Holy Spirit - 2017

Skip Heitzig

Most of us have heard of the Holy Spirit, but may not be familiar with who He is exactly or what He does. In this study on the Holy Spirit, Skip Heitzig gives us a greater understanding of the third person of the Trinity and the gifts He lavishly bestows on believers.


Table of Contents

1 John 14-16 What Is the Holy Spirit?
2 The Holy Spirit: With, In, and Upon
3 The Gifts of the Holy Spirit



SERIES: Holy Spirit - 2017
MESSAGE: What Is the Holy Spirit?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 14-16
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4217

Many believers have heard of the Holy Spirit but only have a vague idea of who He is. In fact, there are many groups that deny His existence altogether. In this message, we learn who the Holy Spirit is, examine His attributes and character, and get a foundation for further study.


  1. Introduction
    1. Some believers have little to no knowledge of or experience with the Holy Spirit
      1. Acts 19:2
      2. Many people have heard of the Holy Spirit but have only a vague idea of who He is and what He is supposed to do in their lives
      3. Some people are even afraid of the Holy Spirit
    2. Two extremes when it comes to the Holy Spirit
      1. Cessationists
        1. Believe that there was an end to the movement of the Holy Spirit
        2. Relegated to the early church
        3. The Bible is filled with teachings of the working of the Holy Spirit
          1. The Holy Spirit is mentioned ninety times in the Old Testament
          2. The Holy Spirit is referred to 260 times in the New Testament
        4. You cannot neglect the Holy Spirit, because Scripture is filled with the Holy Spirit (see Genesis 1:2; Revelation 22:17)
      2. Sensationalists
        1. They are all about the anointing of the Holy Spirit
        2. If there is no phenomenon, the Holy Spirit is not working
          1. Lots of noise
          2. Lots of pep
    3. Where to start?
      1. First mention of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament (see Genesis 1:2)
      2. First mention of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (see Matthew 1:18)
      3. Jesus' introduction of the Holy Spirit to His disciples (see John 14:15-18, 25-26; 15:22-27; 16:6-15)
    4. The Holy Spirit is a divine person who helps us
  2. The Holy Spirit Is a Person
    1. Jesus referred to the Spirit with personal pronouns
      1. Not an impersonal force
      2. Not a cosmic consciousness
    2. Church history has had councils over this issue
      1. AD 318—Arius of Alexandria
        1. The nature and character of God
        2. Did not believe in three distinct persons in the Trinity
        3. Said the Holy Spirit is the essence of God
      2. AD 325—church council declared Arius a heretic
        1. Arius' teachings were not what the Bible taught
        2. Came up with the Nicene/Apostles' Creed
    3. Attributes ascribed to the Holy Spirit (see John 14:26; 15:26; 16:8-11, 13, 15)
      1. Has a mind and a will
      2. Loves
      3. Makes intercession
      4. Can be grieved (see Ephesians 4:30)
      5. Can be insulted (see Hebrews 10:29)
      6. Can be lied to (see Acts 5:3)
    4. Any relationship with God includes the Holy Spirit
    5. Some in the charismatic movement make it all about the power of the Holy Spirit
      1. They seek what the Spirit can do
      2. According to the Scripture, we should seek not the power but the person
      3. Instead of asking how you can get more of the Holy Spirit in your life, ask how the Holy Spirit can get a hold of more of your life
  3. The Holy Spirit Is a Divine Person
    1. The Holy Spirit is not a substitute name for God
      1. In AD 200, Sabellius taught modalism
      2. Taught that there are three names for three different modes of one person—God
      3. Taught that God expresses Himself in different ways at different times
    2. The Holy Spirit is eternal (see John 14:16-17)
      1. He is sent forth from the Father by Jesus (see John 15:26)
      2. He is active in the world (see John 16:8)
      3. This is why we baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:19)
    3. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity
      1. Lying to the Holy Spirit is the same as lying to God (see Acts 5:1-4)
      2. He is omnipresent (see Psalm 139:7)
      3. He is omnipotent (see Job 33:4)
    4. If you are not aware of this divine personality dwelling in you, it will show (see 2 Timothy 3:5)
      1. You'll lose interest in worship and prayer
      2. You'll lose interest in studying God's Word
      3. You'll lose interest in churches that teach God-centered preaching
    5. Groups that do not believe the Holy Spirit is God
      1. Unitarian
      2. Christian Science
      3. Jehovah's Witnesses
      4. Mormons
      5. Muslims
    6. The Trinity
      1. Hard to understand, but it is taught in the Bible
      2. The historic Christian church has always believed there are three distinct persons in one God
        1. AD 96: Clement of Rome
        2. AD 107: Ignatius used common form for Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
        3. Second century: the Shepherd of Hermas spoke of one God as existing in three distinct persons
        4. Second century: Justin Martyr defended the veneration given to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
        5. Late second century: Irenaeus articulated the theology of the Trinity
        6. End of the second century: Tertullian coined the term trinitas—Trinity
      3. If you deny the Trinity, you are denying biblical teaching and all of church history up to this point
  4. The Holy Spirit Is a Divine Person Who Helps Us
    1. He is a Helper
      1. We need all the help we can get (see John 14:16)
      2. Paraklétos = an advocate, comforter, helper
      3. The Holy Spirit is the one who puts fuel in your spiritual tank
    2. He is another Helper
      1. Two words in Greek for another
        1. Heteros = another of a completely different kind
        2. Allos = another of the same kind
      2. God sent another Helper who was as good as Jesus
    3. He is a permanent Helper (see John 14:17-18)
      1. He comes with you when you're an unbeliever, moving you toward salvation
      2. He comes in you when you accept Jesus
      3. He comes upon you to empower you
    4. He is a reliable Helper (see John 14:17)
      1. He is the Spirit of truth
      2. He is holy
    5. He is an exclusive Helper (see John 14:17)
      1. 1 Corinthians 2:14
      2. Acts 1:8
Figures referenced: Arius of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Tim Downs, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Sabellius, Tertullian, R.A. Torrey, A.W. Tozer

