“Anointing” Is an Apt Metaphor for the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is said to be our anointing.  And this word “anointing,” of course, refers to the ancient practice of anointing with oil.

What a wonderful metaphor for the Holy Spirit!  Even in our age, we understand how anointing works because we so often apply various kinds of lotion or oils to our faces.  Oil blends in.  Oil permeates and becomes a part of the person. Oil makes the person’s face glisten.  Once applied, it is not easily removed.  It must be replenished, but that is only a problem if you have a limited amount of oil.  God is able to give the Spirit without measure:

Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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John 3:34 “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Even Messiah Was Not Meant to Be Alone

Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

All Scripture speaks of Messiah.  Thus, we see that Jesus was not left alone, but rather was anointed with the Holy Spirit as His helper:

Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

This is the helper of which Jesus spoke:

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

We are to be conformed to the image of Messiah. Thus we are to have the Holy Spirit as our helper, too.  Because of this, it becomes possible for us to say as Jesus did:

John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Through Jesus Christ we have been granted the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  As Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

And again:

Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
Philippians 2:2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

To be in fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to be at one with the purposes of God.  There is a flow to the Spirit, and we enter into that flow when we walk with Him.

As the prophet said:

Amos 3:3 KJV Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

It is through the Holy Spirit that Christ dwells in our hearts (Ephesians 3:16-17).  Thus fellowship with the Holy Spirit is fellowship with Christ.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Strike Down the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Be Scattered

You may recognize the title of this post as coming from Zechariah 13:7.  It was quoted by Jesus the night before He died as a reference to Himself (Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27).

As this prophecy spoke that night of Jesus in the flesh, so it speaks for all time since of Jesus in the spirit.  That is, the kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).  Jesus leads us and rules us by His Spirit in this age.  Thus the way to thwart the advance of Jesus and His kingdom in our day is to deny, ignore, resist, or otherwise nullify the Holy Spirit.  This is why blasphemy against the Spirit is such a serious issue:

Luke 12:10 “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.

If you would give Jesus free reign in your heart, give the Holy Spirit free reign in your heart – for this is how Jesus moves and reveals Himself today.  To be led by Jesus Christ is to be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18).

The “great Shepherd of the sheep” (Hebrews 13:20) did once walk the earth in the flesh (Hebrews 5:7), but we know Him according to the flesh no longer (2 Corinthians 5:16).  Rather, “now the Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Let not this Shepherd be struck down.  Otherwise, we will be scattered.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zechariah 12:10 – The Spirit of Grace We Do Not Want to Insult

[Emphasis is added in the following verses to show their connection.  I’m wanting you to see clearly that the New Testament verse (i.e., Hebrews 10:29) is quoting an expression from the Old Testament (i.e., Zechariah 12:10).]

Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

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Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

The New Testament writers relied completely on the Old Testament Scriptures as enlightened by the Holy Spirit.  The writer of Hebrews is here evoking the spirit and words of the prophet Zechariah.  This “Spirit of grace” permeated the New Testament church (John 1:14, 16, 17), but was in danger of being taken for granted.  For this reason the letter of Hebrews was written:  to exhort believers to stir themselves to pay much closer attention to what they had heard (Hebrews 2:1; 13:22).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Esther 1:19 and Matthew 21:43

The first verse below would have been found in the Bible Jesus read while living on the earth.  The second verse came later.  Notice the similarity in the two:

Esther 1:19 “If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she.

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Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.

If you think Jesus learned the plan of salvation through the Hebrew Scriptures, you’d be right.  Of course, He was relying on the Holy Spirit for understanding of those Scriptures…but through Him you and I can come to understand the things He did.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Formerly God Spoke Loudly; Now He Speaks Quietly

1 Kings 19:12 After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.

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1 Kings 19:12 (King James Version) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

In Biblical times it was as if God spoke in loud ways (e.g. earthquakes, fires, etc.), but in the days of the kingdom of God He speaks by His Holy Spirit in “a gentle blowing” or “a still small voice.”

As Zephaniah prophesied, He is “quiet in His love” toward us:

Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Listen for the God who speaks in quietness.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Before His Resurrection, Jesus Spoke as a Man; Afterwards, He Spoke Through the Holy Spirit

We know that God became flesh and lived as a human being – Jesus of Nazareth.  The disciples of Jesus could talk with Him face to face about any issue they desired to discuss.  Once Jesus ascended into heaven, however, He inherited the Holy Spirit who became His instrument for speaking to His disciples from that point forward.

Even today, Jesus speaks through the Holy Spirit.  “For the kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

Thus the letter to the Hebrews reads:

Hebrews 12:25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.

The writer was referring to the utterances of the Spirit which were the essence of New Testament church services (see 1 Corinthians 12-14).

Hence he who does not welcome the Holy Spirit does not welcome the utterances of Jesus.  Let us therefore receive the Holy Spirit  at all times and in all places.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

Isaiah 44:4 – The Poplars Springing Up by Streams of Water

Isaiah 44:4 And they will spring up among the grass
Like poplars by streams of water.’

