Saturday, February 5, 2011

A study on the role of the Holy Spirit

John 16:7 (Amplified Bible) However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. 

Question 1: How are we better off without Jesus actually being here in human form?

John 4:6 - Jesus was restricted by His Human body. He got tired. 

John 11:6 - He couldn't be in more than one place at a time. 

Luke 8:19 - He could only listen to one person at a time. 

John 6:26 - People with insincere motives wasted His time. 

John 16:8-9 (Amplified Bible) 
And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment: 9About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me]; 10About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer; 11 About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him. 

John 16:8-11 (Voice) 
"When He arrives, He will uncover the sins of the world, expose unbelief as a sin, and allow all to see their sins in the light of righteousness for the first time. This new awareness of righteousness is important because I am going to the Father and will no longer be present with you. The Spirit will also carry my judgment because the one who rules in this world has already been defeated." 

Question 2: How are sin and unbelief interlinked?

John 3:19-20 - People choose not to believe because it convicts them of their sin. 

Question 3: How does Jesus being gone reveal righteousness? 

Romans 10:5 - The person who has never sinned who is Jesus will be identified by His indestructible life. 

Question 4: How does the Spirit prove to us that the ruler of this world has been judged (defeated). 

Romans 6:18,22 - We are now ruled by righteousness and not by Satan, but we are in Christ. 
John 16:12 (Amplified Bible) I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now. 

Question 5: Why were Jesus' words unbearable to His disciples right then? What would make them unbearable? 

John 16:22-23 - After the resurrection, the Scriptures would open up to the disciples. BBE 

Matthew 6:34 - Then have no care for tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Take the trouble of the day as it comes. 

Question 6: Why does Jesus teach in stages? 

Matthew 11:29-30 - Jesus customizes His teaching for every believer at a pace that is right for them. 

John 7:6 - Jesus timed His teaching. 

John 16:13 (Amplified Bible) 
But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. 

Question 7: How is the Spirit like a guide? How does He guide us into "all" the truth? 

2 Corinthians 5:7 - We progress by every step of obedience that we take (in faith). 

Question 8: How does the Spirit teach us future events? What future events? Who's future? Does He still do it? 

John 16:14 (Amplified Bible) 
14He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. 15Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. 

Question 9: How does the Holy Spirit taking what belongs to Jesus and disclosing it to His disciples glorify Jesus? What things is He talking about? 

Matthew 12:28 - The Holy Spirit was the source of Jesus' power on earth; therefore, by doing miracles through Jesus, He brought glory to Jesus. 

Acts 1:8 - The Holy Spirit continues to bring glory to Jesus by working through the followers of Jesus. 

Acts 2:33 - Jesus is the funnel that God uses to pour His Spirit upon Jesus' followers. 

Romans 5:5 - The Holy Spirit creates love for God Himself and all that belongs to God. 

Romans 8:11 - The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, and He will do the same for all of Christ's followers. 

Romans 8:13 - Through the Spirit, we overcome sin. Romans 8:16 - The Spirit confirms with our spirit that we are God's children. 

Romans 8:27 - The Holy Spirit prays to God for us in accordance with God's will.

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