The Promise of the Holy Spirit (part 1)

THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)   INTRODUCTION – THIS IS TO BE THE FIRST MESSAGE OF A SERIES OF MESSAGES ON THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:    IN  HEBREW WORD FOR SPIRIT IS “RUAH” SOMETIMES TRANSLATED “WIND” OR “BREATH” AS IN GENESIS 2:7 WHERE GOD FORMED ADAM FROM THE DUST OF THE GROUND AND BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE AND HE BECAME A LIVING BEING.  2ND EXAMPLE EZEKIEL 37:9-10,14 (EZEKIEL’S VISION OF VALLEY OF DRY BONES)

 

 IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF GOD PROMISES US SOMETHING (OR IN THIS CASE SOMEBODY) HE HAS A REASON.   HE OFTEN SHARES HIS PLANS AND PURPOSE WITH THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND SERVE HIM.  HE MAY WANT TO ENCOURAGE US, TO COMFORT US, TO TEACH AND INSTRUCT US OR TO SHARE HIS EXCITEMENT WITH US, TO CREATE A GODLY ANTICIPATION AND EXPECTATION IN US AS HIS PLANS UNFOLD, AS HE DID IN SIMEON AS HE WAITED FOR THE CHRIST CHILD, WHEN HE WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD NOT DIE UNTIL HE HAD SEEN THE LORD’S MESSIAH.

II)  OLD TESTAMENT (OLD COVENANT) PROPHECIES TO ISRAEL CONCERNING THE OUT POURING OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN FUTURE TIMES.   WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON THOSE GATHERED IN THE UPPER ROOM ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, PETER QUOTED JOEL’S PROPHECY TO INTERPRET THE EVENTS.

A)       JOEL 2:28 – 32: (SEE ALSO ACTS 2:17-21)

1)     THIS PROPHECY WAS PRIMARILY TO THE JEWS BUT NOTE THAT GOD HAD PROMISED TO POUR OUT HIS SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH, NOT LIMITING THIS GRACIOUS OUTPOURING TO THE JEWS.

2)     NOTICE ALSO THAT THIS PROPHECY ADDRESSED A PERIOD OF TIME ENDING WITH THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD, AND GOD GRACIOUS DEALING WITH THE JEWS DURING THIS END TIME.

3)     NOTE THAT WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT UPON THEM THEY WOULD RESPOND WITH PROPHESYING, DREAMS AND VISIONS, EVIDENCE OF THE INDWELLING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

B)       EZEKIEL 36: 24–28:  (EZE. 11:19 – 20, 37:14, 39:29, ISA 32:15-17, ISA 44:3-5, 59:20)

1)     THIS PROPHECY IS AGAIN PRIMARILY TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, ALTHOUGH PAUL TEACHES THAT WE WHO HAVE BELIEVED HAVE BEEN GRAFTED INTO THE TREE (SPIRITUAL HOUSE OF ISRAEL) (ROMANS 11:17)

2)     NOTE THAT EZEKIEL SPEAKS OF THREE DISTINCT THINGS HAPPENING TO ISRAEL: 1ST  HE WOULD CLEANSE THEM FROM THEIR FILTHINESS, 2ND , THEY WOULD GET A HEART TRANSPLANT, HE WOULD GIVE THEM A HEART OF FLESH TO REPLACE THEIR STONY HARD HEARTS.  FINALLY, HE WOULD PUT HIS SPIRIT WITHIN THEM, ENABLING THEM TO KEEP HIS STATUTES AND JUDGEMENTS.

III) JOHN THE BAPTIST’S TESTIMONY CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WAS TO COME, PRIOR TO HIS MINISTRY  (JOHN 1:29 – 34)

A)       JESUS HIMSELF WAS BAPTIZED IN THE RIVER JORDAN BY JOHN THE BAPTIST, AND AT THE SAME TIME THE HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDED UPON HIM IN THE FORM OF A DOVE AND STAYED UPON HIM.

B)       JOHN 1:33(NIV):  “I WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN HIM, EXCEPT THAT THE ONE WHO SENT ME TO BAPTIZE WITH WATER TOLD ME, “THE MAN ON WHOM YOU SEE THE SPIRIT COME DOWN AND REMAIN IS HE WHO WILL BAPTIZE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.  I HAVE SEEN AND I TESTIFY THAT THIS IS THE SON OF GOD.”

C)       LUKE 3:16 JOHN ANSWERED, SAYING UNTO [THEM] ALL, I INDEED BAPTIZE YOU WITH WATER; BUT ONE MIGHTIER THAN I COMETH, THE LATCHET OF WHOSE SHOES I AM NOT WORTHY TO UNLOOSE: HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH FIRE…  (SEE MATT. 3:13, LUKE 1:8)

D)       CLEARLY JESUS, GOD SON IS STILL THE ONE THAT BAPTIZES WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

E)       NOTE THAT JESUS DID NOT BEGIN HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY OR EVEN WAS HE ALLOWED TO CONFRONT SATAN UNTIL THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON HIM (AND STAYED WITH HIM).

