1. Introduction
2.The Old Testament said that the Holy Spirit would be given.
3.The Holy Spirit was given 50 days after Jesus died on the cross
4.Why did Jesus tell the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit?
5.The gifts of the Holy Spirit
6.The fruits of the Holy Spirit
7.We are born again by the Holy Spirit
8.The Holy Spirit tells us that we are going to heaven

1. Introduction

This essay is going to teach you what the Holy Spirit is good for. How the Holy Spirit helps us in our everyday life. This essay will answer some of the following questions. What is the job of the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? Who is the Holy Spirit? What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

2. The Old Testament said that the Holy Spirit would be given

In the Old Testament we read that God said He would send the Holy Spirit. It says in Joel 2:28-29: “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants – men and women alike.”

The Holy Spirit was not poured out or given to the people in the Old Testament. People in the Old Testament believed in God and put their faith in Him. They believed that God would send His Son the Messiah to die on the cross for their sins. But they were not filled or given the Holy Spirit.

3. The Holy Spirit was given 50 days after Jesus died on the cross

Jesus was nailed to the cross and killed on a Jewish holiday called Passover. Passover was a holiday when the Jewish people remembered the day when God freed them from Egypt. The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt about 1,500 years before Jesus was born. But then God sent Moses to free the Jewish people from slavery. God sent the death angel that killed all the firstborn Egyptian people and first born of all animals. And after this the King of Egypt set the slaves free. This holiday is called the Passover.

In Jesus’ time the Jewish people still celebrated the Passover. And on the night of Passover Jesus was arrested, and on the next day He was nailed to the cross and died.

Forty days later Jesus went up to heaven in a cloud and his disciples went to a room to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit. They did this because Jesus said to them in Acts 1: 4-5: “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

The disciples obeyed Jesus and went to a room to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon them. 50 days after Jesus was nailed and killed on the cross, on the day of Pentecost, the Father sent the Holy Spirit on the disciples.

It says in Acts 2:1-4: “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”

4. Why did Jesus tell the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit?

Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit because he knew that the disciples could not tell the world about Jesus without the power from the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8: “… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus knew that the disciples needed the power from the Holy Spirit so that they could tell others about Jesus. The Holy Spirit would take away their fear and give the disciples the courage they needed to tell others about Jesus and not be afraid to die for Him.

5. The gifts of the Holy Spirit

There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are told in 1 Corinthians 12 that each person is given a gift from the Holy Spirit so that we can bless each other. It says in 1 Corinthians 12:7 “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”

Here are the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit which are available to each believer today, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10:

– the ability to give wise advice
– the ability to receive a message of special knowledge
– great faith
– the ability to heal
– the power to perform miracles
– the ability to prophesy
– the ability to know if a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit
– the ability to speak in unknown languages
– the ability to interpret what is being said

The Holy Spirit is also responsible for giving gifts to people so that they can do different types of work for Jesus here on earth. In Ephesians 4:11 it tells us the different types of people the Holy Spirit gives gifts to: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.”

he Holy Spirit also gives people the ability to do other works for Jesus and for other people. It says in 1 Corinthians 12:28 that some people have the gift to “help others” and some have “the gift of leadership”.

6. The fruits of the Holy Spirit

The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit gives people fruits of the Spirit. These fruits of the Spirit make us more like Jesus. In Galatians 5:22 we read: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

7. We are born again by the Holy Spirit

No one can become a Christian on their own: everyone who becomes a Christian has to be born again. And we are born again by the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to give us a new life in Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 3:5-7: “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’”

Peter tells us the same thing. We are born again by the Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 1:3 “It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Paul tells us that we can come to life by the Spirit. He says that we were dead in our sins but God raised us up to life in Jesus Christ. Paul says in Romans 6:4 “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”

8. The Holy Spirit tells us that we are going to heaven

The Holy Spirit is the one who tells us that we are going to heaven. When we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, when we asked God into our hearts, when we asked Jesus our God to forgive us our sins, our sins were washed away in the blood of Jesus and we were forgiven. But we were also given the Holy Spirit. We were born again.

Paul says in Ephesians 1:14 “And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.”

Jesus Himself said that those who believe in Him will receive the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit will live in them. Jesus said in John 14:15-21: “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans – I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

© Somali Christian Ministries, 2014
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