Family Bible Study lesson for March 17: Receiving the Holy Spirit
March 1 2002 by Lisa Horton , John 14:16-17; 15:26-27; 16:5-15

Family Bible Study lesson for March 17: Receiving the Holy Spirit | Friday, March 1, 2002

Friday, March 1, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for March 17: Receiving the Holy Spirit

By Lisa Horton John 14:16-17; 15:26-27; 16:5-15

An Abiding Presence (John 14:16-17)

An elderly Christian man, while dying, was asked what he thought of death. He replied, "It matters little to me whether I live or die. If I die I will be with Jesus, and if I live Jesus will be with me."

It is beyond my human comprehension to realize that Jesus, the perfect Son of God, loves us so much that He, not only died for us, but also desires to live in us and to be with us forever! That is why He sent the Holy Spirit. He is the fulfillment of Jesus' promise to send someone to be an abiding presence and a powerful, vital part of every Christian's life. The Holy Spirit is a real person. He thinks (Rom. 8:27). He prays (Rom. 8:26). He teaches (John 14:26). He loves (Rom. 15:30).

But not only is the Holy Spirit a person; He is also deity. He is a co-equal and co-eternal part of the trinity.

A Witness About Christ (John 15:26-27)

One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to testify about Jesus and to empower us to be witnesses for Christ. Jesus said, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8). It is not necessary to have a seminary education, witness training courses or an aggressive personality, in order to witness for Christ. All that is required is a personal relationship with Him and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

A missionary physician in a Chinese hospital cured a man of cataracts. A few weeks later 448 blind men came to the doctor from one of China's provinces. They were all holding a rope guided by the man who had been cured. He had led them in this way, walking 250 miles to the hospital.

Likewise, we who have received spiritual sight from the great physician should be leading others to Jesus in order that they may experience His life-changing touch!

A Convicting Messenger (John 16:5-11)

Although conviction may not feel pleasant when we experience it, it is a wonderful ministry of the Holy Spirit. He convicts us of the ultimate sin - the sin of all sins - the failure to believe in Jesus Christ. He opens our eyes to the truth that we are sinners in need of salvation. It is because of the Holy Spirit's convicting power that we are able to receive salvation and an eternal home in heaven.

Once we become Christians, the Holy Spirit continues to convict us of sin in order that we may live a godly life. Gal. 5:16 says that if we live by the Spirit, we will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. In order to have victory over sin, we must live a Spirit-filled life.

D.L. Moody once asked an audience, "How can I get the air out of this glass?"

One man said, "Suck it out with a pump."

"That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass," responded Moody.

Other impossible suggestions were offered. Then Moody picked up a pitcher of water and filled the glass. "There," he said, "all the air is now removed."

The best way to keep sin out of our lives is to be filled with the Spirit.

A Teacher of Truth (John 16:12-15)

Many people throughout history have questioned, "What is truth?" If you really want to know what truth is, do not ask a philosopher - ask the Holy Spirit. He is the teacher of truth. Jesus refers to Him as the "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13). The Holy Spirit will never lie to us or lead us into error. He only speaks what He hears from the Father.

If you desire to know the definition of truth, do not look in the dictionary; look at Jesus. Jesus said, "I am the truth" (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit teaches us the truth about Jesus and always brings honor and glory to Him (verse 14). He teaches us to know Jesus, to love Jesus and to live for Jesus.

What a difference it would make in the life of every believer if we would spend more time getting to know Him whose presence is unseen yet more real than any other!

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