Relationship With God the Father
Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was _______________BAPTIZED________, he went ___UP_____ _______OUT____ of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the _________SPIRIT___ of God descending ____LIKE________ a dove and lighting on him.
When did the special endowment of the Holy Spirit come on Jesus? ______________________________ Why was Jesus baptized (v. 15)? ___________________________________________________________
NOTE: Does this verse tell us the Spirit looked like a dove or descended like a dove? __________
Matthew 10:1a, 19f He called his _______TWELVE_____________ disciples to him and gave them authority...."do not worry about what to _______SAY__________ or how to say it. At that time you will be _GIVEN_ what to say, for it will ______NOT_____________ be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking _______________THROUGH___________ you."
NOTE: This was the gift of prophecy. Who did Jesus give this gift to at this time? ________________
Matthew 12:28 "But if I drive out ___________DEMONS______________ by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God ____HAS______ _________COME__________ upon you."
Matthew 28:19f "Go and make _________DISCIPLES__________________ of all nations, _____BAPTIZING____________ them in the name of the ______FATHER_______________ and of the ______SON__________________ and of the _____________HOLY SPIRIT______________________________, and teaching them to _________OBEY____EVERYTHING___________________ I have _____COMMANDED_________ you."
Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of _______JOY______________ through the Holy Spirit, said, "I ___PRAISE______ you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth....for this was your good _____PLEASURE_______________."
NOTE: Jesus is excited because the 72 he'd sent out to preach just prior to his death had worked miracles in defiance of the demons and of Satan himself. He knew he'd be leaving the kingdom in good hands.
Luke 11:13 "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give ____GOOD_______ ________GIFTS_________ to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who __ASK___ him!"
How does God know we love him (John 14:15, 31)? __________________________________________ Will smiling and singing hymns prove we love him? _________________
John 3:5f Jesus answered, "I tell you the _______TRUTH______________, no one can enter the ____KINGDOM____ of God ________UNLESS____________ he is _____BORN____________ of ________WATER______ and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives ________BIRTH________ to ____SPIRIT______."
John 3:34f "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without ____________LIMIT______________. The Father loves the Son and has placed
_____________EVERYTHING________________ in his hands.
If someone acts very holy and says how much they love God but does not speak the words of God, even after being shown, are they trying to impress you or God? _____________________ Has God really sent them? _________________________ Would you consider them harmless? _______________________
NOTE: The KJV after "Spirit without limit," added "unto the Son" (italicized) because the verse before and the verse after both refer to Jesus, the Son.
John 4:23-24 Yet a time is coming and has _____NOW__________ come when the _____TRUE_______ worshipers will worship the Father in spirit AND ______TRUTH____________, for they are the _____KIND____________ of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers _______MUST____________ worship in spirit AND in __________TRUTH_______________.
Is it important to God that we worship the way he specifies? _____________
John 14:15f "If you _______LOVE______________ me, you will ________OBEY______________ what I
_________________COMMAND_________________. And I will ask the Father and he will give you
______ANOTHER____________________ Counselor to be with you forever...."
When we worship, are we doing what pleases our friends or God?
Who will judge us, our friends or God? ______________________ Who died for us, our friends or God? _________________________________ If we had to make a choice, who would we spend eternity with, our friends or God? ________________________________
John 14:18 "....I will not leave you as _________ORPHANS___________; ___I________ will come to you."
Therefore, whose Spirit is in us? _____________________ Since the Son and Father are one (John 14:10), when, then, also have whose Spirit? ________________________
John 14:26 "....the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will _____________________ you all things and will ________REMIND______________ you of everything I have _________SAID_____ to you."
NOTE: This is the gift of prophecy.
John 15:24-27 "....But now they have seen these _________SEEN____________, and yet they have hated both me and my Father....When the Counselor comes, whom _____I____ will ______SEND_________ to you from the Father, the Spirit of _________TRUTH____________ who goes out from the Father, he will _____TESTIFY______ about me. And you also must _____TESTIFY____________________, for you have been with me from the ______________BEGINNING____________________.
