The Person of the Holy Spirit – John 16:7-11

Introduction:

Should Christians have more than a passing interest in the Holy Spirit? Absolutely

When Paul says in I Cor. 12:1 – “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant,” what is the Greek word for “gifts?” (“doron” – gift; “charisma” – gift; “dorema” – gift; nothing)

Could I Cor. 12:1 be interpreted, “Now concerning the things of the Spirit, brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant?” Yes, it could

Does the Holy Spirit go out of His way to magnify Himself in God’s Word? No

Does God want us to be unaware or ignorant of the ministry of the Spirit? No

What is the likelihood that ignorance plays a roll in people’s sin against the Spirit? Very likely\

The personality of the Holy Spirit.

What is the definition of “personality?” That which makes someone a person – a living being

How easy is it to believe in the personality of the Son of God? (Very easy, slightly easy, somewhat difficult, impossible)

How easy is it to believe in the personality of God the Father? (Very easy, easy, somewhat difficult, impossible)

How easy is it to believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit? (Very easy, easy, somewhat difficult, impossible)

How many people believe that the Holy Spirit is merely the power of God? (Everyone, many, few, none)

Do the descriptions of the Spirit as “breath,” “wind” and “power” help people to think of Him as a person?

Which of the following are symbols or names of the Son of God? (Lamb, Prince, King of Kings, Servant)

Which of the following are symbols of the Holy Spirit? (Oil, fire, water, dirt)

Do such titles encourage people to think of the Spirit as a person?

Of whom does I Thess. 3:11 speak? Father and Son

How could we use II Cor. 13:14 compared to I Thess. 3:11 as an argument for the personality of the Holy Spirit? He is included there.

How can we prove that someone has personality? (Emotion, thinking, independence, feet)

Does human personality directly parallel divine personality? (Almost, somewhat, absolutely, not at all)

Why?

Christ is called our comforter, but who is the comforter in John 14:16? (God, the devil, the Spirit, mother)

What is the pronoun used in John 16:7-8 (Me, he, we, thee)

The Greek word translated “Spirit” (pneuma) is neuter, but what does that mean when the pronouns used to speak of Him are personal? (Confusion, deity, He is a person, He is God’s power)

How does the “Baptismal formula” prove the personality of the Spirit? (Power, authority, connection, union)

How does the “Apostolic benediction” prove the personality of the Spirit? (Power, authority, connection, confusion)

Which of the following tie the Holy Spirit with Christians? (Acts 15:28; Acts 10:38; Rom. 15:13; II Tim. 3:16)

Where does the Bible say that the Spirit speaks? (Acts 16:6; Acts 13:2; Rom. 8:26; Rev. 2:7)

Where does the Bible say that Spirit intercedes (Acts 16:6;Acts 13:2; Rom. 8:26; Rev. 2:7)

Where does the Bible say that the Spirit calls missionaries? (Acts 16:6; Acts 13:2; Rom. 8:26; Rev. 2:7)

Where does the Bible say that the Spirit directs missionaries? (Acts 16:6; Acts 13:2; Rom. 8:26; Rev. 2:7)

Which of these cannot be done against the Holy Spirit? (Grieve Him; insult Him; lie to Him; tickle Him – Eph. 4:3; Heb. 10:29; Acts 5:3).

The deity of the Holy Spirit.

Which names (titles) are not given to the Spirit? (God, Lord, Christ, Jehovah) ??? Acts 5:4; II Cor. 3:17-18

Which of the following is NOT applied to the Spirit in the Word of God? (Eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient) Heb. 9:14; Ps. 139-7-10; Luke 1:35; I Cor. 2:10-11

Of which of the following did the Holy Spirit have no part? (Creation, the fall, regeneration, resurrection) Rom. 8:11

By association with God the Father and God the Son, the Holy Spirit possesses (Personality, deity, sin, corruption)

When we compare Isaiah 6:8-10 with Acts 29:25-27 what is proved? (Paul knew the Old Testament scriptures; Paul was trying to impress his hearers; the Holy Spirit inspired both scriptures; the Holy Spirit is God)

When we compare Ex. 16:7 with Heb. 3:7-9 what is proved? (Paul knew the Old Testament scriptures; Paul was trying to impress his hearers; the Holy Spirit inspired both scriptures; the Holy Spirit is God)

The names of the Holy Spirit.

Why is the Third Person of the Trinity called “holy.” (Because that’s His name; that’s His character; that’s His duty; that’s His work)

What does Heb. 10:29 calls the Holy Spirit? (Spirit of time; Spirit of God; Holy Spirit; Spirit of Grace)

What does that imply? The Holy Spirit (administers justice; administers God’s unmerited favor; is kind; is generous)

Why is the Holy Spirit called the Spirit of Truth? (He is opposed to the spirit of error; He cannot tell a lie; He is the author of Scriptures; His character is truth)

Romans 8:2 calls the Holy Spirit the (Spirit of truth; the Spirit of Life; the Spirit of Grace; The Spirit of promise)

Why do you suppose that He has that name?

Why doesn’t the lower case “s” in Isaiah 11:2 prove that the Spirit there is not the Holy Spirit? (“Spirit” is always the Holy Spirit; any time “spirit” is tied to LORD, it is the Holy Spirit; capitals in the Bible are man made; it is not the Holy Spirit)

Why is “Spirit” capitalized in Luke 4:18?

Why was Christ Jesus filled with wisdom and understanding? (He was exceptionally bright; He was God; He was filled with the Holy Spirit; He was very observant)

Ephesians 1:13 calls the Holy Spirit the (Spirit of truth; the Spirit of Life; the Spirit of Grace; The spirit of promise)

What does that name mean? (His word is as good as a promise; His Word is filled with promises; He came as promised; He promised the Messiah)

Do you think that in I Peter. 4:14 the word “spirit” could be capitalized?

If so, what do think that “glory” would mean? (Heaven; godliness; future glorification; God)

I Cor. 3:16 calls the Spirit (the Spirit of Christ; the Spirit of Heaven; the Spirit of God; the Holy Spirit)

Rom. 8:9 calls the Spirit (the Spirit of Christ; the Spirit of Heaven; the Spirit of God; the Holy Spirit)

Tying these two verses together what does this say about Holy Spirit? (He represents both the Father and the Son; He has been sent by both the Father and the Son; He is their executive in the saint; nothing.

What might we conclude about a person who denies the person of the Holy Spirit? (He is untaught; he is confused; he is unsaved; he has never met the Holy Spirit)

What might we conclude about a person who denied the deity of the Holy Spirit? (He is untaught; he is confused; he is unsaved; he has never met the Holy Spirit)

Do you know and are you sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise?