fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth.”Ephesians 5:9.
Suggested Reading:Testimonies, vol. 8,
19–23; Steps to Christ, 57–65.
“While the wind is itself invisible, it produces effects that
are seen and felt.So the work of the
Spirit upon the soul will reveal itself in every act of him who has felt its
saving power.When the Spirit of God
takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life.Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are
renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of
anger, envy, and strife.Joy takes the
place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven.No one sees the hand that lifts the burden,
or beholds the light descend from the courts above.The blessing comes when by faith the soul
surrenders itself to God.Then that
power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God.”Maranatha, 70.
be the experience of one who enters the kingdom of God?John 3:3–6.
faith, and baptism are the requisite steps in conversion. . . .As Christians submit to the solemn rite of
baptism, He registers the vow that they make to be true to Him.This vow is their oath of allegiance.
has made baptism the sign of entrance to His spiritual kingdom.He has made this a positive condition with
which all must comply who wish to be acknowledged as
under the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
. . .Those who are baptized
in the threefold name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, at the very
entrance of their Christian life declare publicly that they have forsaken the
service of Satan and have become members of the royal family, children of the
heavenly King. . . .
obligations in the spiritual agreement entered into at baptism are mutual.As human beings act their part with
whole-hearted obedience, they have a right to pray, ‘Let it be known, Lord,
that Thou art God in Israel.’The fact that you have been baptized in the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is an assurance that if you
will claim their help, these powers will help you in every emergency.”The Faith I Live By, 145.
2How willing is the Lord to give us the Holy Spirit?Luke 11:13.
do we not hunger and thirst for the gift of the Spirit, since this is the means
by which we are to receive power?Why do
we not talk of it, pray for it, preach concerning
it?The Lord is more willing to give the
Holy Spirit to us than parents are to give good gifts to their children.For the baptism of the Spirit every worker
should be pleading with God.Companies
should be gathered together to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that
they may know how to plan and execute wisely.”Testimonies, vol. 8, 22.
3When the Holy Spirit comes to us, what will He do?John 16:7–10.
note: “It is the
Spirit that causes to shine into darkened minds the bright beams of the Sun of
Righteousness; that makes men’s hearts burn within them with an awakened
realization of the truths of eternity; that presents before the mind the great
standard of righteousness, and convinces of sin; that inspires faith in Him who
alone can save from sin; that works to transform character by withdrawing the
affections of men from those things which are temporal and perishable, and
fixing them upon the eternal inheritance.The Spirit recreates, refines, and sanctifies human beings, fitting them
to become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King.”God’s Amazing Grace, 194.
4What is the work of the Holy Spirit everywhere in the
world?Genesis 6:3.Compare Acts .
people of God are to be called out from their association with worldlings and evil-doers, to stand in the battle for the
Lord against the powers of darkness.When the earth is lightened with the glory of God, we shall see a work
similar to that which was wrought when the disciples, filled with the holy Spirit, proclaimed the power of a risen Saviour.The light
of heaven penetrated the darkened minds of those who had been deceived by the
enemies of Christ, and the false representation of him was rejected; for
through the efficiency of the holy Spirit they now saw
him exalted to be a prince and Saviour, to give
repentance unto Israel,
and remission of sins.They saw him
encircled with the glory of heaven, with infinite treasures in his hands to
bestow upon those who turn from their rebellion.As the apostles set forth the glory of the
only begotten of the Father, 3,000 souls were pricked to
the heart, and they were made to see themselves as they were, sinful and
polluted, and Christ as their Saviour and
Redeemer.Christ was lifted up, Christ was glorified, through the power of the Holy
Spirit resting upon men.”The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, vol. 3,
5How freely is the Spirit offered to us?John 7:37–39.
note: “As a
people, we must prepare the way of the Lord, under the overruling guidance of
the Holy Spirit.The gospel is to be
given in its purity.The stream of
living water is to deepen and widen in its course.In all fields, nigh and afar off, men will be
called from the plow and from the more common commercial business vocations
that largely occupy the mind, and will be educated in connection with men of
experience.As they learn to labor
effectively, they will proclaim the truth with power.Through most wonderful workings of divine
providence, mountains of difficulty will be removed, and cast into the
sea.The message that means so much to
the dwellers upon the earth, will be heard and
understood.Men will know what is truth.Onward, and
still onward the work will advance, until the whole earth shall have been
warned.And then shall the end
come.”Review and Herald, July 5, 1906.
