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LESSON 6

 

 

It is time to study one of the most important teachings of the word of God. We have learned that doctrine (teachings) is very important. It must be the pure doctrine that Jesus and the Apostles taught. We have learned that we must come to Jesus and repent of our sins to be saved or born again. When we do that we are new creatures and all the old sinful life is gone. What a happy experience! But after a while we realize that this is a very real world in which we live. Temptations, trials, problems, disappointments come and the devil is busy at work to draw us back into the old sinful life.

But there is a way in which we can live a victorious, sinless life every day. Many people do not believe or teach this. Some because they have not been taught what the Bible says. Others because they want to continue to live in sin. Hebrews 12:14 says, Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

God has made it possible to continue to live without sin by that which is called sanctification (a cleansing), the infilling of the Holy Spirit, or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is very necessary because sin is two-fold in nature: (1) the actual sins that need to be forgiven (Romans 3:23), and (2) the sin which we inherited from Adam. Psalm 51:5, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

When we come to God and repent or our sins, He forgives us for every sin that we ever committed. Then He says, God and sin no more.

This can only happen if we are free from that nature that caused us to commit sins. We sometimes call it the carnal nature, original sin or Adamic sin. The term is not important. Then how can we be free from this nature and live a sinless life all of the rest of our days? The following Scriptures will tell us what the Holy Spirit does for us. Then we will study how we can have Him dwelling within us and controlling our lives.

 

1. The Holy Spirit gives power to live above sin.

 

Acts 1:8. But ye shall receive _______________, after that the ____________________ is come upon you.

 

2. The Apostles received this experience on the Day of Pentecost.

 

Acts 2:1–4. And they all were _____________ with ____________________________, and began to speak with other tongues, as the ____________________ gave them utterance. (Note: the other tongues were known languages.)

 

We have examples of others in the Book of Acts who received ther Holy Ghost but the important things now is that we know that it is the will of god for us and learn how to receive Him. The Holy Ghost is a Person, just as God and Jesus Christ are Persons. They are not an “IT”.

 

3. This was Jesus’ desire for His disciples, so it is His desire for us.

 

John 17:17. ____________________ them through Thy ______________: Thy _____________ is ________________.

 

4. This is for God’s people, His church. (Ephesians 5:25–27)

 

Ephesians 5:26 and 27. That He might _____________________ and _________________ it with the washing of water by ____________________. Not having __________________, or any such thing; but that it should be _______________ and without _____________________.

 

5. What the Holy Spirit does for us.

A. Purifies our hearts. Acts 15:8 and 9.

B. Gives us power to live above sin and to witness. Acts 1:8.

C. Guides us. John 16:13.

D. Teaches us. John 14:26.

E. Comforts us. John 14:16.

 

6. The evidence that we have the Holy Spirit is the Spirit Himslef.

 

Romans 8:16. The ___________ itself beareth _____________ with _____________________, that we are the __________________________________.