Works referenced: The Shepherd of Hermas

Greek words: allos, heteros, paraklétos

Cross references: Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; Psalm 139:7; Matthew 1:18; 28:19; John 14:15-18, 25-26; 15:22-27; 16:6-15; Acts 1:8; 5:1-4; 19:2; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Timothy 3:5; Hebrews 10:29; Revelation 22:17

Topic: Holy Spirit

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Trinity, cessationism, church history, divinity, triunity, omnipresence, omnipotence, Helper



SERIES: Holy Spirit - 2017
MESSAGE: The Holy Spirit: With, In, and Upon
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4221

The Holy Spirit plays many different roles in the lives of both believers and unbelievers. Nicknamed the hound of heaven, He convicts unbelievers of their need for a Savior. He also has a unique relationship with those who have accepted Christ. In this message, we learn about what the Holy Spirit does as the third member of the Trinity.


  1. Introduction
    1. Two camps regarding the Holy Spirit's working in the church
      1. Cessationists: those who believe the Holy Spirit ceased to work as He did in the New Testament
      2. Sensationalists: those who zero in on the power of the Holy Spirit
    2. The Holy Spirit is a person
      1. Personal attributes
      2. Personality
      3. When Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit, He never referred to Him as it
    3. The Holy Spirit is a divine person
      1. Third member of the Godhead
      2. Omniscient, omnipresent, eternal
    4. The Holy Spirit is a divine person who helps us
      1. Paraklétos = an advocate, comforter, helper
        1. We need all the help we can get
        2. All believers have His help
      2. He is the same helper that Jesus was to His disciples
    5. The Holy Spirit is exclusive to believers
  2. The Holy Spirit comes after us (see John 14:15-17; 16:7-11)
    1. He dwells with us (see John 14:17)
      1. He was with you before you got saved
      2. He comes with the unbelievers
    2. Hound of heaven
      1. He chases unbelievers to get a hold of their life
      2. Opens the heart of the unbeliever to salvation (see John 15:26)
    3. Before anyone can figure out they need a Savior, they have to realize they are a sinner (see Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31)
      1. Most people do not acknowledge that they are sinners
      2. They blame it on their environment
      3. They blame it on their genetics
    4. It is not your job to convict anyone of their sin
      1. It comes across as condemnation
      2. When you leave it to the Holy Spirit, He drives them to where they realize they need a Savior
      3. 3,000 people got saved at Pentecost (see Acts 2:37-41)
        1. Not because Peter was a great preacher
        2. Because the Holy Spirit convicted them
    5. He does not convict people of individual sins
      1. Your conscience convicts you of individual sins
      2. He convicts you of unbelief (see John 16:8-9)
      3. Many people do not view unbelief as a sin but as a mark of intelligence
      4. One of the hardest things to do as a believer is to live in close proximity to an unbeliever under the conviction of the Holy Spirit
    6. He convicts the world of righteousness (see John 16:10)
      1. He convinces people that they are not good enough in their own righteousness (see Isaiah 64:6)
      2. Jesus demonstrated a completely different kind of righteousness (see Matthew 5:20, 48)
      3. When you stand next to the perfect One, you see how imperfect you are (see Isaiah 6:5)
        1. You never impress God with your righteousness
        2. He is perfectly righteous
      4. Jesus' righteousness was the only righteousness God could accept
      5. He convinces us that we need to stand in Jesus' imputed righteousness (see Philippians 3:9)
    7. He convicts the world of judgment (see John 16:9)
      1. He shows them that if they put Christ's righteousness away (reject it), another judgment is coming
      2. When Jesus died on the cross, Satan's fate was sealed
