We have no right to expect a new Pentecost, that was a miraculous gift for a special purpose; but every needed measure of the Holy Spirit God is anxious to bestow. These words make it plain that a Person in the prophets, and independent of the prophets, and that Person the Holy Spirit, revealed truth which was independent of their own thinking, which they did not altogether understand themselves, and regarding which it was necessary that they make diligent search and study. Baptism of the Holy Spirit The Apostles were already indwelt with the Holy Spirit before Pentecost. Many do not like to make it. It contains truth that men never could have discovered if left to themselves. \, “Let me never from Thee stray;Keep me in the narrow way;Fill my soul with joy divine;Keep me, Lord, forever Thine.”. The dying thief on the cross, who in penitence and faith, clung to Christ in his extremity, received that which not only healed the wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores of his moral and spiritual life; but gave him that adornment of the inner life without which no one can stand approved before the throne of God. The work of the Holy Spirit is to give spiritual gifts for the church’s edification. xii.4-6) and that "not all are prophets" and "not all are apostles" (1 Cor. It is sometimes said that Paul taught in his early ministry that the Lord would return during his lifetime, and that in this he was, of course, mistaken. When thus borne along by the Holy Spirit it was God who was speaking and not the prophet. No prophet's utterance was of the prophet's own will, but he spoke from God, and the prophet was carried along in his utterance by the Holy Spirit. Do all speak with tongues? In Jesus the world was privileged to see the glory of God’s grace as well as His truth. ii.13, A. R. V., "Which things also we speak not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth combining spiritual things with spiritual words." Luke was one of the followers of the apostles and was closed to Paul. "These nine days of prayer, reported in Acts 1:14 and 2:3-4, were the first Novena on which all later Novenas have been based. The doctrine is becoming very common and very popular in our day that the work of the Holy Spirit in preachers and teachers and in ordinary believers, illuminating them and guiding them into the truth and opening their minds to understand the Word of God is the same in kind and differs only in degree from the work of the Holy Spirit in prophets and apostles. He has prepared for us a perfect righteousness. The Saviour was constantly emphasizing the fact that His call was for all, that all were welcome, were really wanted. As a man, that is except as the Spirit taught him and used him, the prophet might be as fallible as other men are but when the Spirit was upon him and he was taken up and borne along by the Holy Spirit, he was infallible in his teachings; for his teachings in that case were not his own, but the teachings of the Holy Spirit. How Did the Holy Spirit Speak to the Apostles? We are now dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. Some in the church see the Spirit as the dispenser of spectacular gifts. Nothing more is needed. With the passage of time, others were added to their number by the Holy Apostles, who, with the accompaniment and assistance of the Seventy, were preaching the Gospel of Christ in various lands. 3:17), — for, as we have seen, no one can say, believingly that Jesus is the Christ but by the Holy Ghost. The Work of Apostles This is the great commission given to us by Christ, spread the Good News to all nations, and Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. But this is not to assert that he would remain alive until the Lord came. The Divine origin of nature shines forth more clearly in the use of a microscope as we see the perfection of form and adaptation of means to end of the minutest particles of matter. Today on Groundwork, let's discuss the meaning packed into these two simple lines and exactly what we're professing belief in when we recite them. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on the day of the Pentecost is described by the Evangelist Luke in the opening chapters of his book of the “Acts of the Apostles.” God decided to make this event a turning point in world history. In this sense we speak of the absolute necessity of the Spirit’s work to our salvation. x.15, 16, "Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that He had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord. This is the unmistakable teaching of God’s Word. The book of Acts is called Acts of the Apostles but more aptly it is the work of the Holy Spirit working through the apostles. A change of a word, or letter, or a tense, or case, or number, in many instances would land us into contradiction or untruth, but taking the words exactly as written, difficulties disappear and truth shines forth. And a faint and faltering vision of the good things offered him. Are we