge, heat – love, power – conquest

Condensing these emblems to an even more general classification, we have:

1. Emblems from natural life

2. Emblems from human life

Emblems from Natural Life God, in a very gracious and loving manner, conveys heavenly truth through the expression of emblems, which are a part of the world we live in. He interacts with us in a language we can understand. This is the only way infinite can enlighten finite.

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Wind. The wind cannot be seen, cannot be controlled by humans, it’s incapable

of being searched into and understood, but it manifests itself in its effects. Therefore, it is an appropriate emblem of the mysterious endeavors of the Holy Spirit in regeneration (Ecclesiastes 11:5). He cannot be seen in His operations,

but He can definitely be felt. Listed are several examples:

A. Like expresses the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost

“as a rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2). Holy Spirit is all-powerful in Himself. The “rushing” conveys the idea of a resounding entrance and the filling of all believers.

B. Wind is a very great power however, it can be customized. The effects that the wind has are varied. It can come as a tornado, or tempest, or monsoon, or cyclone. This was a kind of manifestation of the Holy Spirit that the jailer required (Acts 16:28). Other manifestations were as a wind that was soft and gentle breeze at evening.

C. There was the time when Ezekiel the prophet recorded the command of the Lord, “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” (Ezekiel 37:9-10). Ezekiel saw before him the resplendent life-giving, resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.

D. Then there was the gentle soft breath of the Holy Spirit as He influenced Lydia, and her heart quietly opened to the Lord.

2. Water. Water is a very interesting emblem which is used to describe the manifold

ministries of the Holy Spirit. There are many ways that it can be used to manifest the Holy Spirit’s blessings that He has for us.

A. There are springs: “All my springs are in you” (Psalm 87:7). “A fountain of water springing up” (John 4:14). We see the Holy Spirit as the everlasting source of supply. He is the Creator of all spirituality in our hearts.

B. There is water: It is the Holy Spirit alone who can bring satisfaction to the soul’s deepest thirst. “Cleansing” (Ezekiel 36:25-27). “Life, fertility, and

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beauty” (Ezekiel 47:1-12). These are the visible advantageous features of water’s usefulness. “But whoever drinks of the water” (John 4:14). It becomes very evident, as we read these verses, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, who is the only One who can really quench the thirst that is in our hearts.

C. There are floods: “And floods on the dry ground.” (Isaiah 44:3). Even when waters crash down as an irresistible force, it is still water. During Noah’s day, God flooded the earth with a judgement of water; however, God can just as well flood the land with blessing (Revelation 21:6). Floods can mean then, fullness and the horn of plenty coming from the Holy Spirit’s bountiful supply.

D. There is dew: “I will be like the dew” (Hosea 14:5). Here we have a different and yet not so different aspect of the ministry of the Holy Spirit – hidden, unrecognized and yet effective, He is the dew of early morning.

E. There are the rivers: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Just look around and see how many mighty rivers there are covering this earth, and not two are alike. Jesus spoke this prophecy in the plural because He wanted to indicate the far reaching effects of the many ministries of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is not bound to one aspect of expression. As we see here and have studied, the name of His ministries is a multiplicity of activity.

F. There is rain: “He will cause the rain to come down from you” (Joel 2:23). The Holy Spirit can transform the desert into a blooming garden. “He shall come down like rain” (Psalm 72:6). When there is no rain the ground is parched, there is famine and ruin. The Holy Spirit, as rain, is the life-giving power of God.

3. Fire. The Holy Spirit’s power and ministry can be compared to fire. The devotion of service, the flame of love, the earnestness of testimony, the passion of prayer, the sacrifice of worship, the perseverance of consecration, and the igniting power of influence, directly or indirectly are ascribed to Him. Fire is an emblem of the Holy Spirit. He is compared to “seven lamps of fire burning before the throne” (Revelation 4:5). His gifts at Pentecost are said to be “cloven tongues like as of fire” (Acts 2:3).

Fire of the Holy Spirit gives warmth and light and consumes that which is combustible, tests that which is not so, and cleanses that which water or air cannot cleanse. The waste material left after burning of pride, self-righteousness, doubt, desires that are not holy, empty profession, temper, roots of bitterness, pretentious unreality, unprofitable talk – all the dross, stubble, straw and chaff must be consume. Who can consume these? "The Spirit of burning" (Isaiah 4:4). "Oh that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, and come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy presence, as when the melting fire burneth” (Isaiah 64:1-2). This placed in simple terms, means that the “mountains” that need to be melted down by the Holy Spirit’s fiery presence is the mountain of our own wills.

