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Walking in the Spirit pt.2

The ministry of the Holy Spirit in the believer

Water must flow not be stagnant, it must constantly be replaced. It is the same with our spiritual life, we must constantly be filled. At the feast of Tabernacles, where they pour out the water out on the steps of the temple Jesus stood up On the last day, that great day of the feast and said and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:37-39). Jesus spoke of the Spirit of God as the life that flows out of us must be of Him not us, it is not the human spirit but our Christ like life that will affect others.

The New Covenant and the Holy Spirit

The covenant in the New Testament is far superior to what those great men in the Old Testament had. Because the Holy Spirit indwells all believers he also brings with him gifts that will build up the body. If we are controlled by the Lord and seeking his will we can be assured that He will use us for His purposes.

The Holy Spirit indwells every believer (those who have received the gospel and believed on Him), we are sealed by the Spirit. It is God’s down payment that we are under new ownership. In the Old Testament Covenant he indwelt man on a temporary basis. Gen. 41:38: “And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” It was rare to see God indwell people and it was only temporary, he came upon them, in them and would leave after what was needed was accomplished. In the same way He would appear in the tabernacle before the high priest. This was the Old Testament model.

Num 11:16-17 the LORD said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel” (v.25) God had put his Spirit upon them to empower them for service. V.17 “Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them.” The same Spirit God gave to Moses was to be given to them. The reason “they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.” They were to help within the congregation for the children of Israel so Moses would not be distracted from his calling.

Then Lord came down in the camp in glory, the 70 elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again(Num. 11:25). God confirmed their leadership under Moses by their prophesying, notice they did not become prophets, and it was only once.

Num 27:15-18 Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying: "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation," who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd."And the LORD said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him” V.23 And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.”

This laying on of hands was not anything transferable since he already had the Holy Spirit. We find the answer in v. 19: “set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight.” It was visible show of who is a leader that is approved by God.

In the Old Testament the Spirit came and went, it rested upon people and indwelt others. Most of them were kings, priests, judges and prophets who were moved to prophecy. Ezek. 2:1-2 “And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.” Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.” The prophets would speak either to the nation about their backsliding and the punishment that would result if they did not repent, or about the savior that would come. In 1 Pt. 1:10-11 we are told the Spirit of Christ was in the prophets “Who prophesied of the grace that would come to you”, that this “Spirit testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.”

The Holy Spirit often became the witness of whom the Jews worshipped before pagans. Daniel 4:18 “King Nebuchadnezzar, speaking to Belteshazzar, ‘for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.” Daniel 5:14: “I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you.”

In the Old Testament the people did not have the Spirit as a permanent indwelling. There needed a new covenant that would enable man to be the temple and dwelling of the Holy Spirit. This was something that God said he desired. 2 Cor.6:16: “For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (also Rom 8:9, 8:11, 1 Cor.3:16, 6:19). God would not be localized in a physical temple only- we become the temple. This done by receiving Christ as savior and Lord from believing the gospel, not before.


In the New Testament He indwells the Believer permanently. He does not come and go as He did in the Old Testament. Yet He can be quenched, grieved and his voice and activity can be quieted by our disobedience. He is the imparter of spiritual life to the one who has faith in Jesus (2 Tim.3:5; Eph. 2:1; I Jn. 5:11-12).

On the day of the Pentecost, the church officially began. The apostle Peter promised to unsaved Jews, who had not YET been born again that they would receive the Holy Spirit as a gift when they repented and were baptized. When they received the Holy they possessed the new life in Christ! This is repeated in Acts 8 and Acts 10 for the Gentiles. Teaching the baptism with the Holy Spirit is for those who are already born again is not correct, the bible teaches to be filled and refilled as a continual and necessary process. We do not lose the Holy Spirit in us, nor do we get more of Him. It means that He gets more of us. We give him control of our lives daily, we present our bodies as a living sacrifice to the Lord each day and he fills us with himself.

