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Sermon No: 74366-M3-CH5-7 - The Son and Holy Spirit



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SERMON TOPIC: M3-CH5-7 - The Son and Holy Spirit

Speaker: Lynne van Wyk

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 7 August 2020

Topic Groups: COLLEGE, HOLY SPIRIT, JESUS

Sermon synopsis: Jesus Christ, the Son, is the second person of the Trinity. Jesus is one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. (The hypostatic union).

The Holy Spirit is the name of the third person of the Trinity, sometimes called the Holy Ghost. Therefore, He is God. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit after His resurrection.


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The Son and The Holy Spirit.

THE SON

The Nature Of Christ:

Jesus Christ, the Son, is the second person of the Trinity.

Jesus is one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. (The hypostatic union)

In the one person of Jesus are two distinct natures.

Neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit came as God, but Jesus came as God and took on the nature of man.

Therefore, Jesus is the only member of the Trinity Who is both God and man.

The Character Of Christ: Love

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39:

Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ dies for us.”

God demonstrates this love, and He does so through Jesus Christ. John 3:16:

Just looking at His crucifixion on the cross and seeing the suffering and rejection that He experienced, and the horrible death He died so that all can be saved, shows us very clearly how great His love is.

Just looking at His crucifixion on the cross and seeing the suffering and rejection that He experienced, and the horrible death He died so that all can be saved, shows us very clearly how great His love is.

John 15:13: Jesus claimed that there is no greater love than to die for one of your friends – and He did just that.

All His other characteristics stem from this great love

The Character Of Christ: Committed

Jesus was totally committed to do His Father’s will – to die on the cross for our sins. He knew what lay before Him, the suffering He would endure, yet He never wavered in His commitment.

Matthew 26:39: He prayed in agony and He cried out to His Father, “My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou will.”

V42: He went away again a second time and prayed saying “My Father if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, ‘Thy will be done.”

Jesus prayed three times saying the same thing. He dreaded what lay before Him yet obeyed His Father’s will.

Jesus prayed three times saying the same thing. He dreaded what lay before Him yet obeyed His Father’s will.

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He remained committed to complete the purpose for which He had been sent.

The Character Of Christ: Prayer

Luke 5:15-16: “But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of His power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear Him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.”

Wherever Jesus went, the crowds followed Him and He ministered to their needs in every area, but He always took time out to pray.

Mark 1:35: “And in the early morning, while it was still dark He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place and was praying there.” He prayed in the early morning.

After Jesus had fed the 5000, He sent His disciples away in the boat.

After Jesus had fed the 5000, He sent His disciples away in the boat.

Mark 6:46: “And after bidding them farewell He departed to the mountain to pray.”

Jesus made it a priority to spend time with His Heavenly Father.

The Character Of Christ: Compassion

Matthew 9:36: “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

No matter how tired Jesus was, He never turned away from people.

He had compassion on the people who had followed Him for three days and fed the 4,000.

Matthew 15:32: “And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the multitude, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not wish to send them away hungry, lest they faint in the way.”

Matthew 15:32: “And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the multitude, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not wish to send them away hungry, lest they faint in the way.”

He had compassion on the blind men who called out to Him and He healed them

Matthew 20:34: “And moved with compassion Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him”

Matthew 20:34: “And moved with compassion Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him”

He understood the real need of those around Him and he dealt with that need whether physical or spiritual.

The Character Of Christ: Righteous Anger

Jesus displayed righteous anger on many occasions, though He was not an angry man.

Matthew 21:12-13: “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, The Scriptures declare, ‘ My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

Many times Jesus called the Pharisees and religious leaders, ‘hypocrites’.

In Matthew 23:33, He called them serpents, a brood of vipers. “How shall you escape the sentence of hell?”

In Matthew 23:33, He called them serpents, a brood of vipers. “How shall you escape the sentence of hell?”

When the Pharisees were watching to see whether Jesus would heal the man with the shriveled hand on the Sabbath in order to accuse Him, we see Jesus’ response.

Mark 3:3-5: And He said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Rise and come forward!” And He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?” but they kept silent. And after looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.”

