But, it is something that we should concern ourselves with. Our Lord is in the Upper Room Discourse, instructing his Disciples in the light of his absence in the present age. But, that’s not all; we should have a grasp of the history of the background of the particular passage that we are studying. One is the human side, which is interpretation. Paul goes on to say, “For,” verse 2 “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat; for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” [After a time has passed] “For ye are still carnal; [but he uses a different word. Now, that’s the work of the Holy Spirit today; that’s precisely what he does. Now, there are two sides to the understanding of the Bible. They won’t know. There are three great passages on the Spirit’s teaching ministry, and we shall consider them in something of a logical order. But, a retarded child is an unnatural thing. Let’s look at that word “teach” in today’s Sparkling Gem and see what Jesus meant when He chose this word. As you might imagine, that Sunday Jeannette was most eager to get home from church as quickly as possible, before our gues… If we do not understand His ministry and how He operates in our lives, we could find ourselves believing a fable. It is used so often, in fact, that its meaning is very well established. The Reformers placed tremendous stress on the gifts of the Spirit to the whole body of Christ. And that is what we are to read about now, particularly, the 12th verse. If you are born again, you have the Holy Spirit — He’s the unsaved man. What’s the need of the carnal, willful man? They are envy, striving, there are divisions, they are carnal and they walk as men. Summary To reconcile why the Holy Spirit was sent, we must study the Scriptures to understand His purpose. I like to see this illustrated in the Bible and, of course, in the New Testament the place in which it is especially illustrated in the great chapter on the Holy Spirit. The next ministry that the Holy Spirit has with both unbelievers, as well as believers is that He has to convict all of us. And Rebekah was attracted to Isaac by the work of the unnamed servant who glorified his master’s son. Let’s move on now to Roman II – The historical passage; the teacher received. The carnal, weak man needs his milk so that he may grow. What are the functions of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit leads and guides us, teaching us what we need to know. Over 25 years ago, Jeannette and I moved into our first home. What we see in the Bible depends, ultimately, upon what we are, by God’s grace through the work of the Spirit. Then there must be rhetorical interpretation. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Now, that should prevent us, in the early stages of our Christian experience, from being discouraged because we do not know as much about the Bible as someone else, after all, to learn the truths of the word of God takes time. This section also highlights the necessity of relying on the Holy Spirit in order to have an effective teaching ministry. Now, that takes place in our experience, when we believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ. Well, if you will remember, the thing that the servant did was to glorify Isaac to Bethuel and to Rebekah particularly. What truth was future from the time of the Upper Room Discourse? The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit By Rick Renner But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…. There is another thing about this text that we should not pass by without noticing, and that is that our Lord indicates from this that the things that he taught the disciples were not a complete revelation of the mind of God. If you go down Carlsbad Caverns and they turn out the light, well, that’s where I learned what it meant in the Bible when Jude speaks about “the blackness of darkness forever.”. But, before we do, let me remind you that we are studying that aspect of the Spirit’s ministry, which has to do with believers. He is the anointing. In this topic, which we have chosen for tonight, we have the most important ingredient for the answer to the question, “How can I understand the Bible?” For many years, as most of you know, I’ve been associated with Dallas Theological Seminary and graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary often have it said of them, “What ever else you may say about a graduate of that seminary, you can say this, they do know their Bibles.”. 2. But if you never go to a Bible school or read a teaching book, the Holy Spirit will still teach you, because He is ordained by the Father to do just that. The holy spirit is God’s power in action, his active force. The Holy Spirit's ministry is to show us Christ. All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore, said I that he shall take of mine and shall show it unto you.”. Now, we know that because if you will take a bat and if you will tie his mouth so he cannot utter them, he’ll fly into those things. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Guide and direct us, to the end that Jesus Christ may be honored and glorified. You can put your hand before your face and you cannot see anything. We read “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.” Or, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the spirit. Jesus knew I needed divine instruction, and that is one reason why He prayed for the Father to send the Holy Spirit into the world. Number one, the human side. Summary To reconcile why the Holy Spirit was sent, we must study the Scriptures to understand His purpose. Every Christian experience should find its justification, its validity in the Scriptures. From one point of view or the other, He is always bringing us to Jesus Christ. We must learn to distinguish in character history from prophecy and apocalypse from poetry. