Revelation Truth

The Holy Spirit wants to constantly reveal truth to us. We sometimes get stuck in our thinking. We think, “the Holy Spirit always manifests Himself like THIS,” but people’s experiences are quite varied.

The Spirit also comes to convict us of sin. You have to be honest with yourself before God can work in you. Whatever your experience, He is near.

Because of Jesus, we all have in common faith, hope, and love. Each of us is a unique vessel, designed to hold His Spirit in a unique way. No matter what you’ve been through, God can take you and heal you and restore you. No sin can stop grace! Nothing is impossible for Him!

Isaiah 64:8 NIV

Yet you, Lord , are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Be careful of telling someone, “THIS is how you should be.” A potter cannot make matching sets of dishes. That must be done with a mold. But God is the master Potter.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 NIV

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—   these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”  But we have the mind of Christ.

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

John 20:19-22 NIV

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.   Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

God wants us to be overcomers, baptised with the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 1:32-33 NIV

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

Acts 1:4-5, 8 NIV

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with  water, but in a few days you will be baptized with  the Holy Spirit.”    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

1. We can have the Holy Spirit in or lives.
2. Baptism from Jesus is different than water baptism.
3. It’s not the same as what you receive when you first believe Jesus for salvation.

1 Corinthians 12:13 NIV

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Ephesians 4:4-6 NIV

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

It’s hard to believe there’s just one church when you look at all the denominations, but there is a growing desire of many churches for greater unity.

John 14:15-17 NIV

“If you love me, keep my commands.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and 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.

The Holy Spirit is both with and in.

Romans 8:9-11 NIV

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

The Spirit lives in every person who believes in Jesus.

Acts 1:8 NIV

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Greek wording indicates “overflowing.”

John 7:37-39 NIV

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

When the Spirit comes on you, it’s not just about you anymore. The Spirit brings power to do whatever God has called you to do.

The Trinity, One and Three

The Bible doesn’t contradict itself. The truth is all in there together. If something doesn’t make sense, we need to suspend judgement and seek the truth more completely.

Mark 12:28-30 NIV

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

John 1:1-3, 14, 18 NIV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.   No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John 15:26 NIV

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. ”

Genesis 1:26 NIV

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

John 10:38 NIV

But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

John 17:11 NIV

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of  your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

John 14:16-20 NIV

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and 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.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

Describing the Holy Spirit

With all that is going on in the world, remember – Jesus is King of kings. It doesn’t matter who is in power – God will put all of Jesus’ enemies under His feet.

Nurture a relationship with fellowship. Good says, “Draw close to Me and I will draw close to you.”

The Holy Spirit is a Person, with mind, will, emotion. He is not a ghost or nebulous force.  The Spirit is God’s gift to us. The Spirit gives water and bread – Jesus.

The Spirit is eternal. He exalts Jesus.

John 14:16-17 NKJV

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:25-26 NKJV

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  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.

The Holy Spirit is equal to Jesus. The Spirit carries on His work.

John 15:26 NKJV

“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 16:7 NKJV

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

John 16:12-14 NKJV

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  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.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

Can you imagine if Jesus was still here physically? So very few of us could access Him at any time. But the Spirit is here for each one of us. The Spirit is here for every part of our lives.

Three great benefits of having the Spirit in your life :

1. The Spirit is our Helper. He is with us all the time. The Spirit is able to comfort us. He convicts us, making us aware of our need for His salvation. Good wants to convince the world of our need for Jesus.

John 16:8-11 NKJV

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me;  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

2. The Spirit is our Friend. The devil would like people to believe that the Spirit is strange, and that people who believe He is active today are strange and weird. But it’s people who are strange, not the Spirit! Speaking in tongues is only one gift of many. The devil would have it over-emphasized and distorted.

3.  The Spirit is God. You cannot speak against the Spirit without speaking against God because they are one.

Luke 3:22 NKJV

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

The Person of the Holy Spirit

What makes the Spirit a person and not a thing? What makes a person a person and not a thing? A soul, which has a will, desires, and emotions.

Among other things, the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and the Helper. My thpughts can be unholy. My desires can be very selfish. My emotions can be easily offended. That is why we need the Spirit, the Helper. He is given to us to help us think as God thinks, desire what He desires, and feel what He feels.

Matthew 12:18 NIV

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

Matthew 26:38 NIV

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Hebrews 10:38 NKJV

Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

God has a soul! He also has thoughts:

Philippians 2:1-5 NKJV

Therefore if there  is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be  done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

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John 16:13-15 NKJV

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.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

The Spirit will guide us. Ask Him to reveal God’s will to you. Ask Him to show you the way He would have you go, opening doors you should walk through, and closing those you should not.

