Thursday: Why Does it Matter?
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Christ Points the Way

The question of the personality of the Holy Spirit is of utmost importance, and it has highly practical implications. “If He is a divine person, and we think of Him as an impersonal influence, we are robbing a divine person of the deference, honor, and love that is His due.”-LeRoy Edwin Froom, The Coming of … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Spirit of Truth
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Obedience to the Law of God

Read John 14:6 and John 17:17. What is the meaning of truth in these passages? In the Gospel of John, the word truth is a key term. Our contemporary understanding of truth often is very abstract and theoretical. In the Western world it has been shaped by Greek philosophy. However, in the Bible, and particularly … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Personal Aspects of the Holy Spirit – Part 2
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Penitent Man

A challenge we face in understanding the Holy Spirit is that we can imagine God as a Father in a somewhat tangible way. Many also have a concrete picture of Jesus, as He is described in the Gospels. He took our human nature and appeared to us in human form. The Holy Spirit, however, is … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Personal Aspects of the Holy Spirit – Part 1
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As you read the following texts, ask yourself if they sound as if they are talking about an impersonal force or about a divine Person. Rom. 8:14-16, Romans 8:27; Rom. 15:30; 1 Cor. 2:10; Acts 8:29; Acts 10:19-20; Acts 28:25. Can an impersonal force intercede in our behalf? Does an impersonal spirit or power have … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus’ Description of the Holy Spirit
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Read John 16:13-14; John 15:26-27; and John 14:17, John 14:26. What very personal characteristics does Jesus attribute to the Holy Spirit in these passages? What does it mean to you that Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as a helper or comforter (parakletos)? According to Jesus, the Holy Spirit guides, speaks, hears, discloses, and glorifies (John … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Personality of the Holy Spirit
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Praying for Holy Spirit

Read for This Week’s Study: John 16:13-14; Rom. 8:14-16; Rom. 15:13; John 14:6; John 17:17; Rom. 5:5. Memory Text: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:26, NASB). Because the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Importance of His Divinity
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I am with you always

What would be lost if the Holy Spirit were not God? If the Holy Spirit is not fully God, the implications for salvation and worship are serious. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is responsible for regenerating believers. He dwells in them and fills them. He renews our thinking and changes our character. … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Divine Word of the Holy Spirit
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The Holy Spirit performs certain works, which the Bible ascribes only to God. He is active in the divine work of the creation, and He is just as active in God’s re-creation of sinners. Read Titus 3:4-6. How does Paul describe the involvement of the Holy Spirit in the process of re-creation? The Holy Spirit … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Biblical Hints
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There are various references to the Holy Spirit in the Bible that are interchangeable with references to God. Read Isaiah 63:10-14 and compare it with Numbers 14:11 and Deuteronomy 32:12. To whom was the writer referring in these passages, and what does this tell us about the divinity of the Holy Spirit? In Isaiah 63:10, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Holy Spirit’s Divine Attributes
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Jesus consoles young man

In several biblical passages the Holy Spirit is described as having divine attributes. What attributes and activities of the Holy Spirit are listed in the following Bible passages that, otherwise, can be attributed only to God? 1 Cor. 2:10-11; compare with Ps. 139:7 Heb. 9:14; compare with 1 Tim. 6:16 Luke 1:35; Rom. 15:19; compare with … [Click to read more …]