GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT
I ~ His Attributes
(Many are the same as the Father and Son)
Isaiah 11:1-2 (pg. 673) What five attributes are given in this passage? _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
What did Jesus later call God's Spirit (John 14:16f, pg. 1046)? __________________________________
Isaiah 63:11-14 (pg. 726) He is God's _______________ of power reaching down from heaven to cause the miraculous to happen.
Zechariah 4:6-10 (pg. 920) The first small group of Jews has returned to Jerusalem, now burned and leveled. They want to rebuild the grand temple, but the work is too hard and they have no spirit in them to do it. God tells them, now that they're broken, they will have a God-Provided power: God's Spirit. Will his Spirit help them accomplish spiritual things or material things? _________________________________ ____________________________________________
Ephesians 6:11-12 (pg. 1127) Even though our daily struggle seems to be with material things and mortals, God's Spirit is helping us fight what four even more powerful forces? ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
NOTE: In the Greek, "heavenly places" is actually a term meaning "on high" indicating the entire spirit realm. See Ephesians 2:2.
Genesis 1:1-2 (pg. 1) From the explanation below of what God's Spirit was doing just prior to creation, how would you desribe His feelings and attitudes? __________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
NOTE: The word translated "hovering" in the NIV and "moved" in the KJV is from the Hebrew word "rachaph" and means to shake. In Deuteronomy 32:11, pg. 203, it is translated "flutter" (KJV) and "hover" (NIV) describing an eagle protecting her nest. In Jeremiah 23:9, pg. 757, it is translated "shake" (KJV) and "tremble" (NIV) where he was excited over hearing that a Messiah would be born some day.
Job 26:13 (pg. 512) God's breath is also translated God's Spirit. What does he regularly do to the sky? ______________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Psalm 51:10-11 (pg. 556) David lists three things God's Spirit can give his spirit. What are they? _______________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Psalm 104:30 (pg. 588) In your own words, God's Spirit does what to vegetable life and animal life on earth?
Job 27:3; 33:4 (pg. 512) God's Spirit provides us with what? ______________________________
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (pg. 655) When we die, Who receives our spirit? _____________________________
Ezekiel 37:11-14 (pg. 841) Ezekiel has just seen a vision of the bones of the slain coming back to life. This represents God's Spirit doing what to the Jews now exiled in a foreign land? _____________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Luke 9:54-55 (pg. 1005) Two apostles wanted to call fire down from heaven on an uncooperative village. They thought destruction was power. Jesus said the Spirit that they were derived from was not a destroyer, but rather a what? (see footnote in your Bible for rest of verse) ________________________________________
NOTE: See footnote c in your Bible for the rest of this verse.
John 6:58, 63 (pg. 1135) The Spirit not only gives mortal life, but what other kind of life does he give? ____________
John 7:38f (pg. 1036) What does Jesus use as a symbol for the Spirit? _________________________________ Why do you think this symbol is used? __________________________________________________________
NOTE: Since God the Son could be seen and God the Spirit could not, God the Son had to return to heaven before they could receive that Spirit. It is much like, "You cannot call me on the telephone while I'm standing here." As we will see in other scriptures, this is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son.
Acts 2:32f (pg. 1057) Since God the Spirit gives life, which part of the Trinity gave Jesus' life back to him after his death? ____________________________________________
NOTE: The word translated "received" is sometimes translated "accepted" or "caught" and is translated 122 times as "took." He now had once again the Holy Spirit without his fleshly body and temptations interfering.
Romans 8:1-2 (pg. 1096) Just as there is a law of gravity on earth that we mortals have no choice but to abide by, what law is in heaven that the Spirit abides by? ____________________________________________ What law is that opposite of? _________________________________________________________________
Romans 6:4 & 6; 8:3-4 Although still sinful, if we are Christians, God's Spirit does not acknowledge our sins and therefore makes it possible for us in a spiritual sense not to live according to our what? ____________________________
Romans 8:5 If God's Spirit is Life, what does his Spirit want for us? ________________________________________
Romans 8:6f What attribute is associated here with life? ___________________________ Who are we then, at peace with? ______________________________________
Which of God's commands do you become hostile toward when you read them? _____________________
How about our friends? __________________________________________________________________
Do you find it difficult to submit to God? _______________ Why? _____________________________
Romans 8:9 If we are not slaves to our sinful nature, who is living in us? ___________________________________
We must belong to Christ in order to have the Spirit in us. When do we become Christ's (1 Corinthians 6:15 & 12:13, pg. 1108ff)? ____________________________________________________
Romans 8:11 (pg. 1096) The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will do what for us? ___________________ Why? Because God's Spirit cannot be destroyed and will continue to live in us.
