Fullness of the Holy Spirit III
How do we respond to the Holy Spirit?
Synopsis of Bible Study 6/30/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
There is a process that they teach in seminary called systematic theology. Using this process, you study the word systematically in order to get a better understanding of it. This is the approach we will use today.
4 things about the Spirit of God
- He can be obeyed. Acts 16:6-7 says 6Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. – Timothy, Paul, and Silas are moving in their assignment. They moved through the region of Phrygia and Galatia and were prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in the Province of Asia. Notice the Holy Spirit is preventing them from speaking in a certain place. What we see here is even though there may be an assignment on your life, one of the things that the Spirit of God does is give you a specific time to move in that assignment. Many of us have a zeal for our assignment, but how many people will admit that they have gotten ahead of God on their assignment? There has to be sensitivity to when the Spirit of God leads us. Sometimes he will say not now. In some places, the spirit will tell you to keep your mouth closed.
- Spirit of God can be lied to. We think we are supposed to do something and we claim we did it under the anointing, but we lied. Ex– You actually see people doing this in church. They act like they are writing something on the envelope and they act like they are putting something in the envelope, but actually there is nothing inside. Acts 5:1-5 says 1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. – They had come up with a system of pooling things together so that everyone’s needs would be met. The goal was to bring their stuff to apostle’s feet and allow them to distribute it to the members. Verse 2 says that Ananias kept some of their possessions back, and his wife Sapphira was aware of it. They bought a certain part of their earnings in to lie at the Apostle’s feet, but lied by saying it was all that they had. In verse 3, we see that Peter knew that they were lying, because he was anointed. He wanted to know why they would allow themselves to be used by the enemy. In verse 4, Peter reminded them that it was in Ananias & Sapphira’s will to do right, but they didn’t. Peter reminded them that they did not lie to Peter; instead they had lied to God. In verse 5, Ananias died after hearing the words that Peter said. Everyone had great fear as if to say, “Here is my offering.”Now are we saying you going to die if you lie to the Holy Ghost? No, but we are saying Ananias did and because he did, the risk is too great for us to lie to him.
- He can be resisted – Acts 7:51 says 51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. – Basically this scripture is saying that the people resisted, because their fathers did. We have the power to obey, but we willfully disobey. Ex-Royce (the church Organist) travels with Bishop when he preaches across the country. Royce decided he wanted to stay and shape and he asked Bishop about his diet. Bishop gave him his diet and its perimeters. On one of the trips they bought out the food and Royce had a choice between the baked chicken and the fried chicken. Royce willfully resisted the Holy Ghost by choosing the fried chicken over the baked chicken. When you get to point where you have to do what you have to do, you have willfully resisted the Holy Spirit. It might not be chicken for you, but you have something that you have chosen to do while willfully resisting the Holy Spirit.
- He can be blasphemed. Blasphemy is the only unpardonable sin. Matthew 12:31 says 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. – God says he will forgive all sins but blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. When you curse the Power of God in your life, it is unpardonable.
The Greek word for spirit is 4151. Pneuma pnyoo’-mah from 4154; this is where we get the word pneumonia. It means wind or breath.
Historical framework of the Holy Spirit
The advent and age of the spirit
- The Holy Spirit abided with us in the Old Testament. Ruach or 7307 ruwach roo’-akh from 7306; is the Hebrew version of this word pneuma. When Ezekiel called the four winds of God to come together when he was in the valley with the dry bones; this was the pneuma/ruach, the breath or wind of God. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit was beside us. In New Testament, he abided in us.
- God spoke to prophets preparing for this arrival of the Holy Ghost.
- God told the prophets that the only way to live this word out is in the Spirit of God. Ezekiel 36:24-27 says 24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. – Even way back then, the Prophet Ezekiel is saying the only way you can live this word out is by the Spirit of God. There is no way you can live God’s word out in the flesh.
- God says he spoke it and he will act. Ezekiel 37:14 says 14And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
- God said he will pour his blessing on their off spring and children. Isaiah 44:3 says 3For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.
The Holy Spirit generationally
- The prophecy of the Holy Spirit is found in the book of Joel. Joel 2:28-29 says 28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. – The references of the Spirit of God coming happened through Ezekiel, but manifest himself in Joel.
- Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit is going to stay with us forever. John 14:16 says 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
- When we receive the Holy Ghost, we will receive power. Acts 1:8 says 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. – What will we receive? It will be power. Who will it come from? It will come from the Holy Ghost. What will the Holy Ghost make us? He will make us witnesses. Where? In Jerusalem or in other words everywhere.
- Jesus tells them to wait. Acts 2:1 says 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. – In Acts 1:8 Jesus told them to go to upper room and wait for the power to come. They were all there on one accord in the same place in obedience.
- The Holy Ghost comes. Acts 2:2 says 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. – Pentecost means 50. 50 days after Jesus ascended back into heaven; there came a sound like a mighty rushing wind. The wind was the pneuma as we discussed earlier. The pneuma filled the entire house where they were waiting which meant if you were in that place, you were going to be filled. They were in the house on one accord and everyone got filled.
