Monday, September 19, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Seven

Getting into the mindset for this study and flushing out all of the stresses of current life events:


3. Prayer in the Holy Spirit (continued)

What does God’s word say about the Holy Spirit?
9 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’ (Ezekiel 37:9. ESV.)

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,... 26 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 have said to you. (John 14:16, 26. ESV.)

17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:17. ESV.)

16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:16. ESV.)

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30. ESV.)

11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11. ESV.)

When I pray, it is with the belief that though my words and thoughts are inadequate, the Holy Spirit intercedes and speaks on my behalf with “groanings too deep for words”. So, I never worry that God will misunderstand what I am trying to say or that my heart’s desire will not be conveyed.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27. ESV.)

Grudem states, “It seems more likely that the ‘sighs’ or ‘groans’ here are our groans. When Paul says, ‘The Spirit helps us in our weakness’ (v. 26), the word translated ‘helps’ (Gk. sunantilambanomai) is the same word used in Luke 10:40, where Martha wants Mary to come and help her. The word does not indicate that the Holy Spirit prays instead of us, but that the Holy Spirit takes part with us and makes our weak prayers effective.” (Systematic Theology, p. 382.)

So, back to the question, what does God’s word say about “praying (or being) in the Spirit”?
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:18. ESV.)

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, (Jude 20. ESV.)

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet (Revelation 1:10. ESV.)
2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. (cf. Revelation 4:2. ESV.)

21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (Luke 10:21. ESV.)

21 Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome." (Acts 19:21. ESV.)

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— (Romans 9:1. ESV.)

8 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18. ESV.)

8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:8. ESV.)

Grudem states, “To pray ‘in the Holy Spirit’ then, is to pray with the conscious awareness of God’s presence surrounding us and sanctifying both us and our prayers.” (Systematic Theology, p. 382.)

For this study, I used Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.) To catch the other parts of the study, click below:

Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five
Part six

(Source: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.)

"The Stand" by Hillsong



"So I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all.
I'll stand
My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours!" ("The Stand". Hillsong.)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Six

We are weary, give us rest,
ignorant, make us wise unto salvation,
helpless, let thy strength be made perfect in our weakness,
poor and needy, bless us with Christ’s unsearchable riches,
perplexed and tempted, let us travel on unchecked,
undismayed,
knowing that thou hast said,
‘I will never leave thee nor forsake thee’.
(“God All-Sufficient”, The Valley of Vision.)

Today, I am continuing with a study I started last Wednesday. It is regarding “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit” and prayer in the Spirit. I am using Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.) To catch the other parts of the study, click below:

Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five

Grudem states, “In conclusion, the disciples certainly did experience ‘a baptism in the Holy Spirit’ after conversion on the Day of Pentecost, but this happened because they were living at a unique point in history, and this event in their lives is therefore not a pattern that we are to seek to imitate.

‘What shall we say about the phrase ‘baptism in the Holy Spirit’? It is a phrase that the New Testament authors use to speak of coming into the new covenant power of the Holy Spirit. It happened at Pentecost for the disciples, but it happened at conversion for the Corinthians and for us.” (Systematic Theology, p. 773.) For a more detailed, in depth study of “baptism in the Holy Spirit” please check out chapter 39 of Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem. I was only barely scratching the surface, here.

Alright, so far this study covered:

1. “The Holy Spirit will bestow or withdraw blessing according to whether or not he is pleased by the situation he sees.” (Systematic Theology, p. 647).

2. What does God’s word say about “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit”?

Now we are on to:

3. Prayer in the Holy Spirit
My heart’s desire is to “pray better”. I am not sure how else to put it. It is not unusual for me to be in a prayer group with a phenomenal prayer warrior! And, feeling the Spirit move within the group is absolutely amazing! That might sound a little weird or kooky to some but…

I usually feel my words in prayer are so inadequate! Hence the reason I never pray out loud in a group. Most of the time when I am in prayer, it is like one that would take place between me and another person. It is a conversation. No, I am not talking to myself, I am trying to convey the desires of my heart out loud, in speech. That in and of itself is a big challenge.

So, what does God’s word say about prayer?
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5. ESV.)
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6. ESV.)