Who are these who will spring up “like poplars by streams of water” but those who follow in the steps of their Lord Jesus (1 Peter 2:21).  For He is the righteous man of Psalm 1, and His followers are conformed to His image (Romans 8:29) through  process of perfecting orchestrated by God Himself (Philippians 1:6).

As for the streams of water:

John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
John 7:39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This effect of the Holy Spirit is spoken of as well in the verse just before Isaiah 44:4.  He works like the rains from above and like the springs from beneath:

Isaiah 44:3 ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;

Jeremiah 17:5-8 supplies similar imagery.  It will reinforce and amplify the insight.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

The Holy Spirit Is the Blessing of God Par Excellence

Isaiah 44:3 ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;

By the parallelism that is inherent in Hebrew poetry, we see in this verse the connection Isaiah is drawing between God’s Holy Spirit and the blessing of God.

The greatest blessing in this life is the Spirit of the Lord in our hearts.  For then, God is with us (“Immanuel”).  No other blessing Christ could bestow on us measures up to the value of having His Spirit dwell in us.  Thus the Holy Spirit is the blessing of God par excellence.

When Paul was struggling with the Galatians to get them back on spiritual track, he asked, “Where then is that sense of blessing you had?” in Galatians 4:15.  He went on to say that he was “again in labor until Christ was formed” in  them.  If they lacked the blessing, it could only mean that they had lost the formation of Christ in their hearts.  To have the Spirit of Christ formed in us is to have the blessing of God upon us.

David knew value of the Holy Spirit, which is why, when caught in his sin, he pleaded that the Holy Spirit remain with him (Psalm 51:11).  By contrast, when King Saul was reprimanded for sin, he sought to retain the earthly honor of his office (1 Samuel 15:30).  Saul, though older than David, was not as wise as David.  Saul did not value the presence of the Holy Spirit…just as Esau did not value his birthright (Hebrews 12:15-16).

Knowing the value of the Holy Spirit, David prays to the Lord:

Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongs to the LORD;
Your blessing be upon Your people!

Surely David was recalling Moses’ words:

Numbers 11:29 ..Would that all the LORD’S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!”

The people of God should not be without the blessing of God.  If they find themselves in such a state, they should repent.  If they do, these words will be fulfilled:

Proverbs 1:23 “Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

How Can We Do Things Through Christ?

Paul says:

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  (KJV)

And how does this strengthening take place?  Paul himself answers in another of his letters:

Ephesians 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

Therefore, we seek from Him His Holy Spirit to strengthen our inner man that we might do all things through Him.  Then comes about the saying:

Zechariah 4:6 …”Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

He Has Given Us Jesus That We Might Better Recognize His Spirit

Of Jesus Christ, Colossians 1:15 says “He is the image of the invisible God.”  Thus to see Jesus is to see what God is like.

The Holy Spirit is called by various names in the Scripture, including “the Spirit of Christ” and “the Spirit of Jesus.”  But even without names so directly attached to Jesus, we would know that the Spirit must be like Him – for He is the Spirit of God and Jesus is the image of God.

We no longer have Jesus according to the flesh, nor have we had Him according to the flesh for almost two thousand years.  We do have, however, the Holy Spirit.  We recognize His work by the resemblance to Jesus.  We recognize His ways by their resemblance to the ways of Jesus.  We recognize His wisdom by its similarity to the wisdom of Jesus.

We would have a much harder time recognizing the moving of the Holy Spirit in this world if we didn’t know about Jesus.

He who has seen Jesus has seen the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit comes from Jesus.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zechariah 4:10

Zechariah 4:10 “For who has despised the day of small things?

From a worldly standpoint, Jesus’ beginnings were insignificant.

Even raised from the dead, people have wondered how he could save the world.

Like the tiny mustard seed, he grew to be the greatest of all the trees.

Why then do we think lightly of the small beginnings of Christ in our lives?  Let us take them seriously.  Let us take Him and the workings of His Spirit seriously.  For if we do, great thing will come.  Greater than we can imagine.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

That “power that works within us” is the power of His Holy Spirit.  Indeed, “despise not the day of small things!”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Esau Did Not Value the Things of God

David took seriously the things of God.  By contrast, Esau did not.  Since Esau lived before David, it is likely that David learned from his mistake.  That is, it is likely that, hearing the words of Moses from Genesis about the failings of Esau, David took those lessons to heart.  Here is the way a New Testament writer sums up the lesson to be learned from the life of Esau:

Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
Hebrews 12:16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

Esau did not take seriously what it meant to be heir to the promises God made to Abraham.  He squandered his inheritance.

We make Esau’s mistake when we don’t take seriously God’s promise that we would be heirs to Christ’s anointing – the Holy Spirit.