NOTE: The Holy Spirit will also give them the gift of performing miracles.
John 20:20ff After he [Jesus] said this, he showed them his ______HANDS_______________ and ________SIDE______. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, "______PEACE______________ be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he ______BREATHED_________ on them and said, "___________RECEIVE____________________ the Holy Spirit. If you _____FORGIVE___ anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are ___NOT______ forgiven."
NOTE: This was a special gift only the apostles received. Jesus was repeating what he had said earlier in Matthew 16:19 and 18:18 (pg. 951).
NOTE: The word "spirit" is also translated "breath."
Acts 1:4b-5 "Do not leave Jerusalem, but _______WAIT____________ for the _____GIFT_____________ my Father promised....For John baptized with water, but in a ______FEW___________ _____DAYS_______ you will be __________BAPTIZED_____________ with the Holy Spirit.
Who did Jesus say would receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1:2b-3)? ________________________
Acts 2:19b "...and signs on the earth below..."
Luke 2:12 (pg. 992) What sign were the shepherds given? _____________________________________
Matthew 12:39-40 (pg. 945) What sign did Jesus said the wicked would see? _____________________
Luke 2:34 (pg. 993) What sign in Jesus' life and death was looked down on? ______________________
John 4:48f, 54 (pg. 1032) What sign did Jesus perform at this time? _____________________________
John 2:18 (pg. 1029) What sign occurred after Jesus' death? ____________________________________
John 20:30f (pg. 1053) Who performed many miraculous signs? ________________________________ Why? __________________________________________________________________________________
Acts 2:22 (pg. 1056) How did God give accreditation to Jesus among the people? __________________ According to this scripture, were these the signs Peter was referring to? ___________________________
When was the last time before Jesus that there had been a sign on earth? Daniel 5:1, 5, 12 (about 550 BC) Who interpreted the sign? ___________________________________
Acts 2:19c "...blood and fire and billows of smoke."
Acts 2:23 Whose blood were the prophet and Peter referring? _____________________________
Acts 2:3 What fire were the prophet and Peter referring to? ______________________________
Acts 2:2 What billows of smoke were the prophet and Peter referring to? __________________
The word translated "billows" is from the Greek word breath or vapour. In the O.T. smoke represented the presence of God at a particular location.
Exodus 19:9 Who came in a cloud to Mt. Sinai? _________________________
2 Chronicles 13-14 What of the Lord filled the temple in the cloud? ________________________
This phrase "billows of smoke" could also be translated "breath of God's glory."
Acts 2:22 "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man _____________________________________ by God to you by __________________________________, _____________________________________, and ________________________________."
These powers did what for Jesus among men? ________________________________
Acts 2:32f "God has raised this Jesus to ____________LIFE__________, and we are all witnesses of the __FACT___. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the ______PROMISED_______________ Holy Spirit and has _______POURED_________________ out what you now see and hear."
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.
Acts 5:32 We are ____________WITNESSES________________ of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who __________OBEY_______________ him.
In what way is the Holy Spirit a witness for us today, just as the apostles were witnesses in the first century (John 14:17 and 7:17, pg. 1046)? __________________________________________________________
Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to ____HEAVEN______________________ and saw the glory of God, and Jesus ___________STANDING___________________ at the right hand of God."
Earlier in Acts 2:4, Jesus was depicted as sitting at the right hand of God. What do you think caused him at this time to stand up? __________________________________________________________________
Acts 10:38 "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and ______POWER______, and how he went around doing good and _________HEALING______ALL_________."
NOTE: Remember from earlier references, this word "power" refers to "miraculous power."
Acts 15:3, 8 ....they told how the _____________GENTILES____________ had been converted...."Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the _______GENTILES_______________ might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, _____SHOWED____ that he _______ACCEPTED___________ them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to __US__."
