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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Pentecostal gospel in a series called “Theology in a Nutshell”.

It felt good to the Holy Spirit and to us. … ”These words spoken by the Jerusalem Council in making an important decision of the church in Acts 15:28 (KJV) are a model for Christian life today. When Christians make important decisions, they should make them based, above all, on what seems good to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not a distant third party in the Trinity. It is the one that was given specifically to the church when Jesus ascended into heaven. He is the other Help that Jesus promised. Our relationship with Him must be close and intense.

The Holy Spirit is the guide of the Christian.

“When he, the Spirit of truth, cometh, he will lead you into all truth” (John 16:13, NIV).

The guidance of the Spirit is available to every believer. It is God’s desire that we can hear his voice. Then we can confidently say, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit.

The guidance of the Holy Spirit is available for big and small things, for things expected or unexpected, for long-standing difficulties and spontaneous needs. It is important that we live with spiritual ears listening to his voice, that we “walk in the Spirit”. If we do, we will not only have positive direction, but protection from sin. “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, KJV).

The Holy Spirit has appointments for believers.

Lay soul winner Walt Hanson said: “All Christians should start the day with a prayer that the Lord will lead us to someone in need of salvation – then, look forward to the appointments that the Saint -Spirit will organize. “

The Holy Spirit is a Person.

It is reassuring to know that the Holy Spirit is not a mysterious force; He is a close Friend who will guide our lives on the right paths. He is “the Spirit himself” (Romans 8:16) – not “the Spirit himself” as in an earlier version.

The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity.

There is ample evidence that the Holy Spirit is God. He has the names and titles of deity, the attributes of God, and does works that only God can do.

And He’s expressly identified as God. An example will serve: what the Lord said in Isaiah 6: 8-13 is attributed to the Holy Spirit in Acts 28: 25-27.

The Holy Spirit inspired the scriptures.

Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is by inspiration of God.” “Inspiration from God” is a Greek word, theopneustos, which literally means “inspired by God”. It is a special word, used nowhere else in the scriptures, which emphasizes the work of the Breath or Wind of God, the Holy Spirit, in the production of the Bible.

The Holy Spirit gave power to the nascent Church.

When Jesus’ physical presence disappeared, his people were able to become his body. Jesus said, “And I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). Most scholars consider Acts 2, when the Holy Ghost was poured out on the day of Pentecost, as the anniversary of the Church.1

This other “Help” is the Greek paraclete which means someone called to his side. It has come to mean help, support, even comforter.

All Christians are inhabited by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8: 9 specifies it: “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if truly the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now, if anybody don’t have the Spirit of Christ, they don’t belong to them. All who have made Jesus Lord and Savior have the Spirit living in them.

There is a second, distinct work of grace called the baptism in the Holy Ghost.

In Acts 1: 8, Jesus said to his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and ye shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The experience in the book of Acts has been variously described as being “baptized with the Holy Ghost” (1: 5), “filled with the Holy Ghost” (2: 4), receiving “the gift of the Holy Ghost” (2:38), and the Holy Spirit falling on them (10:44).

Baptism is a definite experience that is subsequent to salvation. This is clearly seen among the Samaritan and Ephesian believers in Acts 8: 14-17 and 19: 1-6.

The first physical proof of baptism is speaking in tongues.

We see this repeatedly in the book of Acts, first in 2: 4. In Acts 10:45,46, Christians know that “the gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also” because “they heard them speak in tongues and magnify God.”

But speaking in tongues is not enough. To be filled with the Spirit is more than that.

Spirit-filled believers are empowered for greater service.

They are energized for global service, with an emphasis on testimony (Acts 1: 8).

But they’re no better than Christians who aren’t filled with the Spirit. When a believer is filled, it just makes him stronger in the Lord. Being filled with the Spirit is not a matter of comparing with other believers, it is pride. It is about being all that one can be, with all available spiritual resources active in one’s life.

Throughout the Bible and Church history, those who have had this experience have become more vigorous and effective than they were before baptism.

Spirit-filled believers are empowered to overcome problems that they could not overcome on their own.

My father smoked from a young age. Over the years, he has tried several times to quit smoking… and always ends up resuming his old habits. Until something happens. Late one Sunday night when I was in college, daddy called me to tell me that he had been baptized with the Holy Ghost. He never smoked again.

It was the power of the Holy Spirit that overcame the enemy he could not beat on his own.

The fullness of the Holy Spirit is not a one-size-fits-all thing.

Pentecostals don’t believe in “once filled, always filled.” Speaking it in tongues once does not mean always filled.

Ephesians 5:18 literally means “Be filled” or “Continue to be filled with the Spirit”. It is an ongoing process. “The initial impulse comes from the Spirit,” says Assemblies of God specialist Anthony Palma, “but the responsibility to be continually filled with the Spirit rests with the Christian when he co-operates with the Spirit. “3

“Continuing to be filled” also implies that there is a measure of the presence of the Holy Spirit, based on our capacity (which is still limited if there are many other things in our life).

The gifts of the Spirit are for today.

Some people believe that the gifts of the Spirit were reserved for the first century church. They are basing this on a misinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 13.

Samuel Chadwick, in The Way of Pentecost, put it well: “There is no reason why the gifts of the Spirit should be active in one dispensation and not in another. They did not cease at the end of the apostolic age. They have manifested themselves in all ages of the Church.4

The fruits of the Spirit are active to varying degrees in the lives of all Christians.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control” (Galatians 5: 22,23). The word “fruit” is here in the singular. The nine come as a package. These, together, are the true sign of spiritual maturity. It is up to each believer to cultivate them as he would a fruit vine, through a deep relationship with Jesus.

The Holy Spirit convicts of sin.

The role of the Spirit is major in all genuine revivals. “When he comes he will convict the world of guilt concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment” (John 16: 8, NIV).

“Tears of repentance,” said revivalist Brownlow North, “are the waters upon which the Spirit of God moves. “

The “unpardonable sin” is sin against the Holy Spirit.

According to Mark 3: 28-30, this results in such a severe separation from God and rejection of Christ that the works of the Holy Spirit are attributed to the devil. “Surely I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but he that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation, because they said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’ “

J. Oswald Sanders offers these important observations: “(1) It is a calculated sin, not a sin of impulse. (2) It is a sin of knowledge, not ignorance, but a sin against spiritual knowledge and light (Hebrews 10: 26-32). (3) It is not an isolated act but a habitual attitude. (4) It is a sin of the heart, not just the intellect or the tongue. (5) It is a sin of finality – the complete rejection of Christ.5

The harsh term “blasphemy” indicates a willful and ungodly rejection of the saving power and grace of God.

As the late James Bridges said, “the ability to question whether or not someone has committed the unpardonable sin is a certain indicator that the person has not.”6

The Holy Spirit reveals and glorifies Jesus.

Perhaps no verse illustrates this better than Acts 4:13: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John [newly Spirit-filled], and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

At the height of his ministry, Charles Spurgeon attracted so many people to his church that tickets were needed to enter. A man had traveled a great distance to find that there was no more room. A sympathetic church member gave the traveler his ticket.

“What did you think of my pastor? The church member asked the visitor after the service.

“I haven’t seen your pastor,” replied the man.

The church member was a little confused by this until the man explained. “Although your pastor preached,” he said, “I only saw Jesus.

It is the primary role of the Holy Spirit… not to call attention to himself, but to glorify Jesus. The believer who seeks more of Jesus receives more of his Holy Spirit.

1 Systematic Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective, Stanley M. Horton, ed. (Springfield, Missouri: Logion Press, 1994), p. 528.

2 Questions and Answers on the Holy Spirit, Hal Donaldson, Ken Horn and Ann Floyd, eds. (Springfield, Missouri: PE Books, 2001), p. 35.

3 “Continue to be filled”, Advance (February 1981), p. 26.

4 Samuel Chadwick, The Way to Pentecost (Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: CLC Publications, 2000) pp. 146.147.

5 Cited in 50 Tough Questions, Hal Donaldson and Ken Horn, eds. (Springfield, Missouri: PE Books, 2002), p. 32.

6 Same.