anxious to have Him? Jesus had repeatedly told the disciples that He was going to die and be raised from the dead, but th… The work the Holy Spirit as Helper would do for the apostles makes this clear. The Holy Spirit kept him from this as from all other errors in his teachings. The Pentecost – i.e. And this work He does in the person of the Holy Spirit. and to walk on the ragged edge of the precipice where lurk the deadly perils? Of the about seventy occurrences of the word pneuma (πνεῦμα) in Acts, fifty five refer to the Holy Spirit. And man has now no power of begetting it again. [B36] The Apostles' Creed: Life Everlasting, [B34] The Apostles' Creed: The Resurrection of the Body, [B33] The Apostles' Creed: The Forgiveness of Sins, [B32] The Apostles' Creed: The Communion of Saints. This is a work that was promised by Jesus. There has been a good deal of confusion about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We read in 1 Cor. There are those who think that in 1 Cor. In all ages, from the time our first parents banished themselves from God’s garden, God has been having this call proclaimed. It produced works with evidences (Acts 4:14-17, 5:14-16) c. It empowered the believers to witness (Acts 4:19-20). The Holy Spirit in the Apostle taught not only the thought (or "concept") but the words in which the thought was to he expressed. a. We do well therefore to carefully distinguish what Paul may have thought as a man and what he actually did teach as an Apostle. 2:1). Even Christian people, or those professedly so, give abundant evidence of the natural incapacity of the unaided human heart for the things of the Spirit. Text taken from John 14:26. Faith is not a natural attribute of the present inner-life, lying dormant, to be awakened by the proper environment, as are the emotions of anger and human love. ii.13, "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." Answer: The Holy Ghost came down upon the Apostles ten days after the Ascension of our Lord; and the day on which He came down upon the Apostles is called Whitsunday, or Pentecost. He gives this as a proof that the inspiration of the prophet does not differ from the inspiration of the artist or architect, but in doing this, he loses sight of the fact that the tabernacle was to be built after the "pattern shown to Moses in the Mount" (Ex. Corroboration of the truth of this condition we find everywhere, on the pages of all history, sacred as well as secular. Everything everywhere in human life substantiates the Scripture teaching that man is by nature spiritually dead, that a new life must be begotten in him. Of the seventy or so occurrences of the … The only hand which can take the gift is faith. Take the parallels of Luke and Acts and discern the work of the Holy Spirit through the apostles and the relationship of Jesus Christ's work. The phrases "I believe in the holy catholic church" and "I believe in the communion of saints" in the Apostles Creed profess what Christians believe about the Holy Spirit and his work in the Church. Stephen Unthank. The Holy Spirit as “Helper” did the work of revelation, making known to … 6. And as He went about on earth He was constantly inviting, urging men to come to Him that He might enrich them by the bestowal of His blessings. 8:14). As we will see later in this lesson, only God can have the power of the Most High. iii.3-5, R. V., "By revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto His holy Apostles and prophets in the Spirit." No man can say that Jesus is the Lord; but by the Holy Ghost. And Bezaleel needed as much special inspiration to reveal the truth in wood, gold, silver, brass, etc., as the apostle or prophet needs it to reveal the Word of God with pen and ink on parchment. There are many who tell us to-day that we should test the statements of Scripture by the conclusions of human reasoning or by the "Christian consciousness." Where ever the truths of God’s Word are preached there the Holy Spirit is present to make it effective. 2:14). The first step in the process of bringing the spiritually dead to life and the aliens to membership in God’s kingdom is the proclamation of God’s desire that it should be done, and that He has made all provisions by which it may be done. The more carefully and minutely we study the wording of the statements of this wonderful Book, the more we will become convinced of the marvellous accuracy of the words used to express the thought. We read in Heb. Make it your guide and stay. Never has there been, never will there be another. Again we read in Heb. No doubt there are incalculable treasures of gold hidden in the recesses of the earth. The Seventy Disciples and Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ are those Whom our Saviour chose in addition to the Twelve and sent forth unto the work of preaching. But some one may ask, "If the Holy Spirit is the author of the words of Scripture, how do we account for variations in style and diction? Men always have the power of