Immediately before he was stoned, Stephen preached the Gospel of Christ. After he had finished speaking, we see Stephen – about to be stoned – facing death as a man full of the Holy Spirit, a man looking to Jesus Christ – “Now when they heard these things they were enraged and they ground their […]Read More Learning from Stephen – a man filled with the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ. ‘No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 12:3). ‘In Jerusalem’, on ‘the day of Pentecost’ there are ‘Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven’ (Acts 2:1, 5). They are ‘amazed’ at what they hear – ‘we hear them telling in our […]Read More Come, Holy Spirit.
* The Holy Spirit is “the Helper” (John 14:16). How does He help us? What does He help us to do? He helps us to love Jesus. He helps us to keep Jesus’ commandments (John 14:15). * The Holy Spirit “will teach you all things” (John 14:26). This doesn’t mean that we will know everything […]Read More The Ministry of The Holy Spirit
(i) The Holy Spirit comes from God. – The new birth (John 3:3, 7). – “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Luke 3:16). (ii) The Holy Spirit changes us. – “Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” […]Read More The Holy Spirit comes from God. The Holy Spirit changes us.
Leviticus 1:1-2:16 Jesus Christ, ‘the Lamb without blemish’, has ‘made atonement’ for sin through the shedding of His ‘precious blood’(1:3-5; 1 Peter 1:18-19). This offering of Christ – He ‘loved us and gave Himself up for us’- is ‘a pleasing odour to the Lord’, ‘a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God’(1:9,13,17; Ephesians 5:2). Read of […]Read More Take your sin to Christ. He has made atonement for sin.
Before His ascension to heaven, Jesus told His disciples that they were to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit – “wait for the gift My Father promised” (Acts 1:4). The Holy Spirit is God’s gift. He is not a reward that was given to the disciples because they waited on the Lord. Waiting […]Read More God’s Gift …
In Galatians 3:14, we read about “receiving the promise of the Spirit through faith.” What does this mean? It may be helpful to think, first, about what it doesn’t mean. We must never think of the Holy Spirit as a reward that is given to us because we have faith – the more faith we […]Read More The Holy Spirit – God’s Gift, Not His Reward