Mark 3:3-5: And He said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Rise and come forward!” And He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?” but they kept silent. And after looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.”

The Character Of Christ: Servant

Mark 10:45: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.”

John 13:4-5: “Jesus rose from supper and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel He girded Himself about. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”

V12-15: “And so, when he had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”

V12-15: “And so, when he had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”

Jesus had the authority to be the Lord, the Master, but He laid down everything to serve us.

He was the ultimate Servant Leader.

The Character Of Christ: Forgiving

Jesus, hanging on the cross in agony, forgave those who crucified Him – forgiving us too.

Luke 23:34:”Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Jesus was by no means concerned for His own life; all He wanted was to provide a way to forgive mankind.

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, what we call the Lord’s Prayer, He said, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12:

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, what we call the Lord’s Prayer, He said, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12:

He again set the example for us to follow.

1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The Character Of Christ: Gentleness

Jesus was gentle by nature. He was not weak but gentle, having power but always under control.

He rebuked harshly at times, but always justly.

He was gentle with children, and He made sure the disciples did not hinder them from coming to Him.

He was gentle with His mother and His followers.

He was gentle with His mother and His followers.

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.”

He invites all to come to Him.

The Character Of Christ: Patience

Jesus is the example of patience that we need to follow.

Hebrews 12:2&3: “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”

Jesus endured opposition from sinful men throughout His ministry.

He was surrounded by His disciples who constantly doubted Him, by Pharisees and Sadducees who continually attacked Him, yet He did not grow weary or lose heart.

He was surrounded by His disciples who constantly doubted Him, by Pharisees and Sadducees who continually attacked Him, yet He did not grow weary or lose heart.

He did so for the joy set before Him.

James 5:7-8: “Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

There is a joy set before us.

The Character Of Christ: Self Control

Matthew 4:1-4: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights, He fasted and became very hungry. During that time, the devil came and said to Him, “if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him “No the Scriptures say, ‘people do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Immediately after John the Baptist baptized Jesus, before He began His ministry, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Jesus was hungry and was offered food, He was offered power and was tempted to test God.

Jesus was hungry and was offered food, He was offered power and was tempted to test God.

He responded by quoting the Word of God, by resisting the temptation.

James 1:13-15: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death”

1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

Jesus desired only to obey His Father and accomplish His purpose.

The Character Of Christ: Humble

Philippians 2:7: “But emptied Himself. Taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men”

Jesus is the Son of God. He had the right to be praised, to be worshipped, to be called King, and to be treated like the King he was.

Even when the crowds sought to make Him king He rushed away from their grasp.

This is not how or why Jesus came.

He came to seek and to save the lost, to pay the price for our sins so that we might be redeemed.

The Word Of God

John 1:1-2, 10: “In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. He came into the very world He created but the world didn’t recognise Him”

John introduces Jesus in John 1 with a word or term that both Jews and Gentiles knew well – Logos.

John is directing us back to the Old Testament, where the Word of God is often personified as an instrument for the execution of Gods will.

John is directing us back to the Old Testament, where the Word of God is often personified as an instrument for the execution of Gods will.

Psalm 33:6: “The Lord merely spoke and the heavens were created. He breathed the word and the stars were born.”

Psalm 119:89: “Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven.”

John’s purpose in writing this Gospel was to introduce readers to Jesus Christ, establishing who Jesus is (God in the flesh) and what He did, all with the sole aim of leading them to embrace the saving work of Christ in faith

John’s purpose in writing this Gospel was to introduce readers to Jesus Christ, establishing who Jesus is (God in the flesh) and what He did, all with the sole aim of leading them to embrace the saving work of Christ in faith

John 20:30-31: “Many other signs, therefore, Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” John presents Jesus as a personal being, fully divine and yet fully human.

Christ was God’s perfect revelation of Himself in the flesh.

Christ was God’s perfect revelation of Himself in the flesh.

John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father full of grace and truth.”

John 14:8-9: “Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us,” Jesus said to Him, ‘Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, show us the Father’’?”

Jesus is the true Word of God (Logos) – God in the flesh.

