THE HOLY SPIRIT NOT YET GIVEN
When the LORD Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart out of the world and go back to His Father in heaven (John 16:28 ), He said to His apostles, “it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the COMFORTER will not come unto you. But if I depart I will send Him unto you.” (John 16:7 ). This is in agreement with the statement recorded in John 7:39 , “The Holy Spirit was not yet (given), because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”
In 1 Timothy 2:4-7 the Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to write that Christ Jesus is the ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, and on the cross He gave Himself a ransom for all. In Acts 4:12 the Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Peter to write that in no other name than the Name of Christ can any one be saved. Then the same Holy Spirit directed the same Apostle Peter to write, in 1 Peter 3:18 , that Christ suffered for sins once, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. So the LORD Jesus stated all of this in John 14:6 when He said “I am the WAY; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
So we see that the unsaved sinner must reach God through Christ on the cross; and that the sinning saint must reach God, the Father, through God the Son Who is in the Father’s presence in heaven, representing the believer.
Christ’s statement is quite dogmatic and emphatic in John 6:44 , “No man can come unto Me (the Son) except the Father Which hath sent Me draw Him: and I will raise Him up the last day.” How does the Son draw the believing sinner to His Father? Note the answer in John 16:7-11 , the truth that the Holy Spirit will reprove the world of sin, because they believe not on Me. Then note 2 Thess. 2:13, “God, from the beginning, hath chosen us unto salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” Faith cometh by hearing the Word of God, the Gospel of your Salvation. (Romans 10:12-16 , and Ephesians 1:13-14 ).
When the resurrected Christ met His Apostles in a mountain He gave them what has been called the Great Commission, instructing them to do their work in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20 ). The wording in this commission and what we have quoted from the writings of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles John, Peter, and Paul, prove the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit. This truth seems to be confirmed in Acts 13:2 , Acts 5:3-10 , Revelation 22:17 , Acts 16:7 , and in other Scriptures.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31 , while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )
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