Romans 8:13 What does Life kill? _____________________________________________________________________
1 Corinthians 3:17 (pg. 1120) On earth, where does God's Spirit live? ___________________________________________ When Jesus was on earth, where did God's Spirit live (Luke 3:22; 4:1)? ___________________
1 Corinthians 3:18 With God's Spirit in us, we reflect God's glory. What is God's glory (see Exodus 33:18-22, pg. 88)? _______________________________________________________ What else besides that (Exodus 34:6-7)? ____________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
2 Corinthians 3:3 Since Christ is usually represented as the audible and seeable Word of God (John 1:1), and our hearts the tablets, what could you say the Spirit is? ______________________________ With God's Spirit in inspired men of the first century, God's Word was able to be put in permanent written form.
2 Corinthians 3:6 Legalism kills. Although Jesus said we must keep his commands (John 14:15f, pg. 1046) what spiritual ingredient must we show to keep us from being legalistic? _____________________________________
2 Corinthians 5:5, 10 The Spirit created our mortal bodies to help determine our eternal destiny. Just as the Spirit is God in action, if God's Spirit is in us, our bodies should also be God in action.
Galatians 5:16 (pg. 1132) If we are alive in the Spirit, we will not do what? ___________________________________
Galatians 5:22-23 What attributes does the Spirit have that he helps us have also? _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ Is there any mention of unintelligible speaking or movements as an attribute? ________
Galatians 6:7-8 (pg. 1132) If our lives are lived to please the Spirit, what will the Spirit give us? __________________
Ephesians 2:19-22 (pg. 1134) We Christians are all part of a building built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ as the chief cornerstone. What are we being built into? ___________________________ Who lives there? _______________________________________
Philippians 1:19-23 (pg. 1138) Paul knows that, even though he is in prison, the Spirit of who will help him? ________
He knows even if he dies, he will gain what/who? ____________________________________________
2 Timothy 1:14 (pg. 1155) The Holy Spirit will help us do what for the promise of salvation within us? _____________
Are you guarding your salvation from those who would steer you wrong? _______________ How? ________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Hebrews 9:14 (pg. 1166) Even though Jesus was here in the form of a man and not a lamb, he became our unblemished Passover Lamb offered on the altar of the cross (1 Corinthians 5:7, pg. 1108). Since God's Spirit creates our flesh any way he wants, could He have in a spiritual sense made him a lamb through God's eyes? ____
How are our consciences cleansed (1 Peter 3:21, pg. 1178)? __________________________________
1 Peter 2:5 (pg. 1177) With the help of God's Spirit, we become a spiritual house and offer spiritual sacrifices. What are some sacrifices in your own life (see Romans 12:1, pg. 1100)? ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
1 Peter 3:18 (pg. 1178) Although Jesus' body was killed by man, who brought it back to life? __________________
Therefore, who will make us alive after we die? ___________________________
1 John 3:24 (pg. 1185) If we obey Jesus' commands, he lives in us. How does Jesus get into us (Galatians 3:27, pg. 1130)? ___________________________________________________ What is the gift given by God's Spirit (Acts 2:38, pg. 1057)? ______________________________________________________________
Revelation 5:6 (pg. 1195) The seven Spirits of God are represented by seven horns (representing power) and seven eyes. Since seven is 3 + 4 and represents heaven (the Trinity) and earth (four corners of, four winds of), God's Spirit sees where? __________________ ______________________________________________________________________
Revelation 22:17 (pg. 1207) The Spirit and the bride (church - see Ephesians 5:29 & 32, pg. 1136) are both on earth and are calling out to people everywhere to take what free gift? _____________________________________
Revelation 22:20 Although we and God's Spirit on earth are calling out to people, we are also calling out to God the Son to come. How does he reply? _______________________________________________________________
Yes, Lord Jesus! Come! As soon as we can find as many people as possible to come to you. Then come get us all, Lord Jesus! Come get us all! We can hardly wait!
