VI.  HOLY SPIRIT

 

Relationship With God the Son

 

 

Matthew 1:18, 20         (pg. 933)  This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about:  His mother Mary....was found to be with   _______CHILD________ through the Holy Spirit....what is _______CONCEIVED_____________________ in her is _____FROM________________ the Holy Spirit.

 

                                    NOTE:  The Holy Spirit can affect us physically.  Later, miracles will be performed through the "power" of the Holy Spirit.

 

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 4:1                 Then Jesus was ____LED_______ by the Spirit into the desert to be _____TEMPTED___________________ by the devil.

 

                                    The Spirit did not lead Jesus into temptation; he did however, lead him to go where when he saw it coming? ______________________ ________________________________________________________

 

Matthew 4:23               Jesus went throughout Galilee, ________TEACHING______________ in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing ________EVERY___________________ disease and sickness among the people.

 

                                    What percent of the people who came to him for healing were healed?  _____________

 

Matthew 8:5, 13                       "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at ______HOME___________ paralyzed and in terrible suffering"....Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go!  It will be done just as ____________________ believed it would."  And his servant was healed at that very _______HOUR______________."

 

                                    From this, do you deduce that it is up to the faith of the sick person to be healed?  __________  Do modern faith-healers say that when they fail?  _________________

 

Matthew 8:16               When evening came, many who were ____DEMON-POSSESSED________________________________ were brought to him [Jesus], and he drove out the spirit with ___A___ _____WORD_______________ and healed ______ALL__________ the sick.

 

                                    What did Jesus do besides heal the sick?  _____________________________________________

 

Matthew 9:18, 25         "My daughter has just _____DIED_____________________.  But come and put your hand on her, and she will _____LIVE_________________"...."he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got ___UP___."

 

                                    From this, do you deduce that it is up to the faith of the person to be brought back to life?  __________

 

Matthew 9:35               Jesus went through _____ALL_________ the towns and villages, ________TEACHING__________ in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing ________EVERY______________ disease and sickness.

 

                                    What percent of the people who came to him for healing were healed?  _______________

 

Matthew 12:15             Jesus withdrew of that place.  Many followed him, and he healed ________ALL______ their sick.

 

                                    What percent of the people who went to Jesus of healing were healed?  ______________

 

Matthew 12:31f                        "Every sin and ____BLASPHEMY___________ will be ____FORGIVEN___________ men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will _____NOT______ be forgiven.  Anyone who speaks a ______SPEAKS_____ against the Son of Man[kind] will be forgiven, but anyone who _________SPEAKS____________ against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

 

                                    NOTE:  Jesus here refers to his human side, "son of mankind" and indicates that people seeing him could possibly misunderstand.  But the Holy Spirit is a different matter.  By the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus performed miracles.  Even though Jesus looked like any other man, his miracles proved he had power from God.

 

                                    What does the Spirit do (John 16:8a, pg. 1047)?  ______________________________________________  Therefore, as long people refuse to acknowledge God and his will for their lives, it is impossible to forgive them.

 

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."

 

Mark 2:8                      (pg. 969)  Immediately Jesus ________KNEW____________ in his spirit that this was what they were _THINKING____ in their hearts.

 

                                    NOTE:  Jesus is the only one in the Bible who knew the thoughts of others.

 

Luke 1:35                     The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come _____UPON________ you, and the ______POWER________ of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."

 

                                    NOTE:  The Holy Spirit is God's POWER!

 

Luke 4:1                       Jesus, ___________FULL________________ of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert.

 

                                    What percent of the Holy Spirit was on Jesus?  _______________________________

 

Luke 4:14                     Jesus ___________RETURNED______________ to Galilee in the _________POWER______________ of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.

 

                                    NOTE:  The word translated "power" is from the Greek word "dunamis" which is also translated "mighty works" and "miracles."  Apparently it was at this time that Jesus obtained the ability to work miracles.

 

Luke 4:16-18               He [Jesus] went to Nazareth...went into the synagogue....The prophet Isaiah...."The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has _______ANOINTED________________ me to...proclaim ____FREEDOM_______ for prisoners, recovery of ________SIGHT_____________________ for the ____BLIND___________.

 

                                    NOTE:  One of the first things Jesus did was to announce to the people that he now had miraculous power.  He had worked only two miracles before this:  Turning water to wine, which some could say was a setup; and healing a Roman official's son by long distance.

 

Luke 9:54-55               When the disciples, James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call ____FIRE_______ down from heaven to ________DESTROY_________ them?"  But Jesus turned and rebuked them, [see footnote "c" for rest of verse] and he said, "You do ______NOT_______ _______KNOW________ what

                                    ______KIND____________________ of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to __________SAVE_________________ them.

 

                                    NOTE:  Early in a person's Christian life, they may not understand the kind of life the Holy Spirit wants them to live through his word, the Bible.

