A preacher friend of mine used to say, “All false teaching is either the Bible plus, or the Bible minus.” False teaching either seeks to add to or to take away from Scripture. 8 Functions of the Holy Spirit as Taught by Jesus. The words of Paul seem to support this conclusion as well: 18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots of the Jews. We should take note of the important fact that Jesus is speaking to His disciples here. Verse 27 speaks of the anointing that the believer "received"—past tense. All I could think of on the way home was that some of our friends were waiting at our house, wondering where we were. They were confused and greatly distraught by Jesus’ words. But what is clear to us in retrospect was not at all clear to the disciples in prospect. 2016, Teaching Them to Obey in Love, compiled into 2016, Great Commission Mission, compiled from 2 books. It is easy to understand the concept of a triune God if we consider our design . The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. You see, while we had been planning a gathering for our friends, these same friends had been planning a celebration for us. But they didn’t understand a thing He was saying, as John makes very clear by the words of verses 29 and 30. Thus, in the midst of your tribulations on My behalf, you will have courage, knowing that I have conquered the world.”. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. It was these suffering saints who experienced God’s gracious hand, and many of them came to saving faith. You’re no longer speaking in riddles, but plainly. 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. 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness, 13 and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the end of the glory that was fading away. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. They will, however, be constantly asking Him to provide for their every need. One reason is to remind us that we don’t fully understand. ”And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. In other words, it is the teaching that glorifies Christ that is in its essence the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides the believer into all the truth. Now I know in part, then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Teaching is a fundamental part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Think about how it is easier to go with the wind when you are walking down the street than to go against it. Those who would turn us from the cross of Christ are false teachers, who should be avoided (see 1 Corinthians 1; Colossians 1 & 2). Matt. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. This is why, in our church, we observe the Lord’s Table weekly. He did not expect them to understand. Course: The Gifts of the Spirit (10 Lessons) A study of the Gifts of the Spirit in scripture and their relevance for today. Ask and you will receive it, so that your joy may be complete. Although it can be developed, the spiritual gift of teaching is not something that can be learned or acquired, as with a … It is God's desire for every believer to grow in Grace and Knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ, and to become a mature believer. An Introduction to the Holy Spirit. 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). Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as the Holy One of God, who died on the cross of Calvary for your sins? ... Write on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of as prominent person in the Pentecostal Movement (past or present). The Holy Spirit did not come to convict us of wrong-doing, but of not believing on Jesus. Over 25 years ago, Jeannette and I moved into our first home. He is the Instructor, and I am the apprentice. What incredible blessings Jesus promises His disciples! We discovered many more cars there than we had expected—indeed, than we had invited. 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. 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. Matt. We don’t need to know the details of what He has for us in the future. Pastor Fred L. Bates. We are learners, who learn at His feet as we abide in Him. How and why would they not see Jesus? I am serious about learning, and I take it as my responsibility to internalize and put into practice what He teaches me through diligent study and by application of His words in my life experience. Now, however, in anticipation of that completed work, they are invited to ask the Father for things—to ask in Jesus’ name.” Carson, The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus: An Exposition of John 14-17, pp. The disciples’ time of sorrow will be short, and then their sorrow will be turned to joy. It was obvious that we were late, but I just could not seem to disengage Howard from the conversation. Finally, God gave them a child in a miraculous way, glorifying Himself and bringing about good for Abraham and Sarah. Eventually, the Greek grammar discussion ended, and we hurried out to the car. 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. 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. In point of fact the disciples did pray to Jesus, so if this refers to prayer they did not fulfill it. My teaching, The New You and The Holy Spirit, is now available in book form, as well as in a CD or tape album. 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). Part Three: The Holy Spirit and the Bible. Most people have been led to believe that self-doubt, self-condemnation, feelings of unworthiness, and conviction for individual sins are the work of the Holy Spirit. Think of all the people in the Gospels who suffered from blindness, demon-possession, being lame, and leprosy. Though the disciples will experience great sorrow for the next few days, their hearts will rejoice when they see Jesus once again. The disciples were concerned because Jesus was going away, where they could not follow. There are many other things that Jesus did. As our confessional statement sets forth in the first sentence, "The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of God, fully divine." They do not understand what is happening, or what Jesus is saying. Why is it, then, that we find so many joyless Christians? Everything God did in His creation was accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit. 