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
"THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY"
On the day of Pentecost, when the Devil was first cast out of heaven, the inhabitants of the world were absolutely helpless against his cunning deceit, but God, in His great love, sent us His Spirit to "guide us into all truth" and to make us free from Satan's craftiness. There are two essentials to overcoming the Devil, and John told us what they are when he wrote, "they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their testimony." Satan has beguiled the whole world, as John noted in the verses above, and without these two essentials of spiritual life, we cannot hope to escape the suffocating spiritual darkness that covers mankind.
The Spirit of God, as the Bible makes abundantly clear, is the "blood of Christ". It keeps the body of Christ alive just as natural blood keeps our natural bodies alive, by distributing life to the members of the body. This life-giving blood of the Lamb, the holy Ghost from heaven, is the first of these two essentials. We must have the holy Ghost if we are to have any hope of escaping the snare of the Devil.
But the blood alone will not suffice. There is a second essential referred to in the above section of Scripture. It is "the word of their testimony". Please note that John does not say simply "their testimony", but "the word of their testimony". In other words, simply having a testimony will not give you victory in Christ. You can have the most wonderful, amazing, and thrilling testimony the world has ever known, and yet live a defeated, frustrated life, confused and used by Satan at his will. You must tell your testimony for it to do you or anyone else any good at all. We do not overcome Satan just by having Jesus do something for us; we must add to that something the confession of it, in order to overcome the world.
Another way of saying "tell your testimony" is to say "confess Christ". If what you talk about when you tell your testimony is really what Jesus has done, then you are not just talking about yourself when you testify; rather, you are confessing before men what Jesus has done. And it is what he does that overcomes the world. He overcame the world when he was on earth by confessing before men what the Father taught him and gave him. Now, you are required to let that same Christ overcome the world in you. Confess him before men; tell of his wonderful works in your life; proclaim what he has said and done for you.
Don't be found at the coming of the Lord with a testimony never told. You do not want to be condemned by the Lord for hiding the talent he gave you and then offering it, unused, to him when he returns.