1 John 4 Lesson

The Holy Spirit

What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit, and why is it important?

To help us answer that question, we will look at the following scripture:

  • “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.

We benefit from the Spirit being given to the apostles, who were guided in all truth. The early churches continued in the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) and we should, too.

THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS SENT FROM GOD TO HELP US 

Let that sink in for a moment.   As Christians, this should be a source of tremendous comfort and strength for us.   God sent the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus, to be our Helper.   And together, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.  

HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

The answer to this question is found in the book of Acts:

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

The Spirit of God descended upon Jesus when He was baptized, as recorded in the Gospel of Mathew:

  • “After He was 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 settling on Him, and behold, a voice from the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” – Mathew 3:16-17.

In the same way, when we are baptized, we receive the Holy Spirit.  

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

The New Testament consists of 260 chapters, divided into 7,959 verses or roughly 184,600 words (source: www.google.com).   It is the most important piece of literature ever written.   As Paul said to Timothy:

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

The Bible is inspired by God and beneficial for:

  • Teaching,
  • Rebuking,
  • Correction,
  • And training in righteousness.

At times in our lives, we may encounter questions or have to make a decision that we cannot answer from scripture alone.   It is in these times that the Holy Spirit can guide us.   The Bibleteaches us “What” we are to do, and the Holy Spirit  lets us feel it.   The two 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:

  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 they never contradict each other.  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “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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