The Spirit - Prophecy and Fulfillment

This episode is the first in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. This episode will focus on the prophecy (Old Testament) and fulfillment (New Testament) related to the Spirit.

*Genesis 1:2 - This is the first mention of the Spirit in the Bible.

*Prophecy - Isaiah 11:1-5 - This prophecy speaks of a rod coming out of the root of David which is Jesus Christ. It goes on to explain that the Spirit will rest upon him so he can judge the earth.

*Fulfillment - Luke 3:22 - During Jesus' baptism, the Spirit descended in bodily form as a dove and set upon him.

*Prophecy - Joel 2:28-29 - This prophecy is states that God will pour the Spirit out on all men.

*Fulfillment - Acts 2:1-4 - On the day of Pentecost, the people were gathered in one accord and the Spirit filled each one of them.

Other Scriptures Referenced

*John 14:12-26 - Jesus speaks to his disciples and begins to explain to them that He will leave them but will not leave them alone. He will send back a Comforter which is the Holy Spirit to dwell in them. Since they have walked with Jesus, they will be able to recognize the Spirit where the world will not.

*John 16:5-11 - Jesus goes on to assure the disciples that He must go away. This is the only way the Spirit will be able to return and walk with them for all generations.

*Acts 1:4-8 - Jesus is visiting the disciples before ascending to Heaven to be with the Father and is instructing them that they will receive a promise...that promise is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once they have received the indwelling of the Spirit they will testify of Jesus to all the land and to the uttermost parts of the earth.

*Acts 2:38-39 - After the filling of the Holy Spirit, Peter then speaks to the crowds that have gathered and tells them that this is a fulfillment of the prophecy by Joel. He then explains in these two verses that this same infilling is a gift from God that is available to each and every person. All they (and you) must do is to put your faith in Jesus that he can and will forgive you of your sins when you repent and be baptized to receive this gift. This is a promise of God.

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