The Holy Spirit of God
1- What did Jesus promise before He left? John 14:16, 17, 26 – Jesus will send a Comforter. The Comforter is the Spirit of truth. It is the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit.
2- Where does this Spirit come from? John 15:26 – Comes from the Father. Proceeds from the Father. It means to go forth, to issue from.
3- What will this Spirit do? Mark 13:11 – The Holy Spirit will give us the right words.
Matthew 10:20 – It is the Spirit of the Father. So the Father has a spirit, and that spirit is a holy spirit. The word ‘Holy’ is an adjective.
4- Many people are confused over the ‘Holy Spirit’. How does God clarify the matter for us? 1 Corinthians 2:11 – We can learn about the Spirit of God by looking at the spirit of man. That is simple, since man was made in the image and likeness of God.
5- Is the spirit of man a different individual than the man? Daniel 2:1 – Who was troubled here? Is it the king himself or someone else? It is certainly the king. The spirit is his identity, or character. The invisible part of the person.
6- How can we hurt God? Ephesians 4:30 – By grieving His Holy Spirit. We can’t hurt God physically, but we can hurt His feelings.
Genesis 6:3 – God was hurt by the wickedness of man before the Flood. They grieved His Holy Spirit.
7- If the Father has a spirit, does the Son have one too? Philippians 1:19 – So Jesus Christ has a Spirit as well.
8- How many sprits are there? Ephesians 4:4 – There is only one Spirit.
Romans 8:9 – So the Spirit of the Father and Christ is the same one Spirit.
9- So when we receive the Holy Spirit who do we receive? John 14:23 – Both the Father and the Son come to us in Spirit.
10- What did Christ say about His words? John 6:63 – In other words the Spirit is Life. We can obtain this life by taking in the word of God.
Colossians 3:16 – When the word of Christ abides in us we have life. We have the Spirit of God.
11- What was the only means through which we could obtain this Life/Spirit? John 10:11, 15 – Jesus had to lay down His life for us. He had to lay down His Spirit as a regenerating agent for us.
12- We know that Jesus was made flesh in John 1:14, but what else was he made? 1 Corinthians 15:45 – The last Adam is Christ Himself (v.22), He was made a ‘spirit that gives life’ or a ‘life giving spirit’. So Christ was made 2 things: flesh and Spirit.
13- With what words did Christ comfort His disciples? John 14:18 – He said that He was coming again.
14- How will Jesus come again? John 14:19-21, 28 – Jesus will return in spirit. He will not be seen by the world (unbelievers). Jesus in flesh will go and return as Jesus the Spirit (the life giving spirit).
15- Who will the Father send to the converted? Acts 3:19, 20 – He will send forth Jesus.
16- How does the Father send Jesus to us? Is it Jesus in flesh or in Spirit? Galatians 4:6 – The Spirit of His Son. It is the Holy Spirit of Jesus.
17- When we receive the Spirit of Jesus, is that some one different to Christ? 2 Corinthians 3:17 – The Lord is Jesus (1 Corinthians 8:6). So if there is one Lord, and there is one Spirit, and the Lord is that Spirit it follows then that Christ comes to us as the Holy Spirit. He Himself comes as a personal Comforter, not a different individual, nor an impersonal force.
18- What happens to us when we receive the Spirit of Christ? 1 Corinthians 6:17 – We become one with the Lord in the Spirit. The Lord joins our spirits to His own Holy Spirit.
19- How is this process described by Peter? 2 Peter 1:4 – We become partakers by being joined to the Lord in Spirit.
20- What did Jesus pray just before He died? John 17:20, 21 – The we all may be one. This is done through the Spirit of the Father and the Son: the Holy Spirit. We become one as the Father and Son are one.
21- How are the Father and the Son one? John 14:10, 20 – Jesus and the Father are one through the Spirit which they share. This is the Spirit which the Father sends into our hearts.
22- How do we become the sons of God? Romans 8:15 – Through the Spirit that God gives us. His own spirit and life becomes ours. Se we are adopted into the family of God.
23- What does Paul say that we, as sons of God, are?
1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19– God lives in us, His temple, by His Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit is the personal presence of Christ Himself, our Comforter.
24- What is the invitation that Christ offers us? Revelation 3:20 – Christ Himself will come and live in us.
Colossians 1:27 – This is the hope of eternal life. Only through Jesus, and no one else. Christ wants to live in our hearts through His Holy Spirit.
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