Text - John 16.13; 1 John 4.4-6
Jesus was giving farewell messages to His disciples.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, and introduced Him as the Helper
PARAKLETOS - one called to help
Comforter - KJV
Helper - NKJV etc.
a parakletos is a helper, one who speaks in behalf of another, similar to a legal advocate
In 1 John 4, the Apostle John was telling the readers how to identify the spirit of truth from the spirit of error
The Main Point
The Holy Spirit is directly connected to the Word of Truth - It is the Spirit of Truth.
So, how do we know whether the Holy Spirit is “present” in “other Christian believers”?
Present - meaning abiding, dwelling; the person have been baptized with the Holy Spirit
Other Christian believers - meaning Christians belonging to denominational churches
The Holy Spirit was given to “abide forever”
This is “abiding” begins in the baptism of the Holy Spirit
“abide” gives passive connotation to the coming of the Holy Spirit
“baptism” implies active work arrival
THE HOLY SPIRIT “ABIDES” IN ORDER TO BE THE EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF NEED!
The Holy Spirit was given to testify of Christ.
testify - means “to bear witness”, to give witness/testimony
The Holy Spirit is the witness that Jesus is the Son of God
1 John 5.6-10
1 John 4.2-3
Docetism - a belief that Jesus was not a real human, but a phatom, an illussion, or else he was not God.
The Holy Spirit is the witness that we are children of God
The Holy Spirit was given to guide into all truth.
In the first place, the Holy Spirit “dwells” because you belived in the truth.
The Holy Spirit is present to vindicate the Truth in you.
Now, the Holy Spirit takes to “more” truths in Scripture.
All truth is BIBLE-BASED - 1 John 4.4-6
All truth includes THINGS TO COME.
The Holy Spirit and Regeneration
Did the Reformers and the early Protestant churches receive the Holy Spirit during their time?
It is believe by some in the Message that the baptism of the Holy Spirit came only with the end-time message.
Testimonies of Conversion (SEE CLIPPINGS)
Martin Luther - peace with God
John Wesley - “strangely warmed”
Chales Spurgeon -
I believe that the Holy Spirit baptized Martin Luther and many of the Reformers who followed him out of Roman system.
The declaration and teaching might be different, even the experience, but the reality is the same.
The ultimate TEST of one who is BORN AGAIN!
The Holy Spirit in him/her GUIDES him/her into all truth.
When a Spirit-filled person meets the truth, he/she can only receive
When a Spirit-filled Christian reads the Bible, he/she can only say Amen to the truth!
1 John 4.6
The Spirit-filled person WILL NOT SPEAK AGAINST THE TRUTH.
1 Corinthians 12.3
Who has the Spirit of Truth?
Those who do not speak against the truth, or against the work of the Spirit.
Those who do not twist the Word of God to fit their beliefs.
Who does not have the Spirit of Truth?
Those who resist the truth that God is giving to them!
Those speak against the work of God!