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The Holy Spirit in the New Testament…
working in the Believer's life…

Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative
Inclination: dispensational
Seminary: none

The Holy Spirit is not well understood. He is the power through which man comes to know Christ and is the means by which the church is ministered. Yet the Holy Spirit is more than just a force or formless entity. He has characteristics and attributes like a person; He does work. Only after studying the Bible within context does the personal qualities of the Holy Spirit emerge. In the New Testament, these qualities are revealed when the Holy Spirit exercises the redemptive power of God the Father and Jesus the Son.

1. Take some time to study the biblical passages pertaining to the Holy Spirit and complete the chart. Discover why the Holy Spirit is considered a person.

Work of the Helper Verses When does this occur? What does this mean to you?
Convicts John 16:8-15 Before and after one becomes a Christian The Holy Spirit will convict:
-you will know what sin is,
-you will know what it means to be righteous, and
-you will know what His judgment is.
Indwells John 14:16-21
Rom 8:9-13
1 Cor 3:16-17
1 Cor 6:17-19
When one becomes a Christian -The Holy Spirit, Jesus, and God is with you.
-You are not alone in this world.
Adopts Rom 8:14-16
Gal 4:4-8
When one becomes a Christian -You are a child of God.
-You have been adopted as you are:
-accepted with all your faults and flaws,
-loved and not abandoned and, esteemed and treasured.
Baptizes John 1:32-33
1 Cor 12:12-13
When one becomes a Christian -You have been regenerated; washed clean of your sins and given a new perspective in life.
-You belong to God's family.
Seals 2 Cor 1:21-22
Eph 1:13
Eph 4:30
When one becomes a Christian -Just as circumcision is a seal that attests to the covenant, Believers are sealed with the Spirit, as God's mark put upon them.
-You have security.
Gifts 1 Cor 12:7-14 When one becomes a Christian -You have a role in the church body.
-Others benefit from you.
-You are important and significant.
Commissions Acts 13:2-4
Acts 20:28
After one becomes a Christian -You have a purpose in life.
Prays Rom 8:26-27
Eph 2:18
Throughout one's life as a Christian -You have an intercessor, someone praying for you for needs you may not even be aware of.
Fills Acts 2:4
Acts 4:29-31
Gal 5:22-23
Eph 5:18
Throughout one's life as a Christian -You have the power and capability to change and be more like a son of God.
Teaches John 14:26
1 Cor 2:13-14
Gal 5:22-23
Eph 1:17
Throughout one's life as a Christian -You have a teacher.
-You have someone to help you read the Bible.
Counsels
Guides
John 14:16-20
John 16:13
Throughout one's life as a Christian -You have a wise mentor.
Empowers
Strengthens
Acts 1:8
1 Cor 2:4-5
Eph 3:14-19
1 Thess 1:5
Throughout one's life as a Christian -You have a source of power.
Transforms Rom 8:11
Rom 8:22-25
When a Christian's earthly life ends -You have the assurance of salvation regardless of the prospect of physical death.

Jesus really did send us a Helper! For those seeking help in becoming emotionally whole without compromising biblical theology, see Truthful Living - What Christianity Really Teaches About Recovery by Boyd Luter and Kathy Mcreynolds.

"I hold it for a most infallible rule in the exposition of Scripture, that when a literal construction will stand, the furthest from the literal is commonly the worst."

Richard Hooker (1554-1600)



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