Living In The Kingdom 3 -  The Holy Spirit

Quick Overview

The Holy Spirit is God, and is part of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and was involved in Creation (Genesis 1:1-3) and is involved in renewing the natural order (Ps 104:30).  The Holy Spirit is not a “force’ or an “it’ but rather He has emotions, can be grieved, resisted, lied to and speaks to God’s servants giving them instructions and revelations. The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9).  The Holy Spirit is  “before the Throne” with a seven-fold personality as the Spirit of the Lord, counsel, might, wisdom, understanding, knowledge and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) For a good explanation of how the Holy Spirit is fully God go to:

There are two main operations of the Holy Spirit in Christians:
A. "IN" - for spiritual fruit, wisdom, assurance of salvation, and sanctification.
B. "UPON" - as in Acts 1:8 - power from on high, witnessing, spiritual gifts, miracles, tongues, strength and courage (Samson), boldness (Acts4), prophecy and tongues of fire (Acts 2 and 10). 

The Holy Spirit is God, resident in human personality, with the power to change it (Emil Brunner). The Holy Spirit is closely involved with our sanctification. Jesus is our example and model, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to be like Him, and agape love is the goal. (We will have a separate lesson on the Spiritual Gifts later in this course – week 7)

The Spirit of Holiness

Revelation 4:5  From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,


Romans 1:4  and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,


1 Peter 1:2  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.


1 Corinthians 6:19-20  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  (20)  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.


Discussion:   What are some of the logical consequences of Christians being “temples of the Holy Spirit”?

In The Gospels – The Spirit Of The Kingdom

Matthew 1:20    But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.


Matthew 3:11, 16, 17  "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;  (17)  and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."


Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19)  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20)  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


Luke 4:17-21  And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,  (18)  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, (19)  to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (20)  And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  (21)  And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."


Luke 10:21-22  In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (22)  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."


Discussion :   What activities is the Holy Spirit involved in ?
                         How do these activities glorify God and extend His Kingdom?

Acts – The Holy Spirit In Action

Acts 1:4-8  And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; (5)  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." ….(8)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."


Acts 2:1-18  When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  (2)  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  (3)  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  (4)  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance…. (14)  But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.  (15)  For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.  (16)  But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:  (17)  "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;  (18)  even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.


Acts 2:41-47  So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  (42)  And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  (43)  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  (44)  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  (45)  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  (46)  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,  (47)  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 4:31-35
  And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.  (32)  Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.  (33)  And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.  (34)  There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold  (35)  and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.


Discussion:   List at least eight changes that the Holy Spirit is bringing into the lives of these early Christians?

                       How is the Holy Spirit building the Kingdom?

                       How is the early Christian community being transformed? 
                       How does this feel to you?




Receiving The Holy Spirit

John 20:20-23  And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  (21)  Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you.  (22)  And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.  (23)  Of whomever sins you remit, they are remitted to them. Of whomever sins you retain, they are retained.


Acts 8:14-17  Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,  (15)  who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,  (16)  for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  (17)  Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.


Acts 9:17-19  So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."  (18)  And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized;  (19)  and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.


Acts 10:44-47  While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.  (45)  And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.  (46)  For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,  (47)  "Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"


Acts 11:15-17  As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.  (16)  And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' (17)  If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?"


Acts 19:1-7  And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.  (2)  And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."  (3)  And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism."  (4)  And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus."  (5)  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  (6)  And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.  (7)  There were about twelve men in all.


Discussion:  How do Christians receive the baptism in Holy Spirit?
                      What kind of experience is it?
                      How does it relate to water baptism?


The Holy Spirit Speaks

Acts 8:29  And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."


Acts 10:19-20  And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you.  (20)  Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them."


Act 13:2  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."


Acts 21:11  And coming to us, and taking Paul's belt, and binding his hands and feet, he said, The Holy Spirit says these things: So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man whose belt this is, and will deliver him into the hands of the nations.



Discussion:   What is it like to receive ministry instructions from the Holy Spirit?  How do you think this helps the Kingdom of God?