Scripture Study Starters: The Holy Spirit

Imagine trying to explain the idea of a radio to someone from the 1800s. If you told him that dozens of people were trying to talk to him, to sing to him and sell him stuff, he would think you were crazy. He would look around, wondering where all these people were. Then he would take a step or two back from you – just to be safe. It wouldn’t make any sense to him because he doesn’t have the equipment to receive the broadcasts. If you pulled a radio out of your pocket, though, and turned it on, he could hear for himself what you were trying to explain. Some folks feel just like that man from the 1800s when they read the Bible. Today we’ll take a look at why that is.

We need the God’s Spirit as our Tutor

1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us:

“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.”

The natural man, that is the person who doesn’t have God’s Holy Spirit living in him, is not equipped to understand God’s Word. Thankfully, though, it doesn’t have to stay that way. God wants to help us. Earlier in that same passage, Paul told the Corinthians:

“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.” (1Co 2:12)

That’s What He Does

The Bible makes it clear that one of the Holy Spirit’s main jobs is to tutor God’s people. Consider these verses:

“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.” (Joh 14:26)

“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. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (Joh 16:13-14)

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” / “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.” (1Jo 2:20/:27)

In yesterday’s study, we saw that “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2Pe 1:21) God’s Spirit, who inspired the human wirters of the Bible, wants to help you understand what they wrote. So if you already have God’s Spirit, be sure to ask for His help each time you study His Word.

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psa 119:18)

Wait a minute! How do you get the Holy Spirit?

Good question. How do we receive God’s Spirit. Well, the Bible says:

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Act 2:38)

That is, God gives His Holy Spirit to those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Has there ever been a time when you have admitted to God that you, like everyone else in the world, are a sinner?

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom 3:23)

You have done some things you shouldn’t have done. You have not done some things you should have done. Your sin has a price:

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, shed His blood and gave His life on the cross to pay for your sins. He was buried and rose again from the dead. He didn’t have to do all this for you, but because He loved you, He chose to. Now it’s up to you to take the gift God is offering you. He said:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom 10:9-10)

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:13)

This good news is summarized in the Bible’s most famous verse:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(Joh 3:16)

Points to Ponder

  • Have you trusted Christ as your Saviour? If have trusted Christ today, or you want to talk more about it, please email me at keith@progressivedevotions.com.
  • Are you asking for and receiving the Holy Spirit’s help as you study the Bible each day?

Read More About It

Today, take a look at Psalm 119:129-152 and make note of the blessings of God’s Word that you find in the passage.

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