We are looking one-by-one at the Spiritual Living Lessons that new believers need to have personally taught to them by older believers.
Saved: We have seen salvation as portrayed across the pages of Acts by those early Apostles & disciples.
Scripture-Fed: Then we examined the Scriptures and the link between salvation through the Word and spiritual nurture by daily feeding upon the Word.
Spirit-Filled: This is the whole realm of understanding all that God has given us through Christ that only comes to us by walking in step with the Holy Spirit. We have examined the Scriptural terms: Spirit-filled, Spirit-Led, grieving & quenching, and even seen the immensity of the Spirit’s work as portrayed in Romans.
The Holy Spirit is revealed in many ways in God’s Word: perhaps eighty times in the Old Testament, at least fifty times in the Gospels, nearly sixty times in Acts, and more than one hundred times in the rest of the New Testament. But today we need to see how:
LUKE EMPHASIZES THE AMAZING HOLY SPIRIT @ WORK
It was the Holy Spirit that Gabriel announced would fill John the Baptist as he prepared the way for Christ’s coming (Luke 1:15).
It was the Holy Spirit who caused Christ’s conception in Mary (Luke 1:35);
It was the Holy Spirit who prompted Elisabeth to announce Christ’s presence within Mary (Luke 1:41);
It was the Holy Spirit who spoke through Zechariah announcing that his son was Christ’s herald named John the Baptist (Luke 1:67);
It was the Holy Spirit who led Simeon to find Jesus carried by Joseph & Mary in the Temple area (Luke 2:25-27).
It was the Holy Spirit who baptizes believers into Christ’s church (Luke 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13);
It was the Holy Spirit who led Christ out into His desert temptation (Luke 3:22; 4:1; Mark 1:12).
It was the Holy Spirit who empowered Christ to preach the Gospel (Luke 4:14, 18).
It was the Holy Spirit who indwells us the moment we are saved by Christ (Luke 10:20; Romans 8:9); and becomes the engagement ring or down payment of our eternal redemption (Ephesians 1:13).
It was the Holy Spirit who empowered Christ to minister with joy (Luke 10:21).
It was the Holy Spirit who was given as a gift to those who ask for Him from God the Father (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39).
It was only by the Holy Spirit that Christ casts out evil spirits (Luke 11:20; Matthew 12:28).
It was the Holy Spirit who empowered the disciples to preach the Gospel with boldness (Luke 12:10, 12).
It was the Holy Spirit that was called the Promise of My Father by Christ that endued the disciples with power (Luke 24:49).
SEEING THE SPIRIT AT WORK IN NORMAL PEOPLE