study on the Holy Spirit by terri copeland

A Study on
The Holy Spirit
by Terri Copeland Pearsons

I. The New Birth Alone Is Not the Fullness of Our Salvation
A. We’re born again to receive the promise of the Spirit (Galatians 3:13-14)
1. As Christians we are born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8)
2. He is the One who bears witness with our spirits that we are sons of God (Romans 8:16)
3. We can gain understanding of the Spirit because we have His Word, which has much to say
about Him
4. He is sent with the specific assignment to teach, guide and reveal (John 16:13-15)
B. Man lost his place in the realm of the spirit (the heavenly realm, heaven)
1. Man is a three-part being: spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
a. Adam was created a speaking spirit, like God who is a Spirit (John 4:24), in three parts:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
b. Heaven and earth were together, divinely connected
c. When Adam embraced sin, he and his domain were disconnected from the Lord
d. Adam was kicked out of the realm of spiritual authority where heaven and earth
were together
2. Man had to be reconnected to life before he could re-enter his spiritual authority
C. The spiritual realm was reopened by Jesus’ blood (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 10:19-20)
D. We have access by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18). He makes it real.
E. First Example:
1. Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” and He breathed on them (John 20:22)
2. This was the same as in Genesis 2:7. Life was breathed into man and he was alive with the
life of God.
F. This time there was more given—to take us beyond Adam’s position, all the way to include
the power of the throne working in this world, making us witnesses of a heavenly kingdom
(Acts 1:4, 8)
II. How Important Is the Holy Spirit to the Plan of God for Mankind?
A. The Spirit and the Word are the two essential elements on which our relationship with the Lord
is founded. God is a Spirit. We must worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23).
1. The Word reveals the things of the Spirit, and the Spirit quickens, reveals and brings to life
the Word: “It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]….” (John 6:63, AMP)
2. “…The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63, AMP)
3. The Word and the Spirit always agree, and more importantly, they are one. “For there are
three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three
are one” (1 John 5:7).
4. Everything from the very beginning has been by the Spirit moving on what God said. “In the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the
waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3, NIV). The
pattern was established: God speaks and the Spirit moves.
5. Everything is because of the Word but by the Spirit
B. Every part of Jesus’ life, ministry and redemptive work was by the Spirit
1. How did Jesus come?
a. “The Word was made flesh” (John 1:14), but how?
b. “Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless)
Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.”
(Luke 1:35, AMP)
2. How did Jesus enter the ministry?
a. “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized,
and [while He was still] praying, the [visible] heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit
descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven,
saying, You are My Son, My Beloved! In You I am well pleased and find delight!”
(Luke 3:21-22, AMP)
3. How did Jesus qualify for ministry?
a. Then Jesus, full of and controlled by the Spirit, was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness…and Jesus went back full of and under the power of the Spirit.
(Luke 4:1-2, 14)
4. How did Jesus fulfill His ministry?
a. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to
the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the
acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
b. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with
him.” (Acts 10:38)
5. How can His death 2,000 years ago affect someone’s life now?
a. “…Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice
to God.” (Hebrews 9:14, AMP)