 

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.

 

John 1:32f                    (pg. 1028)  Then John gave this testimony:  "I ____SAW___________ the Spirit come down from

                                    ______________HEAVEN___________________ as a dove and remain on him.  I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit

                                    _______COME________ _______DOWN_____ and ____REMAIN__________________ is he who will _____________________BAPTIZE________________ with the Holy Spirit.

 

                                    NOTE:  Since the Holy Spirit REMAINED, this seems to indicate that whatever they saw representing the Holy Spirit was absorbed into Jesus at this time.

 

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 7:38f                    "Whoever believes in me, as the ________SCRIPTURE__________ has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who ___________BELIEVED______________ in him were ____________LATER________________ to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had _____NOT______________ been given, since Jesus had not yet been ______________GLORIFIED_______.

 

                                    Had the Twelve received the Holy Spirit yet?  ____________

 

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 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 1:1f                      ...all that Jesus began to do and to _________TEACH_____ until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving ______INSTRUCTIONS_________ through the Holy Spirit to the ________APOSTLES_________ he had chosen.

 

                                    NOTE:  Although Jesus was the Words of God (John 1:1, 14), these words come about from the thoughts and motives of God, God's Spirit.

 

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 4:30                     "Stretch out you [God's] hand to heal and perform miraculous ____SIGNS___ and ______WONDERS_________ through the name of your holy servant Jesus."

 

                                    Does this say that ordinary Christians were performing them?  (Be careful.  Note what it says, not what it does not say.)  ______________________________

 

Acts 8:14-19                When the ______APOSTLES________...sent Peter and John...prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had ______SIMPLY_______ been baptized into the ____NAME________________ of the Lord ______JESUS_________.  Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.  When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the ______APOSTLES'_______________ hands....

 

                                    Once again, in the early years of the church, people were still sometimes confused and they still did not have the written word, not even the life of Christ.  These people obeyed God to the degree they thought was necessary.  But they had not obeyed what (Matthew 28:19, pg. 967)?  _____________________________

 

                                    Who were the only men with the power to impart the Holy Spirit separately from baptism?  ___________

 

Acts 8:39f                    When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.  Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about....

 

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 13:2ff                   While they were _____________WORSHIPING________________ the Lord and _____FASTING______, the Holy Spirit ______SAID______, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul...."The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit.

 

                                    Who/What was Jesus (John 1:1, 14, pg. 1025)?  ________________________________

                                    Whose Spirit did Jesus say he would sent to them (John 14:17-18)?  ______________________________

 

Acts 16:6f                    Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit ______FROM________ preaching the word in the province of Asia.  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of ________JESUS___ would not ______ALLOW_____________ them to.  So they passed by Mysia and went down to ____TROAS_.

 

                                    Was Paul, to whom the Holy Spirit influenced where to preach, a common Christian or an apostle (Romans 1:1, pg. 1090)?  _____________________________

 

Acts 19:2-7                  "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you __________BELIEVED______________?"  They answered, "No, we have not even _____________HEARD_______ that there is a Holy Spirit."  So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?"  "John's baptism," they replied.  Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of __________________REPENTEANCE_____________...."  On hearing this, they were _____BAPTIZED______ into the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul placed his ___HANDS__________ on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in ________TONGUES_____________ [languages] and prophesied.  There wre about 12 men in all.

 

                                    NOTE:  A similar incident had happened earlier with people who had been baptized only in the name of Jesus, in which case, the apostles gave them the Holy Spirit.  But in this case, they had not been baptized in the name of Jesus because they apparently didn't even know Jesus had come, in addition to knowing there was a Holy Spirit.  Because of their confusion, Paul baptized them first, then gave them the Holy Spirit next so they would see for themselves there was a Holy Spirit. 

 

                                    Why would they need the ability to speak in languages and prophesy both?  Remember what speaking in languages was for (1 Corinthians 14:22, pg. 1115)?  ____________________________________________  Was it a convincing sign to these twelve men?  __________________  Now they can use the sign for others. 

                                    NOTE:  Since the gift of languages was used to spread the basic gospel message (Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection), their gift of prophecy would be used to expand on God's Word not yet written.

 

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 8:1f                 Therefore, there is now no ________CONDEMNATION____________________ for those who are in Christ Jesus, because _____THROUGH____________________ Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of __LIFE______ set me __________FREE_______ from the law of sin and _____DEATH______________.

 

                                    How do we get "in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:27, pg. 1130)?  ____________________________________

 

 

Romans 8:11                And if the Spirit of him who ________RAISED___________________ Jesus from the ______DEAD_______ is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will ____ALSO_____________ give life to your _______MORTAL________ bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

 

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 15:16              ...to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the ____PRIESTLY__________________ duty of _________PROCLAIMING________________________ the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, ______SANCTIFIED____________________ by the Holy Spirit.