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The Holy Spirit tests our faith to manifest its degree, to see if we have “so great faith” like the Centurion’s (Matthew 8:10), a “great faith” like the Syro- phoenician woman’s (Matthew 15:28), or only a “little faith” like Peter’s (Matthew 14:31). He does this so that we may become more fruitful, and that He may reward in the future.

4. Oil. Oil in the Bible times played a large part in Old Testament days.

A. Oil was identified with food. Leviticus 2:4-5 says, “Fine flour mingled with oil.” Christ – the Fine flour, the Holy Spirit – Oil, brought together. Jesus, as the Spirit-anointed One, was the food for both God and man to feed upon.

B. Oil was the provision for differing anointings. “Ye have an unction from the Holy One and ye know all things…But the anointing which ye received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any many teach you; but as the anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him” (I John 2:20, 27). The word “charisma,” rendered “unction” and “anointing” in the above Scripture, means to rub with oil, and is typical of the consecrating power of the Holy Spirit. The consequence of the anointing is a spiritual insight into Divine things.

C. Oil provides illumination. In the Tabernacle “pure olive oil” was provided for the service (Exodus 25:6; Matthew 5:16; 25:4). It is the Holy Spirit who indwells us that cause us to shine and give off the light of Jesus Christ. He also shines in the Church to keep her testimony is tact to the world. We may be the lamps but if the Holy Spirit is not providing the illumination there is no light. Light comes from within because only the Spirit can give understanding according to God’s Word. Aaron had one duty pertaining to the lamps and that was to keep them trimmed or dressed (Exodus 30:7-8). We need this continual trimming of the Holy Spirit to keep our lamps trimmed.

5. Seed. It is important that we remember that as an emblem, “Seed” is applied to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16), the Scriptures (Luke 8:5), and the Holy Spirit: “His seed remaineth in him” (I John 3:9). John’s proclamation caused anxiety in many hearts, because they argue “well, I am born of God, yet I commit sin.” However, all these problems are of no avail when we remember that the Holy Spirit is the Seed, and that new nature that He imparts in us cannot sin. Do we allow Him as the Seed, to grow and become fruitful?

6. Salt. You ask – why do we need all this symbolism – well, we must remember that the Bible is full of metaphors, similies, parables, emblems, etc.; it was written in the East where this was the sort of language they understood – hence – our Lord used common subjects for explanations. Jesus associated mostly with the simple, ordinary, every day life of the people. His parables and symbols were therefore geared for them. Salt, for instance, was used to express the influence of the believer’s spiritual well being in a very corrupt world. Matthew 5:13 says,

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“Ye are the salt of the earth.” Mark, in Mark 9:49-50 says, “For everyone will be salted with fire…” To be “salted with fire” gives the idea of a twofold influence of the Holy Spirit.

A. “Fire” spoken in this verse, tells us of the Holy Spirit’s cleansing of the life of the believer by His consuming of all that is not holy.

B. As “salt,” He preserves us keeping us clean and well seasoned from corruption.

7. Earnest. “Who hath…given (us) the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (II Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14). An “earnest” is a deposit paid by the purchaser to make a contract valid. The gift of the Spirit is the pledge; He is the deposit of our complete inheritance. The Holy Spirit has given us a little piece of heaven to go to heaven with. At the present time, we are the first fruit of the Spirit, but the enjoyment we experience at present of Him is a pledge of future glory.

8. Seal. In God’s sealing of believers He owns them; He gives the believers His Holy Spirit to make them ready for their new family, to give them the unction for their duties, to act on their new doctrine, and in all ways perform the work that they are called on to do of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit quite often uses the possessive in reminding believers concerning their relationship to Christ. All things are ours because we “are Christ’s” (I Corinthians 3:23). We are responsible to recognize each saint, whatever his social standard may be, because he is “Christ’s servant” (I Corinthians 7:22). See II Corinthians 10:7 and consider seriously this question, do we think that because we are a believer we occupy a peculiar position in God’s grace?

9. Clothing. “He hath made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6), another translation might be, “He hath graced us in the Beloved.” As Dr. Marsh, in his book Emblems of the Holy Spirit, page 231 puts its, “He has made us beautiful in righteousness, pure in His purity, lovely in His loveliness, holy in His holiness, and graced in His grace.” The clothing is very expensive in its cost. Christ’s blood was the cost of our Redeemer’s sacrifice. It is like Christ’s own garment, “without seam, woven from the top throughout.” As the glorified Christ made His garment white and glistening, so when He is on us and in us, He shows Himself through us. The Spirit of God is the One Who makes all real to us. It is His business to unfold Christ to us in the Word, to reveal Christ for us in His death, to strengthen the inner man to make Christ real in us, and to empower us with Himself that He may qualify us for His work and be the Qualifier in all things.

