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The Holy Spirit 101
Scripture: Deuteronomy 29:29; Acts 2:1-4; Isaiah 9:...
Running time: 1 hour, 04 minutes, 39 seconds.
I am not going to present an exhausted lesson on the Holy Spirit. He is so much bigger than we can grasp but that is not an excuse to stop seeking Him; BUT dont limit Him to what you can learn about Him. The point to all of this is not to completely understand God but to worship Him. This awesome fact about the greatness and vast understanding of God should lead us to get on our knees and just worship who He is and that He chose us to love and have a relationship with.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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The Holy Spirit 101

True or False: The most important aspect s of life are what you do and how you live.

How many of you believe this? Why? Does it really matter what you think?

The correct answer is True. Without action and fruit all the theology in the world has little meaning. But what you think or believe is also important because what you believe determines how you act. Some will say about the Holy Spirit, does it really matter if I believe He is real person or just a symbol of the goodness of God? At least I believe in the Holy Spirit?

The problem with all of this is simple, if we think the wrong way; our wrong thinking can point us in the wrong direction. When we study about the Holy Spirit using wrong thinking, it can lead us to ineffective living and worse yet, living a life spent striving after what the Spirit of God opposes. So it is very important to know and understand who He is and what He actually does.

“What does the Spirit do? His works are ineffable in majesty, and innumerable in quantity. How can we even ponder what extends beyond the ages? What did He do before creation began? How great are the graces He showered on creation? What power will He wield in the age to come? He existed; He pre-existed; He co-existed with the Father and the Son before the ages. Even if you can imagine anything beyond the ages, you will discover that the Spirit is even further before.” St. Basil the Great

I read this quote only to caution us to understand a very important fact; it is ludicrous to think we can fully understand God. That also includes the Holy Spirit who is also part of the Godhead. But there are secrets that God allows us to know and He reveals them to us not just for head knowledge, but to cherish and to apply them in our lives.

Deuteronomy 29:29 (NIV)
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

I am not going to present an exhausted lesson on the Holy Spirit. He is so much bigger than we can grasp but that is not an excuse to stop seeking Him; BUT don’t limit Him to what you can learn about Him. The point to all of this is not to completely understand God but to worship Him. This awesome fact about the greatness and vast understanding of God should lead us to get on our knees and just worship who He is and that He chose us to love and have a relationship with.

When asked to describe the Godhead, the Trinity, what answer or explanation do you give? The egg, the three leaf clover, H2O. While analogies are helpful, God is like nothing else. He is incomprehensible, incomparable, and unlike any being. We must be careful not to lock God into a box that is our understanding of Him and limit Him to our understanding. Don’t let what we think about Him limit His power in our lives.

Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

So where do we start in our lesson today concerning the Holy Spirit? He is present starting at the beginning, playing His part in Creation. When God pointed to the arrival of Jesus in the prophecies, the Holy Spirit was included in the description.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

All the aspects of God are described here. Jesus is truly God as well as he Father and the Spirit. But the best place to start is at the beginning of the Church age, when the promise of the Holy Spirit by Jesus was fulfilled. Today, you and I received the promise by having the Holy Spirit living inside us. Just as we read in Acts, the tremendous power of the Spirit is still alive today and what He does for us is help us kill sin in our lives if we just seek Him and rely n His power.

What difference did the Holy Spirit make in the lives of the disciples that day when He came and dwelled in them? Is there any difference today on how He influences our lives?

Acts 2:41 (NIV)
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

What influence did the Holy Spirit have in the result described in this passage? What influence does the Holy Spirit have today on our results? Do you think that what we believe about the Holy Spirit has an effect on our results?

Practical Truths About the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is a Person:
He is not an indistinct power or thing. He is not an it. Some might say this is trivial but it is crucial when understanding how He works in our lives.

John 14:15-17 (NIV)
"If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

What makes the Holy Spirit a person? What makes you a person? He is a person who has a personality and a personal relationship with not only believers but also with God the Father.

The Holy Spirit is God:

What is interesting in the New Testament, the writers would interchange the two, Spirit and God even in the same sentence, for example:

Acts 5:3-4 (NIV)
Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."

There are many examples in both the Old and New Testaments when God and the Spirit are mentioned together as though both were the same being.

Genesis 1:1-2, 26 (NIV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…

The Holy Spirit is Eternal and Holy:

We just read in John 14 that the Holy Spirit will be with us forever. Not only did Jesus tell us that the Holy Spirit is eternal but that we will live eternally with Him. The writer of Hebrews tells us a little more:

Hebrews 9:14 (NIV)
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

There are some stunning facts here about Jesus, the Holy Spirit and how they affect our service to God. What are they? The relationship with the Holy Spirit kept Jesus Holy, sinless, so he could be that perfect sacrifice. The Holy Spirit has the same effect on us as long as we are in relationship with Him. Without the power of the Holy Spirit in us, it is impossible to serve God as Holy vessels to Him. Holiness is essential to serving God. We must be Holy, God makes us Holy, We are Holy!

This concept of our holiness usually raises the question, how can I be holy when I am imperfect and still sin? How does the Holy Spirit affect that reality?

“A Christian is a person who is becoming what in God’s eyes he already is.”

A similar statement is found in the Bible.

Hebrews 10:14 “For by that one offering he made forever perfect in the sight of God all those whom he is making holy.”

The Holy Spirit Has His Own Mind and He Prays for Us:

I don’t know about you but this fact makes me ask the question, if the Spirit and God are the same being, then who does the Spirit pray to?

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Have you ever experienced the need to pray on someone’s behalf or for yourself and find it hard to put into words what you need to pray for or what to say? How does the Holy Spirit fix that problem?

Have you ever wondered if God thinks your prayers are stupid? Think about this, how many things do we pray for that falls under the category of “Stupid Things To Pray For? Any examples? Asking for forgiveness, asking for God to be with you during a difficult situation, to win the Lottery, to do well in a sporting event.

The Holy Spirit Has His Own Desires and Will:

How many of you have a plan for your life or at least you think you have a plan for your life? Here is the hard question, are you living the life the Holy Spirit planned for you? How can you tell?

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV)
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

Too often Christians want the Holy Spirit to intercede on their behalf to fulfill the plans they have for their lives or their kids. The Holy Spirit is not Santa Clause. The Holy Spirit is God and He has a master plan. He has a plan for us as we play a part in the greater plan. The Holy Spirit helps us be a part in the greater plan and equips us with the tools to do our part well and with holiness. How do we know what it is we are to do in life for Him, look at the tools He gave us to use?

Jesus found Himself in the same situation we often find ourselves, deciding on the correct direction to go, doing something we don’t want to do. How did Jesus handle this?

Luke 22:42 (NIV)
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

15: True or False: My plan matches up with the Spirit’s plan for my life?