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His conception and His birth

Now the real bell-ringer scripture in the Old Testament, which is also quoted in the New Testament, is Joel, chapter 2, verses 28-32.  And this particular scripture is still happening right in our midst today.  Peter quoted it in Acts.

Joel 2:28-32, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions;

“And also upon the servants and the handmaidens in those days will I pour out my spirit.

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered.”

Notice that it says the Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh.  Everyone, every person alive will have an opportunity to receive the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.  Some may reject it, but everyone will have an opportunity.  Everyone will hear.  Everyone will have an opportunity.  That’s what this scripture is all about.

Now let’s deal in the New Testament, and let’s particularly focus in on the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus, His earthly life, that is.  First of all, let’s talk about His birth, His conception and His birth.

Matthew 1, verses 20 and 21.  “Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph in a dream, saying, Thou son of David, fear not to take Mary as your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Now you will recall, I’m sure, that it was an angel that came to Mary and announced to her that she was pregnant and told her that she was going to give birth to the Savior of the world.

The Spirit of God

Then dealing with Saul, the first king of Israel, in 1 Samuel, chapter 10, verse 10, 1 Samuel 10:10, “When they arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him.  The Spirit of God,” the Holy Spirit, “came upon Saul in power, and he joined in their prophesying.”

It’s amazing, Saul was trying to hunt David down and kill him.  But when the procession of prophets came by, the Spirit of God came upon him.

David is another example in 1 Samuel, chapter 16, verse 13.  This is 1 Samuel 16:13, “So Samuel”—Samuel was the prophet—“took the horn of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers.  And from that day on, the Spirit of the Lord,” the Holy Spirit, “came upon David in power.”

And then one more example like this of people particularly is in 1 Samuel 19:20, 1 Samuel 19:20, “So he,” Saul, this is King Saul, “sent men out to capture David.  But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul’s men, and they also prophesied.”

These are examples of how the Holy Spirit came and went, came upon men in Old Testament days at certain times, in certain seasons.  This is how God operated in Old Testament days, BC, before Christ.

Now there are two other very important Old Testament references, and this very well could wind up on an exam.  Genesis 6:3.  The Lord said, “My Spirit shall not always strive with men.”  Now this simply means, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that brings man back to God.  Make a note of Genesis 6:3.

And the other very important scripture that I’m sure you all know, Zechariah 4:6, Zechariah 4:6.  “For it not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”  In other words, it is the energy of the person of the Holy Spirit that accomplishes God’s purposes.

All-powerful

Now in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit, of course, was present at the beginning, and He is present now.  And He’s present in three ways.  I want you to write these three ways down.  He is, first of all, omniscient.  He is omniscient.  Everybody say, omniscient.  And omniscient, somebody tell me what that means.  All-knowing, all-knowing.  Omniscient means all-knowing.

Second, He is omnipotent, omnipotent.  Somebody tell me what omnipotent means?  All-powerful.  So He is omniscient, all-knowing, He is omnipotent, all-powerful.

And then, finally, He is omnipresent.  What does that mean?  It means He’s everywhere at the same time.  He can be in you, He can be in me, He can be in somebody else.  He’s everywhere.

Jesus, when He was on the earth in His physical form, He was limited to time and space.  He could only be at one place at a time.  He couldn’t be in Nazareth and Jerusalem at the same time.  But the Holy Spirit can.  That’s His unlimited form.

So He was omnipotent.  He was omniscient, and He was omnipresent.  He was all-knowing, He was all-powerful, and He is able to be everywhere at the same time.

But simply because He is present does not necessarily mean He will manifest himself at all times.  And we see that throughout the Old Testament.

Let me give you some scriptures and some examples of how He operated in the Old Testament.  First of all, in Numbers 11:15, this is dealing with Moses and the seventy elders.  The scripture says, “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with Moses.  And God took of the Holy Spirit that was upon Moses and put the Holy Spirit on the seventy elders.

“When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do it again.”  Now this is an example of how the Holy Spirit moved in Old Testament days.

Another example also in the book of Numbers, chapter 24, Numbers 24:2, “When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit came upon him.”  The Holy Spirit was not on him until that moment.  Then the Holy Spirit came on him.

Another example is in the book of Judges, Judges, chapter 6 and verse 34, Judges 6:34, “The spirit of the Lord,” that is, the Holy Spirit, “came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezerites to follow him.”

Another example, in Judges, chapter 14, verse 6, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, and came upon him in power, so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands, as he might have torn a young goat.”

About Christians

And one of the reasons he is so smart is, he knew the whole blueprint plan for the human race.  He knows how we’re made.  That’s one reason why he is so clever about attacking us, because he knows the human tendencies of mankind.

He was in heaven from the beginning.  He was an archangel.  He knew and knows God’s master plan.  He even knows that his end is coming.  And that’s one reason why he’s working so hard to take us out.  Did you have a question?  Stand up and speak up real loud.  (Question)

Can you hear her?  She’s talking about Christians reading Harry Potter books and things like that.  I’m not here to jump on Harry Potter, okay?  That’s not my job.  I just think that we ought to be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

God gives us good sense, and I think we ought to use it.  I don’t think we ought to put anything in our minds or in our spirits that would cause us to open a door.  And that’s what she’s talking about.

But, you know, when we’re young and we don’t quite have the maturity level that we will have when we’re in our thirties or forties or fifties or sixties or whatever, we are open targets.  And you college students are open targets to that.  And I think you need to be very, very careful what you allow to come into your system.

And the easiest way to avoid what she’s talking about with some Christians who said, “Well, those things, they’re not going to affect me, you know.  I can go see any movie that I want to about demon possession.  I can read any book.”  And, you know it’s a pride thing, “It’s not going to affect me.”

I think what you ought to do is let it pass the Jesus test.  Now what do you mean by that?  Well, the Jesus test is what used to happen to me when I was a boy.  I’d get into trouble.  Any of you guys ever get in trouble with your mom?  The rest of you are lying.

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