      3. God uses guilt so it can be alleviated at the cross
  3. The Holy Spirit comes inside us (see John 14:17)
    1. This refers to the church age
      1. After the day of Pentecost
      2. The Holy Spirit comes inside of every single believer
    2. In the Old Testament, people received the Holy Spirit for a short time for a particular task
      1. Othniel (see Judges 3:9-11)
      2. King Saul (see 1 Samuel 11:6; 16:14)
      3. King David (see Psalm 51:11)
    3. We have the Spirit living in us all the time (see 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20)
      1. This happened on the day of Pentecost
      2. It changed the relationship of the Holy Spirit with every believer in Jesus Christ from that day forward
    4. Baptism with the Holy Spirit
      1. Baptizó = to dip, sink
        1. Immersion in water
        2. The Holy Spirit comes in you and then immerses you in the church
        3. Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5
      2. Every single believer in Jesus Christ is immersed in the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:13)
    5. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
      1. Not found in Scripture
      2. Has been misused for years
        1. Some people believe that shaking and speaking in tongues are the only manifestations of the Spirit
        2. They think that if there is not enough shaking and speaking in tongues, the Spirit is not present
    6. Being filled with the Holy Spirit
      1. At Pentecost, they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and filled with the Holy Spirit
      2. They church was born and they were filled
      3. The Holy Spirit was given when Jesus' work on earth was done (see John 7:37-39)
        1. The goal of the Christian believer is to be not just a contented person, but a conduit
        2. Not just that we would be blessed, but that we would be a blessing
  4. The Holy Spirit comes upon us
    1. Acts 1:7-8
      1. Power
        1. Dunamis = might, power, marvelous works
        2. A spiritual dynamic
      2. Upon
        1. A different experience than with and in
        2. Flowing out
        3. An overflow of the Holy Spirit
      3. Witnesses
        1. Martus = a witness
        2. Where we get the word martyr
        3. Someone who lives for their faith and is willing to die for it
        4. Someone who tells another what they have seen or heard
        5. This happened to Peter (see Acts 2)
          1. Not long before this, he had denied Jesus
          2. He was able to boldly proclaim the gospel because of the resurrection and because he was filled with the Holy Spirit
    2. Acts 2:1-4
      1. On the day of Pentecost, they were filled with the Holy Spirit
      2. Baptism with the Spirit
        1. Takes place at the moment of salvation and places believers in the church
        2. A single, non-repeatable event
        3. A positional work
      3. Filling of the Spirit
        1. Takes place after a person is saved and empowers them to say and serve
        2. Can happen to the same person multiple times (see Acts 2:4; 4:31; 9:17; 13:9)
        3. Compared to being drunk (see Ephesians 5:17-18)
          1. Not referring to losing control
          2. Giving over control to the Spirit
        4. A commandment
          1. Never commanded to be sealed by the Spirit, because we can't do anything about that
          2. Never commanded to be baptized with the Spirit because that's what happens when we believe in Christ
          3. It is possible for us to cooperate with the work of the Spirit
          4. The only part of the Spirit's work that we have a part in
        5. Available to all believers
        6. One baptism, many fillings
        7. An experiential work
  5. Closing
    1. The Holy Spirit comes:
      1. After us to make us saved
      2. Into us to make us sanctified
      3. Upon us to make us supercharged, or servants
    2. You just have to ask (see Luke 11:13)
Figures referenced: Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon, Francis Thompson