- Tongues appeared like fire. Acts 2:3 says 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. – There was tongues sitting on top of them on their heads and they looked like fire.
- They were filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:4 says 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. – This verse has been confused by so many people and given so much credence to false theology, it is important for us to discuss this. What we have been hearing all our life is people will know when you have received the Holy Ghost, because you will speak in tongues. This is not the only sign that you have received the Holy Ghost. Tongue comes from the Greek word glossolalia. It comes from the English word dialect. It was like this tongue referred to a language. What they were speaking was not the series of mixed syllables (tela-um-ba). we here They were speaking another language.
- The Jews that were responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion were gathered and heard the manifestation. Acts 2:5 says 5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. – This was only 50 days after Jesus had ascended. This means Jesus had just been crucified just a little over month ago. These same Jews that was at this place were the same that were responsible for Jesus being crucified. The Jews gathered here was part of the religious establishments.
- Everyone heard each person witness in their own language. Acts 2:6 says 6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. – Every man heard them speak in his own dialect or language. It would equivalent to a group of German students and a group of Russian students coming and sitting down and we all turn around speaking German and Russian to them, though we were never taught to speak their language.
- There were witnesses. Acts 2:7-11 says 7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. – They heard them speak in their own tongue, the wonderful works of God. Remember in Acts 1:8 it says 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. What is a witness? It is someone who testifies of what they have seen and heard. What had the disciples seen and heard? They had seen the wonders of Jesus, so when they spoke the tongues, it was of the wonder works of God. There were witnesses everywhere. Everyone heard them speaking in tongue. Nobody wants to deal with this part of the issue. Everyone wants to just deal with the mixed syllables (tela-um-ba) that you hear people do and they just want to fall out.
- There was doubt at first. Acts 2:12-14 says 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: – Jesus on one occasion asked the disciples who did the Jews think he was? The Jews could only relate to the Spirit of God they saw working through the prophets. It was Peter that said that Jesus was the Son of the Living God. Jesus said that flesh and blood could not reveal this to him. He said this could only be revealed by his Father in heaven. As a result Jesus told Peter he would give him the keys to heaven. This same Peter was the one who denied Jesus. Peter who had messed up was the same Peter that stood up and addressed what had taken place.
- Peter assures them that these people were not drunk. Acts 2:15-17 says 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: -. Peter reminded them that this was a manifestation of what was prophesied by Joel (found in Joel 2:28-29). The Holy Ghost will bring it back to remembrance for you.
- Peter reminds the Jews of the prophecy. Acts 2:18-19 says 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: – God prophesied that wonders will happen above and below us.
- Peter reminds them of who he was. Acts 2:20-21 says 20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Peter says this and reminds us that this is coming from someone that messed up before (denying Christ). In other words, now because of the Holy Ghost, if we call on him, we shall be saved. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done.
- Peter reminds what was prophesied. Acts 2:22-23 says 22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: – Peter said there was no fair trial. They knew from the beginning that they wanted to kill Jesus. He told them that Jesus knew this, but had a bigger plan to execute.
- When we were taught the 12 tribes of Israel, it was for a reason. Remember that the Jewish people identified with David the greatest king of Israel. Jacob and Leah had a son named Judah (meaning praise). When she had that son, it was from the tribe of Judah that David is born. David comes from the lineage of Leah. From the tribe of Judah also comes Jesus. When Peter makes a reference to David, he really is associating them with what they are familiar with. Peter starts to quote David in Acts 2:24-28 says 24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
- Peter says let me speak more freely: In Acts 2:29 – 33 he says 29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
- Peter begins to quote Psalms 22: Acts 2: 34- 36 says 34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
- Now the Jewish people wanted to know what they should do. Peter says in Acts 2: 34- 41 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. – The Holy Ghost had already come. From that point on anyone who repented and accepted Christ received at that moment the Holy Ghost. You don’t have to wait on him anymore; because at that moment once you received him he came you’re your life. You have the Holy Ghost. He lives within you.
- Peter says save ourselves from this wicked generation. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.- The reason why some people have problem with a big church is because they want it to be about them. They want people to recognize them and their family. They want people to know that they are here, but when you get filled with the Holy Ghost, you empty yourself. I ain’t about you or your name; it is about God’s name. It’s about him being exalted. You decrease so he can increase. The same Holy Ghost and the same Holy Spirit that manifested himself then dwells in us. He gives us power to do more than go through the forms of Religion. We are tired of people who dance, run, and shout, yet have no power. He gives us the power to walk right, talk right, and live right. We ought to be after his anointing and his power to fill us up. We ought to want to be his witness, because when we were in the world, we had all the power to witness to the world. We had no problem telling the people what we wanted from them. We had no problem inviting people to the club. We had no problem walking up to strangers asking what’s up. Now that we are saved, we try to be shy when it comes to talking about the goodness of God. We don’t even want to invite people to walk down the isle to experience God. When you got power though, you have the same boldness that you had in the world. You don’t mind letting somebody know about God, because you have the power to be his witness everywhere. Not just in church, but on your job, on your campus and in your house. You don’t just have power in your church. Your power is portable! He gives us this power and this fullness. It is available and it is inside of you.