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Holy Spirit
Week 6         Personality       Day 1
Learning Goals
        You will be able to:
    1. describe the attributes of the Holy Spirit.
    2. activities of the Holy Spirit.
    3. ways the Holy Spirit is effected by people.
  1. Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. He is the spiritual manifestation of God.
    Manifestation means one of the forms in which someone or something, such as a person,
    a divine being, or an idea,
is revealed. As God is a person, so is the Holy Spirit a person. He possesses all the attributes of God.
Question 1
Circle the correct answer)
The Holy Spirit is:
  1. part of the Trinity
  2. second part of the Trinity
  3. not God
  4. the spiritual manifestation of God.

Question 2
Define “manifestation”

Question 3
The Holy Spirit is
  1. ghost to be afraid of
  2. person
  3. thing

The Holy Spirit is not an it. The Bible presents the Holy Spirit as a personal being.
He is not just an influence or a power at work in the world. The Holy Spirit is shown as doing the work of a person.
He expresses His personality through activities. He testifies, He reproves, He comforts, He teaches, He guides,
He strives, and He helps. These are action words. They are words that can only be used to describe a person.

Question 4
List some general activities of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is also affected as a person by the acts of others. He can be resisted, grieved, vexed, insulted
and blasphemed. Only a person can be so affected by others.
Question 5
List some ways the Holy Spirit is affected by others.

The Holy Spirit is the third part of the trinity. He is divine.
He is omnipresent. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:7).
He is also omniscient. “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God”.
(I Corinthians 1:10).
Omnipotence is another characteristic of the Holy Spirit. “All these things are the work of one and
the same Spirit, and He gives them to each man, just as He determines” I Corinthians 12:11).
(See Week 1 Day 3 for a review of omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotence).

The Holy Spirit convicts of sin. He is the agent of regeneration. Romans 8:11 credits the
Holy Spirit with having a role in the resurrection: “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is l
iving in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit
who lives in you.”

He is active in creation. The prophets were motivated by the Holy Spirit.
He was present at Jesus’ conception (Matthew 1:18). The Spirit was present with Jesus during His baptism
and temptations. He was raised from the dead according to the Spirit (Romans 14). The Holy Spirit reveals
God’s will to us. He convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He enables a sinner to turn to Christ in faith.
When you become a Christian the Holy Spirit leads and guides you.
Question 6
Underline five or more specific activities of the Spirit that are listed in the preceding paragraph.

Remember that the Holy Spirit does not reveal Himself; He reveals God in Jesus.

Question 7
Who does the Holy Spirit reveal?
( ) God in Jesus
( ) Himself

Holy Spirit
Week 6     Work/Activities     Day 2
Learning Goals
        You will be able to:
    1. four Old Testament activities of the Holy Spirit
    2. and describe the difference in the disciples before and after they received the Holy spirit.
    3. the traditional ways the Father, son and Holy Spirit are described.
    4. if a person is truly lead by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
The Bible first mentions the Holy Spirit in Genesis 1:2: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Old Testament references to the Holy Spirit are usually connected with the giving of some gift of power.

The Spirit endowed men with wisdom and skills: “And I have filled him with
the Spirit of God, with skill, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts” (Exodus 31:3).

The Spirit gave power for special work: “Suddenly a young lion came
roaring toward him. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power so he tore the lion apart with his bare hands”
(Judges 14:6).

The Spirit inspired the prophets to proclaim God’s message:
“The Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me” (Ezekiel 2:2)

Peter claimed the Holy Spirit guided the men who wrote the Old Testament:
“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” (I Peter 1:21).

Question 1
List four activities of the Hold Spirit in the Old Testament

The Holy Spirit in the New Testament
For two or three years, the disciples had lived constantly with Jesus. Their activities were directed by Him.
They found fulfillment in being with Him and learning from Him. Then He left them. He had tried to prepare them
for His leaving but they did not really expect Him to leave, at least not for long (Acts 1:6). Without Jesus’ presence
and leadership they were inactive and unable to begin preaching the gospel to the world
On the day of Pentecost, the disciples who had been inactive and uninvolved in the world suddenly became excited.
They proclaimed to the visitors in Jerusalem that Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified according to God’s purpose
and that same Jesus had been raised from the dead by God. They proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah all were l
ooking for. What transformed the powerless disciples into aggressive preachers? What gave them direction and purpose.
The Bible says it was the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-3)
Question 2
Describe the difference in the disciples before Pentecost and after.

God filled the disciples with His divine Spirit so that they received power.
It was the presence of God they experienced. It was not God as they had known Him as Jews.
Nor was it God as they had known Him in Jesus. However, it was the same God. He was present in a new way.
The disciples referred to the one present with them as the Holy Spirit, as God’s Spirit, and as the Spirit of Christ.
Whereas God had been present in their history as Jesus, now He was present in their experience as the Holy Spirit.
Question 3
List three ways God related to the disciples

When we speak of the Holy Spirit, we are speaking of the personal God, not an abstraction, a principle, or a power.
A traditional way of describing the Father, the Son, and the Spirit is to describe the father in terms of His attributes
(love, holiness, omniscience, omnipotence). The Son is described in terms of the historical events of His life
(born of a virgin, suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, buried, and risen).
The spirit is described in terms of His activities.

Question 4
Match the words with their correct description

Father         Activities
Son           Attributes
Holy Spirit       Historical Events

The Holy Spirit has been described as having twelve major activities. He inspired the Bible, illuminates readers
of the Bible, exalts Christ, convicts, calls, regenerates sinners, cultivates character, comforts Christians,
gives spiritual gifts to Christians, assures Christians, enlightens and empowers the church.
Question 5
List any of the twelve major activities of the Holy Spirit that you have seen at work in your life
or the life of another Christian.
1.             6.
2.             7.
3.             8.
4.             9.
5.           10.

The most fundamental work of the Holy Spirit is to testify to Jesus. Since the Holy Spirit testifies to Jesus,
He is at work when the gospel is preached.
Question 6
How can we tell if what someone says is truly lead by the Holy Spirit?
( ) It is the truth
( ) It testifies to the lordship of Jesus
( ) It makes us feel good.