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The Holy Spirit In The Gospels Of Luke And John

The Holy Spirit In The Gospels Of Luke And John

~ WHO HE IS and WHAT HE DOES

By Rodney W. Francis

 

When I was asked to “Introduce the Holy Spirit” to a group of traditional, orthodox church people, it was from the following Scriptures in Luke and John’s Gospel that I used as my basis. The people were very hungry to receive and know more of the Holy Spirit so I have committed to paper the references to the Holy Spirit from those two Gospels:

LUKE’S GOSPEL:

LUKE Chapter 1:

In this first Chapter of Luke we read of four people receiving and/or being filled with the Holy Spirit:

John the Baptist:

  • “He shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb” (v.15).
  • “He shall be a forerunner of Jesus in the spirit and power (“dunamis” ~ “power capable of anything”) of Elijah” (v.17).

Mary:

  • “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you” (v.35).
  • “The power (“dunamis”) of the Highest shall overshadow (“cover, mantle”you” (v.35).                                                                                                

Elisabeth:

  • Elisabeth was filled with the Holy as a result of unborn John leaping in her womb when Elisabeth heard the salutation (“blessings”) of Mary (v.41).

Zacharias (John the Baptist’s father):

  •  Through obedience to God, Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit (v.67).
  • Zacharias prophesied (Holy Spirit gift and ministry) as a result (v.67).

LUKE Chapter 2:

Concerning Simeon:

  • “The Holy Spirit was upon him” (v.25).
  • He received revelation by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Christ (v.26).
  • He was guided by the Holy Spirit (v.27).

LUKE Chapter 3:

  • John testified that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire (v.16).
  • The Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Jesus (v.22).

LUKE Chapter 4:

  • Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, where He was tempted by the devil (v.1-2).
  • Jesus returned from the wilderness in the power (“dunamis”) of the Holy Spirit (v.14).
  • Jesus testified to the fulfilling of Isaiah 61 , declaring: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me . . .” (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit had anointed Him to preach the Gospel to the poor (“those who have nothing at all”) (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit had anointed Him to heal the broken-hearted (“shattered; rubbed together as to the heart”) (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit had anointed Him to preach deliverance (“setting free”) to the captives (“one taken by the spear, a prisoner of war”) (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit had anointed Him to give recovering of sight to the blind (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit had anointed Him to set at liberty them that are bruised (“to break, break in pieces”) (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit had anointed Him to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (v.19).
  • The Holy Spirit anointing gave Jesus a power and authority they had never seen before (v.14, 22, 32, 36). 

LUKE Chapter 11:

  • Jesus taught that His Heavenly Father is more keen to give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him, than a natural father loves to give gifts to his children (v.13).

LUKE Chapter 12:

The Holy Spirit will not be blasphemed (“to show contempt or disrespect for God in speech; to utter profanities, curses, or impious expressions” - Collins) and blasphemers of the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (v.10).

  • The Holy Spirit will teach us what to say in times of trouble (v.11-12).

LUKE Chapter 24:

  • The “promise of the Father” is the baptism of the Holy Spirit (v.49).
  • We are to “wait” until we receive Him (v.49).
  • He endues (“to be clothed, be invested or provided with”) us with power (“dunamis”) from on High (v.49).

JOHN’S GOSPEL:

JOHN Chapter 1:

  • John the Baptist said he saw the Holy Spirit coming down from Heaven like a dove (v.32).
  • John saw Him come on Jesus and stay there (v.32).
  • This was a sign to John that Jesus was/is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit (v.32-34).

JOHN Chapter 3:

  • Unless we are born of water and of the Holy Spirit, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (v.5).
  • Being born of the Holy Spirit makes us a spiritual being (v.6).
  • Those born of the Holy Spirit are free like the wind (v.8).
  • Jesus has an unmeasured supply of the Holy Spirit (v.34).

