Tuesday: The Holy Spirit Is Divine
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When Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit to the disciples, He called Him another Helper (John 14:16). The Greek word Jesus used for another is allos, which means another of the same kind, in contrast with heteros, another of different kind or quality. The same likeness of nature that bonds the Father and the Son is revealed in the relationship between the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will tell you [...]

Monday: The Holy Spirit Is a Person
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Ellen G. White wrote that the nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. . . . Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden. -The Acts of the Apostles, p. 52.

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Nevertheless, she also affirmed that the Holy Spirit is a person, for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. [...]

Sunday: The Representative of Christ
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With fear and sadness, the disciples listened as Jesus announced His imminent death. When they were deprived of His presence, who would be their Teacher, Friend, and Counselor? Knowing their desperate need, Christ promised to send His representative to be with them.

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What particular name did Christ use for His representative? See John 14:16-18. In what sense was that name so appropriate? See also John 14:26.

Helper, Counselor, and Comforter are various translations of the Greek [...]

Sabbath: The Holy Spirit
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 14:16-18; John 14:26; John 15:26; Matt. 12:31-32; John 16:8; John 3:5-8; Luke 11:9-13.

Memory Text: And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever (John 14:16, NKJV).

Of the three Persons of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is the least understood. It is ironic that the Person who is closest to us, the Being who produces the new birth in us, who dwells [...]

HopeSS: The Son
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[Note that this now points to the correct video. The previous version pointed to Lesson 1, not Lesson 2]
You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris on their own site. (Needs Adobe Flash.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the Study Guide here. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Inside Story: The Power of Many
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Believers in western Russia work together to win their neighbors—and sometimes thieves—to Jesus. They write the names of people for whom they are praying in a book at church. Then they deliver tracts or newsletters to those people during the week.

One woman who owns a goat farm asked God who to pray for, and God showed her in an unusual way. The woman noticed that her goats were [...]

Friday: Further Study: The Son
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Divine-Human Saviour, p. 1126-1128 in TheSDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5.

While God’s Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding His pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with His Father. . . . The world was made by Him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3). If Christ made [...]

02: The Son – Hit the Mark
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I never really thought about this until this week’s lesson on The Son. Hyperbole in speech is so common that unconsciously I took for granted some of the words Jesus spoke to His disciples. But this week, examining who Jesus is, gave me an opportunity to look deeper into my beliefs and convictions.

Jesus had been intensely preparing His disciples for the climatic events that would soon follow. Who He was to them would determine their futures. The nation was stirred [...]

Heavenly Credentials
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When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and elders came up to him. They demanded,

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“By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?” Matthew 21:23 NLT

That makes me think of what a friend told me about when she was first sitting on a church board. In one of her first meetings she brought up an idea. It was totally ignored. Then later in the same meeting [...]

Thursday: Christ’s Mission
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After considering who Jesus was, we are in a better position to understand what He came to do for us.

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Satan made accusations against God. In order to meet those accusations, Jesus came to represent the Father’s character, and to correct the false concept that many had developed about the Godhead. He wanted us to know God, because to know Him is indispensable in order to have eternal life (John 17:3). However, we need more [...]