Holy Spirit

The Type of the Holy Spirit

Genesis 24

In the story of Genesis 24, a type of the Holy Spirit is present actively leading the principal characters involved: Abraham, Eliezer, Rebekah, and Isaac. We know from Jesus’ ministry and the New Testament that the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father. John reports Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit in John 14:26: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” In this story in Genesis 24, it seems that Eliezer’s mission is to procure a bride for Isaac, although in this chapter of Genesis his character, the “servant,” remains nameless. (See Genesis 15:2 and 24:2-4)

 

The Lord's Ministry During the Forty Days

It must have been thrilling for the disciples to speak with their resurrected master and to listen to His familiar voice, discussing the “things concerning the kingdom.” Apart from the incident recorded in the Gospels, the only fragment of teaching during the transitional period of Jesus’ forty days after His resurrection is found in Acts 1:1-8. The instructions recorded here are a greatly condensed summary of the principles given to the men to whom the Lord was entrusting the evangelization of the world and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. 

Jesus Sends Witnesses with the Holy Spirit

The Fullness of the Holy Spirit

The fullness of the Holy Spirit is a continuous appropriation of a continuous supply from Jesus Christ Himself. It is a moment-by-moment faith in a moment-by-moment cleansing. The moment I begin to believe, that moment I begin to receive, and as long as I go on believing, I go on receiving. Paul promises this ongoing transformation occurring in our lives as a result of the Spirit’s ministry, saying, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

The Pillar of Cloud

When the Lord led the people of Israel out of Egypt, he went before them in a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. (See Exodus 13:21-22) When the chariots of Egypt met up with the Israelites at the Red Sea, the cloud changed into position and stood between the Israelites and the Egyptians in such a way that the Egyptians were unable to come after the Israelites. (See Exodus 14:19-20) The Lord divided the waters of the Red Sea, and when Pharaoh’s soldiers tried to follow, the Lord looked through the pillar of cloud and “troubled the army of the Egyptians.” (Exodus 14:24) This cloud was the leading factor in the lives of the Israelites. It led them to Sinai. It was present when Israel tragically put herself under the Law, when the Israelites made and worshipped the golden calf, when the original tables of stone were broken by Moses, and during the building of the Tabernacle.

The Lost Coin

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the World

Luke 15:8-10

Introduction

The parable is as follows: A woman loses a small coin. She lights a candle and seeks diligently until she finds it. The coin is a picture of a lost sinner. The woman is a type of the Holy Spirit seeking and reclaiming men and women for Christ. So then, the parable presents a picture of God, the Spirit, working through the Church to reach the lost. In the whole parable we see the Godhead at work saving the lost. See Luke 15:2, “This man […]” In the elder son, we see a picture of the Pharisees and scribes.

 

The Age of the Spirit

Faith

Lesson 1

Through faith, we receive God’s salvation. In Hebrews 11:4 we see that, by faith, Abel offered up a sacrifice. For a definition of faith, see Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

“Forsaking all, I take Him.”

Living without faith is like driving in a fog. I cannot explain the wind, but I can hoist a sail. Faith’s answer to the question, “How?” is one word: “God.” Faith sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and touches the intangible. Faith is a grain of mustard seed (see Luke 17:6 and Matthew 17:20). Without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6).

Revelation: Chapter 7

The Redeemed of the Tribulation

Revelation 7 gives us a ray of light against the backdrop of gloom as the six seals have been opened. [Describe the grace of God in all the judgment - explain both the parable of the wicked husbandmen and the parable of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Silver Coin, and the Lost Son in Luke 15]. Rev. 7 answers, once and forever, the question, “Will anyone be saved during the tribulation?” It is also a description of what has happened and a preview of what will happen.

The latter question is often asked in view of the fact that the Holy Spirit has been removed from the earth. Will anyone be saved during the Tribulation and Millennium? (Explain what some believe relative to salvation in the Tribulation). It is important that we understand in what sense the Holy Spirit will be removed. We must distinguish between His presence and His residence. Christ ascended 40 days after His resurrection. Ten days later the Holy Spirit descended to earth and took up His residence in the life of every believer. The Holy Spirit who had been with them would now be in them. See John 14:17.

When the rapture of the Church occurs, the residence of the Holy Spirit changes. He goes with them. But being God, and therefore omnipresent, He will continue to convict of sin and bring many to Christ during the Tribulation. [Discuss the Holy Spirit’s work]

The Choosing of the 144,000

How did these hear the gospel so they could be saved? It is likely that they heard the preaching of the two witnesses of Revelation 11. Many others will be saved through the preaching of these two witnesses and also through the testimony of the 144,000.

Anthony Norris Groves from Plymouth

John Grippest Bellett Dublin.

The year 1827. Read Acts 3:41-47

Edward Cronim originally an R. C.

Became a true believer, and took the Lord’s Supper with various Noncomformists or Independents.

On settling in Dublin he was informed that he must become a definite member of one of them or he would not be allowed to break bread with any of them.

Cronin referred to comply and was publicly denounced fro one of their pulpits.

Cronim met one of the Bible Society’s workers. Then began meeting with him to remember the Lord in one of his rooms.

Others were added and they moved to Cronim’s home.

As their members increased they moved to another large home.

Unknown to this group another two believers had been meeting together in another part of the city. They too had been disturbed by some of the unscriptural practices in the established churches.

So they decided to “break bread” in one of their homes. Some time later one of these men was walking in the country and he saw a man apparently in deep meditation sitting under a tree.

Describe the conversation.

The result of this God ordered meeting was that these two groups were brought together in Christian love and unity.

Some houses became too small

A large auction room belonging to one of the brethren was taken, and the meetings’ were held there for some time.

Joy and blessing resulted from this union.

Anthony Norris Groves left for Plymouth-England.

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