3/1/2009 ~ The Gift of the Holy Spirit
CHARACTER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
... let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ...
~ Acts 2:38-39
God came to earth manifest in the flesh
So that we might be reconciled back to God.
The Gift was a giving of Himself, not about the talents of men.
The Holy Spirit came so that we may have and see the truth of God
... no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:19-21
To believe the Holy Spirit of God, total faith in His word is paramount,
... as we have been told.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
~ From start to end.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
~ Genesis 2:25
Humans were once not ashamed to know God.
"... God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' "
~ Genesis 3:3
A warning had been given.
... and they knew that they were naked; ~ Genesis 3:7
Self above God imposed shame.
~ It violated their relationship with God
So He drove out the man; ... ~ Genesis 3:24
And so they were cast out of paradise and Godís nurturing hand.
God wants to reconcile with those He created to Love.
His Book immediately tells of His saving return.
"... He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." ~ Genesis 3:15
The truth of Christ is an unavoidable punishing realization to Satan,
... and to all those that will posthumously realize thier denial of Him.
... your iniquities have separated you from your God; ... ~ Isaiah 59:1-2
It is sin that hides our hearts from Him.
~ Our gravest sin is not having a relationship with God.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. ~ Psalm 51:11
David did not want to be separated from God.
God calls to us all ...
... all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, ... ~ Matthew 11:28-29
Learn from Me ...
... And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. ~ Genesis 1:2
Ö I was Ö
You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth. ~ Psalm 104:30
By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
~ Job 26:13
Ö and I Am.
... All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is
before all things, and in Him all things consist. ~ Colossians 1:16-17
● This is the God that wants a relationship with us.
→ We all should be in awe of Him.
Especially for His paradise He has created for those that believe.
~ We are His children.
He promised to create an avenue for our return.
... Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, ... ~ Isaiah 32:12-15
... I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, ... ~ Isaiah 44:1-5
"... shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; ..."
~ Joel 2:28-32
┌─> ~ A Holy steadfast Spirit in Egypt and in the wilderness.
The ancient Hebrews knew the Holy Spirit and how important He was.
The first century Jews knew that the Holy Spirit would come
bringing blessings and rejuvenation in a desolate time.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, ... ~ Acts 2:37
The Jews did not know Jesus was the fulfillment.
They were told to worship whom they murdered.
... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. ... ~ Luke 3:15-17
John knew the Holy Spirit was coming and through the Messiah.
The ministry of Jesus included miracles, wonders, and signs of God.
... Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. ...
~ Matthew 10:7-8
Jesus had given the Apostles the gift of miracles and the gift of revelation.
... for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of you Father who speaks in you.
~ Matthew 10:19-20
Jesus told the Apostles that the Holy Spirit would come after He left.
"... the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all
things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." ~ John 14:26
... He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; ...
~ John 16:13
"... I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of
Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." ~ Luke 24:46-49
"... you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; ...
~ Acts 1:7-8
The Apostles were given special measures
of establishing truths and commencing gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The promise of the Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ and for they to bear witness.
The blessings of the Holy Spirit came through Jesus Christ
and the Power He afforded the Apostles and those they touched.
... that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,
that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. ~ Galatians 3:14
... Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of
His promise in Christ through the gospel, ... ~ Ephesians 3:1-7
... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ... ~ Ephesians 6:17
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper
than any two-edged sword, ... ~ Hebrews 4:12
... shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:6
... salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
to which He called you by our gospel, ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14
The Holy Spiritís work was to point us to Jesus.
~ That God may indwell in us following Christ.
... that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from
the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, ... ~ Acts 3:19-21
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel
of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed
with the Holy Spirit of promise, ... ~ Ephesians 1:13-14
For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." ~ Romans 10:13
God wants to lift us up.
O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive,
that I should not go down to the pit. ~ Psalm 30:3
An offer has been given and a promise delivered.
Will you now look to Jesus as the authority?
~ The SAVIOR?
"... and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." ~ Acts 2:38
Do you believe?
-It must be all three as one to be in fellowship
with His promise and blessings of Jesus Christ.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. ~ 2nd Corinthians 13:14
... first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those
who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders,
with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, ... ~ Hebrews 2:3-4
A revealing of God came through Christ reinforced by the Holy Spirit.
To honor the gift of the Holy Spirit is to accept His once delivered Word
rejecting those convoluted doctrines created since to exalt man over God.
... do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed
for the day of redemption. ... ~ Ephesians 4:25-32
Will you now heed the ongoing warning He has given?
The gift is His Word that has been once delivered for human salvation.
We should thank God always for what He has given for us to know.
Faith includes knowing Godís word is inspired and wholly pure.
- It our job to understand God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is found in His ordered Word: The Bible.
We are the focus of God.
Is He our focus?
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