Spirit in Control part 1 understanding

In Apologetics, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved on February 21, 2009 at 5:50 am

The Spirit in Control

Part 1


(Gal 2:20)  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


(Joh 14:16-17)  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,  even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.


The Christian life is surrender to the Spirit of Christ living His life in you. We must never accept the heresy that the Holy Spirit is just a force or an influence. The Arians of the first century taught a different doctrine as described here in brief.

Arianism is the theological teaching of Arius (ca. AD 250–336), a Christian priest, who was first ruled a heretic at the First Council of Nicea, later exonerated and then pronounced a heretic again after his death.[citation needed]

Arius lived and taught in Alexandria, Egypt. The most controversial of his teachings dealt with the relationship between God the Father and the person of Jesus, saying that Jesus was not of one substance with the Father and that there had been a time before he existed. This teaching of Arius conflicted with other Christological positions held by Church theologians (and subsequently maintained by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches and most Protestant Churches).

The term “Arianism” is also used to refer to other nontrinitarian theological systems of the 4th century, which regarded the Son of God, the Logos, as a created being (as in Arianism proper and Anomoeanism) or as neither uncreated nor created in the sense other beings are created (as in “Semi-Arianism”).

The Arian Heresy can be a difficult thing to understand if you haven’t been raised reciting the Nicene Creed, or in a Christian-based religion. Among other things it demonstrates the long battles, discourse or wrangling that has surrounded the attempt to discern the nature of Christ. The debate, and expression of the Arian Heresy came to a head during the Council of Nicea in the 4th century.

Founders of the early Christian church, with the aid of Constantine, who was at the time not a practicing Christian, thought it essential that the nature of God, and the belief in God be clarified. Most important was identifying and defining the Holy Trinity. While many believed that Jesus was son of God and shared his essence, a concept called homoousion, some felt that giving Jesus equal standing with God was not monotheistic.

Principal among these demurrers were Arius and Eusubius. Arius, whose followers were called Arians, felt that God created Christ, not of his own matter. This meant, in his opinion, that Christ was not God and was not divine. Worshipping Christ would be tantamount to worshipping another God, and this specifically went against God’s teaching that he alone should be worshipped.

In thinking through the idea of the Holy Spirit and what we are describing we have to look at what some say that he is not a person. As evidence of a soul, you need to have a mind, emotions, and a will. Does the Holy Spirit have these? Yes let’s look at some scripture and confirm what we think we know.

Intellect-(1Co 2:11)  For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.


Emotions-(Eph 4:30)  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (As a note only blasphemy against the Spirit is unforgivable Luke 12:10)


Source of truth-(1Jn 5:6)  This is he who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.


Convector of sin (Joh 16:8)  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:


Provider of comfort- (Joh 14:16)  And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever,


Boldness to witness- (Act 4:31)  And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.


Grace to Stand- (Act 9:31)  So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.


Courage to follow- (Eph 3:16)  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,


Hope to endure- (Col 1:11)  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,


Illumines God’s word- (Joh 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 have said to you.


Prays for God’s people- (Rom 8:26-27)  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


Advances God’s agenda- (Joh 16:13)  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.


A Gift from the Father- (Luk 11:13)  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?




We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit it was not a suggestion but a command if you read the word. And we are to be being filled as active tense in the Greek. So we are to continually be being filled like a pitcher of cold tea, we pour out relief on those around us and get refilled. If we don’t it has the ability to go sour like tea left in a pitcher and not used. Forgive the simplistic analogy but I think the picture is easy to understand.


Filled with the Spirit- (Eph 5:17-18) Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,


Believers in the scripture are shown being filled over and over as we see in:


(Act 2:4)  And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


(Act 4:8)  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders of Israel,


(Act 13:9)  Then Saul (who is also Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, set his eyes on him


Take note the verse in Acts2:4 is translated G1100 γλῶσσα glōssa gloce’-sah

Of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication a language (specifically one naturally unacquired): – tongue.

We also see in Corinthians that the gift of languages is for unbelievers and the gift of prophecy is for believers.


(1Co 14:10)  There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,


(1Co 14:11)  but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.


(1Co 14:12)  So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.


(1Co 14:13)  Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.


(1Co 14:14)  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.


(1Co 14:15)  What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.


(1Co 14:16)  Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?


(1Co 14:17)  For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.


(1Co 14:18)  I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.


(1Co 14:19)  Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.


(1Co 14:20)  Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.


(1Co 14:21)  In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”


(1Co 14:22)  Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.


(1Co 14:23)  If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?


(1Co 14:24)  But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,


(1Co 14:25)  the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.


The word is very clear and straight forward about languages and tongues, emotional ecstatic utterances are not languages and the lost can’t come to the Lord. Paul always had the message of the cross and the lost souls bond for hell in his focus. If I build myself up in any gift and the lost perish what good is the gift? Remember the words of the Savior He came to seek the lost, heal the (spiritually dead and sick) and give them his greatest gift eternal life. Nothing is more important or has the focus of the Lord like witnessing to those who are lost.

More to come on how to know you’re filled with the Holy Spirit the: Old Testment


H6944 קדשׁ   qôdesh ko’-desh From H6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity: – consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (X most) holy (X day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.


H7307  רוּח rûach roo’-akh From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): – air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).


The New Testament:

G40 ἅγιος  hagios  hag’-ee-os  From ἅγος hagos (an awful thing) compare G53, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.


G4151 πνεῦμα pneuma pnyoo’-mah From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.


The terrible wind


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