When speaking about the Holy Spirit, there is one very important thing to remember, the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way and the “lawless one is revealed.” The mark of the beast is in the world today and we see the lawlessness around the world. The Holy Spirit was holding the lawlessness back, but not anymore. Jesus Christ will destroy it at His return. Today, while lawlessness abounds, there remains the faithful few who hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit works through us. Obviously, Holy Spirit filled Christians are not in the world to hold back the lawlessness, simply to be a witness of Jesus Christ.
“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work;
but the One who now holds it back will continue to do so till He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed,
whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth
and destroy by the splendor of His coming.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7-9
- Holy Spirit Points to those Searching the Scripture.
- Guidance of the Holy Spirit to Understand Scripture.
- Holy Spirit Talks about Jesus Christ through Scripture.
- Baptism in Jesus Christ after Reading Scripture.
- Preaching of the Gospel Continues through Holy Spirit Filled People.
Holy Spirit Points to those Searching the Scripture.
Being guided to a destination, beyond our understanding of why or where, is common practice today. It goes way beyond GPS technology. My sister loves to flaunt how much extraordinary knowledge she has in finding places without having any familiarity with the area. She even curses the GPS unit on her car for being useless. She is following the thing that has power over physiology and is able to form thoughts and intuition to guide her which way to go. The one thing it never does is guide her to discover the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the mark of the beast. In the same way that it acts as an inner guiding system, God directed Philip by the Spirit of God over 2000 years ago.
The Holy Spirit is God’s GPS that He uses to guide us to destinations, destinations that enable the sharing of the testimony of Jesus Christ. Phillip was led to a man riding in a chariot who was reading the book of Isaiah. For us today, the Holy Spirit still leads in that exact same way, which is to build the body of Christ. Unfortunately, these are the days when followers of Jesus and those searching the Scripture are few and far between. These are also the days when people have slammed the door in the face of the Holy Spirit.
About two months ago on a Sunday, I was with a female neighbor, and we were talking about Sunday church services. That conversation happened because somehow, we ended up at the same place at the same time during the course of doing chores. The conversation was secular and had little to do with the Gospel. A couple minutes later, a male neighbor invited himself over to show me a pentagram with the words, “Love your neighbors.” He asked me if that was OK. I told him that I didn’t recognize the pentagram, but the words are in the Bible. Then the three of us had a secular conversation about the churches, as I kept trying to squeeze in words to say that the Church could be us three. Then people started to appear who gave us the nasty stare, pulling out their cell phones and talking loudly enough to intrude on our conversation. The female decided to go back to her apartment, then so did the male neighbor, and myself.
Where the door could open to share the Gospel, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there will appear those who live by the GPS of the mark of the beast to trample on the gathering. The lawless one is being revealed.
“Now an Angel of the Lord said to Philip,
“Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
So, he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch,
an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake
(which means “queen of the Ethiopians”).
This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
and on his way home was sitting in his chariot
reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.”
Guidance of the Holy Spirit to Understand Scripture.
The Holy Spirit guides people to help others to come to an understanding of Scripture. The understanding of the Scripture is always centered on Jesus Christ, to glorify His name as God’s Son and Savior of all who believe. The Holy Spirit makes it understood that the Bible is all about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit guided Phillip to a person who was sincerely searching the Scripture and wanted to understand. The man who was searching the Bible invited Phillip to sit with him. That is how the Holy Spirit works today. When a Holy Spirit filled person comes across a person who sincerely wants to understand the Bible, there will be an instant connection. A connection based on nothing more than revealing the Gospel Message through Bible texts.
“The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet.
“Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”
So, he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”
Holy Spirit Talks about Jesus Christ through Scripture.
Phillip was led by the Holy Spirit to a person who asked a very important question, “Tell me, please, who is the Prophet talking about, Himself or someone else?” He wanted to know if Isaiah was talking about himself or someone else, today we know that someone else is Jesus. All Scripture refers to Jesus Christ, in one way or another. During the days of the Apostles, it was necessary to explain how the life of Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Scripture. In the same way that the thing that has power over physiology, and can form emotions, thoughts, and behaviors is the fulfillment of Revelation 13 which is the mark of the beast.
Phillip explained the life of Jesus Christ and compared Him to the words of Isaiah. Jesus was led like a sheep to the slaughter, as He went passively to His death on the Cross to make atonement for sin. He was silent as a lamb in the hands of its shearers and didn’t open His mouth, as He didn’t speak one word in His own defense trying to avoid His fate. He was humiliated in front of the world in the process of being deprived of justice, as His life was taken from this earth. By the fiery tongue of the Holy Spirit, Phillip shared the Good News about Jesus, that through Him is Salvation.
“This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He did not open His mouth.
In His humiliation He was deprived of justice. Who can declare His generation?
For His life was taken from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip,
“Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, Himself or someone else?”
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus.”
Baptism in Jesus Christ after Reading Scripture.
When a person is brought to Jesus through the Bible Scriptures, they thirst for more. After hearing and reading how the life of Jesus matched perfectly with Bible prophecy, the new convert immediately asked, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” A new follower of Christ desires to be baptized in the name of Jesus. The convert will submerge into constant Bible reading, will seek to find fellowship in Jesus Christ, will immerse in prayer in the name of Jesus, will not act on the unGodly thoughts and feelings that comes through the mark of the beast, will separate from the ways of this world, and will detach from unGodly relationships. And if possible, to be submerged in water by those who truly believe in the way of Christ.
When the new convert asked if he could be baptized in Jesus’s name, Phillip replied, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” It as simple as that, believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and then start submerging in Bible reading, scriptural prayer, join the faithful few in Spirit, and speak a word for the Gospel of Christ. All that we need to say is, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” If you want to be baptized in water, fill up a bathtub full of water, say to yourself, “In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,” then submerge yourself.
“As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said,
“Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
And Philip said, if you believe with all your heart, you may.
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he gave orders to stop the chariot.
Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”
Preaching of the Gospel Continues through Holy Spirit Filled People.
The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Even though the new convert didn’t see Phillip again, he “went on his way rejoicing.” When one person comes to God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit continues seeking to spread the Gospel to others. Phillip led a person to Christ through the Holy Spirit and then “appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the Gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.”
“When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,
and the eunuch did not see him again but went on his way rejoicing.
Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about,
preaching the Gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.”
“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:11