IV)           JESUS PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HIS DISCIPLES, DURING HIS MINISTRY

A)       SHORTLY BEFORE HE WENT TO THE CROSS, JESUS PROMISED THAT HE WOULD SEND COMFORTER (KJ) (THE HOLY SPIRIT) TO THEM.  JOHN 14:15 – 20:

1)     VERSE 15: JESUS SAID THAT IF THEY LOVED HIM AND OBEYED HIS COMMANDS HE WOULD SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THEM.

2)     N.T. WORD FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT IS “PARAKLETOS” – RICH IN MEANING: COUNSELOR, COMFORTOR, HELPER, ADVISOR AND INTERCESSOR.

3)     HE WOULD ASK THE FATHER AND THE FATHER WOULD GIVE THEM ANOTHER COUNSELOR (KJ: COMFORTER), ONE WHO WOULD BE WITH THEM FOREVER.

4)     THE WORD USED FOR ANOTHER IS “ALLON” WHICH MEANS ANOTHER OF THE SAME KIND.  THAT IS HE WOULD CONTINUE IN THE SAME WAY THAT JESUS MINISTERED TO PEOPLE. THIS WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE JESUS WOULD BE LEAVING THEM AND RETURNING TO HEAVEN.

5)     VERSE 20:  ON THE DAY THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT THEY WOULD COME TO REALIZE THAT JESUS WAS IN THE FATHER, THAT HE WAS ALSO IN THEM, AND THEY IN HIM THROUGH THE AGENCY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

6)     NIV: COUNSELOR (KJ: COMFORTER) IS THE HOLY SPIRIT IN JOHN 14:25 – 26.

B)       IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO HIS ASCENSION, AFTER HIS RESURRECTION. LUKE 24:46 – 49,

1)     JESUS WOULD SEND THEM THE WHAT HIS FATHER (AND THEIR FATHER) HAD PROMISED.

2)     THEY WERE TO STAY IN JERUSALEM, NOT TO EVEN ATTEMPT TO MINISTER OR SPEAD THE GOSPEL UNTIL THEY WERE CLOTHED WITH THE POWER FROM ON HIGH.

3)     NOTE THE CHANGE IN PETER AS SEEN IN HIS BOLDNESS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL PUBLICALLY AFTER RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT: ACTS 2:14 – 41.

C)       THE PROMISE GIVEN IN LUKE 24:49 JUST BEFORE JESUS ASCENCION WAS , RECOUNTED AGAIN IN ACTS 1:4 – 8.

1)     LUKE WROTE BOTH LUKE AND BOOK OF ACTS. (COMP. ACTS 1:1, LUKE 1:3)

2)     AGAIN THEY WERE NOT TO LEAVE JERUSALEM BUT TO WAIT FOR THE GIFT FROM THE FATHER.

3)     GIFT CLEARLY IDENTIFIED AS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

4)     THE BAPTISM OF JOHN (BAPTISM OF REPENTENCE) WAS CLEARLY INSUFFICIENT FOR THEM TO PURSUE THEIR MINISTRIES.

5)     “THEY WOULD RECEIVE POWER FROM GOD AFTER THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD COME UPON THEM.” (VERSE 8)  GOD CLEARLY FELT THAT THEY REQUIRED THIS POWER TO FACE THE ENEMY AND DO HIS WORK!

V) CONCLUSION – WHAT IS A PROMISE WITHOUT A FULFILLMENT OF THAT PROMISE.   WHAT DOES A PROMISE MEAN TO YOU IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED?  IN ACTS 2:38-39 WE SEE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AVAILABLE TO US AND OUR CHILDREN, AND TO GENERATIONS YET TO BE BORN.  I’M GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF, AS I WILL TALK ABOUT THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN A LATER MESSAGE, BUT I WANT HAVE YOU PREPARE YOUR HEARTS TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IF YOU HAVE NOT.   ONE OF THE PRIMARY REQUIRE

VI)  MENTS FOR RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED JESUS AND THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND EARNESTLY, SINCERELY DESIRE TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.  SECONDLY, YOU SHOULD EARNESTLY ASK GOD TO SEARCH YOUR HEART AND REVEAL ANY HIDDEN SIN THAT WOULD KEEP YOU FROM RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT.   WHEN SIN IS REVEALED, CONFESS IT AND ASK HIM TO FORGIVE YOU AND GIVE YOU THE HOLY SPIRIT.

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