H.S. #2 “Who is the Holy Spirit”?
Intro – Series on the Holy Spirit
Indistinctness of the Spirit
Is 44:3-4 - 3For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 4They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
· Dove upon Jesus
Lk 3:22 - and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.
· Pentecost like wind and fire
Ac 2:1-4 - When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Our own experiences
· Two weeks ago
o Amy – Voice telling her
o Kelly – mystery
o Ravina – warmth of healing
o Justin – rush of love
o Worship can move the Spirit
o Bring Conviction
· Spirit and Truck
So what or who is this experience that shows up
With God & Jesus it is not as vague
A key to the Spirit is to not think of Him as spirit…
Characteristics of personhood
Holy Spirit is given positions for only a person
Some of these positions the Spirit has replace what Jesus was doing
Personhood is the foundation of this teaching
R.A. Torrey “If you think of the HS as so many, even among Christian people do today, as a mere influence of power, then your thought will constantly be, ‘How can I get hold of the HS and use it?’ But if you think of Him in the Biblical way, as a person of divine majesty and glory, you’re thought will be, ‘How can the HS get hold of me and use me?’
Ac 8:18 - When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Perhaps Elijah's greatest virtue was his zeal. Indeed, we shall see that twice in his communication with God, Elijah speaks of having been "very zealous" for the Lord. But zeal, unattended eventually becomes its own God; it compels us toward expectations, which are unrealistic, and outside the timing and anointing of God. To remain balanced, zeal must be reined in and harnessed by strategic encounters with the living God. We otherwise become frustrated with people and discouraged with delays. We step outside our place of strength and spiritual protection. Many of us become so consumed with our battles that we are no longer aware of the presence of Jesus. We have been traveling in our own strength. [Francis Frangipane]
Growth in the Spirit will equal temptation