The Bible teaches us that the baptism of the Spirit is a one time event that occurs as salvation, while the filling of the Spirit is a continual, daily event. For: “we all were immersed in one Spirit, so as to become one body” (I Cor. 12:3). This brings us into unity with Christ, the local church body we may attend and the whole body of Christ that is spread throughout the world. By the Spirit’s indwelling we enter into union with Christ and can know the Father (Rom.8:14-17). We are put in Him and He indwells us. The Holy Spirit who is like Jesus conveys His nature and qualities to the believer. God places us in a local body to grow and minister to others with the gifts he has given accompanied by His Spirit.

This was something that the disciples did not know or experience until after Pentecost. 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 14:17). One mention of the Spirit is present tense- with you, the other was future tense – in you.

Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit was WITH them, but in the future when He leaves, the Holy Spirit would be IN them.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of truth proceeds from the Father and will testify of me” (Jesus). Jesus is the focus of the Holy Spirit just as the Father is the focus of Jesus ministry when He was on earth. An inanimate force that possesses no intelligence does not have the ability to testify. To testify means the subject has the ability to speak, He is a witness of another. The Spirit who explains the things of God to the believer is not pointing to a mere man, but the God/man, He testifies of the truth of the Son and explains the Word of God to the recipient. It is the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture to pen down the word for people of all the ages to know Christ their savior. The Holy Spirit has a will and purpose for the believer, which means He is personal.

1 Cor. 12:7-11: because the Holy Spirit indwells us, he brings with him gifts and fruit that are spiritual in nature. This is the only way a believer can fulfill his ministry- in the power of the Holy Spirit. V.11 “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” He is at work intimately involved in our life. The Word is there to help us grow in maturity and to exhibit the life of Christ. In this way the Holy Spirit and the Word work together to accomplish our transformation to be spiritual and any task one who is a servant is submitted over to him for.

He also testifies to us that we are God’s children. Rom 8:15-16: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” He prompts us to pray to the Father in the nature of Jesus (his ways and will)

If the Holy Spirit is leading you to do something it will not contradict what He has already done recorded in the word or in the principles He gives. He does not contradict Jesus’ nature, which is first and foremost holiness, separate from the world and its influences to sin and to be dedicated to God’s word for our living. The Holy Spirit will not lead someone to divorce to remarry another, because it goes against the word that the Holy Spirit already wrote.

The Activity of the Holy Spirit

May the force NOT be with you!

The person of the Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person of God in the Scriptures. The Bible says God is Spirit and because He is Spirit, He is invisible. There is more mention of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures than there is of the Father and the Son. By doing a study on His nature and ways one can find from the Scripture that he is indeed God, Heb. 9:14 states he is “the ETERNAL Spirit.” Only God is eternal, having no beginning or end. He is sent by both the Father and the Son from heaven to indwell the believer. In Jn.14:16 Jesus states “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever” (Greek- Allos paracletos) which means another OF the same kind (a personal being). The Holy Spirit was sent from heaven just as Jesus. Obviously if he is sent from heaven and is to indwell all believers He cannot be physical or human. The word allos ‘another’ is used 34 times in Johns Gospel, every time the word is used, it has personal subjects in view, showing distinction and differences. It shows a difference from one speaking to another he is speaking to, or asking. All are indicative of persons.

Jesus said a number of explicit things about the Holy Spirit before He was sent. Jn.15:26: “But when He the comforter (the Spirit) comes, whom I (the Son) shall send to you from the Father.” Jesus goes on to say the Spirit of truth proceeds from the Father and will testify of me (Jesus).

Though there are many spirits (angels, both fallen and holy), the Holy Spirit is called something no other spirit is called- Gen. 41:38 “the Spirit of God? (also Exod. 31:1). 2 Cor.3:17 Tells us, “the Lord (Yahweh) is the Spirit.”

Jn. 16:5-7: “Unless I go away, the counselor will not come to you, but if I go away I will send him to you.”