He IS Christ

Christ means The Anointed One, or in Hebrew, the Messiah.

Jesus, in the Temple, read from the scroll of Isaiah 11.

Luke 4:18-21: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent Me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lords favour has come.” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at Him intently. Then He began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

Luke 4:18-21: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent Me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lords favour has come.” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at Him intently. Then He began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

When Jesus ended by saying that the Scripture He has just read, is fulfilled, He is proclaiming Himself as the Messiah.

When Jesus ended by saying that the Scripture He has just read, is fulfilled, He is proclaiming Himself as the Messiah.

Jesus did what He was anointed to do.

Acts 10:38: “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”

We have the same anointing available to us to fulfil the Great Commission.

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”

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”

1 Corinthians 4:19-21: “But I will come – and soon – if the Lord lets me, and then I will find out if these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit.”

He is Master

Luke 5:3-7: “Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon its owner, to push it out into the water. So He sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Now go where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “We worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.”

Luke 17:13: “As He entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

Luke 17:13: “As He entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

Peter called Jesus ‘Master’, a title of respect that a worker would call a boss, and he obeyed Jesus. The result was the greatest catch of his life.

The lepers called Him Master and received their healing.

Ephesians 6:9: “And, masters, do the same things to them and give up threatening knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”

Colossians 4:1: “Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.”

In these passages, earthly masters are directed to treat slaves well for they have a Heavenly Master

The word used for an earthly master is epistates. It means commander, appointee over, teacher.

The Word used for Jesus is Kurios. It means God, Lord, Master.

While He is Master, He is more than that. He is Lord.

HE IS Lord

Jesus wants to be Lord of our lives. He wants to be Lord of all, every part of our lives.

He does not want to be Lord of just a part, but the whole.

We need to submit every area of our lives to Him

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: NJKV: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: NJKV: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

John 13:13: “You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and you are right, because that’s what I am.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The old plural form of this word is ‘Adonai’. From a superstitious reverence of the name ‘Jehovah’, the Jews, in reading their Scriptures, whenever that name occurred always pronounced it Adonai’, in Greek ‘Kurios’, a supreme Master, etc.

This is invariably used for Jehovah and Adonai.

Jesus is God and He wants to be God of our lives.

Jesus is God and He wants to be God of our lives.

He wants to be involved in every area of our lives, with total submission and obedience.

This requires total surrender from us.

God is a jealous God and He will not tolerate any idols in our lives.

We need to let go of anything that may be between us, and Him.

He is to be Lord of all or not Lord at all.

HE IS Saviour

Jesus is our Saviour.

This is the reason Jesus came down to earth.

He left everything and came down to live among us as a man – a perfect man, totally without sin, to die on the cross for our sin.

“Romans 6:23: “”For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“Romans 6:23: “”For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

He paid the price required to satisfy God’s wrath against sin and to offer us eternal life as a gift.

Hebrews 2:17: “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation (atonement) for the sins of the people.”

John 3:15-18: “So that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. There is no judgement against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”

John 3:15-18: “So that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. There is no judgement against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”

John 10:8-10: “All who came before Me were thieves and robbers. But, the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who came in though Me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

John 10:8-10: “All who came before Me were thieves and robbers. But, the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who came in though Me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

Three Offices:

Jesus is also Prophet Priest and King. Jesus functions and has functioned in all these offices

This does not take anything away from His deity.

Jesus is God and always will be God – fully divine and fully human.

Colossians 2:9: “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.”

Psalm 95:3: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods”

HE IS A Prophet

Moses prophesied that Jesus would be a Prophet.

Acts 3:22-23: “Moses said ‘The Lord God shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed in everything He says to you. And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people’.”

Jesus said He was a Prophet:

Luke 13:31-33: “Just at that time some Pharisees came up saying to Him, “Go away and depart from here for Herod wants to kill you.” And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, behold I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow and the third day I reach My goal. Nevertheless, I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.”

A prophet of God is someone who reveals God, speaks for God and communicates to people the truths that God wants them to know. Jesus did all these things.

He came to do the will of the Father.