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. 9 For in him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. It’s true that Bible school can be an immensely beneficial experience, and it’s good for you to read every book that you can read. If we are listening, the Holy Spirit is teaching us constantly. See who the Holy Spirit is. No one seemed willing to address their questions to Jesus. In this e-course, David Diga Hernandez will introduce you to the Holy Spirit. He strengthened Stephen to witness for his Lord in the face of a ruthless and out-of- control mob stoning him to death. The study of the Holy Spirit is one of the major doctrines of the Bible. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. I wonder if this is how we view the “unknowns” in our life. He can and will cause “all things to work together for good” to those who are His chosen, to those who trust in Him (see Romans 8:28). It is the cross which should shape our perspective (we should take up our cross daily). The Holy Spirit is an important figure throughout the Bible. So it is with suffering and sorrow in the lives of our Lord’s disciples. April 13, 2016 Issue. Our responsibility is to listen, to obey, and to internalize and put into practice the truths He is teaching us. Jesus lets His disciples know that they have not put anything over on Him, that He knows full well that they still do not understand what He is saying, or what is about to take place. As you might imagine, that Sunday Jeannette was most eager to get home from church as quickly as possible, before our gues… This is recorded in Matt. 72 I do not think that the expression “what is to come” refers primarily (or at least exclusively) to distant prophecy. I confess that I am in need of the Holy Spirit’s teaching in my life. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you” (emphasis mine). 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. I have rendered it ‘I have said these things to you figuratively’ (v. 25), but the problem is in the words translated ‘figuratively.’ More literally they mean ‘in dark sayings,’ which might be understood as ‘in parables’ or ‘in metaphors’ or ‘in figures of speech.’ The expression could be used for a parable (though it is not the normal word in the New Testament for this way of teaching), or it could be used for a proverb or for almost any kind of ‘wise saying.’ It has quite a range of meaning, but essentially it points to a way of speaking in which the meaning is not obvious. No wonder the disciples could not yet grasp what Jesus was saying about the future. Those who were to be regarded as true apostles were accredited by the “signs of a true apostle”: 1 Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. We are concerned about our Lord’s return, as He has described it as well, in His Word. The Spirit did not come to convict us of the things we do wrong or the mistakes we make; He came to convict us of unbelief in Jesus. The Holy Spirit creates holy saints for the holy Christ. 32 And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace. We need only to trust in Him who is in control of the past, the present, and the future. From beginning to end, the Holy Spirit has always been active: In the beginning, creating, and at the end of the story, tending to us. Now we see that You really do know everything, so that we don’t have to ask You any more questions, to help You clarify any points. They did not ask for all the wrong reasons. The Christian is dependent on the ministry of the Spirit from the time of his regeneration until his glorification. 74 In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul speaks of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, whereby He enables Christians to understand spiritual truth, but this is not the same as having the ability to reveal truth which is regarded as Scripture. 15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what is mine and will tell it to you.”. It is by means of the cross that Jesus saved 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. The cross was the goal of our Lord’s life and the means by which He fulfilled the Father’s (and His) purposes and promises. The work of the Spirit is presented by John in chap. 2 For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? The work of the Holy Spirit is not a ministry of negativity. 13 And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nonetheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. 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. First, the Holy Spirit does many things in the lives of believers. Christian teaching is the teaching God gave through Christ and Christ’s apostles. Okay, it’s all clear to us now. — John 14:26 As Jesus continued teaching the disciples about the various roles the … 76 Leon Morris, Reflections on the Gospel of John (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988), vol. The revelation which is promised is that truth which has come from the Father, to the Son, and through the Spirit. Are the men clumping together in little groups of various combinations as the confines of the way rearrange them again and again? Jeannette and I were no longer distressed—we were delighted! Lest we suppose we are dealing only with matters of history, let me remind you that in many ways, our circumstances today are very similar to those of the disciples so many years ago. He promises to reveal truth to them through the Spirit. 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). But the strong expression ‘you will ask me nothing’ is against this. Leon Morris therefore issues a sober warning: Believers should be very careful here, for from time to time through the history of the Christian church, people have arisen who have said that they had new revelations and they have led people astray. The filling, empowering and guiding of the believer is included in this part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. It is not getting worse for the disciples, as they fear; it is getting better and better. We can understand what completely confused the disciples. