Question: Is the knowledge of the Holy Spirit important for the Christian life?
Answer: Yes! We will answer this question, from the Bible, as simple and easy to understand as possible. Lesson 1.
To start, let’s ask ourselves a few questions:
1. Are you comfortable with your knowledge of what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit?
2. If you were asked to say your peace upon the Holy Spirit, what would you say?
3. Do you understand what role the Holy Spirit plays in the life of a Christian?
4. Do you know what the ministry of the Holy Spirit is in the Lord’s Church?
5. Do you know that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unpardonable sin?
Let’s begin our study of the Holy Spirit with Genesis 1:1-2.
“In the beginning (first place) God created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was formless and empty; and darkness was over the face of the abyss. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. From the beginning, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit was with God. Another divine being in addition to God! A member of the Godhead—God’s divine family! A divine power that participated in the creation of the world Job 26:13. Not, as human wisdom has supposed: a ball of fire; a false god; or a vast power that existed from an unknown source; mud that has somehow developed an egg; or a seed of life from water; and here we go.
Too often, and even in the religious world, human societies have taken the Bible’s creation story too lightly. This led to weak faith and therefore even weaker faith in the existence and power of the Holy Spirit. While many of the details of the creation story remain a mystery, what God has revealed is that all of creation was God’s first gift to the human race, being equally the inheritance of all.
Regarding the role of the Holy Spirit in the gospel age of the Bible, Jesus said this: “And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may dwell with you forever; 26 But the Counselor, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your mind all that I have spoken to you” (John 14:16 & 26 (KJV).
Jesus’ use of the term “Comforter” is illuminating; it means an advocate, an intercessor or an adviser. As an advocate, the Holy Spirit stands before God on His throne in heaven and witnesses to our righteousness here on earth (Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:30 and Colossians 3:2). As intercessor (interceding on our behalf), the Holy Spirit not only knows our mind and heart, but He also knows the mind and heart of God; thus, He helps us in our weaknesses. (See Romans 8:26-27.) As a counselor, the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth by revealing the Father’s desires in the pages of our Bibles (John 17:17 and John 8:32).
Then in Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says this: “Therefore I say unto you, every manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven men. 32 And whoever speaks against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this world or in the world to come.
Humans, as humans, often look for a “particular sin” in this teaching of Jesus so they can, as they say, “make sure they don’t commit that sin!” But I believe the passage is clear on what Jesus was saying. The context is; “to walk with Jesus in the light” (1 John 1:5-7). The good is simply that we either walk with Jesus in this life or we walk with Satan (Matthew 12:22-30). To pretend to walk with Christ in righteousness and actually walk with Satan is blasphemy – to say one thing and then say or do another. Or claim Christianity and then do the works of Satan in some form or way. After the sacrifice of Jesus his Son on the cross, this kind of action on the part of one of his children is simply “unthinkable” on the part of God.
This is not to say that forgiveness would be impossible on God’s part to forgive such a sin, but it would certainly be showing favoritism and the Bible is crystal clear on this: “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11 (KJV).
Judgment comes (Hebrews 9:27); Are you ready?
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