NOTE: Peter is recalling the conversion of the first Gentile in Acts 10 and 11).
Romans 1:2-4 (pg. 1090) The gospel he [God] promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy
_______SCRIPTURES_______ regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of ______HOLINESS______________ was _______DECLARED__________ with _________POWER_____ to be the Son of God by his ______RESURRECTION_____________ from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Spirit caused what to happen to Jesus? __________________________________________________
Romans 2:25, 29 Circumcision has value if you observe the law....No, a man is a [spiritual] Jew if he is one __ONLY_____; and circumcision is circumcision of the ___________HEART__________________ by the ____SPIRIT____....Such a man's praise is _____NOT_____________ from ___MEN______________, but from _____GOD______________.
Do we prefer to be praised by our friends or God? _________________________
NOTE: We must cut off our stubborn will, our arrogance, from our hearts and follow God no matter how unpopular his command is among our friends.
Romans 5:5 And _____HOPE__________ does not ______DISAPPOINT_______________________ us, because God has poured out his ____________LOVE______________ into our _____HEARTS_______________ by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
How do we know God's Holy Spirit has poured out his love to us (Romans 15:4, pg. 1102)? _________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Romans 6:4, 6; 8:3-4 We were therefore buried with him through ____BAPTISM_______ into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a ____NEW______ life....For we know that our ____________SELF___________________ was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with....And so he condemned ________SIN___________ in sinful man, in order that the righteous ___________REQUIREMENTS________ of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but ____ACCORDING_________________ to the Spirit.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are ______________CONTROLLED______________ not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God ____LIVES________________ in _______YOU_____________. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not ______BELONG_____________________ to Christ.
Romans 8:14f Because those who are ____________LED__________ by the Spirit of God are ____SONS_______ of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of ________SONSHIP___________.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with ________OUR___________ spirit that we are God's ___CHILDREN_____.
Romans 8:27 And he who ___________SEARCHES_________ our ______HEARTS________________ knows the _MIND__ of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
Who is our only intercessor? _____________________ Therefore, can Mary or anyone else be? _____
The Spirit intercedes only under what condition? ______________________________________________
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all ________JOY________ and ____PEACE________________ as you _____TRUST_________________ in him, so that you may overflow with ___________HOPE___________ by the ________POWER______________ of the Holy Spirit.
Despite persecution or anything else, we can be joyful because of what? __________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
1 Corinthians 2:10f The Spirit _________SEARCHES____________ all things, even the ____DEEP________ things of God....no one knows the ________THOUGHTS_______________ of God except the Spirit of God.
NOTE: Just as Jesus was the Word of God (John 1:1, 14), the Holy Spirit is the Thoughts and Power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:12f We have...the Spirit who is from God, that we may ______UNDERSTAND_________________ what God has _________FREELY______________ _______________GIVEN___________ us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by ______HUMAN____________________ wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual _________TRUTHS________________ in spiritual ___WORDS______________.
Do you see here how the Thoughts of God (Holy Spirit) and Words of God (Jesus) work together for us?
1 Corinthians 2:14f The man ________WITHOUT___________ the Spirit does not _____ACCEPT_______________ the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are ____FOOLISHNESS______________to him, and he cannot ________UNDERSTAND_______________________ them, because they are spiritually discerned...."For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the _____MIND_____________ of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16f Don't you know that you yourselves are God's _________TEMPLE______________ and that God's Spirit ___LIVES_________________ in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is _________SACRED__________________, and you are that temple.
Therefore, what types of things should we let our bodies do? ___________________________________
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be ___DECEIVED_______: Neither the sexually ________IMMORAL________________ nor idolaters nor ___ADULTERERS_______ nor male ____________PROSTITUTES_____________ nor ____HOMOSEXUAL__________________ offenders nor ____________THIEVES______________ nor the ______GREEDY__________________ nor ____________DRUNKARDS_________________ nor _________SLANDERERS_______________ nor ______SWINDLERS_____________________ will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of ____________YOU___________ _______________WERE__________. BUT you were __WASHED_____, you were sanctified, you were _________JUSTIFIED______________ in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
NOTE: The word translated "justified" comes from a Greek word meaning to pronounce innocent, to acquit.
