The Holy Spirit
Jesus said it was better for Him to go back to the Father or else the Comforter or the holy spirit would not come. He promised that He would send the promise of the holy Spirit upon those who believed in Him. The purpose of Jesus' sacrifice was to obtain the holy spirit baptism for men. How precious it is that the spirit of God can come and dwell in our hearts. But what is its' role? Is it necessary or just optional? How do you know if you have received the spirit?
Study the resource on this page to come to a better understanding of the wonderful gift of life that is given to us when we receive the holy spirit.
Video - Did The Apostles Think Of The Holy Spirit As A Person?
In this 3 part video, Pastor John Clark, Sr., examines the evidence from the Greek New Testament that shows that the apostles never referred to the holy spirit as a person even though they were free to depart from the basic rules of Greek grammar if they thought they were speaking of a person. Pastor John teaches some very simple, basic Greek grammar to show what the apostles could and did do with Greek words but never did in the case of the holy spirit. This class was taught to people with no background in Greek so don't worry that you know nothing about Greek!
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Thought for the Evening
"IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME"
Paul, in 1Corinthians 11:23-26
When Jesus told us to drink of the Spirit and have communion with one another in remembrance of him, he was not trying to win sympathy. He was not telling us to remember him writhing in agony on the cross as much as he was exhorting us to remember that he is now sitting at the Father's right hand and that he is coming again to reign on earth a thousand years. When we "remember" Jesus, we are not confined to remembering where he was and what he did. When the holy Ghost brings him to mind now, we remember where he is now, and what he is doing in our lives, as well as the promise of his return.
When the blessings of God fall upon the congregation of the Lord, we are encouraged to trust and to obey the Jesus who lives and reigns with his Father in heaven, not merely to remember the Jesus who suffered and died. We are also exhorted by the fellowship of saints to stay prepared for the return of the Lord.
Remembering the Lord, as Jesus intended for us to understand it, is not a mental exercise. Even the vilest sinners can remember the story of Jesus in the Bible, once they have heard it, whether they drink of the Spirit or not. But only by partaking of the Spirit can the real, living Jesus be brought to our remembrance.