Fundamental Keys To Unlock The Holy Spirit’s Power Part 6

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost…
Acts 4:8

Peter had denied Jesus not two months before he stood boldly before the ruler of his people to declare that Jesus had been raised from the dead. He had been filled with the Holy Spirit and was a changed man!

The disciples received the baptism in the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and were immediately changed from fearful men into bold witnesses. Three thousand people received salvation on the day of Pentecost and then another five thousand in just days.

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13

These men had the authority to put Peter and John to death. They saw the boldness imparted by the Holy Spirit and “marveled”. The power of the Holy Spirit was on them!

The ministry of Jesus to His disciples on the night before His crucifixion is recorded in John 14,15 and 16. There are five discourses recorded in these chapters that discuss the Holy Spirit’s coming. He was preparing them to receive the Holy Spirit as His last act before going to the cross. This indicates the importance Jesus placed on His followers being filled with the Spirit.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26

One aspect of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to teach the disciples of Jesus. The account in Acts 4 tells us that the men who heard Peter and John knew that they were “unlearned and ignorant” men. They ministered under the anointing of the Spirit with a wisdom beyond their own. This was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:10-12

Peter and John were “ignorant” and “unlearned”. Paul had sat at the feet of the top teachers in the Jewish religion. He could have credited his teachings to his background and upbringing but instead wrote that the Gospel he preached had been imparted by the “revelation of Jesus Christ”. It was the Holy Spirit who revealed this to Paul.

The Holy Spirit will supernaturally reveal truths to us that are beyond anything we could naturally be able to understand in our own wisdom. I struggled through Bible school and found it difficult to understand the Bible. My instructors tried to help by pointing me to various commentaries but these did not help. 

It was not until I began to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit that the truths of Scripture started to become clear. This relationship has grown through the years and it is such a joy to sit down with Him and spend time in the Word. 

He desires to have the same relationship with every Christian as I’ve developed with Him. Few Christians will experience any level of relationship with the Holy Spirit because they do not recognize Him as a knowable person.

The Bible is not meant to be understood with our natural cognitive abilities. Revelation knowledge flows from the heart as it is imparted by the Spirit of God. It does not come from our head and unfortunately, the majority of preachers today are ministering from head knowledge imparted to them at seminary or Bible school. I believe education is important but only if it is received by students who will look to the Holy Spirit for a revelation of the things they are learning in class.

Jesus appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus and walked with them for approximately seven miles. He spent the entire journey revealing Himself in the Scriptures. The Lord took Scripture after Scripture and taught them but they could not embrace what He was teaching them because they had not yet been filled with the Holy Spirit.

44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.
Luke 24:44-45

I believe that He opened the eyes of their understanding via the Holy Spirit.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26

The Holy Spirit quickened their understanding and not a short time later empowered them to preach what had been revealed to them on the day of Pentecost. 

We emphasize speaking in tongues as the evidence of a person being baptized in the Holy Spirit. While I agree that tongues are a part of the experience and rightly described as “evidence” of this experience, it is my belief that the main benefit is being able to tap into the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry.

I used to mark my Bible constantly and wore many copies out. My current one has many verses that are underlined. One day the Holy Spirit showed me that the only verses that brought change were the ones that were revelation knowledge. These were the verses that penetrated my heart but they were not necessarily the ones that I had underlined.

Over time I’ve learned that it is much more important for us to depend on the Holy Spirit for revelation knowledge. He will bring Scripture to my mind when they are needed if I will take the time to meditate on them until they become revelation knowledge imparted by Him.

The Holy Spirit will show us things to come. He will bring Scriptures to our remembrance when we need them. The caveat though is that this will only happen if we first learn to depend on Him in every area of our lives.

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