When You Hear His Voice

Lesson 32

Courtesy of Pastor Ken LeBrun

1. The Spirit of God is also called what?

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

2. As such, what does the Spirit do?

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

3. Regarding that, what is specifically promised?

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

4. To whom does God give the Holy Ghost?

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

5. What does the Holy Ghost put in our hearts?

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

6. What is the fruit of the Spirit in our lives?

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

7. What two things must we do in order to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

8. Who will be saved?

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5.

As an outward sign of an inward change, baptism is a public testimony that now you belong to Jesus. Its significance as the sign of the new birth is fully discussed in Romans 6. There Paul speaks of the transforming power of grace within the life of the believer. Baptism is also the means of becoming a member of the church (Compare Acts 2:41, 47).

9. What word, meaning “put in the grave,” is used to describe baptism?

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Baptism symbolizes the death and burial of our sins. When a dead body is buried, it is more than sprinkled with dirt. For the same reason, we want our sins to be completely buried.

The word baptism itself means to immerse. It was used in the textile industry long before the days of John the baptist. When cloth was “baptized” in the dye, it was not just sprinkled, but completely immersed in it.

10. What word in verse 5 means buried?

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

11. Why was John baptizing in Aenon?

John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

If John had been sprinkling, he would not have needed much water.

12. As Jesus came up out of the water following His baptism, what did He see?

Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

As an example to us, Jesus was baptized by immersion. Notice also that He was not baptized as an infant.

13. What must be done to all nations before they are baptized?

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

God wants His people to be intelligent in regard to His truth. They are to be taught “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” He says. Matthew 28:20.

Baptism signifies conversion. Conversion requires the cooperation of the will. Under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the person chooses to consecrate his life to God. He renounces his sins and by the power of God is born again to new life in Christ. The story of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39) is an inspiring account of a man searching for truth. As he read the Scriptures, the Lord directed Philip to him to present the gospel of Jesus. Convicted of his need of Christ, the eunuch asked to be baptized. So Philip baptized him in a nearby body of water.

Acts 19:1-5 tells of some people who were baptized more than once. They had been baptized once at the preaching of John, but had not yet learned all the truth. Now, as Paul shared with them additional vital truths, their Christian experience was so enriched by the new light, they felt their need to be baptized again.

14. What is God’s invitation to those who have accepted His truth?

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

15. In what did God speak to Elijah?

1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Not all voices can be trusted. Beware of voices which contradict the Scriptures. The voice of the Spirit to our conscience will never differ from the teachings of the Bible. He speaks to us through the Bible. Jesus said, “He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak.” “For he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13, 14. The Holy Spirit comes to forcibly impress upon our minds the word of God. Never will He direct us any other way.

16. What does the voice of the Lord say to us?

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

17. When we hear His voice, what is our duty?

Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

18. How long is the light with us?

John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

19. What will come upon us if we don’t walk while we have the light?

John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

20. So when we hear His voice, what must we not do?

Hebrews 3:7,8 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

21. What do some always do to the Holy Ghost?

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

22. As their fathers did, what do they do?

Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

23. What eventually happens to a person’s conscience who continually resists the voice of God’s Spirit?

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

24. What warning did Paul give?

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

25. Does God’s Spirit ever stop working with men?

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

26. Who will enter into the kingdom of heaven?

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:19.

27. Jesus is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that do what?

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

28. What if we know these things?

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

29. What if a person knows what is right, but doesn’t do it?

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

30. What did Jesus say about those who have heard the truth?

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.

31. What did He say about one to whom much is given?

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

32. So is it better to just avoid hearing the truth?

Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

33. What did Jesus say to do when the Spirit speaks?

Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

34. Will any hardship or other circumstances ever make us regret our decision to obey the Lord?

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7,8

In the Light of God's Word...

I understand that the Holy Spirit’s continued work in my life is dependent upon my obedience to His word.

I choose to commit my life entirely to Jesus, and to take my stand with His commandment-keeping people.

If you have completed this Bible study series, I wish to express my congratulations! I hope and pray that this study has brought you to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. I also hope that you have a deeper understanding of His character. When you fully surrender your whole being to Him, the Holy Spirit will empower you to become more like Christ. You won't keep God's law because you know what it says or because of fear but you will keep it because of your love for Jesus. The closer you come to Him through Bible study and prayer, the more perfect in love you'll become. God wants that for all humanity for He desires that no one should be lost. Will you join with the redeemed? Christ Jesus is waiting for you and knocking at the door of your heart. Let Him come in and watch the changes in your life!