6. How was He raised from the dead?
a. “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He
Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (shortlived,
perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11, AMP)
b. Jesus was justified through the Spirit (1 Timothy 3:16)
c. He was quickened by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18)
C. Everything God did for man came by the work of the Holy Spirit
1. “The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the
Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)
2. We are born again of the Spirit (John 3:5-8)
3. Our life with God is in and by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:8-9, AMP)
4. Love is in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)
5. All love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
are produced by the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23, AMP)
6. We abound in hope by the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:13)
7. There is no condemnation for those who follow after the Spirit (Romans 8:1)
8. We crucify the flesh by the power of the Spirit (Romans 8:13; Galatians 5:24-25)
9. We are led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14)
10. He assures us we are God’s children (Romans 8:16, AMP)
11. Paul said that all Christ had done through him (preaching, signs and wonders) was through
the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:19, AMP)
12. We have been marked as His own by the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30, AMP)
13. He guides us into the Truth, revealing God’s Word, God’s will and God’s voice
(John 16:13, AMP)
14. The future is revealed by the Spirit (John 16:13, AMP)
15. The Spirit reveals what belongs to Jesus that He has given to us (John 16:14, AMP)
16. We wait with patience by the Spirit (Galatians 5:5)
17. We obey the truth through the Spirit (1 Peter 1:22)
18. Our fellowship is of the Spirit (Philippians 2:1)
19. We have access to the Father by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18, AMP)
20. We worship God in the Spirit (John 4:24; Philippians 3:3)
21. We form a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18)
22. Every blessing is given by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:3, AMP)
23. The Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6)
24. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17)
25. Our bodies are quickened, now and at the resurrection by the Spirit (Romans 8:11)
26. We are changed from glory to glory by the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18)
27. The Spirit is the guarantee of a glorified body (2 Corinthians 5:4-5, AMP)
28. The Spirit is the only witness both in heaven and in earth (1 John 5:8)
29. He is the Spirit of grace (Zechariah 12:10)
30. He is the Spirit of supplication (Zechariah 12:10)
31. He is the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel, the
Spirit of might, the Spirit of knowledge, the Spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2)
32. He is the Spirit of holiness (Romans 1:4)
33. He is the Spirit of life (Romans 8:2)
34. He is the Spirit of meekness (1 Corinthians 4:21)
35. He is the Spirit of glory (1 Peter 4:14)
36. He is the Spirit of God (1 Peter 4:14)
D. The Holy Spirit is worthy of honor
1. Don’t lie to or tempt Him (Acts 5:1-11)
2. He that blasphemes the Spirit shall not be forgiven (Luke 12:10, AMP)
3. Doing despite to the Spirit is worthy of severe judgment (Hebrews 10:28-29)
E. Summary: Everything God created for man came by the work of the Holy Spirit. Everything
Jesus reclaimed through the cross and resurrection was a work of the Holy Spirit. Our life with
God is in and by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:8-9, AMP).
III. The Purposes of the Spirit
A. The Father will give you another comforter
1. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper,
Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever”
(John 14:16, AMP)
2. Another is the Greek word allos meaning “one of the very same kind, same character, same
everything, or a duplicate.”
B. WE are His assignment. You can tell by the Greek word used to describe Him: par-ak-lay-tos.
“I will ask the Father and He will give you.”
C. Descriptions Defined:
1. Comforter—one who gives strengthening aid, consolation, hope, cheer, encouragement; one
that eases grief
2. Counselor—a person who gives advice in matters of law or marriage, or at summer camp
3. Helper—one who assists another
4. Intercessor—one who intervenes between two parties with a view to reconciling differences
(not just arguments; brings to the same level, such as a bank statement; brings eye to eye)
5. Advocate—voice; one that pleads the cause of another; one that defends or maintains a cause
or proposal
6. Strengthener—one who gives strength (Strength—the quality of being strong; the capacity
for exertion or endurance; to resist attack; solidity; toughness; a legal, logical or moral force;
an inherent asset, intensity of light, color, sound or odor; power)
7. Standby—one to be relied on, especially in emergencies; near at hand; one who is ready for
immediate action
8. Who remains with us forever—to stay in the same place; to continue unchanged
D. Sent in Jesus’ place (John 14:26, AMP)
E. Will teach you all things (John 14:26, AMP)
F. Will cause you to recall everything you’ve been told—not just to memory but to action
(John 14:26, AMP)
G. To be in close fellowship with—companionship, company, the state of being a fellow or
associate, friend, partnership (John 16:7, AMP)
H. To convince (convict) the world with demonstrations—about sin, righteousness, judgment
(John 16:8, AMP)
I. To guide you into all truth (John 16:13, AMP)
J. To tell you what He hears from the Father (John 16:13, AMP)
K. To announce the things to come (John 16:13, AMP)
L. To honor and glorify Jesus (John 16:14, AMP)
M. To reveal what belongs to Jesus from the Father that He is giving to you.
N. He’ll declare, disclose or transmit it—whatever it takes to get it to you! (John 16:14-15, AMP)
O. To take the limits off (John 16:12, AMP)
IV. The Three Dimensions of the Spirit
A. With you (John 14:16-17, AMP); This is Old Testament
1. Among everyone
2. Upon a few: the prophet, the priest and the king
B. In you (John 14:17, AMP); This is New Testament
1. Individually
2. Among the believers
C. Fullness of both
1. Baptized into the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5, AMP)
2. Filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4, AMP)
D. The explosiveness of God in and on man displayed (Acts 2:1-21)
E. Results
1. Souls saved [3,000] (Acts 2:41)
2. Signs and wonders (Acts 2:43)
3. Peter changed! He went from hiding to preaching on the streets.
4. Turned the world upside down and became known as Christians—“little anointed ones”
V. Tongues—The Master Key to the Kingdom
A. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32). The kingdom of God is
righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).