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Romans 3:23-26. ESV.)

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. (Hebrews 7:26-27. ESV.)

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,… 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-20, 22. ESV.)
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9. ESV.)

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. (Hebrews 9:24. ESV.)

Whew, this study is very meaty! I am only touching on each of these points. The depth of the information in Systematic Theology by Grudem goes on for pages! I highly recommend this book! Well, my brain is burnt out so I’ll continue, tomorrow.

(Sources: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.

Bennett, Arthur. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. 1975, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007. The Banner of Truth Trust. Edinburgh, UK, Carlisle, PA.)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Five

Grant us always to know that to walk with Jesus makes other interests a shadow and a dream. Keep us from intermittent attention to eternal things;

Keep us from the delusion of those who fail to go far in religion, who are concerned but not converted, who have another heart but not a new one, who have light, zeal, confidence, but not Christ.

Let us judge our Christianity, not only by our dependence upon Jesus, but by our love to him, our conformity to him, our knowledge of him.
(“True Christianity”, Valley of Vision)

I am still chugging along with a study I started last Wednesday regarding "baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit" and prayer in the Spirit. I am using Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.)

For the other parts of this study, please click below:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Today, I am picking up at the Day of Pentecost and “the new covenant power of the Holy Spirit at work” in the disciples.
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.... 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ (Acts 1:4-5, 8. ESV.)

39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39. ESV.)

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17. ESV.)

7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7. ESV.)

16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,’
(Acts 2:16-17. ESV.)

33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. (Acts 2:33. ESV.)

“What was the result in the lives of the disciples? These believers, who had had an old-covenant less-powerful experience of the Holy Spirit in their lives, received on the Day of Pentecost a more-powerful new-covenant experience of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. They received much greater ‘power’ (Acts 1:8), power for living the Christian life and for carrying out Christian ministry.” (Systematic Theology, p. 771).

8 Therefore it says,
‘When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.’… 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
(Ephesians 4:8, 11-13. ESV.)

11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
(Romans 6:11-14. ESV.)

13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:13-14. ESV.)

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20. ESV.)

10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (Philippians 3:10. ESV.)

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-4. ESV.)

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:19-21. ESV.)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:10-18. ESV.)

4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4. ESV.)

16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
(Acts 2:16-18. ESV.)

7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11. ESV. ESV.)

10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: (1 Peter 4:10. ESV.)
17 And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone…. 24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, "My lord Moses, stop them." 29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!"
(cf. Numbers 11:17, 24-29. ESV.)

12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. (1 Corinthians 14:12. ESV.)

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
(Ephesians 2:11-3.10. ESV.)

“The Day of Pentecost was certainly a remarkable time of transition in the whole history of redemption as recorded in scripture. It was a remarkable day in the history of the world, because on that day the Holy Spirit began to function among God’s people with new covenant power.” (Systematic Theology, p. 772.)

And there I must stop for today.

(Sources: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.

Bennett, Arthur. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. 1975, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007. The Banner of Truth Trust. Edinburgh, UK, Carlisle, PA.)

"No Longer Slaves" by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser

"I Surrender" by Hillsong

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Four

May I with Moses choose affliction rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin. (“Choices”, The Valley of Vision)

Last Wednesday, I started a study on the Holy Spirit. The two questions in my mind are regarding, "baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit" and prayer in the Spirit. I am using Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.) To start at part one, click here. To read part two, click here. And, to see where I left off at part three, click here.

Grudem states, “When the New Testament opens, we see John the Baptist as the last of the Old Testament prophets…. John knew that he baptized with water, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit (John 3:16). John the Baptist, then, still was living in an ‘old covenant’ experience of the working of the Holy Spirit.” (Systematic Theology, p. 771.)
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16. ESV.)

Examples of “the new covenant power of the Holy Spirit at work”:
21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’ (Luke 3:21-22. ESV.)

13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country.
(Luke 4:14. ESV.)

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.’

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, ‘Is not this Joseph's son?’ 23 And he said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’ 24 And he said, ‘Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.’ 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 ‘Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.’ 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent and come out of him!’ And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!’ 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.’ 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
(Luke 4:16-44. ESV.)