6To whom will the Spirit be given?Acts .
is no respecter of persons.Those that
honor Him He will honor.Of those who
obey His commandments it is written, ‘Ye are complete in Him.’[Colossians 2:10.]They cooperate with Him in the work of
soul-saving.God says to them: ‘But ye,
beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy
Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord
Jesus Christ unto eternal life.And of
some have compassion, making a difference; and others save with fear, pulling
them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted with the flesh.’[Jude 1:20–23.]
order to be successful in the service of God, man must be guided by the Holy
Spirit. . . .And the one who
refuses to unite with Christ, the one who exchanges the pure principles of
heaven for the corrupting principles of the world, thus searing his conscience,
might better be separated from the work that is to represent in this world
God’s justice, mercy, truth, and holiness.”Pacific Union Recorder, May
7Who will the Spirit of God lead us to exalt?John ; ,
Holy Spirit exalts and glorifies the Saviour.It is his office to present Christ, the
purity of his righteousness, and the great salvation that we have through
him.[John quoted.]The Spirit of truth is the only effectual teacher of divine truth.How must God esteem the human race, since he
gave his Son to die for them, and appoints his Spirit to be man’s teacher and
continual guide.”Steps to Christ, 91.
8What does the apostle exhort in reference to our receiving the
Holy Spirit?Ephesians 5:18.
heart that has once tasted of the love of Christ, cries out continually for a
deeper draft; and as you impart, you will receive in richer and more abundant
measure.Every revelation of God to the
soul increases the capacity to know and to love.The continual cry of the heart is, More of thee, and ever the Spirit’s answer is, Much more;
for our God delights to do ‘exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
3:20.]To Jesus, who emptied
himself for the salvation of lost humanity, the Holy Spirit was given without
measure.So it will be given to every
follower of Christ when the whole heart is surrendered for his indwelling.Our Lord himself has given the command, ‘Be
filled with the Spirit’[Ephesians ],
and this command is also a promise of its fulfillment.It was the good pleasure of the Father that
in Christ should ‘all the fullness dwell;’ and ‘in him ye are made full.’[Colossians 1:19.]”Review and Herald, November 5, 1908.
be received when the Holy Spirit comes into the heart?Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:14–16.
desires that the receivers of His grace shall be witnesses to its power.Those whose course has been most offensive to
Him He freely accepts; when they repent, He imparts to them His divine Spirit,
places them in the highest positions of trust, and sends them forth into the
camp of the disloyal to proclaim His boundless mercy.
is made by God Himself for every soul that turns to the Lord, to receive His
immediate cooperation. The Holy Spirit becomes His efficiency.
the Spirit’s power that we need.This
can do more for us in one minute than we can ever accomplish by talking.
those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the
Spirit given.The power of God awaits
their demand and reception.This
promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its
10What is the
fruit that we are to bear?Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9.
we consider that we are capable of fashioning our lives and characters to enter
into the portals of glory?We cannot do
it.We are dependent every moment upon
the Spirit of God operating upon us and upon our children. . . .
compassionate Redeemer is watching you in love and sympathy, ready to hear your
prayers, and render you the assistance which you need in your life-work.Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness,
faith and charity are the elements of the Christian character.These precious graces are the fruits of the
Spirit.They are the Christian’s crown
and shield. . . .
receive the Spirit of Christ, . . . you will
grow and bring forth fruit.The graces
of the Spirit will ripen in your character.Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect.More and more you will reflect the likeness
of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. . . .
is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His
church.When the character of Christ
shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as
His own.”Sons and
Daughters of God, 32.
11Against what are we warned?Ephesians 4:29, 30;1 Thessalonians 5:19.
work is before us; will we engage in it?We must work fast, we must go steadily forward.We must be preparing for the great day of the
Lord.We have no time to lose, no time
to be engaged in selfish purposes.The
world is to be warned.What are we doing
as individuals to bring the light before others?God has left to every man his work; every one
has a part to act, and we cannot neglect this work except at the peril of our
brethren, will you grieve the Holy Spirit, and cause it to depart?Will you shut out the blessed Saviour, because you are unprepared for His presence?Will you leave souls to perish without the
knowledge of the truth, because you love your ease too well to bear the burden
that Jesus bore for you?Let us awake
out of sleep.‘Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ (1 Peter
5:8).”Review and Herald, March 22, 1887.
12What blessings of the Holy Spirit are we promised today?Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23,
28, 29; Zechariah 10:1.
Lord did not lock the reservoir of heaven after pouring His Spirit upon the early
disciples.We, also, may receive of the
fullness of His blessing.Heaven is full
of the treasures of His grace, and those who come to God in faith may claim all
that He has promised.If we do not have
His power, it is because of our spiritual lethargy, our indifference, our
indolence.Let us come out of this
formality and deadness.”Review and
Herald, June 4,