1 Corinthians 6:16ff Do you not know that he who _______________UNITES_______ himself with a ____PROSTITUTE______ is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in ______SPIRIT_______________....Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are _______OUTSIDE______________ the body. Do you not know that your ________BODY________________ is a _________TEMPLE_____________ of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a ______PRICE____. Therefore honor God with your body.
And what a price we were bought for. What was it (Revelation 5:9, pg. 1195)? _____________________
1 Corinthians 7:39f A woman is bound to her ______HUSBAND___________ as long as he ______LIVES_________. But if her husband dies, she is _______FREE_______________ to marry anyone she wishes, but he ______MUST__________ belong to the Lord. In my _____JUDGMENT________________, she is happier if she stays as she is - and I ______THINK________ that I too have the Spirit of God.
NOTE: In this case, Paul is giving a personal opinion. Whenever he did this, he so stated. He gave his opinion in 1 Corinthians 7:25 and 11:1-16, and so stated (see KJV).
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is ______SPEAKING_____________ by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be _____CURSED____," and no one can say, "Jesus is _______LORD_________," except by the Holy Spirit.
However, when people say it, do they/we always mean it? Is Jesus Lord of our life? Jesus stipulated over and over that what is the prove of our making him Lord (John 14:15)? ___________________________
2 Corinthians 1:22 (pg. 1119) [God] set his ____SEAL____________________ of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a _____DEPOSIT__________________________, guaranteeing what is to come.
NOTE: The comments in Revelation 9:4 (pg. 1197) about having the seal on our forehead is just changing a noun (name of something) into a verb (an action).
When we purchase a house but need to go to the bank to borrow the money, what do we do to get a guarantee that we can have the house once we get our loan? ____________________________________
2 Corinthians 3:3 You should know that you are a ____LETTER_________________ from Christ, the result of our ministry, ___WRITTEN____________________ not with ____INK________________ but with the Spirit of the living God, not on _________TABLETS______________ of stone but on tablets of human ____HEARTS________.
NOTE: Having the Holy Spirit is not just a feeling. It is an action.
2 Corinthians 5:2ff Meanwhile we groan, longing to be _____CLOTHED____________________ with our heavenly __DWELLING__....so that what is _______MORTAL____________________ may be swallowed up by ______LIFE_______. Now it is God who has ______MADE___ us for this very ___PURPOSE_______ and has given us the Spirit as a _____DEPOSIT______________________, guaranteeing what is to come.
What were we created to have some day? ___________________________________________________
2 Corinthians 13:14 May the ___GRACE______________ of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the __________LOVE_______ of God, and the ________FELLOWSHIP_______ of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Here's the Trinity. What magnificent qualities.
Galatians 3:5 Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you ______OBSERVE___ the law, or because you ________BELIEVE_____________ what you _______HEARD_______________?
Romans 10:1f (pg. 1098) Paul wanted the Israelites/Jews to be saved. They were very religious, but their zeal was not based on _______________________________________.
Romans 10:17 Faith comes from hearing/reading what? ______________________________________
Galatians 4:4ff But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under ___LAW________, to ________REDEEM________________ those under law, that we might receive the full _______RIGHTS_____ of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his ______SON__________ into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba [Daddy], Father." So you are no longer a ____SLAVE_________, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an ______HEIR_______.
Do people sometimes insist we do certain things that look holy in order to prove we're daughters of God? _______________________________________ Are they - and are they trying to get us to be - slaves to this "holy" behavior? _______________________________________
Ephesians 1:13 (pg. 1131) And you also were ________INCLUDED___________ in Christ when you heard the word of ________TRUTH____________, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were __MARKED______ in him with a ____________SEAL_______________, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a ____DEPOSIT___ guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory.
