54. Appendix B: Holy Spirit

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit after leaving Earth. Events on the day of Pentecost, and continually since, prove the promise was kept. Without this actual confirmation of Jesus' promise, he would drop out of history as another false prophet. This promise is on the list below at item 11. Its first fulfillment on Pentecost is at item 18. Following is a list of New Testament scripture about the Holy Spirit.

1. Matthew 3:11,12; Mark 1:7,8; Luke 3:15-17. John the Baptist announces Jesus' ministry and purpose.

2. Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-23. Jesus' baptism with water was unnecessary. He did it to "fulfill all righteousness" and visibly received the Holy Spirit.

3. Luke 1:26-38 (esp. 34,35). Jesus fathered by the Holy Spirit, and of the Holy Spirit, but baptized with the Holy Spirit after John's baptism.

4. Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:12; Luke 4:1. Jesus led by Holy Spirit.

5. John 1:19-34 (esp. 32-34). John the Baptist affirms Jesus' baptism with the Holy Spirit.

6. John 2:23-3:15 (esp. 3:1-9). Jesus teaches a spiritual rebirth is necessary.

7. John 3:22-36 (esp. 34,35). John affirms that Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure.

8. Luke 12:10. Disbelief of the Holy Spirit is sin.

9. Luke 12:11,12. The Holy Spirit is our teacher who removes anxiety.

10. John 7:37-39, 14:15-17. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, "living water" from his heart, "the Spirit of Truth."

11. John 14:18-31 (esp. 23,25,26). Jesus promises the Holy Spirit (Counselor) after he "leaves." The Holy Spirit will live in the believer.

12. John 15:26,27. The Holy Spirit's coming will witness to Jesus (because the Spirit comes as Jesus promised).

13. John 16:7. Jesus again confirms he must "go" before the Holy Spirit will come to his followers.

14. John 16:8-11. The Holy Spirit will convince of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

15. John 16:13. The Holy Spirit is to teach, guide, speak, reveal, and to glorify Jesus.

16. Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:4-5. Jesus summarizes his mission and instructs followers to stay in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit.

17. Acts 1:6-8. The Holy Spirit will give the necessary power to fulfill the Apostolic mission - telling the good news about God. Proof of Jesus' position as Messiah continues in each age. The Holy Spirit comes to those who ask, just as Jesus promised (Item 11).

18. Acts 2:1-4. Pentecost (Feast of Weeks, fifty days after Passover), the Holy Spirit falls on 120(?), (Acts 1:15; 2:1) like the wind, Acts 2:2 (Genesis 1:2) and Acts 2:3, like tongues of fire (Item 1).

19. Acts 2:4-13. When baptized with the Holy Spirit, Jesus' followers spoke in other languages "as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance."

20. Acts 2:13. Those baptized with the Holy Spirit appeared to be drunk.

21. Acts 2:14-41. The Holy Spirit emboldened Peter and led him through the first Christian sermon. Peter also gave the first Christian "altar call" and about 3,000 were baptized into fellowship (the "ekklesia").

22. Acts 2:38,39. Peter promises the Holy Spirit to all after forgiveness and baptism.

23. Acts 2:43. The Apostles began to have a miracle ministry as did Jesus, resulting from the Holy Spirit's works (Acts 19:11,12).

24. Acts 4:1-22. Peter and John healed and preached through the power of the Holy Spirit.

25. Acts 4:23-31. The Holy Spirit gave preaching boldness and effectiveness.

26. Acts 8:14-24; 10:30-48 (esp. 10:44). The Holy Spirit is given to those who hear about him and truly yearn to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

27. Acts 9:1-19. Paul struck down on the road to Damascus, received the Holy Spirit through Ananias, and could then bear witness to Jesus as Christ (Acts 9:20).

28. Acts 19:1-7. The Holy Spirit baptism is more than, and different from, water baptism. Paul laid hands on some who were water baptized, but not Spirit baptized. Then the Holy Spirit came upon them.

29. Ephesians 5:15-20. Paul commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not with alcohol spirits.

30. 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 (esp. 4-11). Paul lists spiritual gifts we can expect from the Holy Spirit.

31. Galatians 5:16-24 (esp. 22,23). Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit - the new nature of a person who is baptized by the Holy Spirit.

32. Luke 11:9-13. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will be given to any who ask for it.

33. 1 Corinthians 14:1-37 (esp. 39,40). Paul teaches about orderly use of the Spirit's gifts.

34. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22. Paul teaches the Holy Spirit should never be "quenched," but always tested for validity.

35. To receive the Holy Spirit, read God 101 and believe item 32 above. Do not be surprised at any expression of God's power you may experience. Do not be surprised if you speak in an unknown language (tongue).

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