Substance - The Person of The Holy Spirit
Luke 24:49-53 NIV
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.”
Read Over Acts 2 Together Highlighting the work of the Holy Spirit
Core Learning - The Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is a Person.
The Holy Spirit can be viewed at times as something at our disposal, like a 'thing' that can help us when we want. The Holy Spirit is a person not a 'thing' not a bit of equipment to help our spirituality.
Different ways people explain the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son Jesus, God the Holy Spirit
One God, Three People
Cake - Cut into three slices - all the cake still
Egg - An egg is shell, yoke, white. Its all an egg
Rubber band Illustration
God is like three fingers wrapped up by a rubber band, even when they are pulled away from each other and function differently they have a pull back to one another..
When we give our lives to God we are invited into the pull, we become the fourth finger.
You cannot be in relationship with one and not the others.
In the Old Testimony people got God the Father wrong, in the New Testament people got God in flesh, Jesus wrong, I don’t want to be the people that gets God the Holy Spirit wrong
The problem is never God's power; the problem is our ability to let God show Himself in new ways.
The Holy Spirits goal isn’t to make you weird it’s to make you capable of a life outside your ability and make you comfortable in a life outside your capacity
Q - What are some of the ways the Holy Spirit works?
Names/functions of the Holy Spirit in scripture:
Author of scripture
Convicts our sin
Indweller of believers
Revealer of truth
Spirit of Life
Gifts of the Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (read together)
Fruits of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23 (read together)
Holy Spirit Like a Dove
When Jesus was baptised the Holy Spirit came upon him like a Dove the bible tell us.
The Holy Spirit was already inside of Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes into our lives the moment we give our lives to Jesus. The holy Spirit speaks to us and convicts us and guides us from the inside.
The Holy Spirit comes upon us like He did with Jesus and like He did with those in Acts 2 at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is on us for those around us, so we would walk in and be clothed with power to see miracles, signs and wonders.
Think about how you would live your life if you had a dove resting on your shoulder. You would do everything with that dove in mind so it would remain with you. the Holy Spirit calls us to live with Him in mind of Him in us and on us.
Acts 2:17-18 NIV
“ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”
Exercise or Practice
Take time to pray for people to be filled with the Holy Spirit
Clothed with Power from on High