Second, they instruct us how and why we should live in the present, in light of the certainty that His purposes and promises will be fulfilled. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. Over 25 years ago, Jeannette and I moved into our first home. In recent times there has been a renewal of interest in His work in the child of God, and for this we should be thankful. John 14:17: Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him … important. Effective teaching ministry is dependent on the Holy Spirit. The verb “tell” here is elsewhere (John 4:25) rendered “explain” by the NIV. We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as the Holy One of God, who died on the cross of Calvary for your sins? I wonder if this is how we view the “unknowns” in our life. 85 It may occur to someone that in Psalm 23:1 the psalmist says, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” We must surely see that this is no “blank check,” assuring us that we can have whatever we want (athough Asaph at one time wrongly supposed so—see Psalm 73), whatever we ask for (see James 4:2-3 here), but rather we will never lack anything we truly need, anything which is for our good and His glory. Filled with the Holy Spirit. Indeed it is used in Mark 16:10 for the disciples, who wept over the death of our Lord. He has already promised this, but here He indicates a substantial change. He is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent and holy. And because we now see this clearly, we believe that You have truly come from God.”. That means that in every way He is equal with God the Father and God the Son. We know that He will sustain us through our times of trial and tribulation, just as we know that He will bring us to glory. A number of our friends from church helped us move in, and we wanted to show our appreciation by having an open house after church on a particular Sunday evening. In John 14:16 read how Jesus describes the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” Notice that Jesus calls the Holy Spirit … We will never face some of the things which the disciples did. Finally, God gave them a child in a miraculous way, glorifying Himself and bringing about good for Abraham and Sarah. And there are three that bear witness in earth.” But if you never go to a Bible school or read a teaching book, the Holy Spirit will still teach you, because He is ordained by the Father to do just that. He led me into the sound and tape room, off the main hall, and then proceeded to ask me what I thought of a certain Greek preposition in a particular text. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, our Lord will continue to dwell among them, in a more intimate and permanent way. Beyond this, Paul warns that false teachers will seek to convey “new truth,” which is nothing more than “man-made teaching” that appeals to fleshly desires and which will attract a following. They did not understand what He was talking about, and what they thought they understood, they did not like. Perhaps so; it is difficult to be certain of the physical setting at this point.” D. A. Carson, The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus: An Exposition of John 14-17 (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980), p. 156. It has been observed that Jesus does not tell His disciples that their sorrow will be replaced by joy, but rather that their sorrow will be turned into joy. In John 14:26 Jesus told his disciples, “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 have said to you” (John 14:26, ESV). 20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming to you anything that would be helpful, and from teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. Only while Jesus’ body lay in the tomb were the disciples overwhelmed with grief. Jeannette and I were no longer distressed—we were delighted! I am thankful that I don’t need to beg for it or work to earn this work of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is the One who imparted the vivid details to the apostle John concerning endtime events recorded in the book of Revelation. The simple fact is that no matter what they profess to grasp, they cannot and do not understand what Jesus has been telling them. Jesus made a comment about the future, which His disciples found impossible to understand: “In a little while you will see me no longer; again after a little while, you will see me” (verse 16). Let’s look at that word “teach” in today’s Sparkling Gem and see what Jesus meant when He chose this word. The Holy Spirit did not come to convict us of wrong-doing, but of not believing on Jesus. Our responsibility is to listen, to obey, and to internalize and put into practice the truths He is teaching us. Our joy is in the Lord, in His salvation, and His working in the lives of others (Acts 15:3; Romans 15:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 1 John 1:4; 3 John 4). Maurice Jones wrote of the ancient world: ‘It was a world where the burden of sin and of human misery was intensely realised.’ Stoicism was a grim creed, pessimistic at its heart. In Genesis 1:2, we find Him moving about the surface of the waters, and in Revelation 22:17, He and the bride cry with one voice. What did He mean by saying He was “going to the Father”?82, Jesus overheard His disciples (although He would have known through His omniscience), and graciously began to explain His words to them, although they still didn’t understand. even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. We are learners, who learn at His feet as we abide in Him. 83 Some dispute the interpretation that Jesus is speaking of the disciples’ sorrow and their joy as being related to our Lord’s imminent death and resurrection. The disciples’ time of sorrow will be short, and then their sorrow will be turned to joy. 24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:19-25). His promise is that He will never leave them nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5). We should also see from our text an example of the fact that God reveals truth to us progressively. If joy is sorrow which God has transformed into joy, then we must endure the sorrow to experience the joy. The Christian is dependent on the ministry of the Spirit from the time of his regeneration until his glorification. If we abide in Him, what pleases Him pleases us; what grieves Him grieves us; what gives Him great joy becomes our joy as well. The Christian is dependent on the ministry of the Spirit from the time of his regeneration until his glorification. First, the Holy Spirit does many things in the lives of believers. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. God is gracious, both in what He reveals, and in what He conceals. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you” (emphasis mine). No doubt they did believe that Jesus had come from God. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. Pastor Fred L. Bates. Why did Jesus tell the disciples things that they could not understand at the moment? No wonder the disciples could not yet grasp what Jesus was saying about the future. It would appear that this took place as the disciples wound their way through the narrow streets of Jerusalem, on their way to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. It was not that the early Christians had it easy. One without this gift can understand the Bible as he hears or reads it, but he cannot explain it as one with the gift can. If we are listening, the Holy Spirit is teaching us constantly. 20 Above all, you do well if you recognize this: no prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, 21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (2 Peter 1:16-21). Jesus commands them to pray in His name, assured that they will receive what they have requested, and in so doing, their joy will be made complete. They will, however, be constantly asking Him to provide for their every need. As these prophecies are fulfilled and we look back on our Lord’s words, we will see that He has done just as He said He would. 27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. Paul said: ...give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. The filling, empowering and guiding of the believer is included in this part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. 17 For our momentary light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Jesus’ departure and subsequent return at the parousia have already been treated, as also has his return by the Spirit; but so far Jesus has said nothing unambiguous about the three-day departure into death.” D. A. Carson, The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus, p. 158. 5:41; 16:25). Indeed, the signs of an apostle were performed among you with great perseverance by signs and wonders and powerful deeds (2 Corinthians 12:12). Paul describes it this way: 16 Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. There is a time coming, coming very soon, when you will all abandon Me and scatter, hiding out in your own homes. Once having come to the cross by faith in Jesus Christ, we must always stay near the cross. The reason I have told you these things is not with the expectation that you would understand them immediately (as you have professed to do), but so that you may have great peace in the future, when you see how all these things of which I have spoken take, just as I said. He will judge the wicked and usher the righteous into His kingdom, a kingdom beyond our ability to fathom now (compare 1 Corinthians 2:9). But we can identify with the disciples in this sense: there are things yet future for us, which are declared in Scripture, but which we do not fully understand. The work of the Spirit … Jeannette and I now looked upon that discussion and our delay in an entirely different light. 4:4-7), That You Might Believe: A Study of the Gospel of John. Misconception: The “Holy Ghost,” or holy spirit, is a person and is part of the Trinity, as stated at 1 John 5: 7, 8 in the King James version of the Bible. How and when would they see Jesus after a little while? THE TEACHING WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BELIEVERS. THE LETTERS OF JOHN by Francis Dixon (Scripture Portion: 1 John 2:20-29) The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is a major biblical doctrine. The Spirit’s teaching comes from and glorifies the Lord Jesus (verses 3-4), just as our Lord’s teaching came from and glorified the Father (John 8:26, 40). 80 “We should bear in mind that, with small variations, this promise is repeated six times in this discourse (14:13, 14; 15:16; 16:23, 24, 26; cf. A doctrine is all the teachings which relate to a particular subject. 72 I do not think that the expression “what is to come” refers primarily (or at least exclusively) to distant prophecy. They did not ask for all the wrong reasons. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:24-25). The Role of the Holy Spirit in Teaching the Bible. They will receive the answers to their prayers directly from the Father. These benefits are the fruit of our Lord’s coming and leaving. You will leave Me alone, but I won’t really be alone because the Father is with Me. Any teaching which claims to be divine revelation and does not exalt Christ is false teaching. In this e-course, David Diga Hernandez will introduce you to the Holy Spirit. God has so endowed the Christian with discernment that he ultimately will not be deceived by lies. Ministry-To-Children.com helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum – all 100% free online.. We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. Carson forcefully defends the view that this is, indeed, what our Lord is saying: “There are, however, several indications which argue strongly that the passage … refers simply to Jesus’ departure by the death of the cross and his return by resurrection. Suddenly, it all became very clear to us. Verse 27 speaks of the anointing that the believer "received"—past tense. Until we have adequate knowledge of what the ministry of the Holy Spirit is, our Christianity will remain a struggle. And, as the third person of the Holy Trinity, He is a person. Few things are as important for an understanding of Christianity (and few things are as little noticed) as the recognition that the note of joy runs right through the New Testament. It appeared that Howard was keeping us from something we really wanted, but in truth he was preparing us for something even better (they surprised us with a new refrigerator). 6 Verlyn D. Verbrugge, NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words: Abridged Edition, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000), p. 141, Jesus told His disciples that when the Holy Spirit came, He would teach them, and today the Holy Spirit has been sent to teach you. The Holy Spirit arrives onto the world scene at Pentecost, with His ministry of transformation and as applicator of the redemptive work of Christ. (Holy Spirit) For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report.” AND BY IT (FAITH) YOU CAN BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.----- Return to Monthly Teachings Page ----- Check out all of our Teachings on "The Holy Spirit"-----Buy the MP3 Teaching The Holy Spirit Baptism for just $4.00 Related Topics: Pneumatology (The Holy Spirit), Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. No wonder the veil was torn asunder when Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:51). We must recall that when John writes this Gospel, he writes in retrospect, looking back on the events he is describing with understanding. The Father will personally attend to the prayers of Jesus’ disciples, because of His love for them, a love which is the same as His love for the Son (14:23; 17:26). In your darkest moments, when life makes no sense, and you have no idea what God is doing, you can rest in the simple fact that God is infinitely good, infinitely loving, and infinitely powerful. In my opinion, all the New Testament authors should be viewed as “apostles,” and in a distinct category from anyone else, from that time on. The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit By Rick Renner But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…. We will never know the sense of loss and defeat that the disciples did when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary. 4 I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments that sound reasonable. Paraphrased, the disciples seem to be saying: “Why didn’t you say so sooner? 