Revelation 9:4 (pg. 1197) talks about having a seal on our foreheads so we can be saved. That seal (a noun/name) is explained here as a verb/action. What is the seal/being sealed? __________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of ____________ WISDOM____________ and ________REVELATION_______________________.
NOTE: Paul's letter to the Ephesians is deep and exciting. These were mature Christians. 1 Timothy 1:3 says that Timothy was there a long time. Since John was exiled to the island Patmos when he wrote Revelation, and it is off the coast of Ephesus, many believe John lived there too. If John did, he may have taken Mary, Jesus' mother with him if she were still alive. Paul was praying for this mature congregation to receive the gift of revelation.
Ephesians 2:21f In him [Jesus] the whole ______BUILDING_________________ is joined together and rises to become a holy ____________TEMPLE____________ to the Lord. And in him you too are being built ___TOGETHER_____ to become a ___________DWELLING____________ in which God _____LIVES___________ by his spirit.
Ephesians 3:4ff In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the _______MYSTERY_____________ of Christ, which was not made known to men in other ________GENERATIONS_________________ as it has _____NOW________________ been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and porphets. This mystery is that through the ________GOSPEL_________________ the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the __________PROMISE_________ in Christ Jesus.
So, if anyone asks you what the "mystery" is so often mentioned in the New Testament, what is it? ______________________________________________________________________________________
In fact, the church exists to explain it to principalities and powers in heavenly places (3:10). We Christians have more influence than we realize.
Ephesians 4:4ff There is one ________BODY________________ and one _________SPIRIT__________ - just as you were called to one __________HOPE__________ when you were called - one _______LORD___________, one ____________FAITH______________, one ___________BAPTISM_____________; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
NOTE: the entire Trinity is represented here.
If there is only one baptism, describe it. _____________________________________________________ Therefore, what baptisms have been eliminated? _____________________________________________
Ephesians 4:30 And do not ______GRIEVE__________________ the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were _______SEALED___________________ for the day of _____REDEMPTION___________________.
In the list of negative traits listed in verse 31 and 5:3-5, which one(s) are you struggling to overcome? ___________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________
In the list of positive traits listed in verse 32 and 5:9, which one(s) are you struggling to have in your life? _________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________
Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision [Jews], we who _______WORSHIP_________ by the Spirit of God, who __________GLORY____________ in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the ___FLESH______.
The Jews kept following Paul around telling the new Christians that, to be saved, they needed to keep Jewish rites. What are some things people are saying we must do in our worship or alone to make sure we are saved? _______________________ ______________________________________________________________________________
1 Thessalonians 4:8 Therefore, he who _________REJECTS_____________ this instruction does not reject _____MAN______ but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 For we ought always to _____THANK_____________ God for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because from the _______________BEGINNING___________ God chose you to be saved through the ___SANCTIFYING_____ work of the Spirit and through _____BELIEF____________ in the ____TRUTH_____.
NOTE: We can have a separate study of being chosen and our "time" for being chosen.
2 Timothy 1:7 (pg. 1155) For God did not give us a spirit of ________TIMIDITY__________, but a Spirit of ____POWER_________, of love and of self-discipline.
If, when you're getting ready to talk to someone about their souls we think "power" instead of "courage," would that help you? ________________________
Hebrews 2:4 (pg. 1161) God also _________TESTIFIES____ to it by signs, wonder and various miracles, and _____GIFTS________ of the Holy Spirit _______DISTRIBUTED_______________ according to his will.
NOTE: Notice this is in past tense, as though by now, they aren't needed as much because so much of the Gospel has been written down now.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the _______BLOOD______________ of Christ, who through the __ETERNAL____ Spirit offered himself _________UNBLEMISHED_____________ to God, cleanse our ___CONSCIENCES_____ from acts that lead to ______DEATH______, so that we may serve the ______LIVING__________ God.