Romans 5:5 (pg. 1094) God does what with his love through His Spirit? ____________________________________
Romans 15:30 We touch the love of God's Spirit through what? _______________________________
NOTE: Another verse reflecting the Trinity: Lord Jesus Christ, Spirit, God the Father
2 Corinthians 6:4, 6 (pg. 1122) Paul commended himself to the salvation of others how? _____________________________
2 Corinthians 13:14 What two attributes of the Trinity (yes, another Trinity verse) are associated with God's love? _________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Galatians 5:22-23 (pg. 1132) A list of the fruit of the Spirit is headed by love. What are the associated attributes? ______________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Philippians 2:1 (pg. 1139) What other five attributes of God's feelings toward us are associated with His love?
Colossians 1:8 (pg. 1142) Every time we love others, Who is at work in us? ___________________________________
2 Timothy 1:7 (pg. 1155) When we are timid about sharing our faith, is that God's Spirit in us? ___________________ What does God's spirit give us? ____________________________________________________________
Proverbs 1:20, 23 (pg. 616) God's Spirit (here called Wisdom - see below) calls out to us, longing to do what with his heart? ______________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Ezekiel 11:19-20 (pg. 811) God's Spirit longs to take away our hearts of stone and give us hearts of what? ____________ With such hearts, we will, in turn, long to do what? _____________________________
Ezekiel 36:26f (Same as above)
2 Corinthians 1:22 (pg. 1118) The seal/deposit of ownership God gives us guaranteeing our being raised back to life after we die is putting His heart and Spirit where? ____________________________________________________
2 Corinthians 3:3 God writes love letters in our heart, using what as the ink? _____________________________________
NOTE: We are soooooo blessed. We do not have to guess how God thinks toward us or what he wants us to do to be given his heart. It's all in his written word. (See more below.)
Galatians 4:6 (pg. 1130) God sent whose spirit into our hearts? ________________ What relation is he to God the Father? ___________________________ Therefore, God's Spirit in our hearts makes us what? ___________________________ _______________________________________________________
1 Chronicles 28:11-12 (pg. 419) God's Spirit put into David's mind what? ___________________________________________
Isaiah 40:13f (pg. 701) No matter how much we study God's Spirit, will we ever be able to understand him completely? ______ In actuality, will we ever be able to completely understand the mind of anyone else? ________
Ezekiel 11:5 (pg. 810) On the other hand, who is able to completely understand the mind of everyone? ___________
John 14:26 (pg. 1046) This promise of complete recall of Jesus' words was made only to the Twelve; the early church had to rely on the Apostles' knowledge of God's will for the church. However, this does not change the fact that to all of us, God's Spirit is also the what? _____________________________________ We will find out later how He counsels us today.
NOTE: The KJV translates this as "Comforter." This is from the Greek word "parakletos" which literally means to call to one's side. Both translations are applicable. We will find out later how He comforts us.
Does it help you to know that God's Spirit is walking side by side with every Christian? _____________
Romans 8:5 (pg. 1096) Our minds should be on what God's Spirit __________________________________________
Romans 8:6f The mind of God's Spirit seeks to do what to the Christian's mind? ______________________________ Is this something that will hurt us? _____________________ Does God's Spirit want to control us by taking control forcefully or peacefully? ____________________________
Romans 8:27 (pg. 1097) God the Father is mentioned in verse 21. Therefore, it is He who searches our hearts. It is also he who knows the mind of who? _______________________ Who else's mind does God search? ___________________ What does God's Spirit do between us and God the Father? _________________
1 Corinthians 2:14 (pg. 1106) God's Spirit is understood only by who? ___________________________________________ When do we get God's Spirit (see Acts 2:38, pg. 1057)? _______________________________________
1 Corinthians 12:7 If each one of the gifts of the Spirit are one of His attributes, then what are His attributes? ________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
NOTE: The word translated "faith" is from the Greek word "pistis" and means faithfulness, steadfastness, reliability.