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God -creator of the universe . Summary To reconcile why the Holy Spirit was sent, we must study the Scriptures to understand His purpose. Jeannette and the girls were out in the hall, eager to get home. But it is not merely the teaching of (i.e. He took death and the fear and bondage it produces and defeated it on the cross (see Hebrews 2:14-15). 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. 3. pp. Lord Jesus, You said that when the Holy Spirit came, He would teach me all things I need to know. 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). Jesus is therefore telling His disciples that they will momentarily experience great sorrow over His death. (It even had a fireplace. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Joy is not a minor part of New Testament Christianity but something that runs through and through the whole. He miraculously guided Philip to an influential, truth-seeking Ethiopian to open up the continent of Africa for the gospel. Jesus was speaking to every believer when He spoke of the Holy Spirit showing us things to come. 16 of his gospel. This will turn their sorrow into everlasting joy, a joy that no one will ever be able take away from them. 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. As we read the things which Jesus told His disciples, it all makes sense to us. It will seem like their hour of triumph. At that time, they will ask in His name, and their petitions will be granted. The verb “tell” here is elsewhere (John 4:25) rendered “explain” by the NIV. A doctrine is all the teachings which relate to a particular subject. Think about how it is easier to go with the wind when you are … Read John chapters 14, 15 and 16, and notice all the references to the Holy Spirit in which He is clearly presented as a Person, one with the Father and with Christ Himself. Our Lord’s words of instruction and comfort to His disciples apply to us on at least two levels. The Holy Spirit and My Teaching by Ministry Tools Resource Center The 12 sessions in this teacher training devotional will help Bible teachers better understand the role of the Holy Spirit in their teaching so they prayerfully learn to rely more on the Spirit in every part of the teaching-learning process. 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. They didn’t want to admit their ignorance. The Holy Spirit was active in the world before the ascension of Jesus, but the outpouring of the Spirit as the result of Jesus’ ministry has meant a mightier work of the Spirit among the nations. He will do so because of the Son’s coming to this earth (to die for our sins) and because He has returned to the Father. I take it that the disciples are now winding their way through the narrow streets of Jerusalem, making their way toward the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.73 Judas has long since left the group and is at this very moment making arrangements to hand Jesus over to the authorities (Jewish and Roman). Since their joy is in Him and He will never leave them, no one will ever be able to rob them of their joy in Him. 12:4-6, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. At this same period of time, the unbelievers (the world) who have crucified Jesus will rejoice over His death. ), and which draw men’s focus away from Christ (1 Corinthians 1:22-31; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:18-25). 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. We must invite the Holy Spirit into the entire teaching/learning context. Jesus promises to reveal all truth to the apostles. But to make sure we hit the target correctly, we will take our meaning of didasko from The NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words, which gives the primary meaning of this word as “to teach, inform, instruct, demonstrate, and prescribe.” It continues, “The word is used typically for the relationship between teacher and pupil, instructor, and apprentice. 12 Having been united with him in baptism, you also have been raised with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him from the dead. OUR VISION is to take the Gospel both to our nearby world and to the ends of the earth, proclaiming Christ, and warning and teaching every man with all wisdom, in order that we may present every person fully mature in Christ Jesus. We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. While all Bible students do not agree on this point, it would seem that the Lord and His eleven disciples are no longer in the Upper Room. To what period of time was Jesus referring by the expression, “a little while”? This passage teaches us that those things which are most perplexing, and even most distressing, are often the things which God transforms into His richest blessings. He possesses their attributes and character. They were concerned with our Lord’s departure, as He had spoken of it to them. Furthermore, the full extent of the Holy Spirit’s teaching is deep and multifaceted. Instead, they spoke among themselves. Discipleship is the goal of the teaching ministry of the church. Let me illustrate what I am saying by calling your attention to the Book of Revelation. How do you internalize and put into practice the things that the Holy Spirit has taught you through personal study or life experience. Soon, they will “weep and wail,” while the world will rejoice. 28:19, “ Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor. Now we get it. It’s a way of saying that we become more like Jesus. 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. The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit HARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE This course is part of the Harvestime International Institute, a program designed to equip believers for effective spiritual harvest. Filled with the Holy Spirit. 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. even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. But when they see Him again, raised from the dead, then they will not ask Him anything (16:23), because they will not need to. Many people make the mistake of referring to the Holy Spirit w… 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. They have only told Him that they understand, and because of this, they won’t need to question Him further. 