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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Relationship with God the Holy Spirit — What Do We Learn from the book of Revelation about the Holy Spirit?

04 Dec

There are two ways of approaching the doctrines of the Scriptures. One way is to collect all the data throughout the Bible into logical categories (called “systematic theology”). The other way is to work through individual books of the Bible, collecting the data on a particular subject (this is called “biblical theology,” although the term is used in other ways in less than conservative circles). When we ask, what do we learn from the book of Revelation about God the Holy Spirit, we are taking a kind of biblical theology approach. Our conviction in these posts is that, while some believers overemphasize the Spirit, others overlook Him. We want to do neither, but long to have a balanced view of the Third Member of the Trinity.

What do we find when we unit-read (read straight through at one sitting) the book of Revelation?

What do we learn from the book of Revelation about God the Holy Spirit?

Ch. 1- 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” We learn of John being “in the Spirit.”
Ch. 2- 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.   11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. 17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Ch. 3- 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” The Spirit of God speaks to the various churches.

Ch. 4- 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. We learn of John being “in the Spirit.”

Ch. 14- 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

Ch. 17- 3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. We learn of John being “in the Spirit.”

Ch. 19- 10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.” Here the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of prophecy.

Ch. 21- 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. We learn of John being “in the Spirit.”

Ch. 22- 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Here we have the Spirit and the Son speaking.

There is no doubt that the book of Revelation is a challenging book to understand. But we do see the Spirit leading John in what he wrote. This same Spirit has much to say to the churches.

How do we hear the voice of the Spirit today? We now have God’s completed Word. The Spirit’s primary instrument to speak to the churches today is the written Word of God. The real question is: Are we listening to the Spirit?

 

 

 
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