He came to do the will of the Father.

Luke 22:42: “Father if you are willing please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done not mine.”

He revealed the Father:

Matthew 11:27: “My Father has entrusted everything to Me. No one truly knows the Father except the Son and to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”

John 8:28: When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am He. I do nothing on My own but only what the Father has taught Me.”

He spoke of the things of the Father:

John 8:28: When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am He. I do nothing on My own but only what the Father has taught Me.”

John 12:49: “I don’t speak on My own authority. The Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it.”

HE IS THE TRUE Priest

The Old Testament priests were the ones who offered sacrifices to God in order to atone (cover) for sin.

These priests were representations of Jesus who is the True Priest, who offered Himself as a sacrifice and paid the price for our sins once and forever.

The need for sacrifice was done away with forever.

Jesus is considered a priest in the order of Melchizedek because, like Melchizedek, Jesus was not a descendant of Aaron and thus would not qualify for the Jewish priesthood under the Law of Moses.

Jesus is considered a priest in the order of Melchizedek because, like Melchizedek, Jesus was not a descendant of Aaron and thus would not qualify for the Jewish priesthood under the Law of Moses.

Melchizedek also had no beginning and no end indicating eternal life, therefore, he was a type and shadow of Christ.

Ephesians 5:2: “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”

Hebrews 9:26-28: “If that had been necessary Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, He has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by His own death as a sacrifice, and just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgement, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

Hebrews 9:26-28: “If that had been necessary Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, He has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by His own death as a sacrifice, and just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgement, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

Hebrews 10:12: “But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time Then He sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand.”

He cleanses us of our sin:

1 John 1:7: “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Jesus is called a Priest:

Hebrews 6:20:“Where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us having becoming a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 7:3: “There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors – no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.”

Hebrews 9:11: “But when Christ appeared as a High Priest of the good things to come He entered through a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands that is to say, not of this creation.”

Jesus is our Mediator:

1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God and one mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus.”

It could be said that both the prophet and priest stand between God and man.

In the case of the prophet, he delivers the Word of God from the top down.

In the case of the priest, he delivers the sacrifices of people to God from the bottom to top.

Jesus is a Prophet who delivers the Word of God to us, and He is also the Priest who delivers His sacrifice on our behalf, to God the Father.

HE IS King:

A king is someone who has authority to rule and reign over people, over nations.

Jesus is King. He rules and He judges

The Magi called Him King:

Matthew 2:2: “Where is the new born King of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose and we have come to worship Him.”

Jesus accepted the title:

Matthew 27:11: “Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him saying, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ and Jesus said to him, it is as you say’.”

Matthew 21:5: “Behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey.”

Revelation 19:11: “And I saw heaven opened; and behold a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.”

Revelation 19:11: “And I saw heaven opened; and behold a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.”

V14: “And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses”

Jesus is our Prophet Priest and King.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE THIRD PERSON OF THE TRINITY:

The Holy Spirit is the name of the third person of the Trinity, sometimes called the Holy Ghost.

Therefore, He is God.

Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit after His resurrection.

He is our Helper or Advocate (NLT) and He teaches us. He leads us and guides us.

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit:

John 14:15-21: “If you love me, obey my commandments and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognise him. But you know him, because he now lives with you and later will be in you No, I will not abandon you as orphans – I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

The Holy Spirit testifies concerning Christ:

John 15:26-27: NLT: “But I will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. And you also must testify about me because you have been with me from the beginning of my ministry. And you must also tell others about me because you have been with me from the beginning.”

He convicts the world of sin:

John 16:7-9: NLT: “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you. And when He comes, he will convict the world of its sin and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgement. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. The world’s sin is unbelief in me.”

‘Parakletos’ is the Greek word translated Comforter, Counsellor, Advocate or Helper depending on the translation.

This form of the word is passive and properly means, “One called to the side of another”.

The purpose of the ‘calling alongside’ is to counsel or support the one who needs it.

The purpose of the ‘calling alongside’ is to counsel or support the one who needs it.

‘Paraclete’, is God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity who has been ‘called to our side’.

He is a personal being and He indwells every believer.

