This message was preached at Word Of Grace Church on May 30th 2021 by Colin D via zoom. For the audio please click here. To listen to the worship please click here.
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT Who is the Holy Spirit Part 1
What a spirit-led meeting read during the worship! We are promised blessing on our descendants and in Joel we are told that young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.
We heard last Sunday from Joel how God is pouring out His spirit.
The fastest-growing church is in Iran through supernatural visitations. We need to get caught up with what God is doing or we will miss the bus.
The Holy Spirit can be a mysterious force for us to relate to. We can relate to Father and son. The Holy Spirit is a little different. What exactly and who is he?
1. The Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of God to the world. He reveals himself through the HS. He was at work not just in the NT but in the OT and right in the beginning.
Gen1: 1-2 And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. We see God the Father, the Word – Jesus and the Spirit involved in creation.
What did he do – in the OT he came for a specific time and function and a few people. Not on everyone. In the power of the Holy Spirit, they did amazing things
Jud 3:10-11 Othniel became Is judge. One man defeated the enemy because of the Hs work.
Jud 6: 34 Gideon – The Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he blew the trumpet. With 300 people he defeated a huge army of the Amalekites and Midianites
Gideon was the least clan in the least in the tribe of Is. Jud 6:14-15.
Jesus is referred to as the lamb of God just once. John 1:29 He is the lamb who has taken away the sins of the world.
This statement is very important- this is not said once but is said in all the 4 gospels. Luk3:16,
It is also recorded in Acts 1:4-5. Jesus himself speaks of himself to the waiting apostles after his resurrection from the dead.
V5 John baptized with water but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
There are 3 diff ref to bap and immersion.
1Cor 12:13 – When you immerse someone there are 3 elements at play – The person getting baptized, the baptizer and the medium.
1 Cor 12:13 – Baptized into one body- We are baptized. The Holy Spirit is one who baptizes.
Body – Jesus/church. The Holy Spirit took you and immersed you into Jesus. This is referring to salvation.
That is why we say In Christ.
Matt 28: 18-20 The baptizer is a person, the medium is water.
Matt 3:11 – John the Baptist is the baptizer; water is the medium.
Jesus will baptize you with water and fire. Jesus is the baptizer and the medium is the Holy Spirit.
Peter who was brave was hiding in the upper room.
Matt 26:69- Peter is afraid and denies Jesus. He was fearful.
But after bap in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 – you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Acts 2:22 – Peter stood up and proclaimed a brave message. He became very bold.
Acts 3:13- Peter preaching boldly in the temple courts.
Acts 4:8-10 Peter preaches before the rulers and chief priests.
What did the Holy Spirit do to you?
Give you boldness to proclaim the gospel.
Acts 6:8 They did mighty signs and wonders.
Acts 8: Philip proclaimed the gospel and he healed and delivered people.
Ex 31:1-4 - Skill ability, knowledge, and craft. He gives us supernatural skills for our profession.
Ex 35:34 - The ability to teach others.
Then we have the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:31 refers to being filled with the HS after their bap in the HS.
4:8 – They is a constant infilling of the Holy Spirit besides the onetime event.
We will look into more of this next week.
Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again), Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.
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