What is the
first work the Bible ascribes to the Spirit of God?
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
waters." Gen. 1:2.
By what power
did Christ work miracles?
"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom
of God is come unto you." Matt. 12:28.
To what is His
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened
by the Spirit." 1 Peter 3:18.
conviction produced in the mind of the sinner?
"And when He [the Spirit] is come, He will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment." John 16:8 (Gen. 6:3).
What office does
the Spirit perform for the Christian?
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another
Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever." John 14:16.
What other work
does the Spirit perform?
"God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification
of the Spirit and belief of the truth." 2 Thess. 2:13.
What is the word
of God said to be?
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God." Eph. 6:17.
In what manner
did the Spirit make known the word?
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy
men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter
In what manner
did the Lord speak to these holy men?
"After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a
vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great
reward." Gen. 15:1 (Num. 12:6) (lsa.1:1) (Eze. 1:1).
Was this gift of
the Spirit to be confined mostly to the time of the Old Testament?
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My
spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old
men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28.
How did Peter by
inspiration render this term afterward?
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I
will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
dream dreams." Acts 2:17.
What does Paul
call the Spirit?
"In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy
Spirit of promise." Eph. 1:13.
Why was it thus
"Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received
of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye
now see and hear." Acts 2:33 (Acts 1:4, 5).
Why did Jesus
say it was necessary for Him to go unto the Father?
"For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but
if I depart, I will send Him unto you." John 16:7.
Were the gifts
of the Spirit referred to in this promise?
"Wherefore he saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men." Eph. 4:8.
"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers." Eph. 4:11.
Were all these
gifts by the same Spirit?
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit." 1 Cor.
12:4 (Eph. 4:4).
did Christ give to His disciples?
"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature." Mark 16:15.
Why did they not
proceed immediately to that work?
"And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in
the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
Luke 24:49 (Acts 1:8).
How long did
Jesus promise to be with those who preach the gospel?
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt.