This month we begin a series of seven lessons in which we will study the nature, role, and function of the Holy Spirit. Each lesson is designed to give greater understanding about how to cooperate with heaven’s divine gift to live a fulfilling, Christ-centered life. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is one of the most misunderstood truths in the Bible. A clear view of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the life of each believer is absolutely essential if we are going to live a victorious Christian life. We cannot overcome the evil one on our own; we can overcome Satan’s temptations only in the power of the Holy Spirit.
1. Is the Holy Spirit an influence, or the third person of the Godhead? In the texts below, circle the members of the Godhead.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2 Cor. 13:14).
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Rom. 8:16, 17).
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19).
As you read these three passages, does the Bible indicate in any way that the Holy Spirit is merely an influence, or in any way inferior to the Father and the Son?
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).
“But the Helper, 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” (verse 26).
The word Jesus used is ___________________________________________________________.
The word “helper” in the original language of the New Testament is paraklete. It is a word rich in meaning. It means one who stands alongside. It was used of a friend in court who provided defense for the accused; one who was always there.
3. How closely did Jesus identify Himself with the Holy Spirit?
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).
The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ personal ______________________________________________.
The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Christ.” He is Jesus’ ambassador. While Jesus and the Holy Spirit are two distinct beings in the Godhead, they are one in purpose and eternal in nature.
4. What is the most significant reason Jesus promised to send His Holy Spirit?
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (John 15:26).
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to _____________________________________ of Jesus.
5. What three things will the Holy Spirit convict each one of us of if our hearts are open to His promptings?
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).
The Holy Spirit will convict the world of ___________, of ___________, and of __________________.
Each one of us has felt the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. At times, when we haven’t lived in harmony with God’s will, the Holy Spirit has brought conviction to our hearts. We have felt His promptings to do what is right and have been impressed with the reality that one day evil will finally be condemned and done away with forever.
6. What other name did Jesus give the Holy Spirit?
“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him or knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17).
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the ____________________ of __________________________.
Why do you think Jesus gave the Holy Spirit this special title? _______________________________
“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it unto you” (John 16:14).
The Holy Spirit ______________________________________________ Jesus.
The work of the Holy Spirit is not to glorify Himself; it is to glorify Jesus. The work of the Holy Spirit is not to glorify us; it is to bring glory to our Savior. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the great desire of our lives is to glorify Jesus in everything we do, to be more like Jesus.
Would you like to open your heart to the Holy Spirit to make you more like Jesus? Why not bow your head and pray for a greater infilling of the Holy Spirit right now?
Next month’s study will feature the next installment in this series, “Empowered by the Holy Spirit.”
CORRECTION: The Bible study, "Prevailing Prayer" (December 2010), inaccurately stated that Jacob never saw his father, Isaac, again. This was our mistake, not the author's. Our apologies—Editors
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