Doctrinal Statement About the
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the One Triune God who
is fully God with all of Godís attributes. The Holy Spirit is a Person, as the
Father is a Person as the Son is a Person, with all the attributes of
personality, especially of separate intellect, emotions and will. The Holy
Spirit is the Spirit of the Father (Matt 10:20, John 4:23-24) and the Spirit of
Christ (Acts 16:7, Rom 8:9, 2 Cor 3:17, Gal 4:6, 1 Pet 1:11). All of this is
documented from the Word of God in the Chapter in this book titled "Theology:
The Nature of God" and in
Section 4 Chapter 3 of the Advanced Evangelism Textbook titled
Relationship With Jesus
the Key to Effective Ministry.446
A person is not saved when they receive the Holy Spirit, a
person is saved when they believe on the Gospel. When a person has saving faith
in the Gospel, God bears witness to the saving faith they already have by
instantly giving them His Holy Spirit. Therefore a person receives the Holy
Spirit automatically in evidence of the saving faith they already have in the
Gospel, not as the means to their salvation. Therefore, when Paul wrote in
Romans 8:9 "But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong
to Him," he did not mean a person is saved when they receive the Holy Spirit. He
meant that if someone claims to have saving faith in Gospel but shows no
evidence of having the Holy Spirit in their lives, they are lying, they are not
saved. Having the Holy Spirit is Godís witness to us to the saving faith in the
Gospel we already have, not the means to our salvation.
Peter was sharing the Gospel with some Gentiles in Acts
Chapter 10. In verse 43 he said "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that
through His name [Jesusí name] everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness
of sins." As Peter shared this with the Gentiles, they believed what he said in
their hearts about Jesus and His salvation for them. When they did, God bore
witness to their saving faith in the Gospel by automatically giving them His
Holy Spirit. The next verse states "While Peter was still speaking these words,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message" (Acts
10:44). How does Peter later interpret this experience? Peter stated in Acts
"And God, who knows-the-heart, bore witness to them, giving
them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction
between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. . . . But we
believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way
as they also are."
Peter also in this passage affirms that they too were saved,
not when they received the Holy Spirit, but when they had saving faith in the
Gospel in their hearts and that when they did, God witnessed to the saving faith
they already had by giving to them His Holy Spirit. Therefore, receiving the
Holy Spirit is the result of our saving faith in the Gospel, not the means to
our salvation. So a person receives the holy Spirit the instant they have saving
faith in the Gospel in their hearts. Paul confirms this process of salvation in
"In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth,
the gospel of your salvationóhaving also believed, you were sealed in Him with
the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a
view to the redemption of Godís own possession, to the praise of His glory."
Here Paul shows us the process of Salvation:
First, a person must hear the
Second, a person must then
believe on the Gospel in their hearts.
Third, when God sees in the
heart of a person the saving faith they have in the Gospel, He then
automatically gives that person His Holy Spirit in testimony to the
salvation they already have.
I explain this process of Salvation from the Word of God
fully in my Basic Textbook of Evangelism titled Evangelism: The Time Is
Now! in Section 1
Chapter 8 titled "Unalterable Biblical Foundations for successful
Evangelism;" and in Section 3
Chapter 8 titled "Jesusí Salvation Is Received Through Faith Alone".
of the Holy Spirit
Why Did the Holy Spirit Come?
Jesus said in the Gospel of John,
"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go
away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I
will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning
sin, and righteousness, and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not
believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you
no longer behold Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world
has been judged." (John 16:7-11).
To Convict Us of Sin and to Show Us
Our Need of Jesus
The Holy Spirit came to convict us of our sin and the penalty
of sin, death, so we would confess and repent of our sins. Second, He then
convicts us that the only way to pay sins penalty and receive Godís forgiveness
is through Jesusí death and shed blood on the cross. Third, He convicts us that
we must receive Jesus Christ into our hearts as Savior from sinís penalty and as
Lord of our lives so that we will then become one spirit with Him in order for
Jesusí death to be applied to our sins and in order to receive His will and plan
for our lives.
To Sanctify Us
Second, the Holy Spirit came to convict us of the personal
Lordship of Christ over our lives individually, to bring restraint in our lives
concerning what that means since Jesus' presence is not here to give us this
restraint personally, and to show us that looking to Jesus is the answer to our
To Judge Satan, the Ruler of this World
Jesus states in the Gospel of Luke 10:19, "Behold, I have
given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents
and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you." Jesus has given us authority over
all the power of the enemy. As we exercise this authority in the name of Jesus
within the will of God (James 4:7), the Holy Spirit carries out in
power our commands to the enemy.
To Help Us in Our Walk with Jesus
Jesus said in the Gospel of John,
"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another
Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the
world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know
Him because He abides with you; and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)
The Holy Spirit came to literally live inside us and be one
with our spirit and be our helper forever (1 Cor 6:17).
To Teach And Bring to Our Remembrance
Jesusí Instructions to us
Jesus said in John, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom
the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your
remembrance all that I said to you" (Jn 14:26). One of the jobs of the Holy
Spirit is to bring to our minds relevant Scriptures according to Jesus' personal
dictates to our lives, confirmed within the total context of Scripture and
To Glorify Jesus and Be an Ambassador for Him
Jesus said in the Gospel of John,
"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you
into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He
hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He
shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to
you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of
Mine, and will disclose it to you." (John 16:13-15).
How does the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus? He does it the same
way Jesus glorifies the Father. Jesus said in the Gospel of John,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of
Himself, unless it is something he sees the Father doing; for whatever the
Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." (John 5:19).
