Holy Spirit


Holy Spirit

Jesus speaks of the Living Water foretelling of the Holy Spirit given to those that believe in Him

  • John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 
  • 38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 
  • 39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 

Jesus our savior and Lord thought of everything. He knew that it was time to instruct His disciples about the time when He was to depart from them and go back to the Father until the time He was to return to earth again to gather His people together, put down all evil and set up His kingdom. He was not going to leave them or any after them, alone, comfortless and without power to spread this good news to others, who would spread it to the whole world before His second coming. Someone was coming in His place to empower us to do the work Jesus called us to do.

All who believe in Jesus, out of their bellies shall flow rivers of living water. This living water was the Holy Spirit to whom all that believed would receive. They would never be alone. The Holy Spirit, was to come after the resurrection of Jesus to those that believed.

To believe means more than just mentally believing a person called Jesus exists. To believe in something means to partake of, be obey, to listen to and to give one's life to. To believe then, means to receive, to live for and to walk with. God then baptizes us with the Holy Spirit who comes along side and walks with us never leaving us alone. He abides within us. What an unspeakable, wonderful gift from God. As God walked with Adam in the garden before he sinned against God, God walks with us again through the Holy Spirit given to those that receive His Son Jesus Christ.

This is given to all who believe. Men, women and children. This promise was given even to the hated people of Samaria. To one woman who then brought others to hear of this good news.

  • John 4:4  And he must needs go through Samaria. 
  • 5  Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 
  • 6  Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 
  • 7  There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 
  • 8  (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 
  • 9  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 
  • 10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 
  • 11  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 
  • 12  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 
  • 13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 
  • 14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

We saw from John chapter 7 that this living water is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is who draws us to Jesus for our salvation. We are born again, inherit eternal life and become a new creature through faith in Jesus Christ and it is the Holy Spirit that comes within us after we repent of our sin, believe in Jesus and receive Him into our lives. Jesus is here talking with a woman telling her of this wonderful gift from God. If we read further in chapter 4 of John we see that God deals with her sin first before she becomes one that believes and then goes to tell others of this new way.

The Holy Spirit is the Comforter

  • John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments. 
  • 16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 
  • 17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 
  • 18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 
  • 19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 
  • 20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 
  • 21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 
  • 22  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 
  • 23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 
  • 24  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 
  • 25  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 
  • 26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 
  • 27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
  • 28  Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 
  • 29  And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 
  • 30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 
  • 31  But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. 

Here is another incident where Jesus tells of the Holy Spirit coming and abiding with us. He is referred to as the Comforter. He brings us peace. Not any peace like the world around us calls peace but an inner peace and comfort given by God Himself to those that keep His word. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments, then we receive the Holy Spirit. We see that it is more than just a mental knowledge that someone named Jesus once existed. We receive, we believe, we obey His word and we love this one that died for our sins and rose again giving us the hope of rising from the dead and inheriting eternal life.

Different baptism than water baptism.

  • Matthew 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  

Here we have John the Baptist telling his followers of the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

  • Acts 1:5  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
  • 8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Here is see that the Holy Spirit is the one that gives us power to spread the good news of the gospel throughout all the earth. Without the Holy Spirit drawing and convicting those that hear, no one could be saved. That power is what draws us to Christ.

The Holy Spirit should be someone we truly want to be with us and never lose. David writes of this back in the Psalms.

  • Psalm 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 
  • 11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
  • 12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 

Old Testament mention of how the Holy Spirit can be grieved or vexed.

  • Isaiah 63:10  But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. 
  • 11  Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him? 
  • 12  That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?  

Our Father's Gift to Us

  • Luke 11:13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

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