He gives us peace and joy:

John 14:27: “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give as a gift the world cannot give – so don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 15:9-10: “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow.”

He produces fruit in our lives:

Galatians 5:16, 22-23: “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful natures crave”…“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things”

The Spirit teaches and guides us into all truth:

John 16:13: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

He brings to remembrance :

John 14:26: “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 that I said to you.”

He reminds us of what Jesus has taught so that we can depend on His Word when things get tough, when life is hard.

The Spirit works in us to give us His peace, His love and His joy.

He comforts our hearts and our minds in the midst of trouble.

He empowers us:

The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, Paraclete, gives us the ability to live by the spirit and not gratify the desires of the sinful flesh.

Galatians 5:16: “But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh”

The Spirit can then produce His fruit in our lives to the glory of God the Father.

We are blessed to have the Holy Spirit in our lives as our Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor, and Advocate.

It is God the Holy Spirit who comforts us in our time of sorrow, who counsels us when we don’t know what to do, who helps us in a time of need and who speaks on our behalf.

It is God the Holy Spirit who comforts us in our time of sorrow, who counsels us when we don’t know what to do, who helps us in a time of need and who speaks on our behalf.

We need to trust in Him and rely on Him and not on man or ourselves. He lives within us and He sees and knows everything.

Jesus said it was better for Him to go away, so that the Holy Spirit could be with us. John 14:16-17:

Jesus, in the flesh as man, was only in one place at one time, but the Holy Spirit is everywhere.

Jesus prayed to the Father to send the Holy Spirit.

Jesus prayed to the Father to send the Holy Spirit.

He then told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come.

Acts 1:4-5: “Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit’.”

The power to be His witnesses:

Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit came in power, and the disciples all received power and were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

His primary purpose is to empower us to be His witnesses across the world, to take the Gospel to the nations, and to bring in the harvest.

When we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we are empowered, and required to share the Gospel.

Signs and wonders:

Today many Christians follow and seek signs and wonders.

Jesus said signs and wonders would follow those who believe, not that we should follow them.

Signs and wonders are a witness to the unbelievers of what Jesus did for us.

In Iconium, Paul and Barnabas ministered in the Synagogue, and in Acts 14:3, we read, “Therefore, they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.”

We need to allow the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do and not manufacture false signs and wonders. We cannot force an anointing.

We need to allow the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do and not manufacture false signs and wonders. We cannot force an anointing.

A false anointing can open the door for the demonic to come in.

Acts 19:11-16: “And God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hand of Paul so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. But also some of the Jewish exorcists who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.”

And seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, I recognise Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded”

And seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, I recognise Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded”

Many seek God’s power but do not know what it is given for.

Many seek God’s power but do not know what it is given for.

They do not realise or want to know that it for empowering us to be effective witnesses.

The Spirit of God is not different from the Son of God in essence, for both are God.

In the Old Testament:

Under the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit would come on people and then leave them.

1 Samuel 16:14; 18:12: “Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear. Saul was then afraid of David, for the Lord was with David and had turned away from Saul.”

David, when confessing His sin, asked that the Holy Spirit not be taken from him.

Psalm 51:11: “Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.”

The indwelling Holy Spirit:

When the Spirit was given at Pentecost He came to God’s people to remain with them forever.

True believers may grieve the Holy Spirit, but He will not leave us as Jesus said he would never leave us.

Matthew 28:20: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

How is He with us when He is in heaven seated at the right hand of His father?

He is with us by His Spirit (The helper – the Paracletos).

To have the Holy Spirit as our Paraclete, is to have God Himself indwelling us as believers.

He anoints us for service:

John 20:19-23: “That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! ‘Peace be with you’, He said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again, he said, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.’ Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s’ sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven’.”

Acts 13:2-4: “And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Paul for the work to which I have called them Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.”

Acts 13:2-4: “And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Paul for the work to which I have called them Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.”

The baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Acts 2:1-4: “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave this this ability.”

Acts 4:27-35: “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. But, everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 4:27-35: “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. But, everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then they preached the word of God with boldness. All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.”