81 “The verb for ‘ask’ in this text means ‘ask for something’ rather than ‘ask a question’: the thought has moved on from 16:23a. 9:35-38, Mark 6:6b; 6:34, Luke 8:1; 10:2, and John4:35. 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. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. We must recall that when John writes this Gospel, he writes in retrospect, looking back on the events he is describing with understanding. By future revelation, I mean revelation which claims to be Scripture and which has authority as Scripture (i.e., the Bible). 14 But their minds were closed. 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, too, “see through a glass darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12), but then we will know (cf. She must first endure the pains of childbirth before she can enjoy the pleasure of holding that child in her arms. 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). 30 Now we know that you know everything and do not need anyone to ask you anything. Dwell in us. No wonder our Lord could say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. As the Holy Spirit leads us, we grow and start to bear fruit! BIG IDEA: GOD HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY SPIRIT AIM: The ‘God Sends the Holy Spirit’ Sunday School Lesson (Acts 2:1-15) aims to show the children the importance of the holy spirit; who he is and why we need 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. And the Holy Spirit was the power that performed it. As you read this now , there is a dialogue taking place within you. 1 John 3:2). However, this “revealing” ministry of the Holy Spirit is not relegated to Scripture. 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. Howard had been assigned the task of delaying me, so that all our friends could arrive at our house first to surprise us. Over 25 years ago, Jeannette and I moved into our first home. Jesus had much to say to them, but not at that moment. Mr. Prier and his wife Ann were there, a little late as well. We will never know the sense of loss and defeat that the disciples did when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary. It was not that the early Christians had it easy. It is also apparent that a number of the New Testament books were not written by one of these apostles, but by other New Testament “apostles” (e.g., Mark, Luke, Acts, Paul’s Epistles). Jesus lets them know that He is answering the questions which they had just discussed among themselves. We read of His ministry throughout the whole of the Bible. ), but most of the teaching will be done by the Holy Spirit, after our Lord’s departure. If you are born again, you have the Holy Spirit — the greatest Teacher in the history of the world — living inside you. Effective teaching ministry is dependent on the Holy Spirit. Ministry means divine assignment. If they were taught all they needed to know, then there is no need for further revelation. 14 He has destroyed what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. The term “weep” is frequently employed for the mourning that occurs due to the death of someone (see Mark 5:39; Luke 7:13; 8:52; John 11:31, 33). For them, at that moment, the cross was still future. From what Jesus was telling the disciples, one should discern that He knows the future, indeed, that He controls the future. 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. Jesus knew I needed divine instruction, and that is one reason why He prayed for the Father to send the Holy Spirit into the world. 4 I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments that sound reasonable. Can you clearly express the specific ways you’ve experienced the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry? The Holy Spirit Will Draw the Unsaved Sinner to Jesus. Along with a renewed interest in the person and work of the Holy Spirit has come increased confusion. 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. These cookies do not store any personal information. As it is for a woman in childbirth, so it will be for the disciples. from) our Lord; it is the teaching concerning our Lord. 549-550. The children will learn about the power of the holy spirit and how he can be active in their everyday lives. Of Jesus, Isaiah 11:2 says, "The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him -- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of … God has so endowed the Christian with discernment that he ultimately will not be deceived by lies. 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. Is this not clear to Peter in Acts 2 and afterward? It is in the light of the cross that the Scriptures become clear. However, He does not allow their pretense to stand, unchallenged. In John’s Gospel, as the time of our Lord’s death draws near, He seeks to prepare them for the future. 26 At that time you will ask in my name, and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. He has already promised this, but here He indicates a substantial change. You will then see that all things are under My control. This is a very neat way of giving the impression you know something that you don’t and of explaining why you are not asking any questions. He is the believers’ Helper (John 14:26). 32 Look, a time is coming—and has come—when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, and I will be left alone. 27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. Summary In the past, we have been misinformed about the Holy Spirit, but we must know who He is if we are to understand His ministry. Jesus Himself had to depend on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He is divine (Acts 5:3-4); He is the third Person in the Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17). They have not yet petitioned the Father for their needs in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe that this promise of future revelation through the Holy Spirit is a promise that pertains to the New Testament apostles75 and is not a promise which can be claimed by men today. 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