10. Seven. The number “Seven” is symbolic of the Holy Spirit as the perfection of Deity, and the perfection of His operation. Having “Seven eyes” (Zechariah 3:9; 4:10; Revelation 5:6), He possesses perfect insight. Having “Seven horns” (Revelation 5:6), He possesses perfect power. As “Seven Spirits” (Revelation 1:4), He possesses perfect obedience. As “seven lamps of fire” (Revelation 4:5), He possesses perfect holiness. Being the sevenfold Spirit He is analogous to the Seven Churches (Revelation 1:3-4), implying a wonderful truth of a separate facet of His ministry for

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each separate Church. He gives Himself to each meeting their special requirements as a mother gives her whole being to each of the seven children she may have borne.

Emblems Having Life:

1. Dove. The dove speaks of the beauty of the Holy Spirit’s character. Like the dove, He is gentle, loving, and king. “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of (out of) His Spirit” (I John 4:12-13). This is a most expressive emblem since it speaks of the Holy Spirit’s nature and office. “The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him” (Luke 3:22; Genesis 1:2). When our eyes see this it speaks of the Spirit’s nature – loving; of the Savior’s mission – peaceful and sacrifice; of the saint’s character – innocent and harmless. Note the six characteristics of the dove as given in the Bible:

It is swift in flight – “Wings like a dove” (Psalm 55:6). It is beautiful in plumage – “Wings of a dove covered with silver” (Psalm

68:13).

It is constant in love – “The eyes of doves” (Song of Songs 5:12). It is mournful in note – “mourn sore like doves” (Isaiah 59:11). It is gentle in manner – “Harmless as dives” (Matthew 10:16). It is peculiar in food – “The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot” (Genesis 8:9).

All these qualities are part of the Holy Spirit. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all live the dovelike life?

2. Porter. This word is used by Jesus in John 10:3, “To him the porter openeth,” and has two meanings: Mark 13:34; John 18:16-17) translates “A keeper of the door” – a doorkeeper from the word ‘porta’ means one who waits at a door to receive a message. Psalm 84:10 informs us that the Psalmist was content to be a doorkeeper. “A burden bearer” from ‘portare’ means to carry. One similar to a station porter. Jesus Christ is before us as the Shepherd, and the Holy Spirit as the Porter, and therefore His job to open and keep open doors for the Savior. The Lord could have been thinking of John the Baptist when He spoke of a Porter, however, the Holy Spirit is ever the Divine Forerunner of Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that opens the door of our heart and prepares the soul for the entrance and reception of Jesus Christ (John 16:8-11). It is the Holy Spirit who opens the door to the world at large. The Bible clearly proves that it is the Holy Spirit that causes the progress that missionaries experience for the Holy Spirit opens and closes doors: see Acts 15:6-11. It is not only true that the Holy Spirit opens doors but He guards those doors so that hirelings and strangers cannot pass through. We have the blessed privilege of assisting Him as the Porter. When we examine ourselves are we really in full sympathy with being underporters with this doorwork of God’s Spirit?

3. Paraclete. This seemed to be the favorite designation of the Holy Spirit by Jesus because He spoke of Him at least four times: He spoke of His as “Comforter.” He

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is Christlike and abiding in John 14:16). He is represented as the Gift of the Father in John 14:26. He is represented as the Gift of the Son in John 15:26. At Christ’s Ascension (John 16:7) is the very core for such a gift. The Greek language being a picturesque language is capable of many meanings. There are three words that were used by Jesus Christ for the English word, i.e., Jesus in His sermon on “The Spirit.”

A. One of the words is Comforter, Acts 9:31 says, “Walking…in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.” Comfort: Gr. Paraklesis meaning the act of calling toward or hither to help, begging, and also of exhortation, encouragement toward virtue. Augustine expressed it, “He is our sweetest Comforter.” With this, it follows, that the Holy Spirit is connected with our sufferings.

B. Another word is Advocate – here in Romans 8:26-27 we find that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us in the area of prayer. Intercession: to fall in with, intercede, entreat, deal with. In I Jn. 1:2 the same word is used of pleads – comes forward in favor of, and represents another. When we look at this fully we find that we have two Advocates or Paracletes – the Holy Spirit who indwells us that we may not sin, and Jesus with the Father to plead His efficacious blood if we do sin.

C. Another word is Helper – to lay hold of a thing together with a person and so to assist that person. Romans 8:26 says, “The Spirit also helpeth or infirmities.” Scofield has it, “One called alongside to help.” God has laid help upon this One who is mighty (Psalm 89:19; Acts 26:22; Hebrews 4:16). Do we need help? If we do, why turn to humans for help when we have such a source that is a willing, all-powerful Helper as the Holy Spirit? He is ever the “Help of the helpless.”

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