resistance. In distinctively spiritual things we have no will to chose that which is good. The answer to this is very simple. Just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit will give eternal life to believers in Christ. Without this nothing would be accomplished by all the preaching that could be done, for “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. And in one way or another, it was always percolating out to the farthest confines of the races of men. Since my earliest days in Christ I have been fascinated by the Holy Spirit. We might call this an enlightment. Faith is not only the means whereby man passes through the portal into the kingdom of grace, faith is itself a gift of grace. The Apostles' Creed: The Holy Spirit 14 Days This reading plan talks about the Holy Spirit's divinity, his full membership in the Godhead. This moment has traditionally been called the birthday of the Church. For example, there can be little doubt that Paul had many mistaken notions about many things but when he taught as an Apostle in the Spirit's power, he was infallible -- or rather the Spirit, who taught through him was infallible and the consequent teaching was infallible -- as infallible as God Himself. This helps us see that Jesus’ action of breathing on them on Resurrection Day was an initiation into the Holy Spirit, not the fullness they were meant to have. To give us the eyes to see, the heart to appreciate, and the hand of faith to grasp the riches in Christ Jesus, this is the work of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes there is a certain reaction; a certain operation of God’s Spirit on our spirit produces a result, and that result opens the way for still larger results. This is popularly written and has 39 short chapters. Have all gifts of healings? The result of their work, the New Testament, is our complete rule of faith and practice, and provides all the guidance we need to please God and go to heaven. It was His word that was upon the prophet's tongue. The Holy Spirit: How He Works – Question 16 The Bible lists three instances in which the Holy Spirit spoke to the apostles. Even those people who never heard of God’s inspired Revelation of Himself believe in a supreme, overruling Being. The presence of the Holy Spirit leads to holy forgetfulness. 8:7). Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers to renew, sanctify, and make us holy. And to preclude all thought of the worth of anything we can do, so far as meriting salvation is concerned, as well as the thought of the possible existence of some other method of appropriating the benefits of Christ, it is written: “Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom. Jane Williams. Do we yield to His gracious solicitations? The spread of the gospel is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit. Quite probably at this period of his ministry he entertained the hope that he might remain alive and consequently lived in an attitude of expectancy, but the attitude of expectancy is the true attitude in all ages for each believer. What would it profit a helplessly paralyzed man if there was a mountain of purest gold only three feet from him, if the condition was that he had personally to appropriate it, and carry it away. And after each new accession, the plaintive announcement went forth, “and yet there is room.” And that there might be no shadow of doubt as to the inclusiveness of His invitation, He says: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”. It was not their own thought, but His. Jesus loves you #Passerby There is an episode where He spoke to the church at Antioch to separate Saul and Barnabas for the ministry. The necessity of this work, and the steps in its progress are the points under which our thoughts will be grouped. Especially does this apply to the work of the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is an absolute necessity in the plan of salvation. May this series bless and inspire you. The apostles by the help of the Holy Spirit completed their task. It is not an acquisition to be purchased at any price. This may have been due to their slowness to believe all that the prophets had spoken, especially the truths related to Messiah’s suffering (Luke 24:25-26). It is written by Luke as a sequel to the gospel of Luke, picking up exactly where Luke left off. Are all apostles? In what way can we speak of an absolute necessity of the Spirit’s work? In man’s original state of integrity he unquestionably lived in the sphere of faith, his whole life was a life of faith, of receptive dependence on God; but when sin came faith died. Mar 22, 2019. 2. The natural man is blind, deaf and dumb to spiritual things, and this includes faith. And some of these heathen people called their god, the Great Spirit. Without this work no one can be saved. “The carnal,” that is, the natural, fleshly, “mind is emnity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 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