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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (2)

Second, the Spirit will convict the world in regard to righteousness. God has to teach us that our righteousness is totally insufficient. It is hard for people to recognize that our righteousness amounts to nothing before God because we do not possess righteousness within ourselves. We do not have good works and right living apart from conforming to the will of God. This is why the apostle Paul could powerfully declare that there is no one who is righteous, not…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work

What exactly is the Holy Spirit going to accomplish in the lives of his disciples? Jesus answers this question in John 16:5-15. Jesus has promised the eleven in John 14 that he is going to send the Advocate to them so that they are not left alone even though he must leave. But Jesus’ leaving is for their benefit. The Advocate will come which will benefit these disciples and the whole world. Jesus comes back to the discussion concerning the…

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The Holy Spirit In Acts

John the Baptist preached “the kingdom is at hand!” (Matt. 3:2). John told the Jewish leaders that the Messiah was coming. With the Messiah would be two events: (1) the baptism of the Holy Spirit, God’s phrase that represented the arrival of the kingdom of God, restoration of God’s covenant with Israel, and blessings to the people; (2) the baptism of fire, God’s phrase that represented judgment. As we will notice later in Acts 2, Peter preached the same message…

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We will serve the Lord

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve the LORD. And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day who you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land…

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The Holy Spirit In Matthew (2)

Since the baptism of fire is a description of judgment and wrath (see Malachi 4), what then is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Before we answer this question, we need to again notice that these are two events John is speaking about. Can we say that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a bad thing, like the baptism of fire? Not at all. As we noticed in the last lesson, the pouring out of the Spirit was a…

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The Holy Spirit In Matthew

Matthew 3:7-12. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. 9 And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 10 Even now the ax is ready to…

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The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament (3)

The final prophecy to consider from the Old Testament concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit is in Joel 2:28-3:1. “After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out My Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days. I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood,…

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The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament (2)

Understanding the prophecies concerning the Holy Spirit is very important if we are going to understand what the Jews expected when the pouring out of the Holy Spirit took place. Until we can grasp what God was promising concerning the Holy Spirit, we will never understand the true implications of the Holy Spirit's arrival. Isaiah 32:14-18. “For the palace will be forsaken, the busy city abandoned. The hill and the watchtower will become barren places forever, the joy of wild…

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The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament (1)

The subject of the Holy Spirit has been one of controversy and confusion. Some religious groups teach that the Holy Spirit still is imparting miraculous gifts to those who have enough faith. Other religious groups believe the Holy Spirit will overwhelm you, causing a person to have a variety of joyful emotions. Christians dispute about whether the Holy Spirit personally dwells within the each Christian and what is the extent of His influence over the Christian. I believe that our…

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You Have A Purpose

Why are you here? What is your destiny? What is God’s purpose? These are questions that have been around for ages. When we read the first chapter of Ephesians more questions arise. Why has God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? Why has God chosen us to be holy and blameless? Why has God predestined us for adoption? Ephesians 1:6 contains the ultimate reason. God did these things “to the praise of his glorious grace.” God did…

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