Here it is clear that Jesus along with the Father sends the Holy Spirit from heaven and the Spirits ministry is to point to Jesus- the Son of God. V.14: “He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall of what is mine and declare it unto you.” God’s spirit will glorify God not creatures. God calls the Spirit “His Spirit” (Num.11:29), “My Spirit” (Gen.6:3), “Spirit of the living God” (2 Cor.3:3). He is called the Spirit of the Father in Mt.10:20. He is also called the Spirit of his Son (Gal.4:6), the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9;1 Pt.1:11). This is expressing the nature of God being Spirit- uncreated, eternal.

How do we come to the conclusion the Holy Spirit is a person? He, the Holy Spirit- is God, who has a mind, a will and a personality. Although Spirit pnuema is neuter in the Greek language, Paul uses the Spirit as the masculine pronoun, “He”, giving Him a personal identity (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:8,13,14; Acts 13:2). This makes Him distinct from other spirits that are created and also distinct in person from the Father and the Son, he is called the Comforter (helper). John identifies the Holy Spirit as a Person for a reason, as he uses the Greek the masculine ekeinos in Jn.16:13. God, our creator, whose nature is Spirit- is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent. A person is identified as a self-conscious being, cognizant of his own existence, and the existence of others who also have a separate self-identity.

The Holy Spirit is presented as a personal being, which has 1.mind, 2. will and 3. emotions. An example of this is in 1 Cor.2:11 “But the one and the same Spirit works all these things dividing to each one as He wills.” Only a being with a mind and intelligence is capable of doing this. A will indicates the ability to think, to reason, a choice to act; these are things we associate with self-consciousness, which is exclusive to personal beings. The qualities the Holy Spirit possesses are what the Son and Father have.

The Spirit personally spoke in the New Testament. Acts 13:2: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 11:12: “Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing.” He, the Spirit of truth will tell us and lead us to what Jesus wants done.

Inside the Church we find certain men (charismatics) that treat the Holy Spirit more like a de-personalized “force” under their control. Ordering and directing the Holy Spirit around (described this as “the anointing)” thinking they have the ability to pass Him onto others. Man becomes in control of God, instead of God in control of man.

Whether this is done in ignorance or on purpose it does prove is that they have no understanding of “who He is.” They have not submitted themselves to the Sovereign God - the one who is supposed to be in control. We are to be submissive to him, not Him to us. Just as Paul gave the example of Jesus in Phil.2:5. Although He was God He willingly was submissive to the Father’s instructions. The same mind that was in Christ is to be in us, we are to have an attitude of humility, to be empty of our will and desires and filled with the Spirit, Jesus was under submission his whole live and so are we.

The Holy Spirit is God, but He is not to be singled out in worship, but worshipped along with the Father and the Son, as God is triune. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit’s job is not glorify Himself but rather to glorify Jesus, who made it clear: “the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me (John 15:26).

The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus

Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit “before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:18), that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:20). In other words it was the Holy Spirit that gave the conditions for Mary to conceive and protected the child being formed by overshadowing Mariam (Mary).

At 30 years of age He (Jesus) began his ministry by being baptized by John publicly, the one who was sent to herald his coming. 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” (Luke 3:22). Both the Father and the Spirit bore witness to the Son at this time.

The Spirit in the life of Jesus immediately led him into the wilderness to be tested Matt 4:1 (also Mark 1:12; Luke 4:11). The Holy Spirit was there throughout His ministry. The Spirit spoke to him and guided him throughout his whole life as he was perfected through suffering in a human body.

Acts 10:38: “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus who was fully God, did not rely on His own self ability to do the miracles but put it aside and did the wonderful works with the power of the Spirit in His submissive state, showing us the servanthood of man even though he was fully God.

Jesus says to the believers that after He is to leave He promises to those who are following “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.” For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12). So the Holy Spirit will lead us in our witnessing in the most dire circumstances when we need words to speak to those who are critics and adamant in opposing us, even if it means our life.

Act 2:38-39 “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him

The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father to the believer. We receive today the same Holy Spirit that they did in the fist century, the same they received in Moses’ day.

The Spirit is immediately implanted in the believer as one who accepts the gospel. Then we are inclined to keep His word, where before we were not. I Jn 3:24: “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”

We need to have His power to live the Christian life, without Him we cannot obey the Spirits commands.

