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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Divine Translator Study

Holy Spirit, Divine Translator, Understanding God, Role of the Holy Spirit
You need a Translator! And so do I.

When I give seminars in Budapest, Hungary, my translator of choice is Edina.

Since she’s Hungarian, she knows Hungarian language and culture. But she’s also lived and taught school in America so she’s fluent in English and has a good knowledge of American culture. 

In addition, she’s a Christian, so she understands the Christian concepts in my workshop. 

Good translation is a complex mixture of culture, grammar and subject matter. It’s far more than simply knowing vocabulary. 

That's why we need a Divine Translator. The Holy Spirit knows our language and God's language (1 Corinthians 2:10-16), so He makes Christ's ways known to us (John 16:13), counsels, teaches and reminds us (John 14:26). 

We’re born “foreigners” to God’s ways because we have a fallen human nature. We must depend on the Spirit who understands our culture but Who’s fluent in the “culture” and Words of God. 

Artwork background: Billy Frank Alexander

 Bible Study
One of my seminars in Budapest, Hungary
Sometimes people confuse the Spirit (capital S) with the spirit (small s). 

The Holy Spirit is not a force, feeling, attitude or mystical experience. He is God, the third member of the Trinity. He is inseparable from the purposes and character of the Father and Jesus. 

What seven aspects of the Holy Spirit are described in the passages below? Be sure to read this week's insights (on Saturday) for a deeper understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in history. 

Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 

Nehemiah 9:30: For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. 

Psalm 139:7: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 

Zechariah 4:6: So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. 

Luke 4:1-2: Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 

Luke 24:49: "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven." 

1 John 3:24: The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 

For more insights, read the verses linked in the devotion at the top. The passage 2 Corinthians 2:10-16 (given in the devotion) explains that people without God's Spirit will not understand the things of God. We shouldn't expect non-believers to understand concepts that seem clear and logical to us. 

copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

After doing this study, you can check out my insights HERE.

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