We who seek the kingdom of God cannot find it or abide in it without the Spirit of God:

Romans 14:17 …the kingdom of God is…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

No Holy Spirit, no kingdom of God.  Therefore, seek the Spirit from your heavenly father Jesus Christ:

Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

David Valued the Things of God…and We Can, Too

When David faced the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, he saw some things others didn’t see.  For one thing, David appreciated the fact that he and his fellow combatants were descendants of Abraham – a man who had received promises from God signified by circumcision, to which they were all heirs.  Thus David could ask incredulously:

1 Samuel 17:26 …[W]ho is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?”

Since this defiant Philistine was not an heir to the covenant of circumcision, how would his size help him against those who were?

Further, David had experience in leaning on God for help in things that would otherwise be more than he could handle.  Like any pious Jewish boy, he had been taught through the Ten Commandments that Moses gave to honor his father and mother.  Thus he was most zealous to protect the flock of his father’s sheep which had been entrusted to him.  David could recall that experience when Saul asked him how he proposed to win against an opponent who was so much larger:

1 Samuel 17:34 …David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock,
1 Samuel 17:35 I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him.
1 Samuel 17:36 “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.”

David also knew from his upbringing as an Israelite, hearing the stories of Scripture, that Israel had previously faced giants in this very land when they first sought entrance (Numbers 13-14).  Twelve Israelite spies had been sent to scout the promised land.  Ten of them came back too frightened to enter it because of its “men of great size” (Numbers 13:32).  God was so disappointed in this response that he sentenced Israel to forty years of circling the wilderness before they could enter the promised land of Canaan.  David didn’t want Israel to similarly disappoint God on this occasion.

Thus David took seriously what he had been taught about God – the promises to Abraham, the help in obeying the commandments of God, and the history of Israel.  All these things David learned from hearing the Scriptures and taking them seriously.  We can do the same.

We have been promised the Holy Spirit in this age to live the life of Jesus.  We should take this promise seriously.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Holy Oil

God’s promise to David for a glorious descendant (that we call the Messiah) was retold in Psalm 89.  In verse 20, God says:

Psalm 89:20 …with My holy oil I have anointed him.

The word “messiah” means, of course, “anointed.”  And “oil” was the agent of anointing in ancient Israel.  Living on this side of the New Testament, we know that Jesus was not anointed on the head with symbolic oil to be king over all but with the actual Holy Spirit whom the oil had been symbolizing.  Therefore, the Spirit of God is the “true oil.”  Thus God was promising in this verse to anoint Jesus with the Holy Spirit.  And Jesus anoints us with that same Holy Spirit.

Consider now Psalm 45 (which is quoted in Hebrews 1:9) in this light:

Psalm 45:7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.

What else can this “oil of joy” be but “the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).

Let us therefore seek “the holy oil” that only Christ can give.  That is, only the Anointed can give us “the anointing” (1 John 2:20, 27).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Anointed with Understanding

We know that Jesus was anointed with power through the Holy Spirit who was present in Him and through Him (Acts 10;38).  But the Holy Spirit brought much more than just power.  As the prophet Isaiah said:

Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

In this prophecy of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Messiah, we see a number of blessings brought by the Spirit.  Let us focus on just one of them: understanding.

Jesus had understanding of God’s ways, God’s will, God’s purpose.  Thus the power of the Holy Spirit was channeled through Him properly.  Without godly understanding, the power of God would not have been properly directed.

Give thought now to something that the apostle Paul said to his co-worker Timothy:

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Paul is saying that the way to get understanding is to consider his words.  Of course, he didn’t mean there was power in his own words.  Rather, he was talking about the word of the Lord through him.  As he says in another of his letters:

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

So, what does this have to do with the Spirit of God?

Proverbs 1:23 “Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.

The Spirit of God is poured out on us and we receive knowledge and understanding (note that knowledge was listed along with wisdom in Isaiah 11:2 above) of what God has said when we turn to God’s reproof.

Note also that:

Psalm 111:10 …A good understanding have all those who do His commandments… [emphasis added]

He who would receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit though Jesus – that is, he who would be anointed with understanding as Jesus was – must be about doing these things.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

This Is the Age of the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit, and the Name of Jesus

This is the age of the kingdom of God (or kingdom of heaven, if you prefer), the Holy Spirit, and the name of Jesus Christ…according to the Scriptures left to us by the prophets and apostles of ancient Israel.

The kingdom of God was “at hand” in the days of Jesus’ flesh and surely arrived shortly thereafter, just as promised.

The Holy Spirit is the minister of Christ throughout the earth today.

The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is above every other name…and will be so for all eternity.  He rules all!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

What the Holy Spirit Will Do

Here are some of the things the Holy Spirit will do for the believer in Christ:

Bear witness of Christ  –  John 15:26

Disclose to you the things of Christ  –  John 16:14-15

Disclose to you what is to come  –  John 16:13

Empower you  –  Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:16

Glorify Christ  –  John 16:14

Guide you into truth  –  John 16:13

Lead you  –  Psalm 143:10; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18

Remind you of what Christ has said to you  –  John 14:26

Speak to you what He hears from Christ  –  John 16:13

Teach you  –  John 14:26; 1 John 2:27

Testify about Christ  –  John 15:26

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)