Then they preached the word of God with boldness. All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.”

Before Jesus’ ascension and before Pentecost, Jesus appeared to the disciples and they were fearful. He breathed on them and they received boldness.

Before Jesus’ ascension and before Pentecost, Jesus appeared to the disciples and they were fearful. He breathed on them and they received boldness.

The disciples were already saved and had the Holy Spirit living inside of them, but now they had a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.

The immediate result was that they spoke the word of God with boldness in spite of threats against them.

Acts 5: The sect of the Sadducees put Peter and the apostles in jail but an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison and taking them out, he told them to stand and speak the whole message in the temple. When the captain of the temple guard and his soldiers went to bring them out of prison they were in the temple preaching the message. When the High Priest questioned them saying, (V28-29) “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered and said, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5: The sect of the Sadducees put Peter and the apostles in jail but an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison and taking them out, he told them to stand and speak the whole message in the temple. When the captain of the temple guard and his soldiers went to bring them out of prison they were in the temple preaching the message. When the High Priest questioned them saying, (V28-29) “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered and said, “We must obey God rather than men.”

This same boldness is available for every believer who willingly surrenders, submits, and obeys the Holy Spirit in all things.

This same boldness is available for every believer who willingly surrenders, submits, and obeys the Holy Spirit in all things.

When we totally surrender to him and walk in obedience, God releases His power through us and the result is that we speak the word of God with boldness.

The book says that signs and wonders follow our preaching, people are healed and demons are cast out.

Although this is something that can and does happen, it certainly is not a regular occurrence.

Although this is something that can and does happen, it certainly is not a regular occurrence.

We do not control signs and wonders God does

Acts 14:3: Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord who was bearing witness to the word of His grace granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.”

The unity of the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit brings unity among members of the local church and it is by this unity that the ministry of outreach to the lost is not hindered.

Psalm 133:1: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.”

The Holy Spirit has empowered us to be fishers of men’, to share the Gospel with others, and to pray in the Spirit, being led and guided by the Spirit in our prayers, to be bold in witnessing to the unsaved, in the unity of love and faith.

The book says, praying in His power (tongues), and it can well be praying in tongues, but is not always so.

The book says, praying in His power (tongues), and it can well be praying in tongues, but is not always so.

Romans 8:26: And in the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Jesus showed His disciples that it is not the greatest that is esteemed by God, but the most humble and most loving.

The disciples now became united, with one heart and one soul.

The disciples now became united, with one heart and one soul.

They were full of the power of the Holy Spirit, united in speaking Gods word – no longer wanting to be the greatest.

Their devotion to Jesus was more important than their devotion to the world and their humility was more important than their greatness.

They now loved their brothers more than they loved themselves.

It was this unity in love and devotion to one another that was a witness to the unbelievers and the beginning of the church.

The fruit of the Spirit:

Galatians 5:22-23: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things”

The power of the Holy Spirit enables us to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit and live lives that reveal the character of Christ in us.

John 15: 4-5: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in Him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit:

To minister in the power of the Holy Spirit we need to prepare by spending time in prayer, being led by the Spirit.

We need to read and to study the Bible. This builds our faith, increases our knowledge and we receive wisdom and discernment through the Word.

We need to wait on the Lord:

Isaiah 40:31: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

we need to listen and meditate on His word.

Psalm 104:34: “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”

Psalm 1:1-2: “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

We need to examine our motives.

Are they pure? Are we seeking to do what God has called us to do?

We need to stir up the gift in us.

1 Corinthians 12:31: “So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.”

1 Corinthians 14:1-3: “Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives-especially the ability to prophesy. For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.”

We have all been gifted to be a blessing to others, and we need to learn what our gifts are and allow the Spirit to use us in those areas, and always operate in love.

Hebrews 2:3-4: NKJV: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will? The Lord bore witness to the accuracy of their message through miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit”

Hebrews 2:3-4: NKJV: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will? The Lord bore witness to the accuracy of their message through miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit”

Mark 16:17-18: NKJV: “And these signs will follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”

Some versions of the Bible do not contain Mark 16:9-20.

