FOUNDATIONS

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I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

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"Indwelling of the

Holy Spirit?"

LESSON TWO.

INTRODUCTION:

From our previous lesson we concluded with these summary thoughts:

“Holy men moved as the Spirit directed them to preach the Gospel. This Gospel then became the universal template that would allow all men to come to God on the same ground (rich, poor, Jew, Gentile, slave or free – Galatians 3:28)."

In this lesson we will continue to develop our understanding of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

LESSON TWO:

Text #5:

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 things that I said to you.”

 

Jesus, on His last night with His disciples began an intimate session of teachings designed to comfort His chosen after His announcement that He was about to leave them (only recorded in John's Gospel – John 13:21-16:33). Only eleven of the hand picked disciples of Christ remained with Him at this time, as Judas has gone out to betray Him (13:21-30). This becomes important, as the promise of the Holy Spirit by whom they would be taught all things, and reminded of all things , was only to the chosen of Christ! In Acts 1:4, before He ascended, Jesus would command the Apostles (1:2) to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father, which they heard from Him. This was direct reference to the promise of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had told them about before He died.

Through the work of the Apostles of Jesus Christ and those who through the laying of their hands would also become New Testament prophets, all truth would be manifest to the world (John 16:13). This would comprise the holy men of God whom the Holy Spirit would work through, as described in text #1! Remember that God is a God of order and not chaos!

 

Summary: The Spirit would speak through holy men the Gospel of Jesus Christ which would become the universal highway for men to come to God through Christ. These holy men where the Apostles of Jesus Christ and New Testament prophets that would work through the laying on of the Apostles hands.

 

Text #6:

John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

In the last chapter of this great dissertation of Jesus to His chosen, He would tell them that during their life and work as Apostles of Jesus Christ, all truth would be delivered. This teaches us that the work of the Apostles was exhaustive and when completed, there would be no further need of revelation. The Spirit was then to have His perfect work in the work of the Apostles!

This is mirrored in the statement of Jude in his letter written late in the history of the first century, note:

Jude 3 “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

Peter, who wrote his second letter at virtually the same time in history as Jude and to the same Christians, said the same thing, note:

2 Peter 1:2-3 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

Jude would state that the faith had been once delivered; we now know that this was through the exhaustive work of the Apostles of Christ. Peter, as one of these Apostles, would state that all things that pertain to life and godliness existed in the knowledge of Him whom had called us. How has He called us?

2 Thessalonians 2:14 “to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul as an Apostle of Jesus Christ would acknowledge to the Christians in Thessalonica that their calling had originated from the universal method God had determined would be responsible for His message of salvation to come to the world. If language means anything! Peter said that everything that pertains to life and godliness existed in the word, which Jude said was once delivered, and which Paul would say would make the man of God complete! – II Timothy 3:16-17

 

Summary: The Holy Spirit moved holy men to speak the prophetic word and this word was the Gospel of salvation preached as the universal way for man to know and come to God through Christ. The holy men were the Apostles of Jesus Christ who through their efforts accomplished the perfect work of the Holy Spirit.

 

Text 7:

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Note: Peter did not say that they would receive the Spirit Himself as a gift, but a gift that would come from Him.

The recognition and application of this gift of the Spirit can be seen in two forms in the context of this chapter of Acts.

First, by the Gospel sermon, that to this point has caused these Jews to be cut to their hearts to seek the salvation offered in Christ Jesus. This is the conversion portion of the Gospel of Christ.

Second , is that those who gladly received Peter's words (as the words of salvation were preached in the sermon, words of salvation have instructed them what to do – repent and be baptized into Christ for the remission of sins, and many more words were spoken to them to be saved from their perverted generation – Vs. 40), were baptized (completing the conversion portion of the Gospel). Those who then entered into this new covenant relationship with God through Christ continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine (Vs 42 - learning what the Lord would have them know as citizens of the kingdom of heaven). This makes up the doctrinal portion of the Gospel of Christ, which is designed to teach and train Christians to proper Spirit guided living!

We can see both portions of the Gospel of Christ existing within the Great Commission that Jesus gave His chosen to complete in order to accomplish the delivery of the Love of God to the world, note:

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(conversion portion) 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you (doctrinal portion); and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

Summary: Holy men of God would speak as the Spirit directed them revealing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a universal delivery. This delivery would constitute a gift of the Spirit that would, if obeyed, allow men to know a new covenant relationship with God through Christ and a Spirit directed life to all things given that lead to life and godliness through a knowledge of His word, which was once delivered through the work of the Apostles and prophets.

CONTINUED IN LESSON 3