So, what about the Day of Pentecost and “the new covenant power of the Holy Spirit at work” in the disciples? I think I will break here for today, and continue onward tomorrow.

Help me to walk the separated life with firm and brave step. (“Weaknesses”, The Valley of Vision)

(Sources: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.

Bennett, Arthur. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. 1975, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007. The Banner of Truth Trust. Edinburgh, UK, Carlisle, PA.)

Friday, August 05, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Three

Today, I am picking right up where I left off, yesterday! On Wednesday, I started a study on the Holy Spirit. More specifically, "baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit" and prayer in the Spirit. I am using Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.)

I am continuing with the second topic:
What does God’s word say about “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit”? (To view part one of this study, click here, and to view part two, click here!)

13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13. ESV.)

Grudem notes that “as far as the apostle Paul was concerned, baptism in the Holy Spirit occurred at conversion. [Paul] says that all the Corinthians were baptized in the Holy Spirit and the result was that they became members of the body of Christ… ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’, therefore, must refer to the activity of the Holy spirit at the beginning of the Christian life when he gives us new spiritual life (in regeneration) and cleanses us and gives a clear break with the power and love of sin (the initial stage of sanctification). (Systematic Theology, p. 769.)

So, what about the scriptures that read:
5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."(Acts 1:5. ESV.)

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'. (John 20:22)

Grudem goes on to explain, “But we must realize that the day of Pentecost is much more than an individual event in the lives of Jesus’ disciples and those with them. The day of Pentecost was the point of transition between the old covenant work and ministry of the Holy Spirit and the new covenant work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.” (Systematic Theology, p. 770.)

Examples of “the old covenant work and ministry of the Holy Spirit”:
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2. ESV.)

3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,… 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, (Exodus 31:3 and 35:31. ESV.)

9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. (Deuteronomy 34:9. ESV.)

6 Then the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. (Judges 14:6. ESV.)

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. (1 Samuel 16:13. ESV.)

11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
(Psalm 51:11. ESV.)

16 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. (Numbers 11:16-17. ESV.)

14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him. (1 Samuel 16:14. ESV.)

Grudem also states, “The old covenant work of the Holy Spirit was almost completely confined to the nation of Israel, but in the new covenant there is created a new ‘dwelling place of God’ (Eph. 2:22), the church, which unites both Gentiles and Jews in the body of Christ.” (Systematic Theology, p. 770.)
22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22. ESV.)

And, there is where I have to stop for today. Onward, ho, tomorrow!

(Source: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.)

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Two

Yesterday, I started a study regarding the Holy Spirit. Two things have been weighing heavily upon me, as of late, and I desire some answers. I am using Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.)

2. What does God’s word say about “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit”?

I am going to begin with scripture which specifically mentions “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit” and go from there:
22 And when [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on [the disciples] and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22. ESV.)

4 And while staying with them [Jesus] ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."... 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:4-5, 8. ESV.)

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4. ESV.)

16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' (Acts 11:16. ESV.)

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women…. 14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:12, 14-17. ESV.)

1 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples…. 6And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. (Acts 19:1, 6. ESV.)

“There are only seven passages in the New Testament where we read of someone being baptized in the Holy Spirit.” (Systematic Theology, p. 766.)
1 "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11. ESV.)

8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:8. ESV.)

16 John answered them all, saying, "I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16. ESV.)

33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' (John 1:33. ESV.)

5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:5. ESV.)

16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' (Acts 11:16. ESV.)

13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized [en heni pneumati...ebaptisthemen] into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13. ESV.)

Grudem notes, regarding 1 Corinthians 12:13, “a very closely parallel expression” is found in 1 Corinthians 10:2
2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
“It is not that there were two locations for the same baptism, but one was the element in which they were baptized and the other was the location in which they found themselves after the baptism. This is very similar to 1 Corinthians 12:13: the Holy Spirit was the element in which they were baptized, and the body of Christ, the church, was the location in which they found themselves after that baptism.” (For a clearer understanding of this please see Systematic Theology, p. 768.)

Well, we are plugging along one nugget at a time but still have a long way to go! The study continues tomorrow!

(Source: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.)

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