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What Is the Holy Spirit?

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January 3, 2022 2:00 am

What Is the Holy Spirit?

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January 3, 2022 2:00 am

Many believers have heard of the Holy Spirit but only vaguely know who He is. In the message "What Is the Holy Spirit?" from the series Expound: Holy Spirit, Skip examines the Holy Spirit's attributes and character.

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If you ever heard of the term in some of the churches you may have grown up in the Paraclete comes from the Greek word Rock Lake Thomas which is translated comforter helper, but it literally means one who was called alongside to what was called alongside to help the Holy Spirit play jobs.

Look at it this way, the Holy Spirit is the one who puts you in your spiritual tank.

The three persons of the Trinity Holy Spirit's identity and role is often the most confusing.

Today we begin to count out scripts top 40 messages on the connect with Skip Heitzigs of YouTube channel number 40 spot is his message. What is the Holy Spirit where Skip introduces you to the Holy Spirit how he works in your life.

Before we begin, here's a resource that will help you grow even closer to Jesus than ever before the year was 19 trained only resident Kennedy turned down a strong claim.

I believe that this nation should commit itself to all my Father's Day is out landing a man on the moon. There are three mankind ever done any big rate old moon and know that we to do it in the next 10 years, and it can add safety with a man come safely back home. What an incredible thing to say when all of our faith.

At that moment amounted to 15 minutes for the last supper on the moon you hardcover but resource for this month, receive your copy to $35 more to support this program to connect, call 192 one 800 9288 okay let's start with John chapter 14, height was is a divine person is like some lesser being like an angel that appears in the Old Testament group of angels that do is a divine person, and this is we have to get this. This is such vital importance. Nothing will heighten our respect or enlarge our regard for the Holy Spirit. More than this Holy Spirit is not a substitute name for God's eye. What should I say God or should I say Lord are shy to say, Holy Spirit is another disorder brought to sort of the same thing.

The Holy Spirit is not a substitute for God not to go lie down on the historic theology is but I do want to touch on a couple things because inquiring minds want to know in 200 A.D. there is a character named Sibelius who taught something called interestingly civilian is him that that he named that that's what has been called, but he taught effectively mode builders. Some of father son and Holy Spirit are three names for three different modes of one person, one single entity expresses himself different ways at different times and designates that, but it's really just one entity acting in three different forms or three different modes of one person's activity, but again, let's go back to the Scripture noticed for example in chapter 14, the Holy Spirit is said to be eternal.

Having the ability to dwell with human beings eternally. Did you look at verse 16. I will pray the father and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you for ever the spirit of truth in the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he dwells with you and he will be in you also in the same section that we just read. The Holy Spirit is set forth from the father comes from the father and is sent at the right time by Jesus Christ the son. Chapter 15 verse 26 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 this same Holy Spirit.

According to Jesus is active in the world. He's active in the world. Chapter 16 verse eight and when he is calm, he will convict or convince you could translate that the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment. This is why in our baptism formula. We always say I baptize you in the name of the father in the name of the son and the name of the Holy Spirit are the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, because that's what Jesus said to do. He said go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit is a divine being part of the triune God, the Trinity, now working to get to this in the book of acts, but in tucked away in the book of acts is a story of two hypocrites in chapter 5, you know their names, and I since a fire see some of you you're on it.

This how the story goes, you can turn to it if you like, or not but go ahead verse one, but a certain man named Ananias, with the fire, his wife sold a possession and he kept back part of the proceeds. His wife also being aware of it and brought a certain part of it and laid it at the apostles feet. But Peter said Ananias why is Satan filled your heart to lie to the holy spirit and to keep back part of the price of the land for yourself.

While it remains what is was a not your own, and after it was sold was not in your own control. Why have you conceived this thing in your heart you have not lied to men but to God. There are several verses we could point to.

We just don't have the time, which you could and probably should take a pencil and draw a line between those two verses and circle the word Holy Spirit. You lied to the Holy Spirit in the next verse go right to that God. You've lied not to men but you lied to God, equating the Holy Spirit lying to the Holy Spirit with lying to God. Also in your Bible. The Holy Spirit is seen as omnipresent. You know what omnipresent means he's everywhere all places at the same time he is omnipresent. He's in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe and Algeria and North Korea, and Saudi Arabia and Israel. The Holy Spirit is omnipresent. Psalm 139 David said where can I go from your spirit, where can I flee from your presence about the rhetorical question with the answer to that working, you flee from God. Nowhere can get away from why because he's omnipresent work I go from your spirit, where can I flee from your presence. Also, the Holy Spirit is seen as omnipotent. There is a word that means what all-powerful Omni potent he can do anything and he is seen in creation. I mentioned it a few moments ago the spirit of God was hovering over the waters in that initial stage of creation.