Some versions of the Bible do not contain Mark 16:9-20.

This passage is considered by many Bible scholars to have not been in the original cannon of the Bible, and to have been added to the book at a later date.

It is also considered metaphorical rather than literal, in that believers would not be wise in taking up serpents or drinking deadly poison.

There have been those who have done so and have died.

Matthew 4:7: Jesus said to him (to the devil), on the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”

Matthew 4:7: Jesus said to him (to the devil), on the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”

Even Jesus did not put His Father to the test.

In Acts 28:3, we see Paul being bitten by a viper and having nothing happen to him, but Paul did not deliberately pick up a snake to show off his power.

the miraculous And supernatural

We all have gifts and those gifts are from God, and are supernatural.

The fruit of the Spirit is also supernatural and from the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:5: Even our love is a love that is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

We are under the authority of God, and it is God who will determine the supernatural and not us.

Stay humble.

When used by God it is important to stay humble and guard against pride. We are only vessels of God’s power and all the glory is given to God.

We cannot manufacture the supernatural or miraculous.

1 John 2:27: NLT: “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true For the Spirit teaches you all things, and what He teaches is true – it is not a lie. So continue in what He has taught you, and continue to live in Christ.”

We are anointed with the Holy Spirit who indwells us, and communication with God is always available. He is always there.

We can pray any time or place led by the Spirit of God.

The greatest gift is love.

1 John 4:8: “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

God reaches out to others through our love, the love that He has given us through His Holy Spirit.

Many teachers and preachers manufacture the miraculous, and twist and distort the Word of God.

They are not focussed on Gods truth, but want the praise of men rather than the praise of God.

They want the power of God without the Spirit of God.

They want the power of God without the Spirit of God.

We need to focus on God, on His word and be His humble servants, led by the Spirit of God.

The gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, are given to edify, exhort and encourage others.

Blockages to receiving the Holy Spirit:

Doubt or intellectual pride.

Matthew 18:2-4: “Jesus called a little child to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”.”

Spiritual experiences cannot be understood with the mind.

To receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit you must let go of your intellectual arguments and display childlike faith.

Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace that you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God”

Religious spirit.

Luke 11 52-53: “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” ‘As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke Him with many questions.”

Religious people are often locked into tradition, ‘this is the way we have always done this’.

They are usually unteachable and hold to old teachings even when they realise they are wrong.

Often change can stir up anger in them and cause dissension among believers.

Fear of the supernatural.

People who are afraid of God’s supernatural power will struggle to receive it.

Things that seem strange will often bring fear.

Surrender is to lose control, and for some this brings fear.

They are afraid to trust God with their lives.

2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

Unconfessed sin.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22: “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.”

Ephesians 4:30: “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”

The Holy Spirit can be quenched, as well as grieved.

Because He is so holy, our sinful habits and attitudes can cause Him to withdraw.

We need to walk in constant communion with God and keep a short account with Him.

We need to walk in constant communion with God and keep a short account with Him.

We need to repent quickly when we have sinned and turn away from our sins.

1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We need to run to God when we sin and not away from Him.

The light of God’s holiness will shine into every dark corner of our lives and keep us from sin.

Emotional wounds.

John 11:43-44: “Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and his feet bound in grave-clothes his face wrapped in a head cloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”“

Like Lazarus, on the day he was raised from the dead, there are people bound by the grave-clothes of the past, and they need to be unwrapped before they can experience God’s full anointing.

Like sin, emotional wounds wear one down and can block the flow of the Holy Spirit.

Whatever has caused the emotional wounds, healing is needed before one will be receptive to the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

We are to give our burdens to God and He will carry them for us.

An un-yielded spirit.

You cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit if you are filled with yourself.

Strong willed people often struggle to surrender their plans, finances, relationships etc. to God.

God is looking for hearts that have been emptied of self, and surrendered to Him.

Only the fully yielded can experience the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 3:12-14: “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us.”

Philippians 3:12-14: “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us.”

All additional scriptures have been taken from the NASB or NIV versions of the Bible

All additional scriptures have been taken from the NASB or NIV versions of the Bible

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