JOHN Chapter 4:

  • “God is a Spirit” (the Holy Spirit) (v.24).
  • He is to be worshipped in spirit and in truth (v.24).

JOHN Chapter 6:

  • It is the Spirit that makes alive (v.63).
  • The spirit comes alive through the words Jesus speaks to us (v.63).
  • Jesus’ words are spirit and life (v.63).

JOHN Chapter 7:

  • Jesus taught that the thirsty ones who believe on Him would receive the Holy Spirit (v.37-39).
  • The Holy Spirit would flow out of us like rivers of living water (v.37-39).
  • The Holy Spirit comes to those who believe (v.37-39).
  • When Jesus taught this, the Holy Spirit had not yet been given (He came on the Day of Pentecost ~ Acts 2:1-4 ). (v.39).

JOHN Chapter 14:

  • The Holy Spirit is the Comforter (“intercessor, consoler, advocate”) (v.16).
  • He lives with us forever (v.16).
  • He is the Spirit of truth (v.17).
  • He is “foreign” to the world ~ they cannot receive Him (v.17).
  • The Holy Spirit is unseen to the world (v.17).
  • The Holy Spirit is unknown to the world (v.17).
  • But He is known by those who love Jesus (v.17).
  • He lives with us (v.17).
  • He lives in us (v.17).
  • The Holy Spirit in us is Jesus coming to us (v.18).
  • The Holy Spirit comes as our Divine Comforter (v.18).
  • Through the Holy Spirit we see Jesus (v.19).
  • Through the Holy Spirit we live that resurrection life Jesus lives (v.19).
  • When the Holy Spirit comes into us we then know that Jesus is in the Father, we are in Jesus, and Jesus is in us (v.20).
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to love Jesus and keep His Word (v.21-23).
  • The Holy Spirit in us ~ and our love for Jesus ~ means Jesus loves us and reveals Himself to us (v.21).
  • Through the Holy Spirit the Father and the Son (Jesus) live inside of us (v.23).
  • The Holy Spirit Comforter is sent to us by the Father (v.26).
  • He is sent to us in the Name of Jesus (v.26).
  • The Holy Spirit is sent to teach us all things (v.26).
  • The Holy Spirit is sent to bring to our remembrance all the words of Jesus (v.26).

JOHN Chapter 15: 

  • The Comforter is sent by Jesus from the Father (v.26).
  • He is the Spirit of truth (v.26).
  • He comes from the Father (v.26).
  • The Holy Spirit (in us) testifies/speaks of Jesus (v.26).

JOHN Chapter 16:

It was necessary for Jesus to go back to the Father so the Holy Spirit Comforter could come to us (v.7).

  • Jesus sent Him to us (v.7).
  • He (the Holy Spirit) reproves (“convicts”) the world of sin (v.8).
  • He (the Holy Spirit) reproves (“convicts”) the world of righteousness (v.8).
  • He (the Holy Spirit) reproves (“convicts”) the world of judgment (v.8).
  • He (the Holy Spirit) convicts of sin because of unbelief (v.9).
  • He (the Holy Spirit) convicts of righteousness because Jesus went to the Father (v.10).
  • He (the Holy Spirit) convicts of judgment because the prince of this world (Satan) is judged (v.11).
  • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (v.13).
  • The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (v.13).
  • The Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself (v.13).
  • Instead, the Holy Spirit speaks those things He hears from Jesus (v.13).
  • The Holy Spirit shows us things to come (v.13).
  • The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus (v.14).
  • The Holy Spirit receives from Jesus (v.14).
  • The Holy Spirit shows us those things He receives from Jesus (v.14).
  • The Holy Spirit reveals to us the things the Father reveals to Jesus (v.15).

JOHN Chapter 20:

  • Jesus said: “You receive the Holy Spirit!” (v.22).

These Scriptures are very much self-explanatory and I pray that you will come to know the Holy Spirit more as you meditate upon Who He is and What He does. God Bless you.

 

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