Also Job, Job 33 said the spirit of God has made me so he attributes his being as a person, his creation as a human being to the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God has made me question does all this really matter doesn't really matter that I see the Holy Spirit as a person and as God yes it does. And here's why.

If you don't understand who we what is if you don't understand who he is. You never appreciate what he does. You need understand who is seeking appreciate what he does and if you're not aware that this divine being. Personality is dwelling in you. It will show you will be like those that Paul speaks about second Timothy chapter 3 having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. It's a sad state to be in a form of godliness that just a religious person goes through all the motions and ceremonies may be cares a Bible sings a few songs but denies the power thereof will happen is you start losing interest in spiritual things will start losing interest in prayer and you'll start losing interest in worship and in the word of God will start losing interest in churches that teach God centered preaching and you'll only want the entertainment and then the long end of that the eventual end of that are the groups that deny the Holy Spirit is both a person and his deity. There are groups that deny that you need to know who they are. In cases of article Holy Spirit is really God or a person. Let me just tell you the groups that would believe that Unitarianism believes the Holy Spirit is not a person believes Holy Spirit is not God.

Christian science holds that view. The Jehovah witnesses the Mormons and the Muslims would all agree together on that issue. But the Bible says the Holy Spirit is a person, and the Holy Spirit is a divine person part of the Trinity, the triune God, the triune nature of God now home ma'am you know whenever I bring up the Trinity. I I'm forced to confess something to you. I don't get.

I do not understand the Trinity. I can get my little theological brain cells wrapped around so I can walk were going. I am so satisfied that I have a complete understanding of how the Trinity works and what it's all about.

I can't say that I haven't mastered it yet that the more I think about it sometimes is just like a little fuse was it's beyond me and there was a man once an idea in solitary confinement in his cell was pitch black but yet a single marble and so in that solitary confinement couldn't see anything to get only here he could hear the marble drop bounce find it. So what he would do to pass the time to not go crazy as he would throw the marble up have a bounce on the walls of the cell hit the floor and then he'd find it you do it again here where lands find it Go one day he threw up the marble in the air and it didn't come down and he set up in a cell thought I didn't hear a drop he search the bottom of the self couldn't find the marble and heat tried to think about how that's possible.

And he went nuts and it killed him. He died in the cell.

The guards came into the cell, to remove his body brought some lights in the guard was taken out his body. There is a little twinkle up toward the ceiling. They grab his attention. He looked at me and he noticed a marble caught in a spider's web, and he said isn't that amazing how was that spider able to get that marble and bring it all the way up to the top of that cell.

All of us have some theological marbles that just haven't come down yet and I think the biggest theological marble lease in my cell is the Trinity. I believe it wholeheartedly because the Bible teaches it. I do not completely understand it and I think that's good, that's okay. How can 3B1 God, one of the biggest issues you will have in discussing your faith with Muslims or with Jewish people or with Jehovah witnesses or Mormons.

Is this issue, you should at least have something down with which to explain away so the criticism and there's a lot of criticism but the criticism is typically at a semantical criticism goes like this well. The term Trinity isn't in the Bible, which I have to really work hard and not getting mad when I hear that the word Trinity isn't found in the Bible. Therefore, it can't be true.

The words second coming are not in the Bible, but this is Jesus is coming again that says so in the Bible the word rapture is in the Bible, but the doctrine of the rapture is in the Bible the word Bible is in the Bible, but we have one and we believe it. You see it's it's it's ridiculous to say you can't believe something, unless the exact verbal representation is actually written on that page. Who cares if it's written on the page are not cares, but says Trinity are not the concept of the triune God is found in the Scripture, and that expresses what the Bible teaches because that is true, the historic Christian church from 2000 years ago on the now have all believed that there are three distinct persons in one God, the triune nature of God as a couple historical examples. I won't belabor it. What is give you a few 96 A.D. Clement of Rome formulated all three members of the triune God in an old saying and I quote as God lives and as the Lord Jesus lives and the Holy Spirit." So that's second century 9070 post-apostolic era.

Ignatius 107 A.D., use the formula for the Trinity, the father the son. The Holy Spirit in the shepherd of her moss second century A.D. we spoke of one God, existing in three distinct persons. Justin Martyr from the second century defended the veneration the worship that was given to the father into the sun into the Holy Spirit. I read Naess late second century when the great theologians the post-apostolic era fought Gnosticism, which we talked about on many occasions fought the heresy of Gnosticism, and he articulated the theology of the Trinity and he said this quote God the father. The word Jesus Christ our Lord, who is who is made among men visible and tangible. The Holy Spirit who, at the end of the age was poured out in a new way, and finally turned to Lillian the end of the second beginning of the third century was the one who coined the term Trinity Trinity toss was the word he coined, which we get the word Trinity from so if you're going to deny the Trinity. You can have to deny biblical teaching, and all of church history up to this point to do it and you basically have to be the arrogant one. It says even though 2000 years of church history has affirmed that I denied because I know better.