How are our consciences cleansed (1 Peter 3:21, pg. 1178)? __________________________________
Hebrews 10:26ff If we ______________DELIBERATELY_____________ keep on sinning ____________AFTER____ we have received the knowledge of the _______TRUTH____________, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a ___________FEARFUL________ expectation of _________JUDGEMENT_________ and of raging ___FIRE__ that will consume the enemies of God....How much more ______SEVERELY______ do you think a man deserves to be punished who has ______TRAMPLED_____________________ the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has _________INSULTED_____________________ the Spirit of grace?
1 Peter 1:2 (pg. 1176) Who have been chosen according to the ______FOREKNOWLEDGE______________ of God the Father, through the _______SANCTIFYING________________ work of the Spirit, for _____OBEDIENCE____ to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his _____BLOOD_____________.
Is foreknowledge and predestination the same thing? ___________________
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins ___________ONCE FOR ALL_________________________, the righteous for the ______UNRIGHTEOUS_____________ to bring you to God. He was put to death in the ___BODY_________ but made alive by the ____________SPIRIT______________.
Therefore, who will make us alive after we die? ___________________________
1 Peter 4:14 If you are _____________INSULTED______________________ because of the name of Christ, you are __________BLESSED_______________, for the Spirit of glory and of God __RESTS___________ on you.
NOTE: People only insult people they fear.
2 Peter 1:21 (pg. 1180) For prophecy never had its origin in the __________WILL__________ of man, but men spoke from God as they were _____CARRIED____________ along by the Holy Spirit.
1 John 4:1f Dear friends, do not ________BELIEVE______________ every spirit, but _____TEST_________ the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many _____FALSE_______________ prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can _______RECOGNIZE_______________ the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.
NOTE: People denying Christ's divinity abounded in the first century. It abounds today too. North America is the last stronghold for Christianity in the entire world. Even in Europe only about 10% of the people attend church.
1 John 4:13f We ___________KNOW________ that we believe in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have ________SEEN______________ and ___________TESTIFY________ that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
NOTE: John, the apostle, had seen Jesus for himself, both before his death and after. He was convinced.
Revelation 1:4 (pg. 1091) Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come and from the __________SEVEN___________ Spirits before his _________THRONE__________, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful ________WITNESS________________, the firstborn from the ______DEAD__________, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has _____FREED_______ us from our sins by his ______________________________.
Look at the footnote. What could be the other translation for "seven spirits"? ______________________
NOTE: Seven is symbolic. Three (the Trinity/heavenly) + Four (earthly, as in four corners of world, four winds) = Everywhere. The Spirit of God coming out of his throne is everywhere.
Revelation 4:5 From the throne came flashes of _________LIGHTNING_________, rumblings and peals of ____THUNDER_____. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven Spirits of God.
Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a _____LAMB___________, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the ______THRONE__________, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had __SEVEN____ horns and ___SEVEN_____ eyes, which are the seven ______SPIRITS_________ of God sent out into all the earth.
NOTE: Horns indicated strength to the Jews. Eyes indicated all knowledge.
NOTE: How it must have grieved John to see Jesus standing them once more dripping with blood. It was because of John's sins, my sins, your sins that he had to go through that terrible death.
Revelation 19:10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he [the angel] said to me, "Do ___NOT______ do it! I am a fellow ______SERVANT_______________ with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship______GOD_________! For the testimony of Jesus it the spirit of prophecy."
Even if his old age, John sometimes got things wrong. If we are not to bow down to angels, are we to bow down to any other religious figure? ___________
In a sense, we all have the gift of prophecy by testifying what Jesus has done for us and will do for them: Save them.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the ____HOLY_________ _______CITY_____________, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
At last! At last! A view of his eternal home! "I'll be there soon!" John must have shouted. "I'll be there soon!"
Yet, although he cannot see it, John is already in his holy city. Revelation 21:2 and Ephesians 5:25, 32 (pg. 1136) says who is the holy city? ______________________________________________