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THE MANIFESTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


INTRODUCTION:

God’s original plan for His people is to be a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:3-6). In order to carry out our priestly duties, within and without (especially the harvest of souls), we as God’s people need the manifestation of the Holy Spirit : that is; the various ways the Holy Spirit shows, expresses or demonstrates His power in us and through us (1 Corinthians 12: 1-11).

The Manifestations of the Holy Spirit are:

  • The Word of Wisdom
  • The Word of Knowledge
  • The Gift of Faith
  • The Gifts of Healings
  • The Working of Miracles
  • The Gift of Prophecy
  • The Discerning of Spirits
  • Divers kinds of Tongues
  • Interpretation of Tongues

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


Foundation Text: Act 1:1 – 17

“What is he talking about? How in heavens name are we going to survive without you”?

One could not but imagine this thought that could have been in the Apostles hearts and a grim expression on their faces that day as Jesus’ words summered through their expectation like hot knife through a slab of wax. Jesus had earlier talked about the promise of the Father (the Holy Ghost) and had instructed them to stay in Jerusalem and wait until the Holy Ghost had come upon them so they could be effective witness of Him in Jerusalem, Samaria, Judea and the uttermost part of the earth (Act 1:1 – 7). The fulfilment of that promise came about in chapter two of the book of Acts. Since then, there has been no record in the scripture that the Holy Spirit went back to the Father. What is striking in that passage of scripture (Acts 1:1 – 7) is that Jesus mentioned two types of baptism: the baptism of John, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In this study, we want to know; are they one and the same? Is there a physical evidence authenticating the reality of receiving the Holy Ghost?

WATER BAPTISM


Baptism comes from a Greek word Baptizo which means to immerse, submerge or whelm. It does not by any means connote “sprinkling”. All scriptural examples of water baptism involved person being immersed in water. John 3:22-30 shows us that Jesus baptized other people and at his ascension to heaven, he commissioned his disciples to “Go Teach and Baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus’ baptism was more than a repentance from sin. He said “whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved” 1 Peter 3:18-21 also stresses that “Baptism doth also save us”

Baptism should be an immediate and compulsory follow-up to any that believes in Jesus (see Mark 16:16, Matthew 28:16-20). When a man has received Jesus Christ and believes in Him, he must formalize it with baptism and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS

THE SUBSTITUTIONARY WORKS OF JESUS CHRIST


 

WHY JESUS HAD TO DIE:

John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29, 36). We are told in Romans 3:23, that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. ‘All’ in that passage includes all men and women, boys and girls, young and old, rich and poor, all the races of people, in all places all over the earth – all have sinned and the wages of sin is death.

It is this death that is the penalty for the sin of the whole world that Jesus came into the world to die, (Matthew 20:28). Jesus knew that this was His mission on earth (Hebrews 10:1-7) and He began to make it known to His disciples as soon as they became aware of His true identity, (Matthew 16:13-21). The body of Jesus was made specifically for the purpose of being offered to God as an acceptable sacrifice for sin, (Hebrews 10:5).

JESUS OF NAZARETH IS THE SON OF GOD


INTRODUCTION

Jesus of Nazareth is neither the product of the imagination of men, nor a religious myth but a real man that walked on the sands of Galilee and Jerusalem at a particular time in human history. He was a perfectly moral man and He did the supernatural things that left many around him wondering “what manner of Man is this?” This question acknowledges His humanity nonetheless, also recognizes that He was different from the rest of us – regular men. Some people in His day concluded that He was the Son of God. This conviction is rather weighty because it makes Jesus equal with God according to Jewish customs and beliefs (See John 5:18).

To be the Son of God as a man is to be a full and complete representation of God in the human body. It will amount to making a man equal with God. This is the contention that some people have with the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ and rightly so because in our day we have seen impostors who have called themselves God and we have ridiculed them. Is Jesus of Nazareth truly the Son of God? This is what we seek to uncover in this study.

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