This week our plan is to explore how we learn about the "Gospel of Jesus Christ".
In the Bible we learn that God presents Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Our study this week leads us to a personal encounter with this third person, the Holy Spirit.
If someone asks you how you learned about the Gospel; you might say "a Sunday School teacher told you" or "a friend told you" or "a preacher told you" or that "you just read the Bible and learned for yourself". As we study this week we will find that in reality it is God's Holy Spirit that reveals the truth of the Gospel to us.
Not only is it the Holy Spirit that leads us to the truth about our eternal salvation but He also reveals all of the truth to be found in God's Word. The Bible list many purposes or "jobs" given to the Holy Spirit on our behalf. One "purpose" of the Holy Spirit is to illuminate God's Word so that we might understand it fully.
by Pastor Johnny Jackson
Ephesians 2:1 (KJV)
1 And you hath he quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
1 John 2:20 20
But ye have an unction (anointing) from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:27
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:14-17
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.