We Are Not Alone
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on May 22nd, 2012

Disciples of Jesus Christ are never alone.
We are not alone - our Heavenly Father gave the gift of His Holy Spirit to live within us as our Comforter.  God loves us so much that He does not allow those who trust in Him to live this earthly life without His Divine Presence and empowerment.

John 14 : 15 - 31  NKJV

Jesus Promises Another Helper
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Indwelling of the Father and the Son
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

The Gift of His Peace
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 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. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment,
so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

Acts 1 : 4 - 14

The Holy Spirit Promised
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus Ascends to Heaven
(Mark 16:19, 20; Luke 24:50–53 )
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

The Upper Room Prayer Meeting
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost.

Acts 2 : 1 - 4

Coming of the Holy Spirit
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord [fn1] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

We are not alone.

PNEUMATOLOGY | The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead.

The Holy Spirit is distinguished in name, form, and person from all other spirits.
- God is Spirit (John 4 : 24)
- Humans are spirit beings
- Angels are spirit beings
- Demons are spirit beings    

HOWEVER, humans, demons, and angels are not THE Holy Spirit.

Jesus introduces God the Holy Spirit to His Disciples.
Jesus is so loving and meticulous in His care for you and me.  He loving prepares His Disciples for the unimaginable loss of His presence by crucifixion and the miraculous re-emergence of His Presence through God the Father resurrecting Him and the Advent or Promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. (John 14 : 26)
o 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 calls the Holy Spirit “the Helper”
- In the New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV), He is "Helper"
- In the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), He is Comforter (Gr. paraklētos (pä-rä'-klā-tos) G3875; Helper/Aider/Protector)
o in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant
 of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father),
• to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and
• to give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom
o Holy  (Gr. hagios (hä'-gē-os) G40; Most Holy)
o Spirit  (Gr. pneuma (pnyü'-mä) G4151; Third Person of the Godhead/Trinity; coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son)

The Holy Spirit is not just a New Testament Revelation.

The Spirit of God, God the Holy Spirit, existed before Creation.

The Hebrew writers, inspired by God, used the Word “ruach” (Hb. Ruwach (rü'•akh (note “short a”) H7307; breath, wind, spirit) when referring to the Holy Spirit.

In the Old Testament (Hebrew Tanakh (təˈnax)), the Holy Spirit is known as:

- The Spirit of God
o Genesis 1 : 2  Spirit (Ruach) of God (Elohim) <<  The Godhead at the beginning of Creation >>
o Genesis 6 : 3  My (Jehovah) Spirit (Ruach) <<  God’s decision to destroy humanity >>
o Genesis 41 : 38  Spirit (Ruach) of God (Elohim)   <<  Pharaoh said God’s Spirit was in Joseph >>

- The Breath of Life  (Hb. Nĕshamah (nesh•ä•mä') H5397; Breath of God)
o Genesis 2 : 7
 “And the LORD 3068 God 430 formed 3335 man 120 [of] the dust 6083 of 4480 the ground 127, and breathed 5301 into his nostrils 639 the breath5397 of life 2416; and man 120 became a living 2416 soul 5315.”

 Job 33 : 4
“The Spirit 7307 of God 410 hath made 6213 me, and the breath5397 of the Almighty 7706 hath given me life 2421 .”

o Psalm 33 : 6

 Ruwach (rü'•akh (note “short a”) H7307; breath, wind, spirit
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”  (NKJV)
 “The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.”  (NLT)

The Holy Spirit :
 He is – The Spirit of God
 He is – The Breath of Life
 He is – The Helper
 He is – The Comforter
 He is – God the Holy Spirit

He is not simply a “force”, impersonal and unfeeling.
He has a mind, a will, and emotions.

The Holy Spirit can be grieved (emotions).

- And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4 : 30)

The Holy Spirit decides (mind) who will receive spiritual gifting (will).

- The question is not can the Holy Spirit give someone a miraculous gift. Scripture affirms this truth.  Even in the 21st century, we acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is free to dispense gifts according to His will (1 Corinthians 12 : 7 - 11).

That’s who and what the Holy Spirit is, He is God the Holy Spirit.

God the Holy Spirit, according to the words of God the Son (Jesus Christ), is:
- the One who teaches us ALL things
- the One who reminds of the Word of God  everything that Jesus has spoken to us
John 14 : 26
o 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.

A. When / How do we receive the Holy Spirit?

1. The receiving / indwelling of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation.
What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The baptism of the Holy Spirit may be defined as that work whereby the Spirit of God places the believer into union with Christ and into union with other believers in the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation.

2. The filling of the Spirit is an ongoing process in the Christian life.
How can I be filled with the Spirit?
The permanent indwelling of the Spirit is not for a select few believers, but rather for all believers. This is in contrast to the commanded filling of the Spirit found in Ephesians 5 : 18.
Ephesians 5 : 18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (NKJV)

B. Why should I receive the Holy Spirit?

1. You Need Him
a. Jesus said He will teach us ALL things (what we need to know to live)
b. Jesus said He will remind us of His Word  (what we need to have/possess to live)
c. Jesus said He will AID us (divinely) in life   (as Helper/Comforter)
- Including the granting of spiritual gifts   (1 Corinthians 12 : 7 - 11)

2. He Wants to Connect With You – FOREVER
a. His Presence in our Hearts is a part of our Eternal Salvation (John 3 : 3)
b. He Regenerates Us; He Causes Us Upon Salvation to be BORN AGAIN (Breath of Life)

Many Christians have an unbiblical perception of the Holy Spirit.
Some understand the Holy Spirit as a power or force given to us from God – This is not Biblical.

Remember, Pneumatology teaches us that the Holy Spirit is a Person:
- with a mind,
- with emotions, and
- with a will.

The Holy Spirit is Jesus' "replacement" on earth (John 14:16-26; 15:26; 16:7).

The Holy Spirit is received at salvation (Romans 8:9) and is the permanent possession of every believer in Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Pneumatology helps us to understand these issues and recognize the Biblical roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives today.  Pneumatology is of immense benefit to the Christian.

- In the pages of Scripture, we come face to face with the third Person of the trinity, God himself in spirit, and we see His very personal and intimate ministry to us.

- Through Him, we come to know God’s love for us “because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).

- To understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to find joy in His role as our Comforter (John 16:7; Acts 9:31) who not only helps and comforts us, but who comes to our rescue when our hearts are so burdened we cannot even pray for relief (Romans 8:26).

- When we pursue the knowledge of the Holy Spirit we find, to our great delight, that He not only lives within us, but He does so forever, never to leave or forsake us (John 14:16). All these truths are burned into our hearts when we study and embrace Pneumatology.

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