The Holy Spirit & You – Class 2A & 2B


Class 2A  The Holy Spirit And You

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God Himself, Genesis 1:26.
He is a Spirit, cannot be seen with the optical eyes,. (JoHe can be grieved Ephesians 4:30,
And can talk Acts 13:2.
He is the angel of God’s presence Isaiah 63:9. The person that brings to us the presence of the almighty God.
He is one of the same kind with Jesus, John 14:16-20.


Parakletos means
(1) Comforter John 14:16, 2 Corinthians 1:3
(2) Counselor Isaiah 11:2, Romans 8:16
(3) Helper, Romans 8:26-28.
(4) Strengthener, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 11:2.
(5) Intercessor, Romans 8:26
(6) Teacher, 1 Corinthians 2:9-11, 1 John 2:20, 27, John 16:13.
(7) Standby, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

Receiving The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is received after salvation. It is man receiving God’s ability, becoming identified with the omnipotence of God Acts 1:8 “The power” here means Dunamis. It is the dynamic ability to cause changes.
The Holy Spirit is received by faith
And is mostly received by the laying on of hands; Acts 9:17, Acts 8:17, Acts 8:6.
Receiving the Holy Spirit means receiving the anointing for Christian service, 1 John 2:20, 27, 2 Corinthians 1:21,
You receive the power to preach the gospel, heal the sick and raise the dead.
The Holy Ghost is for every child of God and is received by faith (Gal. 3:2),
It is a gift Acts2:38. Since it is a gift, you don’t have to work it,

Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

You receive the Holy Spirit once. Acts 2:1-4
The infilling is a continuous process. Acts 4:31
This signifies that there is a conscious daily infilling of the Holy Ghost by the believer. Ephesians 5:18;
It is the believer’s responsibility to be filled with the Spirit.
This infilling of the Holy Spirit makes us to maintain the glow as Christians.
The Fellowship of The Holy Spirit
2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all Amen”.

The Greek here for communion means presence, sharing, fellowship, participation, intimacy, friendship, comradeship (commander).
The Holy Ghost can actually become your friend. (Matthew 28:20b)
. His presence always goes with you, you cease to fear and Isaiah 41:10 becomes a living reality “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed: for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”. (Proverbs 18:24).
He becomes the boss of your life, you wouldn’t want to hurt Him,

CLASS 2B  Speaking In Tongues

Speaking in tongues means speaking in the language which is not of this world,
The Bible also calls it the language of angels.

(a)A language that identifies believers Mark 16:17, I Corinthians 14:22a.

(b)Speaking in tongues helps the believer to build himself. 1 Corinthians 14:4a, Jude 20

(c) Acts 10:46, Speaking in tongues is a language of the Spirit through which the believer magnifies and glorifies God.
The believer also gives thanks and praise to God as he speaks in tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:17).

(d) He who speaks in an unknown tongue speaks mysteries or hidden truth, to God. (1 Corinthians 14:2)

There is a major difference between speaking in tongues as recorded in Mark 16:17 and 1 Corinthians 12:10. The latter is a gift of the Spirit. It is given to believers as the Holy Spirit decides.
In 1 Corinthians 12:10, the Bible talks about the working of the Spirit of God.

The Gift Of The Holy Spirit –1 Corinthians 12:7-12

The gifts here mean manifestation of the There are nine gifts of the Spirit as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.

(i) Word of wisdom (ii) Word of knowledge (iii) Faith (iv) Gifts of healing
(v) Working of miracles (vi) Prophecy (vii) Discerning of spirit
(viii) Divers kinds of tongues (ix) Interpretation of tongues.

(a) What is the purpose of the gifts?
To build up the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 14:1-3.
(b) How can these gifts be received?

By faith and through strong desire. 1 Corinthians 12:31. There must be a strong and earnest desire for these gifts.1 Corinthians 14:1, Matthew 7:7-11, Mark 11:24.

(c) The gifts of the Holy Spirit are permanent. Romans 11:29
(d) Can one man can receive and operate all of them.
Yes, John 3:34, Romans 15:29 Mark 9:23, John 15:7, Ephesians 3:19, James 1:5-8.
(e) The gifts can be exercised at will. 1 Corinthians 14:15, 1 Timothy 4;14, 2 Timothy 1:6.

The Ministry Gifts

But into everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the Gift of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:7

“Wherefore he saith, when he ascended upon on high, he led captivity Captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some apostles; and some Prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the Perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:8, 11-12)

Paul clearly spelt out the various offices God has set apart to see to it that the Christian is built up and made ready to do the work of the ministry;

The ministry given to those who occupy these five offices in the
body of Christ is primarily to PERFECT THE SAINTS.


(a)The Apostle
This comes from the Greek word Apostolos that means a sent one, an ambassador of the Gospel,

(b). The Prophet
This is derived from the Greek word Prophetes. It shows a foreteller; an inspired speaker.

(c) The Evangelist
Paul took this from the Greek word Evangelisties literally means, ‘a messenger of good’.
Heb 2:4,

(d) The Pastor
The Greek word for Pastor as Paul used it is Poi men. This means a shepherd or one who tends/ herds flock.

(e) The Teacher
From the Greek word, ‘Didaskalos. This means, one who instructs; who expound in details
the word of God and any revelation given by God (I Corinthians 13:2). According to Apostle Paul, the five fold ministry gifts motivates and train the saints for the work of the ministry.

(2) The Difference Between The Ministry Gifts And The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit.
The major difference between these nine manifestations of the Spirit of God from the ministry gifts earlier discussed is found in I Corinthians 12:7

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to everyman to profit withal”

Every Christian necessarily have at least one of the nine
The second difference is found in I Corinthians 14:1; “Follow after charity, and DESIRE spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy”.

So we find here that you can covet the nine gifts while the five fold gift is a calling

“And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of
God as was Aaron” Hebrew 5:4.

All these manifestations of the Spirit serves for the edifying and common good of the church (I Corinthians 12:7);
But Paul shows that the best of them is the gift of prophecy. I Corinthians 14:1.The reason is because it is one gift that edifies and builds up the church at once when its in operation. He said;
“But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation and comfort” I Corinthians 14:3

(3) Every Christian can walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
These signs shall follow them that believe Mark 16:16-17
Believing puts one in the power of the Holy Spirit 1Pet 1:5
You now have the Spirit of Power
You can do all things
Every christian can walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and live in boldness
Ephesians 3:20, Ephesians 1:19, 2 Corinthians 15:4,
2Corinthians 4:20.



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