Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, April 25, 2010



Preparation for Bible Class. Three critical issues:

            First, salvation, Rm 5:8; 1 Pt 2:24; 2Co 5:21; Act 4:12; 16:30-31; Jn 3:36; 19:30.

            Second, Biblical Spirituality for the Christian way of life, Gal 5:16-17; 22-23.

            Third, Christian Spiritual maturity through maximum epignosis metabolized Bible doctrine where there is a dominant divine viewpoint as frame of reference, Rom 12:1-2.






A.   Human viewpoint vs divine viewpoint, 1 Sam 16:7.

            1.  The problem of human viewpoint, 1 Sam 16:6-7.

            2.   Human viewpoint is the single greatest flaw we start out with as far as the POG is concerned, 1 Cor 3:1-5; Rom 12:2.

            3.   Human viewpoint is shaped by kosmos diabolicus, religion, the Zeitgeist, as well as our personal set of genetic and environmental flaws.

            4.   Only the Word of God, i.e. Bible doctrine, under the ministry of the HS can remove human viewpoint and displace human viewpoint with divine viewpoint, Isa 55:6-11; Rom 12:2.

            5.   Apart from BD and the HS we never even get close to touching those vital first principles and presuppositions which not only set our thoughts in motion but in fact drives our train of thoughts about everything in life.

            6.   Just because you are a Christian does not mean that you understand the Christian life, what true Christianity is – let alone the thoughts of God.     

            7.    The single greatest challenge in life is advancing spiritually to divine viewpoint level of an overcomer, Rev 2-3.   

            8.   It really is all about gaining the mind of Christ through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 2:9-16.

            9.   What distinguished David and set him apart from his family was in fact His love for Bible doctrine and appreciation of the Holy Spirit, Psa 19; 51:11.

            10.   Very few believers in any generation ever really get it as far as doctrine or the Holy Spirit and hence never really develop divine viewpoint in life and hence end up sooner or later being loser kosmic believers – when they finish their FSH.


B.   Grasping the crucial ministry of God the Holy Spirit – then and now, i.e. in the OT and Church Age.     

            1.  Understanding the prodigious difference between the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the Church Age, Jn 7:37-39; 14:17;  16:12-15; Eph 4:30; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; Psa 51:11.

                        a.   John 7:37-39: Christ’s prediction of Holy Spirit’s new ministry.

                        b.   Jn 14:16: Christ’s prayer for the Holy Spirit & what it all means.   

                        c.  Jn 16:12-15: the unique ministry of the HS in revealing Church Age doctrine necessary to glorifying Jesus Christ.

                        d.   Eph 1:14; 4:30: permanent indwelling of HS for eternal security.

                        e.   1 Cor 6:19: permanent residence for the creation of Temple of God.

                        f.   Psa 51:11:  in the OT the permanent universal indwelling HS was never available.

            2.  In the OT the HS revealed God’s Truth to believers both by direct communication and/or distilled insight,   Num 24:2;  2 Samuel 23:2; 2 Chronicles 15:1;

Nehemiah 9:30; Job 32:8; Isa 61:1-4; Ezekiel 2:2; 11:24; 37:1; Micah 3:8; Zech 7:12; 1 Pt 1:10-11.

            3.  In the OT the HS guided believers in God’s Truth, in the POG,  Neh 9:20;

 Psalm 143:10; Isa 48:16;  Isa 63:10-14; Heb 3:7.

            4.   In the OT the HS equipped believers for leadership; Gen 41:38; Num 11:17; 27:18; Dt 34:9; 1 Sam 11:10, 11:6; 19:20-23; 1 Sam 16:13; 2 Kings 2:9-15

            5.   In the OT the HS equipped believers with skill and strength for certain creative achievements, Ex 31:1-11; 35:30-35; 1 Kings 7:14; Hag 2:5; Zech 4:6.

            6.  The ministry of the HS in the OT was very limited and conditional and could be removed if the believer moved into reversionism, 1 Sam 16:14; Psa 51:11.

            7.  The limited ministry of the HS in the Old Testament dispensation became operational for the SL through the FRL, Heb 11; Zech 4:6; Num 27:18.

            8.  In the OT dispensation further enablement from the Spirit could be received by praying for the Holy Spirit, 2 Kings 2:9-10; Luke 11:13.

            9.   Right before the beginning of the CA, Christ sent the Spirit upon the disciples for this further enablement to sustain them for 50 days - until the day of Pentecost, Jn 20:22.

            10.  Once the church age began, every believer is permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit, Jn 7:37-39.  14:16-17;  1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; Eph 5:18; Gal 5:16; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 1:13; 4:30; Rom 8:9.

            11.   The issue for the Church Age believer is not the indwelling HS but the filling of the Holy Spirit.

            12.   Some of the benefits from the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

                        a.   He makes your body into a temple, 1 Cor 6:19-20

                        b.   He convicts you regarding old sin nature and the spiritual conflict, Gal 5:16-17.

                        c.   He guards your body from being demon possessed.

                        d.   He came so that you would not be left on earth as an orphan, Jn 14:17.

                        e.   He came to establish inside of you a divine power base. 

                        f.    He came to guarantee you eternal security, Eph 1:14; 4:30.

            13.  The need for the filling of the Holy Spirit:   The Holy Spirit is given to the CA believer to be His personal Mentor in the areas of understanding BD, of taking doctrine from gnosis to epignosis for the impartation of true wisdom, Jn 14:16-26; Gal 4:19; 5:22-23.

            14.  The need for the filling of the Holy Spirit:  The Holy Spirit was given to the CA believer so that He might know the deep things of God, 1 Cor 2:9-16.