3, p. 554. The Reformers placed tremendous stress on the gifts of the Spirit to the whole body of Christ. 26 Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. We see the church praying and receiving an infilling of the Holy Spirit again in Acts 4:24-31. He indwells believers and seals them until the day of redemption—this indicates that the Holy Spirit’s presence in the believer is irreversible. We do not understand many of the details, but there are certain truths which should leap out at us. 15 But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16 but whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 78 “… the first century was a time of sadness. It is the cross which makes Jesus’ teachings clear. Matt. In recent times there has been a renewal of interest in His work in the child of God, and for this we should be thankful. They were completely perplexed about what Jesus was telling them. I do doubt that they grasped what His return to the Father was all about, and I’m virtually certain they don’t have a clue as to what He has just told them. No wonder our Lord could say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. At that time, He will tell them plainly about the Father. We must understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in order to be part of this special revelation of the power of God. The Bible teaches as we grow in grace we become led by the Holy Spirit and governed by God’s love. Fact: The King James version of the Bible includes at 1 John 5: 7, 8 the words “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. The Holy Spirit is a Person. 16 For we did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of his grandeur. Our joy is in the abasement of self, in the exaltation of Jesus Christ (see John 3:29), and in sacrificial service (Philippians 2:17). At this same period of time, the unbelievers (the world) who have crucified Jesus will rejoice over His death. We read of His ministry throughout the whole of the Bible. His life will not be taken from Him; He will lay it down, voluntarily, and He will take it up again (John 10:14-18). I admit that I’ve leaned on my own understanding on too many occasions, but starting today, I sincerely dedicate myself as a pupil and apprentice to the Spirit of God. Course: The Gifts of the Spirit (10 Lessons) A study of the Gifts of the Spirit in scripture and their relevance for today. Over 25 years ago, Jeannette and I moved into our first home. Abraham and Sarah were as good as dead, humanly speaking, so far as child-bearing was concerned. This module deals with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – in particular the Speaking Gifts, the Prophetic Gifts, the Revelation Gifts, and the power, faith and spiritual authority believers have through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Exalting Jesus Christ! 32 And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace. 26 At that time you will ask in my name, and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. It was obvious that we were late, but I just could not seem to disengage Howard from the conversation. Okay, it’s all clear to us now. For example, when the apostle Paul described the events that will occur in society at the end of the age ( see 2 Timothy 3), he was writing under the prophetic ministry of the Holy Spirit. They tried to figure out some way to produce a child on their own, which only led to trouble. What a change a few days will make! It is His joy that we are to pursue (see John 15:11). But it’s just not true! ... Write on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of as prominent person in the Pentecostal Movement (past or present). 33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. Study 3 CLEAR TEACHING ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT. Not only was He sent to us to impart knowledge and facts, lessons from Scripture, and theological truths, but He also teaches us how to live our Christian lives with divinely artistic skill. He wanted to engage me in a discussion, and I was not about to refuse. If you’re seeking the best Teacher in the world, look no further! Module 2: Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Part One. When false teachers come, they seek to turn us from Christ, and to the degree that they are able to do this, they rob us of our hope, our joy, our love, and all that comes from Him. 549-550. It seems clear to me that the apostles, through whom the New Testament Scriptures were given, were viewed as a distinct group, confined to New Testament times. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. That is what it means to be a disciple. We do not understand what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus could see that they wanted to ask him about these things, so he said to them, “Are you asking each other about this—that I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me; again after a little while, you will see me’? Therefore, let us heed the Lord’s words in our text, knowing that they are as important to us as they were to those men, so many years ago. Part Three: The Holy Spirit and the Bible. After the cross, the disciples understood what Jesus’ mission was all about. The following points should be noted: (1) Only John 16:16 adds the phrase ‘after a little while’ to the promise ‘you will see me.’ This is not accidental. We are the benefactors of much that Jesus has foretold here, and which has subsequently come to pass. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? We need to exercise caution in the application of this passage because it applies directly to the eleven disciples, and indirectly to us. You can see that verses 25-33 are an interchange between Jesus and His disciples. I tell you the solemn truth, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.80 24 Until now you have not asked81 for anything in my name. While our Lord’s words will, in the future, be understood in all their particulars, they have a message for us now, in general. The ministry of Holy Spirit is just the opposite of what many Christians think. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH. Module 3: Gifts of the Holy Spirit – … The Upper Room Discourse contains a significant portion of our Lord’s preparatory teaching. In the Bible, some of man’s darkest moments were transformed into times of blessing. 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