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As he prepared to use a power tool to complete an important project, the man was surprised to find that the tool would not work. He checked the on/off switch, but still it failed to operate.
Wondering if the tool needed to be fixed, he noticed the cause of the problem: it wasn’t plugged into the power supply! Once it was plugged in, it worked perfectly and the job was soon finished.
For something to work properly and reliably, it needs to be connected to a power source. The same is true for believers in Jesus. For a believer to have a successful Christian experience, that individual must be connected to a source of spiritual power. And the source of spiritual power for believers everywhere is the Holy Spirit!
Who is the Holy Spirit?

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the ___________ _______________ be with you all.
Hint

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead—which is also referred to as the Trinity. (Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9) The Bible teaches that there is one God, made up of three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Each of these divine entities is a Person, and these three Persons are united as one God. The Father is not the Son; the Son is not the Holy Spirit; the Spirit is not the Father. But each of the three is in perfect harmony, each is eternal and each is powerful.
Hint

When Ananias and Sapphira lied about their dealings with God and the church, Peter declared that in lying to the Holy Spirit, they had lied to God. This demonstrates not only that the Holy Spirit is considered to be God, but also that as the Holy Spirit can be lied to, the Holy Spirit has personality and therefore must be considered a Person.

Seven times in this verse, the Holy Spirit is referred to as an individual Being. Jesus considered the Holy Spirit to be a Person. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal “force,” but a member of the Godhead who loves and cares for God’s children.
Hint

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to be our Helper (or “Comforter,” KJV). Jesus ensured that when He returned to heaven, we would still have access to His presence and help—through the Person of the Holy Spirit.
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The Holy Spirit brings to us the personal presence of Jesus Christ. Jesus lives and dwells in us through the Holy Spirit.
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It is the Holy Spirit’s role to guide the mind of the student of Scripture into an understanding of the truth of the Bible. Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
The understanding that David writes of is provided by the Holy Spirit.

Conviction of sin, an understanding and appreciation of righteousness, and an awareness of judgment are all brought to the believer by the Holy Spirit. Without the ministry of the Holy Spirit, spiritual growth, love for God and holy living are impossible.

The Holy Spirit speaks of Jesus and brings the presence of Jesus to the searching believer. The Holy Spirit also produces the character of Jesus in the life of the believer.
Hint

God’s desire is that His children be filled with the Holy Spirit—described by Jesus as the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
What happens in the life of a person who has been filled with the Holy Spirit?

The _____________ of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsu ering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Hint

When the Holy Spirit comes into a person’s life, that person experiences spiritual growth that will enable him or her to become more like Jesus. The “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19–21) disappear and are replaced by the “fruit of the Spirit”—the attributes of Jesus that become a part of the life of the believer.

Paul wrote, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)
Hint

Spiritual gifts are special endowments that produce in a believer capabilities that can be used for the upbuilding of the church and the ful lling of its mission. They can be miraculous endowments, or the Holy Spirit can use and develop talents and capabilities already present in a person’s life. Other lists of spiritual gifts can be found in Romans 12:6–8 and Ephesians 4:11–13.
Who decides which spiritual gifts a person is to receive?

One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as _______ wills.
Hint

While a person may desire to receive a certain spiritual gift, it is the Holy Spirit who decides which spiritual gifts are to be given.
How do we receive the Holy Spirit?

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who _________ Him!
Hint

Receiving the Holy Spirit is as simple as asking God for the gift! God is willing that we receive this vital gift, and therefore will gladly give the gift of the Spirit to those who ask Him to do so.
Hint

The unpardonable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit. Rather than being a specific sin, the unpardonable sin is a condition in sin. God has made it clear that He is willing to forgive any sin. As 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

But a sin that we choose not to confess cannot be forgiven.
How is blasphemy against the Spirit committed?
In the passage in Matthew 12 discussing the unpardonable sin, Jesus heals a man who was “demon-possessed, blind and mute.” (Matthew 12:22)

In attributing the miracle to the working of Satan, the Pharisees rejected not only Jesus but also the Holy Spirit, who was present to bring conviction to their hearts. When an individual refuses to surrender to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, that person is rejecting the Holy Spirit.

While God in His goodness continues to bear with resistant people, there comes a time when those who harden their hearts against conviction are left to their own devices. Having rejected the Holy Spirit, they have committed the unpardonable sin.

The reason the unpardonable sin is not forgiven is because it is not confessed. If a sin remains unconfessed, the sin in question becomes the unpardonable sin.

Please note: There is no need to worry that any sin committed in the past and not confessed is the unpardonable sin. The unpardonable sin represents a continual rejection of the Holy Spirit’s pleading—how long until the unpardonable sin is committed is not known.

What is known is that it is neither wise nor safe to say “no” to the Holy Spirit. The only right course of action is to surrender when God’s Spirit speaks, and to enjoy the peace and blessing of a union with the God of heaven.
What warning is given to us regarding the Holy Spirit?

Do not _______________ the Holy Spirit of God.
Hint

The word “grieve” as used in Ephesians 4:30 means to “make sorrowful.” In failing to surrender to the Spirit’s promptings, either by the sins we commit or by the things we refuse to do—sins of commission or sins of omission— we can grieve and turn away the Spirit of God.

In Genesis 6:3, God told Noah that His Spirit “shall not strive with man forever.” There comes a time after continued rejection of the Holy Spirit that He ceases to invite a person to come to Christ.
Who is it that the Holy Spirit seeks to glorify?

He will glorify _______, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
Hint

The Holy Spirit is Christ’s personal representative in the world. His ministry involves drawing the world to Jesus, and urging people to yield fully to Him and know Him in His true character.

This helps us to understand that those with genuine spiritual gifts will not seek to draw attention to themselves or to worthless, worldly enterprises. The Holy Spirit seeks to draw people to Jesus, that He might be glorified.
Hint

Jesus’ promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was realized at the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples with great power and they received supernatural spiritual gifts.

Just as the baptism of the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles for service, believers today are prepared for service through this same outpouring of God’s Spirit. (Ephesians 4:11–13)

During his sermon at Pentecost, Peter promised the believers that should they repent and be baptized, they would “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” a gift that is still available to believers today. (Acts 2:38)