Bible Study on The Holy Spirit
This Bible study is about what the Holy Spirit is and what its Role is in your life.
The Holy Spirit is a spiritual gift that will transform your life. Through the Holy Spirit the very characteristics of God's divine nature can be perfected in you. God wants to create you in His likeness.
God is not a man. He is infinitely greater, wiser and stronger than man, (Numbers 23:19, Job 33:12, I Corinthians 1:25). God is a spirit (John 4:24) and He is holy (Psalm 99:9) - He is Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is not a third person as some teach. The Holy Spirit is the divine nature, mind, essence and power of God.
Jesus Christ is holy, “…thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed,” (Acts 4:27 also verse 30). And like the Father he is spirit “Now the Lord (Christ the Messiah) is that Spirit:” (II Corinthians 3:17). He is Holy Spirit! When he said, “…the Father is in me, and I in him.” (John 10:38) he was saying that same divine nature, mind essence and power is common to both of them, That is why he told his disciples, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). They are incredibly alike.
Did you know that God is willing to share His Spirit with you? "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). He can give you a portion of that same divine nature and mind, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5). It is the perfection of that mind that makes you like Christ and therefore like the Father, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:13)
You are Called to be Holy
We have been called to be holy, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:15-16). And to enter God’s Kingdom we will be resurrected as spirit beings, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”(John 3:5-6). To be born of water means to be baptised by water and that is when we receive His spirit so that His divine nature can be perfected in us until we are born of spirit, which is to be resurrected as spirit, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Corinthians 15:52-53).
It is the destiny of man to become immortal spirit beings created in the likeness of God, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Genesis 1:26). Man is to become Holy Spirit like God, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Corinthians 3:18). Spirit is not seen by the human eye. It is like the wind - invisible and able to go where it pleases, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8).
What is Holiness?
Holy is the opposite of profane. It is good and righteous as opposed to wicked and perverted. The divine nature of God is holy, whereas the nature of man is profane. The word holiness summarizes the characteristics, or virtues of God. Those characteristics are established in goodness, righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:9) and are described as the fruit of the Spirit, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law… …If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25).
The law expresses those fruit through a set of rules that are fulfilled by the act of love, “…by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Galatians 5:13-14). If our way of life is guided by God’s Spirit we need not fear the law because we will be living and walking in the very holiness that is expressed by the law. The virtues, or characteristics of God’s holiness are the standard for human behaviour and his son Jesus Christ is the example for us to follow. We are to be established and perfected in God’s holiness (I Thessalonians 3:13) until we come to the fulness of the stature of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
The New Bible Dictionary (Second Edition - page 487) makes the comment that, “Holiness is therefore recognized as belonging to what has been chosen and set apart by God and given a character that conforms to God’s law”.
The Spirit of God gives man a spiritual perspective that he does not posses naturally, “Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (I Corinthians 2:11). There are things that God must reveal through His Spirit that the “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those that love him” (I Corinthians 2:9). Things that otherwise seem foolish (v14, see also Chapter 1:18, 21 and 25).
The Holy Spirit can be likened to a spiritual DNA and those who have the Holy Spirit are God’s offspring, “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (II Corinthians 6:18). And fellow-heirs with Christ, “… if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17). We are to become the fruit of God's Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:9 and Galatians 5:22-25).
It is God’s will that we are delivered from this evil world, “… that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” (Galatians 1:4). He is not willing for anyone to perish, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us–ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9)H
God plans to deliver us from this evil world by creating us in His likeness. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit he wants to perfect His divine nature in us so that we are holy and can be resurrected as spirit beings in His Kingdom. We are to become Holy Spirit like the Father and Christ!
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