Works referenced: "The Hound of Heaven"

Greek words: baptizó, dunamis, martus, paraklétos
Cross references: Judges 3:9-11; 1 Samuel 11:6; 16:14; Psalm 51:11; Isaiah 6:5; 64:6; Matthew 3:11; 5:20, 48; 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31; 11:13; John 7:37-39; 14:15-17; 15:26; 16:7-11; Acts 1:5, 7-8; 2; 4:31; 9:17; 13:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:13; Ephesians 5:17-18; Philippians 3:9

Topic: Holy Spirit

Keywords: Holy Spirit, the church, hound of heaven, conviction, Pentecost, righteousness, judgment, church age, baptism of the Holy Spirit, filling of the Holy Spirit, witness



SERIES: Holy Spirit - 2017
MESSAGE: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4223

The Holy Spirit blesses believers with spiritual gifts, but sadly, many people are ignorant about them. In this message, we learn why we have spiritual gifts and the reason they are still relevant to us today. We also learn that in order to utilize and develop our spiritual gifts, we must ask the Holy Spirit to fill us.


  1. Introduction
    1. God is all-powerful
    2. The Holy Spirit is the greatest unused power in the universe
      1. He is far more than just a power; He is a person
      2. He is a divine person, the third member of the Trinity
      3. He has come to help us
        1. Paraklétos = an advocate, comforter, helper
        2. One who is called alongside to help us
      4. Another Helper, just as Jesus was to His disciples
    3. Our relation to the Holy Spirit
      1. He comes after us to save us (see John 16:8-11)
      2. He comes inside of us to sanctify us
        1. Our personal relationship with God does not entitle us to a private life
        2. We are baptized into the church of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:13)
      3. He comes upon us to supercharge us
        1. The church at Pentecost was filled with the Spirit
        2. He empowers us
        3. He has a task He wants us to complete (see John 7:38-39)
          1. 1 Corinthians 4:7
          2. Man's greatest capacity is not to be just a vessel; it is to be a channel from which flows out the Holy Spirit
    4. One baptism, many fillings
      1. One baptism by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ
      2. Many fillings
        1. The early church, as well as individuals, were continually being filled by the Holy Spirit
        2. We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 5:18)
      3. Philip visited Samaria (see Acts 8:14-17)
        1. Many people were saved and the Holy Spirit immediately indwelled them
        2. When Peter and John came, the Holy Spirit came upon them (see Acts 1:8)
      4. Apollos preached in Corinth (see Acts 19:1-6)
        1. He baptized the people into John's baptism (see Matthew 3:11)
        2. They had not heard that the Holy Spirit had come
        3. When Paul laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them
          1. Some believe that these people did not understand the finished work of the gospel and were not yet truly saved
          2. Others believe that they were saved, but were lacking something in their faith
        4. Two gifts introduced: tongues and prophecy
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:1-7
    1. Spiritual gifts
      1. Pneumatikos = spiritual
        1. From pneuma, meaning wind or spirit
        2. Can refer to spiritual matters or spiritual people
      2. Spiritual gifts is one of the areas most believers are ignorant about
        1. The other is the coming of the Lord (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15)
        2. Agnoeó = to be ignorant, not to know
          1. Speaks of someone who is without knowledge or understanding
          2. We get the word agnostic from this word
      3. Cessationists believe that the Holy Spirit has ceased working
        1. Believe the work was only for the early church
        2. Believe the gifts of the Spirit are not for today
      4. Dispensationalism
        1. "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke" (Hebrews 1:1-2)
        2. A dispensation is a time period
          1. Edenic dispensation
          2. Antediluvian dispensation
          3. Postdiluvian dispensation
          4. Mosaic dispensation
          5. Ecclesiastical dispensation
        3. Dispensationalists divide the church age into the apostolic age and the post-apostolic age
        4. They think spiritual gifts were limited to the apostolic age
          1. Based on 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
          2. They interpret this to mean that the spiritual gifts were for the time period before the canonization of the Scriptures
