1 John 4 Lesson

The Holy Spirit

THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS SENT BY GOD TO HELP US

Today’s lesson focuses on the gift of the Holy Spirit, why it was sent, and what that means for us. Our focus verse is taken from the Gospel of John:

  • “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.” – John 14:26.

From this verse, we can decipher the following four things about the Holy Spirit:

  1. The Holy Spirit is also referred to as “the Helper,”
  2. The Holy Spirit was sent from God,
  3. The Holy Spirit was sent in the name of Jesus,
  4. The Holy Spirit is a teacher.

The Holy Spirit is incredibly valuable and something that every Christian needs to have. 

HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we need to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke wrote about this in the Book of Acts: 

  • “Repent, and each of you bebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ for theforgivenessof your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38.

JESUS WAS BAPTIZED

The Bible tells us that Jesus, Himself, was baptized. This may cause some of us to ask the question, “Why did the Son of God get baptized?” If we do ask that question, we are not alone. John the Baptist asked Jesus the same question, as recorded in the Gospel of Mathew.

Jesus responded to John's question:

  • “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” – Mathew 3:15.

That is the first reason that Jesus was baptized. “To fulfill all righteousness.” In other words, it was the right thing to do. 

And how did God react when Jesus obeyed the command to be baptized?  We can read about that in Mathew Chapter 3:

  • “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Mathew 3:16-17.

This is the second reason that Jesus was baptized, because it please His Father.

And for followers of Jesus, there is a third reason to be baptized. To receive the Holy Spirit to help us!

THE BIBLE TELLS US “WHAT” AND THE HOLY SPIRIT ALLOWS US TO FEEL

Every word of the Bible is inspired by God. It provides direction to our lives and serves as a “true north” and moral compass. The Bible is the authority for determining right from wrong. As Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy:

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

At times in our lives, we will find ourselves having to make decisions where the scripture does not specifically answer the questions that we have. So what should we do then?

It is in these times that we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to help us. Both the Bible and the Spirit are critical to our salvation. We can think of their relationship as follows:

  1. The Bible tells us “what” God commands us to do,
  2. The Holy Spirit allows us to “feel” God’s presence and make decisions that will please Him.

The Bible and the Holy Spirit will always agree.   They will never contradict one another.   John wrote about this in his first epistle:

  • “By this, you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist.” – 1 John 4:2.

GOD, JESUS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

There is a special relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.   As we have discussed, they are always in agreement and never contradict one another.  

Jesus said:

  • “I and the Father are one.” – John 10:30.

There are multiple passages in the Bible where God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all mentioned.   We will highlight three of them in today’s study:

  1. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” - Mathew 28:19,
  2. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” - 2 Corinthians 13:14,
  3. “To those who reside as strangers, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” – 1 Peter 1:1-2.

And while they are different entities, they are all one, always in agreement, and never contradicting.  

CONCLUSION

God sent the Holy Spirit to help us.   We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized, just as Jesus did.   The Holy Spirit helps us through feelings and not words.  The feelings must always align completely with the teachings of the Bible.   If they do not, the feelings are not the result of the Holy Spirit.  

God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are separate entities that are one and the same because they always align, and never contradict each other.  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture about how the Holy Spirit intercedes in our lives to help us:

  • “Now, in the same way, the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26.

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