 

                                    NOTE:  The Holy Spirit sanctifies/saves us by miraculously erasing our sins as though we never committed them.

 

Romans 15:30              I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the _______LOVE_________ of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by __________PRAYING_______________ to God for me.

 

                                    If we struggle with/for someone in prayer, even though we don't have the courage or ability to do what they do, does it make us a participant with them?  ________________________________

 

1 Corinthians 2:4          (pg. 1106)  My message and my preaching were not with ____WISE_______ and ___PERSUASIVE____ words, but with a ______DEMONSTRATION_______________________ of the Spirit's power.

 

                                    In what way did the Holy Spirit demonstrate power (Luke 4:14, pg. 995) 

 

                                    NOTE:  The word translated "power" is from the Greek word "dunamis" which is also translated "mighty works" and "miracles."  Apparently it was at this time that Jesus obtained the ability to work miracles.

 

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 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 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)?  ___________________________

 

1 Corinthians 12:10      ....to another miraculous powers, to another ____PROPHECY____, to another ____DISTINGUISHING____ Between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues [langauges], and to still another the interpretation of tongues [foreign languages]....

 

                                    NOTE:  The word translated "prophecy" is from a Greek word meaning to speak the mind and counsel of God.

 

                                    NOTE:  The word translated "interpretation" means an explanation, not just transposing a word from one language to another.  It is the same word translated "explained" in Luke 24:27 (pg. 1025) when Jesus met the men on the way to Emmaus after his resurrection.

 

                                    How can we interpret the scriptures today in order to help others?  (Hint:  The scriptures always interpret themselves.)  ______________________________________________________________________________

 

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 3:1f                (pg. 1129)  You ______FOOLISH__________ Galatians!  Who has _________BEWITCHED__________ you?  Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was _____CLEARLY______________ portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you:  Did you receive the Spirit by observing the ___LAW_____, or by _______BELIEVING________________ what you heard?

 

                                    The letter to the Galatians was written because people were saying they should keep both Jewish and Christian practices.  Think about some of the recent innovations in our worship services.  Are we tending to do the same things today?  _________________________________

 

Galatians 3:14               He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the _____GENTILES________ through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might ____RECEIVE___________ the _____PROMISE__________ of the Spirit.

 

                                    What was promised to Abraham (Hebrews 11:8, 10, pg. 1169)?  _________________________________

 

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 2:13, 18       But now in Christ Jesus you who once were _____FAR______ away have been brought ___NEAR________ through the _________BLOOD___________ of Christ....For through him we both have ____ACCESS______ to the Father by one Spirit.

 

                                    NOTE:  Both Christ Jesus and we Christians are near to God the Father through God the Spirit.

 

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 prophets.  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.

 

Philippians 1:17-21       (pg. 1138)  "...while I am in chains....for I know that through your _______PRAYERS_______ and the _____HELP______ given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my ______________DELIVERANCE__________....whether by life or by ______DEATH_____________.  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is _________GAIN___________."

 

                                    The word translated "deliverance" is also translated "salvation."  If Paul had been left in jail for good, how could it lead to his salvation?  ______________________________________________________________

 

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? ______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

 

2 Thessalonians 2:8f      (pg. 1149)  And then the __________LAWLESS______________ ____________ONE____ will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will ___________OVERTHROW____________________ with the ______BREATH________ [Spirit] of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.  The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of ________SATAN_________________ displayed in all kinds of _____COUNTERFEIT________ miracles, signs and wonders....They perish became they _______REFUSED___________ to love the __TRUTH__ and so be saved.

 

                                    If someone claims to work miracles, does that mean this person is saved?  _____________________

                       

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 John 3:24                  Those who ___________OBEY____________ his _______COMMANDS____________________ live in him, and he in them.  And this is how we know that he lives in us:  We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

 

                                    Where do Jesus' commands appear?  ____________________________________

 

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 5:6ff                  This is the one who came by ________WATER______________ and the __________BLOOD________ -Jesus Christ.  He did not come by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth....The Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

 

                                    John made a point of the water and blood that came out of Jesus' body at his death in John 19:34-35, pg. 1051:  "Instead, one of the soldiers __________________________ Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden _____________________ of ________________________ and _________________________.  The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is ____________________.

 

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 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 22:17           The Spirit and the _________BRIDE_____ say, "Come!"  And let him who hears say, "Come!"  Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the _____FREE_________ gift of the water of ________LIFE___________.

 

                                    Who is the bride (Ephesians 5:28f, pg. 1136)?  __________________

 

                                    The doomsday prophets of today do not frighten us.  The sooner Jesus comes, the better.  For any of us, it may be tomorrow, for tomorrow we may die.  Do we fear it?  No!  Come, Lord Jesus!  Come!

 

                                    And how does Jesus reply (Revelation 22:20)?  _______________________________________________