And in another passage, the high priestly prayer, Jesus said,
"Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You. . .
. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have
given Me to do." (John 17:1, 4).
Jesus glorified the Father by doing the works that the Father
created Him as a man to do and He did this by not acting or speaking out of His
own initiative, but only out of the initiative of the Father.
The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus in the same way. The Holy
Spirit glorifies Jesus by representing only Jesus. The Holy Spirit does not
speak nor act without the explicit instructions of Jesus first. Therefore, for
us to reject the full work of the Holy Spirit in our lives personally is not to
reject the Holy Spirit's working but Jesusí personal working in our lives. This
is because the Holy Spirit came to glorify Jesus and He does this by
representing Jesus only. The Holy Spirit will never tell us to do anything
out of His own thoughts or initiative but only out of the instructions of Jesus.
For this reason we need not fear any of the Holy Spiritís workings in our lives,
for to fear the Holy Spiritís working in our lives is to directly fear
Jesusí workings in our lives. No believer would ever admit to being
afraid of Jesus. If this is true, whether we understand all of the Holy Spiritís
actions or not, we should have no fear of Jesusí ambassador the Holy Spirit
since His actions are only out of the initiative of Jesus Himself.
The Apostle Paul commands in Ephesians 5:18, "And do not get
drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the
in the Spirit
The Apostle Paul commands in Galatians 5:16, "But I say,
walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the
Jesus said in the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts,
"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father
upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with
power from on high." (Luke 24:49)
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Basically there are three levels of maturity in the working
of the Holy Spirit in our lives: Being Filled With, Walking, and Being Baptized
in the Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot really understand what it means to walk
in the Spirit until he first understands what it means to be filled with the
Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot understand the value of the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit as related to ministry outreach and release until he first understands
what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit and what it means to walk in the
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is allowing Jesus to be
Lord of our lives.
Walking in the Spirit is allowing Jesus to be the source
of our lives in every detail and in every respect.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is allowing Jesus to be
Salvation, Lord, and Source of life to others through our lives. As Jesus
Himself said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to
the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6).
When we allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives and obey the
individual dictates of His Holy Spirit, we are filled with His Holy Spirit or
under the control of the Holy Spirit.
When we feed daily on Jesus and look to Him and Him alone for
the answer to our needs and then follow His answers to our needs through the
Holy Spirit, we are walking in the Holy Spirit.
Though it can take place at the moment of Salvation as well,
usually the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate work of the
Holy Spirit. I knew the Lord for three years before I received the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit, but I know I was filled with the Holy Spirit up to that time. I
had been involved in much evangelism, very burdened for the lost and the Lord
showed me I needed the Baptism of the Holy Spirit if he was to use me fully as
he desired. Being filled and walking in the Holy Spirit is an inward sanctifying
work of Jesus to conform us to His image to bear fruit in our lives. The Baptism
of the Holy Spirit is also a Sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives
but with the specific purpose of thrusting us into ministry outreach and
release. I talk about this fully in
and 6 of my Advanced Textbook on
Involvement in Ministry
In 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 the Apostle Paul explains to us each
part the trinity plays in ministry outreach and release. He wrote,
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are varieties of ministries, and the same Adonai. And there are varieties
of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each
one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."
The Holy Spiritís job is to give gifts and manifestations.
Jesus job is to determine what ministries each of us individually are to have.
The Fatherís job is to determine the effects of our ministry, how it is to be
manifested and ministered.
While ministry callings are permanent, manifestations of the
Holy Spirit are not. In my own experience of walking with the Lord for 38 years, I never was
able to manifest the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit mentioned in this
passage until after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is my
conviction that this is part of the benefit of being baptized in the Holy
Spirit. The reason these nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit are part of the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is because there purpose is to give us the ability to
minister to any given need in ministry outreach and release.
The purpose of these manifestation gifts are for discerning
the root cause and root solution to any spiritual, soulish or physical need. In
some instances all nine may be manifested. Usually in community one has a
message in tongues, another an interpretation, another the manifestation of
faith and healing to minister the solution to the person being ministered to. I
have on occasion seen all nine manifested through myself at one time to meet a
need; but only as the Spirit willed until the need was met and then they became
dormant until the Holy Spirit willed again in another ministering opportunity.
These gifts and manifestations cannot be exercised at will, but are manifested
by the Holy Spirit as they are needed. The prayer language of tongues, to be
distinguished from the ministry gift of tongues that accompanies the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit, however can be exercised at will.
A ministry calling, which is the job of Jesus, usually comes
years later after a person is saved when they are mature enough to receive it. Once given, they are not taken back. The
Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 11:29, "For the gifts and the calling of God are
irrevocable." In my own experience, God called me to the ministry before I was
saved, but my specific calling as an Evangelist Overseer Teacher did not come
until after I had known the Lord for eights years and came as a result of
walking faithfully and in obedience to the Lord up to that time. Matthew
25:14-23 talks about this aspect of Jesus ministry work in us.
How Jesusí specific ministry callings in our lives is worked
out is determined by the Father. For example: Both Billy Graham and Bill Bright
were called to be evangelists. This is manifested in Billy Grahamís life through
primarily preaching in the pulpit while Bill Bright was called of God to
primarily manifest this through training laymen to do evangelism. Both have the
same Ministry calling, but different ways in which the Father has chosen to
manifest that calling. In my calling as an Evangelist I am called to motivate,
train and equip God's people to do Evangelism work.
For further information about my doctrines and beliefs about the Holy Spirit,
see my Advanced Textbook on Evangelism titled
Relationship With Jesus the
Key to Effective Ministry.446