Acts 16:6-7 NKJV

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

How can we know the will of God? His general will is in the Bible. His specific will for each of us comes through the Helper.

Before Jesus, there were long periods of time where only one or just a few select people could hear God’s voice.

Acts 2:17-18 NKJV

‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

Wherever God places His Spirit, His voice is heard. The Spirit is not some kind of force. He is a person. We develop our relationship with the Lord through Him, by talking with Him, which the Spirit makes possible.

People worry about giving up their will. But are we really missing out on anything that great by surrendering to God? We lay down that which gets us into so much trouble in return for the Spirit’s leading.

Baptism

Jesus was baptised because He was obedient, and He asked us to do the same:

Matthew 28:19 NLT

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is meaningless if you don’t believe in salvation through Jesus, the Son of God. Baptism itself does not save anyone. It’s the confession of sins, the condition of your heart, and your relationship with Him that matters.

Baptism is an outward sign of obedience. Salvation is a gift, not a reward for things you do.

Jesus began ministering after His baptism. The power from heaven that came to Him at His baptism was a result of His obedience.

Matthew 3:16-17 NLT

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Three things happened here: 1) The heavens were opened, 2) the Spirit came, and 3) God declared His love.

Acts of the Apostles 2:38-39 NLT

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away —all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

Acts of the Apostles 9:18 NLT

Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.

Repentence – the decision to turn away from sin toward God – comes first, then baptism.

Jesus had nothing to repent of. He was baptised as an act of obedience. He was the first person to be both born of the Spirit, and baptised by the Holy Spirit. He is called the “second Adam.” Like the first Adam, He came directly from God. Yet unlike the first Adam, He did not fall to temptation. Instead of bringing death to his descendants, He brought life.

There’s always exceptions to the rule, like the thief on the cross, but if you are able to be baptised, do it as the next step in your relationship with the Lord.

Luke 3:21-22 NLT

One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.

God spoke approval over Jesus at His baptism, and He wants to do the same for you as well.

God Grants Repentance

God has given us emotions and senses for good reasons. But those emotions are not your master — Jesus is your Master.

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.
– Charles Spurgeon

Jesus is the only One Who gives relationship with the one true God. He came to us as God’s Word in the flesh. As you read God’s Word, there is something supernatural inside it. God wants to reveal deeper truths to you. Ask God to reveal to you deeper spiritual truths, so that you can have a greater realization of Who Jesus is.

Repentance… it is not something you can make or conjure up. It really isn’t just “feeling bad.” Judas felt really terrible about betraying Jesus. He went back to the priests and threw the money they paid him at their feet. They said it didn’t matter to them. No one condemned Judas but himself. He felt so bad about what he had done that he killed himself.

Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said.

“What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!

So he threw the silver into the sanctuary and departed. Then he went and hanged himself. (Matthew 27)

Judas hated himself — he felt as bad as a person can for doing something they regret. But feeling bad is not repentance. Punishing yourself is actually self-righteousness, an attempt to atone for your own wrongdoing. But when you truly believe Jesus, you understand that HE paid that price for you.

In Acts 10, we have the account of God preparing Peter to meet Cornelius, who was a Roman soldier. At that time, Jews and Gentiles (non-Jewish people) did not associate with each other. God prepared Peter to visit Cornelius by showing him a vision to illustrate that God is not looking on the outside, but on the heart. It is not for us to call someone unworthy because of how we judge them from the outside.

Cornelius had gathered his family and friends to hear what Peter would say. They wanted more of God, and He answered their request. John the Baptist called people to repentance, to change their ways. But now, after the resurrection of Jesus, here is what Peter preaches to them:

“Now I really understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, 35 but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him. 36 He sent the message to the Israelites, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all. 37 You know the events that took place throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil, because God was with Him. 39 We ourselves are witnesses of everything He did in both the Judean country and in Jerusalem, yet they killed Him by hanging Him on a tree. 40 God raised up this man on the third day and permitted Him to be seen, 41 not by all the people, but by us, witnesses appointed beforehand by God, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10)

All Peter did was teach them about Jesus. Their belief in Jesus — not anything they did themselves — brought about their repentance and forgiveness. And because of this:

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speaking in other languages and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter responded, 47 “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.

Now, Acts 11: The Jewish believers heard what had happened and were upset that Peter had visited Gentiles. After Peter explains why, they became silent. And then:

…they glorified God, saying, “So God has granted repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles!”

In 2 Timothy 2:

24 The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, 25 instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. 26 Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will.

We need to remember where repentance comes from — it comes from God, not from us. You cannot make someone or yourself repentant — only God can do this. He provided redemption in Jesus, who calls us to tell others about Him, just as Peter did, but He is the one who does the cleaning and the changing.