The word "interpretation" is also found in 2 Peter 1:20 (pg. 1120) which says the prophets who wrote the prophecies did not give the interpretation to their own writings. This is not referring to translating, but explaining a meaning.
Genesis 41:38-39 (pg. 42) Since God's Spirit gave Joseph the ability to interpret Pharaoh's dream, what two attributes of the Spirit did he give Joseph? _______________________________________________________________
Deuteronomy 34:9 (Pg. 206) What gift did God's Spirit give Joshua, Moses' successor? _____________________________ Did Joshua have the Holy Spirit before or after Moses laid his hands on him (Numbers 27:18, pg. 160)? _____________________
Job 32:7-8 (Pg. 517) What attribute of God's Spirit can He give men of any age? ___________________________
Proverbs 1:20, 23 (pg. 616) Chapters 1:20-33 and 3:13-18 personify Wisdom as a woman. In this first passage, those who respond to God's Spirit as she calls out to mockers throughout the world, will have what two things poured out on them? ___________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ How beautiful!
Proverbs 3:19-20 What three attributes of God's Spirit caused him to create the world? ____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Isaiah 11:1-2 (pg. 673) This is a prediction of Jesus, a descendant of David son of Jessee. He will have what attributes of God's Spirit? __________ _________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Acts 6:3-6, 10 (pg. 1061) Did these seven men (whom we call deacons because the word "ministry" is "diakanos" in Greek) have the Holy Spirit before or after the Apostles laid their hands on them? __________________
1 Corinthians 2:4 (pg. 1106) Is the kind of wisdom God's Spirit gives us what people normally consider wisdom? _________
NOTE: Chapters 1 and 2 say "wisdom" 16 times. According to 2:13, what is spiritual wisdom? ________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
According to 2:11, spiritual knowledge is knowing what? _______________________________________
Would these special gifts be needed at a time when the scriptures were not written yet? __________
1 Corinthians 12:8 Wisdom and knowledge as spiritual gifts were to be shown through what? M_______________________
Ephesians 1:17 (pg. 1131) While the New Testament was still being written, Paul prayed that Christians in Ephesus would receive the wisdom and revelation of God's Spirit. Why? ________________________________________
Colossians 1:9 (pg. 1142) God's Spirit fills us with the knowledge of what? ___________________________________ (We will see how later.)
Colossians 3:16 Our spiritual songs are not just to praise God, but are to do what to each other? ___________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Genesis 6:3-6 (Pg. 5) What does God's Spirit do with men, at least for awhile? ________________________________
From verse 4, we see that there was a moral battle or contention between good and evil. The thoughts of God were contending with the thoughts of who? _____________________
God's Spirit was g___________________________ and filled with __________________________.
Proverbs 1:20, 23 (pg. 617) God's Spirit calls out to people everywhere wanting to pour out his heart and make his _______________ known to us.
Mark 2:8 (pg. 969) God's Spirit in Jesus caused him to know what? ______________________________________
Acts 1:1-2 (pg. 1055) God's Spirit gave what through Jesus, the Word? ____________________________________
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (pg. 1106) God's Spirit conceives what God the Father has _____________________________ for us. God's Spirit does what to us? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________
1 Corinthians 2:13 Are the spiritual words taught us by the Spirit unintelligible words? _________ What is truth (John 17:17, pg. 1048)? _______________ _________________________________________________
Hebrews 4:12f (pg. 1163) Since the Spirit is also called Truth (John 14:17, pg. 1046), what can God's Spirit judge? _________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
John 3:5 (pg. 1029) What was the truth that Jesus explained here? ______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
John 4:23-24 What kind of worshippers does God want? ______________________________________________ Proper worship must be both ____________________________________ and ____________________________________. Do you think some worshippers today pursue the spirit part but not the truth part? __________________ Why? _________________________________________
John 13:21 Sometimes God's truth has what effect on us? ________________________________________________
John 14:17 What name does Jesus give God's Spirit here? _________________________________ What is God's truth (17:17)? ___________________________________ Therefore, how do we have God's Spirit in us? _______________________________
Give an example of people commonly not accepting the truth (Spirit), even though they have been shown the truth? __________________________________________________________________________