          3. This verse is actually referencing the return of Christ
      5. The gifts of the Spirit are for every age and era
    2. The Holy Spirit: Promise of the Father (see Luke 24:49)
      1. During Pentecost, Peter stated that the Holy Spirit was for those who were there, their children, and "all who are afar off" (see Acts 2:38-39)
      2. There will be abuses of the gifts of the Spirit
        1. You should never be afraid of the Holy Spirit
        2. If it's from the Lord, receive it
    3. What are spiritual gifts?
      1. Spiritual capacities or endowments (see 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, AMP)
      2. Spiritual gifts are not the same as spiritual fruit (see Galatians 5:22-23)
        1. Fruit of the Spirit
          1. Deal with spiritual characteristics
          2. What one is in the Lord
          3. Develop gradually
          4. Produced pervasively
        2. Gifts of the Spirit
          1. Deal with spiritual capabilities
          2. What one does for the Lord
          3. Received instantly
          4. Bestowed selectively
      3. Spiritual gifts are not the same as natural talents
        1. Both believers and unbelievers have natural talents
        2. Talents are present from natural birth
        3. Gifts come from the new birth, honed by a spiritual environment over time
        4. It is good to develop our talents to interface with our spiritual gifts
        5. The lack of natural aptitude does not disqualify you
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11
    1. Spiritual gifts are given, not earned
      1. You do not earn a gift; it is given to you
      2. Jesus is the head of the body; the Holy Spirit is like the nervous system
        1. You may desire to do ministry or teaching, but if it's not your spiritual gift, you will fail miserably
        2. The quickest way to spiritual frustration is to try to do something God has not called you to do
        3. Enjoy the gifts God has given you
    2. Gifts are not the goal; they are the gateway to the goal: edification
      1. They are given for the profit of all
      2. The only exception is the gift of tongues, which edifies the person with that gift
    3. They are available to all believers
      1. There are many believers whose gifts lay dormant because they are not being filled with the Spirit
      2. To be filled with the Spirit, you must ask Him (see Romans 12:1-2)
      3. You must believe that He answers you (see James 1:6)
    4. How many spiritual gifts are there?
      1. Thirteen gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30
      2. Four gifts mentioned in Romans 12:6-8
      3. Five gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-12
      4. Probably between eighteen and twenty-two spiritual gifts
    5. Two arguments against those who say the gifts ceased once we received the full Bible
      1. Biblical argument
      2. Constant testimony of church history
        1. If it is true that the gifts ceased, there should be no record of spiritual gifts in the post-apostolic age
        2. There are many records of people having and using spiritual gifts
  4. Closing
    1. Afterglow
      1. A meeting of believers to wait on the Holy Spirit's moving through spiritual gifts
      2. Why is it called an afterglow?
        1. In the Old Testament, the goodness of the Lord passed by Moses; afterwards, his face glowed from the experience (see Exodus 33:18-23; 34:29)
        2. Paul referred to this event (see 2 Corinthians 3:18)
    2. The filling of the Holy Spirit
      1. In an orderly fashion (see 1 Corinthians 14:40)
      2. Don't quench the Spirit
Figures referenced: Augustine of Hippo, Cyril of Jerusalem, Norman Grubb, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Lloyd John Ogilvie, Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Tertullian, John Wesley

Works referenced: The Deep Things of God

Greek words: agnoeó, paraklétos, pneumatikos

Cross references: Exodus 33:18-23; 34:29; Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49; John 7:38-39; 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; 2:38-39; 8:14-17; 19:1-6; Romans 12:1-2, 6-8; 1 Corinthians 4:7; 12:1-11, 13, 28-30; 13:8-10; 14:40; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-12; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15; Hebrews 1:1-2; James 1:6

Topic: Spiritual Gifts

Keywords: Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, baptism of the Spirit, filling of the Spirit, agnostic, cessationism, dispensationalism, afterglow

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