The Holy Spirit working in us and through us

Walking in the Spirit should produce further faith in the Lord and not a reliance on our own abilities and talents that we have.

Paul writes in Phil 3:3-4: “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so.” Paul learned more than all before he was saved, he was energetic, as we see his past was about rounding up numerous Christians to stop their movement.

Rom 15.13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1.8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on youThe power is synonymous with the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit is not a power. It is what He produces to one who is yielded to his leading. He has power but He is not a force. In other words it does not say you will receive power when the power comes on you.

Rom 8.11: “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 through His Spirit, who lives in you.” The same God who quickened Christ's body back to life lives inside those who believe the gospel. But we cannot produce this power to be used at our discretion. Our relationship to him should be no different than Jesus was to God the Father. We are to be dependent not independent. Some assume because he has taken up residence in us we can do everything Christ did. But Jesus was subject to the will and leading of the Father as well. The Spirit takes a subordinate role to both Christ and the Father (not of nature but of position) when He is sent to earth (Jn.16:13). Just as Christ was in a submissive position to the Father on Earth, not acting independently, the Spirit is functioning in a submissive role to Christ and will train us to do this as well.

What does it mean to be led of the Spirit?

The Spirit will lead one to exhibit the nature of Christ, and do the work of Christ. No matter what facet of ministry one is in, whether it is a ministry to the homeless, to abuse in marriage or families or a more specific mission the Spirit is active in presenting and declaring the nature of Christ. The Spirit will never lead one to do the opposite of what Jesus is like. The fruit of the Spirit will become evident because one is in the will of God and He is able to work in and through them. We are called to bear fruit (30, 60, 100 fold). The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love as 1 Cor.13 defines it; all other fruit are contained in it.

Eph 5:8-10 “Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.”

If we walk in his nature we will find the will of God in our lives. When we are doing the Lord’s work and dependent on Him for the results we should expect things to happen that are unable to be explained normally. This does not mean we are all transformed into a miracle workers like the apostles but we can find our joy and fulfillment in being obedient and doing His will. In any given situation we can expect the unexpected.

To be filled we must be spiritually minded, we engage ourselves with the word each day. We feed the spiritual man not by affirmations of faith but by learning and understanding the word so that Christ can live out his life through our body. We are to deny the desires of the flesh (the fallen nature) to walk in His Spirit and be led into His ways. We can enjoy life and the things that are part of living by not allowing them to control us, keeping us separate from the world.

Having a heart after the Lord is a matter of love and having affection and focusing our attention on Him. God is just as concerned what we do when we gather with the brethren as what we do in our private time.

When we have devotional time its is time with him. We train ourselves in practicing righteousness, discipline ourselves unto Godliness by doing His word. This means a transforming of our mind which can only come from a steady diet in the word. The Spirit will lead us to understand what God wants and what is the required action or a solution to a situation because we are being trained in the word of God. God can work in various ways to keep us going in the right direction. This can come from various means but the bottom line is that it is God’s instruction and it will bear witness with His word.

As you start a labor of love for the Lord He will meet your needs and fill you, empowering you to do His work. This does not mean we will always be successful because God calls us to do what is right whether it brings results or not. The outcome is left up to Him, this is where our faith grows.

Jesus is modeled for us in the apostles and the early church. This is how we know how to act following Christ. In some respects we cannot duplicate them, but in some ways we can; we are able to bring the same transforming message and power to the world.

Isa.42:2 “He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.” Here we have a description of how Jesus conducted himself. He wasn't a fire brimstone preacher, He didn't have to be loud, people were captivated by the content and the attitude He spoke in. Remember Jesus was filled with the Spirit unlike any other, totally under control. He was not as some Charismatic are today, Scripture says there was nothing of attraction in him, in other words he did not dress above any other or live opulently (Isa.53:2-3). The apostle Paul was not an eloquent speaker. Paul’s writes about other peoples opinion of himself, “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible” (2 Cor.10:10). Paul was not good looking nor did he captivate or wax eloquent in his speech, yet he spoke the truth and the power of God was there to testify of it. Don’t let the flare of the polished preachers fool you into thinking they are all spirit filled (or “baptized in the Spirit” as they like to claim). Paul stated Cor.2.13: “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit.” Paul compares the wisdom found in God’s word in contrast to what people speak through philosophical ramblings that sound profound and spiritual but are void of any real content that can change ones life.

