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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 3257 Holy Spirit, gift of
3257 Holy Spirit, gift of

3257 Holy Spirit, gift of

In the OT the gift of the Holy Spirit was restricted to individuals for particular tasks, but at Pentecost and on subsequent occasions, the Holy Spirit is given to all believers.

The gift of the Holy Spirit in the OT

The Spirit is given to individuals for specific tasks 1Sa 10:6 to Saul, for kingship; Ex 31:2-5 to Bezalel, for craftsmanship

The gift of the Spirit can be withdrawn 1Sa 16:14; Ps 51:11 See also Jdg 16:20; 1Ki 22:24

The gift of the Holy Spirit is foretold

He is promised by John the Baptist Mt 3:11 pp Mk 1:8 pp Lk 3:16 pp Jn 1:33

He is promised by Jesus Christ Lk 24:49; Jn 7:37-39; Jn 14:16,26; Jn 15:26; Jn 16:7; Ac 1:4-5,8; Ac 11:16

The gift of the Holy Spirit before Pentecost

Individuals filled with the Spirit Lk 1:15 See also Lk 1:41,67; Lk 2:25-27

Jesus Christ receives the gift of the Spirit Mt 3:16 pp Mk 1:10 pp Lk 3:22 pp Jn 1:32

Jesus Christ bids his disciples receive the Holy Spirit See also Jn 20:22

The gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and after

At Pentecost Ac 2:2-4 See also Ac 2:33

The Spirit was given on later occasions Ac 10:44 See also Ac 8:15-17; Ac 9:17; Ac 19:6; Gal 3:5; Heb 2:4

The gift of the Spirit is for all believers Ac 2:38-39 See also Ac 2:17; Ac 5:32; Ac 10:45; Ac 11:17; Ac 15:8; Ro 8:9; Gal 3:14; 1Th 4:8; Heb 2:4

God’s willingness to give the Spirit Lk 11:13 See also Jn 3:34

God’s purposes require the gift of the Holy Spirit

To give assurance of acceptance by God Ac 15:8 See also Ac 10:47; Ac 11:17; 1Jn 3:24; 1Jn 4:13

To convict the world of sin Jn 16:7-8; Ac 2:37

To provide spiritual gifts Ac 2:4; Ac 10:45-46; Ac 19:6; 1Co 12:4-11

To work miracles, signs and wonders Ro 15:18-19; Gal 3:5; Heb 2:4

To give boldness in preaching and witnessing Ac 1:8 See also Ac 4:31; Ac 5:32

To cultivate the fruit of the Spirit Ro 14:17 See also Ro 5:5; Ro 15:13; Gal 5:16

To sanctify the believer 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2

See also

3035Holy Spirit, presence of
3203Holy Spirit & assurance
3212Holy Spirit & mission
3239Holy Spirit, anointing
3242Holy Spirit, baptism with
3248Holy Spirit, conviction
3251Holy Spirit, filling with
3272Holy Spirit in OT
3278Holy Spirit, indwelling
4018life, spiritual
7966spiritual gifts