See what happens if you do that, not really. So the Holy Spirit is a person the Holy Spirit is a divine person, third statement, the ties the sense together. The Holy Spirit is a divine person who helps us. The Holy Spirit is a divine person who helps us know we have read several verses in these chapters, I want to sum up in this will help set it up for next week how the Holy Spirit helps the first of on notice that is called a helper and as I said earlier on. We need all the help we can get. I have discovered this in my Christian experience.

Just when I think I'm coming up to some new truth in them, crossing a spiritual line of maturity. I member when I was three years old and the Lord and I thought I was such an old Christian I've been saved, now three years and I member people you know or you know looked at me like I'm the veteran believer, but with every year in every stage of my growth. I see the struggles I still have in my flesh and I'm coming more and more and more and more to rely upon this wonderful divine person. The Holy Spirit is called a helper.

Jesus says where we began. In verse 16 of chapter 14.

I will pray the father and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever and that term is seen throughout this section, the word helper. Some of you will remember the term is the Greek word par raw clay toss par raw clay toss.

If you've ever heard of the term in some of the churches you may have grown up in the Paraclete comes from the Greek word par raw clay toss which is translated comforter helper, but it literally means one who was called alongside to help you.

One was called alongside to help.

That's the Holy Spirit that's the Paraclete toss look at it this way, the Holy Spirit is the one who puts fuel in your spiritual tank. Tim Downs once said, watches, cars, and Christians can all look chromed and shiny but watches don't tick and cars don't go. And Christians don't make a difference without insides and he said for a Christian as the Holy Spirit, the helper you have a helper wake up tomorrow and realize I have a helper when you fire up any book I got have many friends I need a helper you have one, you don't need believers but you have a helper learn to call on him and rely on him so when it comes to the believer, we have a helper Holy Spirit is a divine person who helps now he's a helper something else about him. He is a another helper is 80 m more will look what Jesus said I will pray the father. Verse 16 he will give you another helper in the Greek language the word another has two possibilities you know English is is limited in its ability to translate concepts from the original language explained in Greek.

When I say another I could use one of two words header us or our loss they both mean another, but are slightly different variations. The word header us means another of a completely different kind word. All us means another of the same kind, so this is how I have explained before, if I buy a CD of a banner listening and I don't like that I don't like that. And I say I want to buy another Maya to buy another CD exactly like the one I just bought no not only will I not buy that CD. I will not buy another one.

That man produce one another. One of the different kind out so all safe.

I want a header us CD another one that's very different from this one.

Let's advise CD and I really like the music and I let you listen to you man. I really like it and I say you can have mine by another. Now use the word all loss, by another one just like the one I gave you get it.

That's the word Jesus uses for another comforter will pray the father and he will send you a comforter like me, for you will send you one. Just like the one that you have had in me so here's Jesus saying I'm in a talk to the father and get you a helper as good as I have been to you.

The Holy Spirit then is to you as good a helper as Jesus was to the apostles is out for help of another helper, something else about this permanent helper.

He's not going anywhere.

Verse 16. I will pray the father he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you for 10 years. Okay two decades okay to you really get crusty and gnarly forever will abide with you forever is a permanent helper is not to be with you for 3 1/2 years like Jesus was. He was with them, 3 1/2 years is that I'm going I work here is done.

We went to the cross. He was buried. He was raised and he ascended into heaven, not the Holy Spirit Holy Spirit is a permanent abiding possession. Chapter 14 verse 17, the Holy Spirit of truth of the spirit of truth in the world cannot receive this because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he dwells with you and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to Skip Heitzig six number 40 message on our top 40 messages count from the series expound Holy Spirit find the full message and more scripts to ABQ and watch your favorite teachings from the comfort of your couch on your big screen TV now here Skip to tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way as you help connect others to God's word.

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Thank you tomorrow Skip Heitzig six years. Another top 40 message and explores the problem of anxiety and how you can find peace for your soul to the truths of Scripture was pride that took Lucifer out of heaven.

It was pride that took Adam out of paradise.

It was pride that took Saul king Saul first king of Israel out of the kingdom was pride. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon out of Babylonian society was pride that took aim and out of the Persian court was pride change Angels and Demons is pride that changes friends to enemies pride ruins everything here is why pride is the cancer of the soul with Skip Heitzig presentation of connection communication through

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