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is a major biblical doctrine. Then, later on, there was discussion about the Holy Spirit and so on down through the years, various aspects of the Biblical teaching have come under discussion and study by the church and often, controversy. It’s impossible to guide if you don’t get any cooperation. Remember the context. What is taught may be not only knowledge, opinions, or facts but also artistic and technical skills, all of which are to be systematically and thoroughly acquired by the learner through the activity of a teacher.”6. We are familiar, I hope, with this passage. Effective teaching ministry is dependent on the Holy Spirit. But, the little child really understands color better because he not only may comprehend something of its principles, but he has “seen” it. Discipleship is the goal of the teaching ministry of the church. Jesus was informing us that if we are willing to listen to the Holy Spirit and to follow His instructions, He will act as a Guide for our lives. The following are 10 ways the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers. That is, I am interested in what the Christian church has thought about the Bible down through the years. God desires that we learn things from our experience. But, before we do, let me remind you that we are studying that aspect of the Spirit’s ministry, which has to do with believers. What’s the remedy of the carnal, weak man, the babe in Christ? The Holy Spirit has become our Teacher, and we are His pupils. The Holy Spirit guides the believer into all the truth. Well, the Holy One is Jesus Christ. Ministry-To-Children.com helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum – all 100% free online.. We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. Now, the history of the Christian church is, as I’ve tried to point out when we first began this history of the doctrine of the Spirit, that in the early stages of the Christian church, after the time of our Lord’s Cross, the Spirit began to unfold certain teachings. But, he would guide us within the sphere of the whole of the truth. That is the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. Let me just read these verses quickly. It is the Holy Spirit of God who illuminates our minds concerning the Scripture. The Role of the Holy Spirit in Teaching the Bible. That’s the third class of man. In John 14:16 read how Jesus describes the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” Notice that Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the “Comforter,” not the afflicter. John 14:17: Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be … 6: The Normal World. Paul goes on to say “Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But they want to go back to the simple teaching of Jesus. What does it mean to be “guided” by the Holy Spirit? Now, when I go to the Bible, I expect the Holy Spirit to reveal to me fresh aspects of the truth of God. “I’m just so apologetic because my little daughter needs diapers.” Now, of course, that’s part of their life. This pervades all of this, so that, all of our historical interpretation should be guided by the Spirit, all of our grammatical interpretation and so on. 0 The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit HARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE This course is part of the Harvestime International Institute, a program designed to equip believers for effective spiritual harvest. The Holy Spirit is called the Holy Spirit. That is the objective test of truth. Don’t give a man, when he’s just been converted, put him up on the platform and have him give the congregation a lesson in Bible doctrine. And when a person becomes a Christian, and persists in his babyhood that is a tragedy. The first thing Paul says about the Spirit is that he searches. The Greek preposition in some of the manuscripts is the preposition “eis” which means into. He’s the unnamed servant of God. Verse 6, 1 Corinthians 2, Paul says. Now, we want to talk for just a moment here about this, the human side, interpretation. Now, I want to say a word about interpretation because to understand the Bible we must interpret. One other thing, I think, that is stressed by this statement of our Lord is that since it is the work of the Spirit throughout this entire dispensation to guide us in the truth; I would think that that would indicate that we should not expect that his teaching ministry should ever end as long as we are on the earth. As you can see, the spiritual man is a man who can examine or judge all things. Now, that is what we read throughout the Bible and we should not be surprised that our Lord should say the same thing. We should seek to systematize the things that we have learned from the word. In other words, there is no aspect of the truth that is forbidden to us, but that the Holy Spirit will guide us within it. It suggests that there is time needed or that this guidance is gradual. And then, of course, the second thing is that, as we shall see, the Spirit’s teaching is illumination is contingent upon our spiritual condition. 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