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The Holy Spirit

Who, What, Where, and When

Introduction

As Christians, we require the Holy Spirit

“Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds. Like branches without sap, we are withered. Like coals without fire, we are useless.”  Charles Spurgeon, 19th century preacher

“Everywhere I go I find that God’s people lack something. They are hungry for something. Their Christian experience is not all that they expected and they often have recurring defeat in their lives. Christians today are hungry for spiritual fulfillment. The most desperate need of the nation today is that men and women who profess Jesus be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Billy Graham

  1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

– The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity: God in three persons.

  1. An Overview of the Holy Spirit

Where did the Holy Spirit come from?

The Holy Spirit was present, hovering at Creation. (Genesis 1:1,2)

–  The Holy Spirit has always been present

The Holy Spirit comes on prophets, priests, and kings

–  On certain people at certain times for specific purposes

The Holy Spirit is a promise

“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.”  Joel 2:28,29

–  The Holy Spirit will come at a certain time for everyone

The Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Matthew 3:16,17

–   At his baptism the Father, Son & Spirit are all together.

Jesus at the Temple

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) John 7:38-39

Jesus’ Ascension

I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:25,26

At the festival of Pentecost

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. Acts 2:2-4

  1. The Holy Spirit is a Person

– The Holy Spirit is looking for a relationship with you.

Are you thirsty?

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13,14