Many things can be attributed to be of the Holy Spirit, but it doesn't necessarily mean it was by God. Does it change lives to be more like Christ, or conform one to the word. Will it last, does it produce true fruit? Does it lead us into truth or into error?

Being led of the Spirit will make sure we are not practicing what is false. Nowhere does the Bible speak of the anointing being transferred. Nowhere do we read of the anointing flowing out of Paul or Peter, transmitted to people by their hands. This cannot be led of the Spirit if the Bible does not testify of it. The result of the impartation is one collapsing, falling down under a power under or going into a drunken state. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control (Gr. egreitei), not the lack of it. To find yourself on the floor laughing or shaking violently, unable to get up is to lose self-control. To claim the experience is from God shows a lack of Bible knowledge and maturity. Being filled with the Spirit gives us Godly results, not ridiculous actions.

Jn.14:15 If you love me keep my commandments. V.23 “If anyone loves me he will keep my word.” That are his New Testament commandments.

Our sanctification

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal. 5:18 The Law is Not of Faith, without faith we cannot please God,” without the law we can please God.

We should not just want the promises without seeking the one who promised them.

God said to Abraham He is his exceedingly great reward, He is given by grace to us by our having the same faith of Abraham.

Gal 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? The Galatians stopped the Spirits work by putting themselves under the obedience of the law. Paul wonders how they arrived at this idea of becoming mature by going back under the Old Testament covenant. He calls them fools that were deceived, in the Greek it means as if they come under a spell to bring evil on themselves. Paul is making it clear that the law has nothing to do with one receiving the Spirit, but faith, the faith that was exercised in believing the gospel.

Not to walk in the flesh means to train ourselves to sin less, not to be sinless, eliminating sin in our lives, but diminishing our own flesh and our fallen worlds influence. This can only take place as the fruit of the Spirit is developed in our lives and we nature.

Rom. 8:2-4: “ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God {did:} sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and {as an offering} for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Notice what the law could not do! The law had a purpose and there are some things it cannot do. It cannot justify, it cannot change a heart of a sinner, it can’t pardon or redeem or save, it can only make one guilty. It was the weakness of the flesh that prevented it, so it can only bring conviction and guilt. What it could not accomplish the Son of God did, by condemning sin in the flesh and fulfilled the righteous requirements of the Law himself, because he alone could live the law perfectly.

He then gives us the power to live accordingly by indwelling, by the Spirit. Our new nature inclines us to fulfill the law. Its powered by God himself, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. We are no longer relating to God in a legal relationship but in a loving relationship. Our position changes from law to grace.

Rom 7:4 Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. We are appointed to bear fruit –abundantly Jn.17. We are saved to bear fruit, this is referring to the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Gal 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Because we have a new live we are no longer under law and obligated to live by this freedom and power given to us. Phil 1:11: “being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise.”

We are to reflect the Lords character which is probably the most important work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.

Our separation for the Masters service

Acts 1:8: “but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

The spirit gave them boldness to speak concisely and accurately in all situations, even among enemies. If one reads the expositional preaching found in the book of Acts, the endowment of power was for witnessing, not just to do miracles, although this was an accompaniment of their preaching the word, they would have boldness to die if necessary. Can the church really be filled with the Spirit if there is no evangelism taking place? Instead it will become sick and eventually die, because this is supposed to be our natural state.

In Jn.14:26 the apostles were the ones Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach them all things (1Jn.2:27) and He would bring every word to remembrance by the Holy Spirit. These words were written down for us today. Now we too can remember what we read by the same Holy Spirit who inspired the writers. He will carry out a teaching ministry to the church throughout all its history, to us just as Jesus taught the disciples. As John writes in I Jn.2:26-27 “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” The Spirit is the umpire of our soul and He will bear witness to the truth as we train ourselves in the word and walk correctly (“I have written to you”). John 15:26-27 “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. “And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” The disciples who knew Jesus knew the Spirit they received was from him because what was taught was the same. The Spirit will teach about Jesus not another, He will not point to himself, another book He has not authored, nor to your own judgment.

