Understanding Your Bible

Christ IN You

Learn to USE your Bible – Week Five – Part Three 💕

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in My name,
He will teach you all things…”
John 14:26

Last week you looked at your position in Christ. This week you’ll be looking at Christ IN you.

If you’ve ever asked where you can go to to get the help you need, ask no more. Just turn to God who has already promised you the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom He has sent in Jesus’ name to dwell in you.

The Teacher Of All Things Is In You

The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. Yes, all things! Can you really believe that? Or are you one of those people who believe that you should seek God’s counsel for spiritual things, but consult “professional” help for everything else in your life?

God does not want us to run to and rely on worldly wisdom. Don’t misunderstand me here – there is nothing wrong with going to a doctor or hiring a financial consultant, but God wants us to come to him first (Matt 6:33) for counsel and direction. That is why He sent the Holy Spirit – to teach us all things. Jesus told his disciples:

“However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” (John 16:7 AMP)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and He will guide you into all truth.

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak his own message [on his own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. (John 16:13 AMP)

The apostle John said,

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things… the anointing which you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things…” (1 John 2:20, 27)

From these scriptures we can conclude that the way God teaches us is through the anointing of the Holy Spirit within. His is a continuous anointing. In any particular situation, He is guiding and directing you from within. The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Counselor and friend is the power behind the Church, and the power behind every believer whose life is centered in Christ Jesus. In Acts 1:8 Jesus tells his followers,

“But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

In the Book of Joel, believed to have been written in the fourth or fifth century B.C., we find a prophecy of the outpouring of God’s Spirit.

Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old people will have dreams, and your young people will see visions. At that time I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, both men and women. Joel 2:28-29

This scripture was quoted by Peter in Acts 2:15-18 as being fulfilled on the day of Pentecost – the day when over three thousand were saved and received the gift of the Holy Spirit – the day when the body of Christ, the new-born church, began forming in the earth.

“These people are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine o’clock in the morning. Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams. Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.”

Peter told this predominately Jewish crowd,

“Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit Built the Church

In Acts chapter 9 we read of the conversion of Saul (Paul) and are told in verse 31,

“And so it was that the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace. Through the help of the Holy Spirit it was strengthened and grew in numbers, as it lived in reverence for the Lord.”

God’s Gift of the Holy Spirit is for Everyone

In Acts chapter 10 we find an account of Peter visiting in the home of a Gentile, the Roman centurion Cornelius, confirming God’s Gift of the Holy Spirit is for every believer.

Gentiles Hear the Good News

34 And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest; 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

44 While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

In the Amplified Version of the Bible we find verses 44-48 translated as follows:

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to the message.
45 And the believers from among the circumcised [the Jews] who came with Peter were surprised and amazed, because the free gift of the Holy Spirit had been bestowed and poured out largely even on the Gentiles.
46 For they heard them talking in [unknown] tongues (languages) and extolling and magnifying God. Then Peter asked,
47 Can anyone forbid or refuse water for baptizing these people, seeing that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?

If, as a believer, you have become caught up in the “religious” dispute that surrounds “speaking in tongues” I urge to you pay special attention to the three emphasized words in these verses, and then prayerfully consider God’s plan for your own walk with Jesus.