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As we see in these selected Scriptures, Holy Spirit was given to apostles to guide and direct them as they established church, preached gospel and wrote New Testament. Even those of us that boast of an impeccable memory can not remember everything that is said and done. Of course, fact that apostles were being taught by Christ and fact that they witnessed wonderful miracles that He performed would make events stand out in their memories much more than average event. Nonetheless, humans are not flawless when it comes to remembering events and teachings. It was therefore necessary for God to provide a means by which apostles could have 100% perfect memories when it came to remembering teachings of Christ and events that surrounded His ministry. God provided Holy Spirit to fulfill this need.
But we too have a need for Holy Spirit today. As we try to live a good faithful Christian life, it is difficult. It is difficult because of constant bombardment of temptations sent our way by Satan himself. We need constant guidance and direction to be able to withstand those temptations and "fight good fight." Again, God has provided! He has provided Holy Spirit to meet that need.
How do we know that God has given us Holy Spirit? Because Scriptures tell us so, "Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins; and you shall receive gift of Holy Spirit.'" (Acts 2:38) For an excellent description of Holy Spirit dwelling in us as Christians read Romans chapter 8.
The Preexistence of Christ
Was Jesus just a prophet, a good man, a man of God; or was He in fact Son of God? If we are to believe in Christian concept of Holy Trinity, then we must be able to show evidence that Christ existed as part of Trinity prior to His coming to earth as Jesus.
The Old Testament is replete with prophecies concerning coming of Christ. There have been volumes written and still more shall be written in future on this aspect of Jesus Christ. The first prophecy in Bible concerning coming of Christ is found in Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between you and woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." From this verse forward we see prophecies in Deuteronomy, 1 Samuel, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Over and over again these prophecies point to coming of Christ: "The Spirit of Lord shall rest upon Him." (Isaiah 11:2); "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given." (Isaiah 9:6); "Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him." (Daniel 7:14) and "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming." (Zechariah 9:9) These are but a few of many prophecies of coming of Christ.
But did Christ exist prior to His coming in form of man? Again there are many Scriptures which point to preexistence of Christ. The Gospel of John clearly indicates that Christ was at beginning of time. Here is what book of John has to say about Christ: "In beginning was Word, and Word was with God, and Word was God. He was in beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (John 1:1-3)
Jesus also said that He was in existence prior to time of His ministry here on earth: "‘Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.' Then Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.'" (John 8:56-58)
There is yet another area of this discussion which I will not be able to develop to any reasonable extent. That area is fact that Old Testament has many different "types" of Christ. These are persons in Old Testament who posses certain characteristics or attributes of Christ. They were mere men, but their lives point to coming Christ. There were several of these in Old Testament. Perhaps we can develop these in future articles.
As I draw this article to a close, I feel that subject has not been given justice for there is so much more that can be said about reality of Holy Trinity. However, I sincerely hope that I have given you enough to strengthen your faith and I encourage you to study this subject further.
All Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.
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