Lesson 8

The Power of the Holy Ghost

VII. The Power of the Holy Ghost

A. The Spirit Gives Immortality at Christ's Return

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the very power that resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead. This fact alone demonstrates that it is essential that we be baptized with His spirit. Without the Spirit of Christ dwelling within, there would be nothing to raise us up to meet the Lord when He returns the second time. This is why Paul said in Romans 8:11, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." See also Romans 8:9 and I Corinthians 15:51-53.

B. The Spirit Gives Power

The baptism of the Holy Ghost gives the believer tremendous power to witness for the Lord. Without the Holy Ghost, the early disciples would have been powerless to save the hostile world of their day. But through the power of God within them they were able to conquer even the mighty Roman Empire with the good news of Calvary. This same power is available if men will only have faith to reach out and claim it. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost shall come upon you. . ."

C. The Spirit Teaches

The Bible is not merely a product of man's mind and ability, "but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (II Peter 1:21). Since it required the inspiration of the Spirit for the writing of the Scriptures, it also requires the inspiration of the Holy Ghost to understand God's Word. Jesus promised the Spirit would "teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26).

D. The Spirit Shows Things to Come (John 16:13)

The Lord gives an understanding of His prophetic Word to those who walk with Him. He also gives understanding of the direction His church, and the world are taking in the end time. See I Thessalonians 5:4.

E. The Spirit Gives Righteousness, Peace and Joy (Romans 14:17)

The Apostle Paul's adjectives are self-explanatory. The Holy Ghost gives power not only to live a holy, clean life, but also the accompanying joy and peace that only the infilling of the Spirit of Christ can give. It is, "Joy unspeakable and full of glory" (I Peter 1:8).

F. The Spirit Imparts the Love of God

Romans 5:5 says, "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." The gift of the Holy Ghost is a baptism of the love of God. A boundless love that proceeds from God himself, fills our souls, and then overflows from our lives like a mighty rushing river. It is a love that cries earnestly to every thirsty heart, "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17).

Floating one summer night down one of America's rivers, a man and his companion sought vainly for the sign of a human habitation where they could spend the night, or a place along the steep bank where they could pitch their camp. At last, wet and cold and exhausted, they drew up their boat on a sand bar. There groping in the darkness, they gathered together a few pieces of driftwood, and after several ineffectual attempts, succeeded in lighting a fire. How carefully they tended that fire, brooding over it until they were certain that it was going to burn; and when, at length, it began to burn briskly and brightly, illuminating their dismal surroundings and warming their cold and weary bodies, they realized as never before what a friend fire is to man. The metaphor used by the apostle when he says, "quench not the Spirit" (I Thessalonians 5:19), is that of putting out a fire.