Jesus prayed “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). If we want to be separate from the world to be used for God’s work we need to stay in the word. Its been said “sin keeps us from the word, and the word keeps us from sin.” John 17:19 Jesus said, “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” Jesus stayed separated from the world and spoke to the apostles the words now written down for us to be also be separated. His words are spirit and they are life. They are not just ordinary words written down like in other books. They counsel and spiritually guide us into the ways of everlasting life. The Spirit illumines His word to give us understanding of Jesus and how we are to follow Him. We are set apart to serve by the Spirit, he makes us holy as we submit and follow. Holiness is not found by a certain experience but a continual washing and regeneration of the word in our lives. He is called the comforter as he is besides us in our troubles, all we need to do is allow him to minister to us through the word.

When teachers predominantly give topical messages and not go through the Scriptures consistently the sheep lack discernment. When the books are read as they were written our understanding grows more proficient. Paul wrote to Timothy “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:14-15). Our familiarity with the word comes from knowing the books theme and then its content, then we can move on to specifics. Topical studies enhance our knowledge after we are familiar with the author’s works.

John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Obeying God’s voice is equal to hearing it from Scripture. This is where His sheep graze and eat. The sheep hear the voice of the shepherd who is found in the Word, not in another’s word that leads them outside the Scripture. As a woman stood up in the crowd and spoke blessing to his mother, Jesus responded Luke 11:28 “More than that, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!” You can say the Scripture is a gift of grace by the Spirit from the Son.

Many today say they heard the spirit speak, yet many will also say He has told them something contrary to what He has already written. God can and does speak to us today but one thing for sure, he is not giving new doctrine, nor is he changing what is already written. It’s amazing that in times past we had to encourage Catholics to read God’s word, now it needs to be said to many Protestants, and Pentecostals alike. We all need to have a consistent time in the word.

The Spirit teaches us He will make us wise in what is written not in what is not written. He will remind us what Jesus has said and we can apply His instructions and principles to our life’s situations. To deny the Bibles account is to deny God himself, as it is He who gave the teaching to us. When someone says they are anointed or led by the Spirit and teach contrary to the word in its accurate context you can be assured they are not led by the Spirit, but another spirit or their own human reasoning. Mt.12:38 they asked to see a sign more exactly “we need to see a sign to believe”, they decided their belief was validated by signs, but signs are never enough and those inclined to look for signs will follow whoever has the greatest sign. Seeking God by the supernatural is not God’s best because if you train yourself to do this you will miss him in the every day normal guidance he wants to give.

Too many I have stated the obvious, sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. Some may not have heard this from their pulpit in church.

Jesus told us emphatically that He is the Truth in a world of darkness- that his Word is the Truth. If we love Him, we will continue in His Word and reject all others. This is an essential in these times to immerse oneself in the Word of truth during this last days deception that is becoming more ferocious as time moves on.

His written Word is eternal and does not change, which makes it alone the authority for truth. It is pure, powerful, perfect, holy, inerrant, infallible, living, and forever settled in heaven. It illuminates the dark heart, brings conviction of sin, produces faith in the unbeliever for salvation converting the sinner. He is able to quicken one to new life, freeing us from bondage's, He guides us, corrects us by judging the intents and attitudes of our hearts. He sanctifies us from the world and its influences ion us. He gives wisdom for daily living by making the Bible understood. By becoming part of our life he gives us discernment, and refutes error but we must be in the Word and sensitive to him.

The Scriptures contain everything that is necessary to equip the man or woman of God for every good work. The Holy Spirit is the source of ALL Scripture and all believers are given the author of Scripture to interpret what He himself inspired the apostles to write. What better guide and teacher can we have than the same one who inspired the Apostles to write the Scriptures! Jude 1:17 “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ”

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