B. Tongues is the only operation of the Spirit not in the Old Testament
C. With the coming of the Spirit in fullness, all the operations of the Spirit are now on a higher
1. We are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)
2. We are fellow workers with Him, so we are not blind mouthpieces (2 Corinthians 6:1)
3. Being filled with the Spirit and speaking in tongues is the bridge to operating in that higher
D. God’s Swiss Army Knife
1. All operations of the Spirit are inside of tongues. He pulls out the appropriate tool “as it
pleases Him” (1 Corinthians 12:11)
2. Everything the Spirit does and everyway He does it can be touched through tongues
3. No other work of the Spirit is so exhaustive, so vital or so available. No wonder Jesus said it
was a sign of those who truly believe (Mark 16:17).
E. Those who walk in the greatest revelations of the Word and have the greatest demonstrations
of signs and wonders pray in other tongues. (In Mark 16:17 it is the summary of most
spiritual activity.)
VI. Tongues—An Overview of Purpose
A. 1 Corinthians 14 reads a lot like a dictionary. It gives many different end results.
1. Speaks not to men but to God (1 Corinthians 14:2, AMP)
a. Turns your face away from men (the natural) to Him
2. You edify yourself (1 Corinthians 14:4)
a. “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced
with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your
innermost being and personality].” (Ephesians 3:16, AMP)
3. Praying in tongues refreshes and relieves the mind of resourcing (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
a. “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom
he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the
refreshing….” (Isaiah 28:11-12)
b. Mental knowledge is limited in scope (can’t see the future) and is influenced and
corrupted by human reason and emotion
c. Tongues keeps praying on a level higher than mental knowledge can produce
d. Pray that you may interpret (1 Corinthians 14:13). Not only ask, but pray through to
interpretation. Don’t quit too soon.
e. Interpretation—might be instant enlightenment or might come later or might play out
4. You give thanks well (1 Corinthians 14:16-17)
a. Helps locate true gratitude and love for God (Romans 5:5)
b. Works with interpretation
c. Expresses gratitude, love and worship when words in your known language fall short
d. Is not a substitute for praise in your known language
e. Pray that you interpret
5. Is a sign to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:22)
a. Those who believe, speak (Mark 16:17)
b. If tongues is only a sign to you, you are not believing. This includes those who have been
filled but are not active in their praying.
6. Is a keying to walking in love
a. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy
Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God….” (Jude 20-21)
b. “Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured
out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5, AMP)
B. Tongues: Mystery Master, Problem Solver (1 Corinthians 14:2)—What kind of mysteries?
1. The mysteries of God Himself—His thoughts, feelings and purposes (1 Corinthians
2:14-16, AMP)
2. The bottomless things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-10, AMP) such as:
a. The Word
b. Redemption
c. Spirit beings
3. The mysteries of the world such as:
a. The world of nature
b. The world of finance
c. The world of art
d. The world of music
e. The world of politics
f. The world of sports
g. The world of military strategy
4. The mystery of the future
a. “He will show you things to come” (John 16:13)
b. God’s plan for your day: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was
recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
(Psalm 139:16, NLT)
c. God’s plan for your destiny: “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you,
says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you
hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to
Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me
[as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be
found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from
all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will
bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.”
(Jeremiah 29:11-14, AMP)
d. A taste of the world to come (Hebrews 10:1); “And not only the creation, but we
ourselves too, who have and enjoy the first fruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the
blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from
sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s
sons).” (Romans 8:23, AMP)
e. “My future is not based in (dependent on) politics. It’s not based in the stock market. My
future is based on my inheritance in Christ Jesus. Praying in the Spirit is a divine secret
between God and me. It is my future. It is my heritage. It is my destination. It is the
vision of my life being prayed out and given root to before it is even made known to this
natural world.” ~ Kenneth Copeland
5. Allows you to pray about things you could not know (Romans 8:26-27)
a. Events and situations unknown to you
b. The hearts and minds of people
c. People you know, or don’t know, who are in trouble
d. “Praying in tongues equips us to pray for things no one thinks to pray about or about
which no one know to pray.” ~ Kenneth E. Hagin
© 2008 Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is from the King James Version of the Bible.
Scripture quotations marked The Amplified Bible are from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament © 1965, 1987 by the
Zondervan Corporation. The Amplified New Testament © 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978,
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