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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"LIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE--A SPIRIT-SPILLED LIFE"
Acts 4:1-22; Ephesians 5:1-21
Sunday, 6/4/95, 9:30 a.m. Service
Miss Thompson was teaching her Sunday School class a very
difficult lesson on the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; she was
trying to pull this together in such terms that these children could
understand something of His purpose, His personhood, His power
and His attributes. She was having a hard time getting that on a
level that they could understand. I think all of us can identify with
that; it is difficult sometimes to understand the Trinity. She finally
came upon the idea of using a pretzel, a nice big pretzel, because
it has three holes in it, yet it is one unit. She took the pretzel and
she said, "All right, boys and girls, this hole represents God the
Father, this hole represents Jesus the Son and this hole represents
God the Holy Ghost. Now, say that with me." They said, "God the
Father." She pointed to another hole, "God the Son." Then
another, "God the Holy Ghost."
She decided to test one of the students on how well he had learned
the lesson and called on Tommy. "Tommy, as I point to these
holes, would you tell me what they represent?" She pointed out
one hole and he said, "God the Father." Then the second hole and
Tommy said, "God the Son, Jesus." She said, "Tommy, that's
beautiful." Then she pointed to the final hole. He answered
confidently, "God, the Holy Smoke!" She was flabbergasted and
said, "No, God the Holy Ghost."
Tommy probably said what a lot of people have mixed feelings or
understandings about and that's God the Holy Ghost or God the
Holy Spirit. We say, "God the Holy Ghost" and that's the King
James version. "God the Holy Spirit" is another way of saying it and
which we can perhaps better understand in today's terms. Yet,
through the years, God the Holy Spirit and God the Holy Ghost
have been misunderstood terms, even among Christians. The Holy
Ghost" has been called, "It." He's been referred to as the unknown
person of the Trinity. We can understand this somewhat because
when we say "God the Father," we can understand because we
know something about fathers. We say God the Son and we can
understand Jesus as being the Son of God because we recognize
sons and family relationships. But when we say, God the Holy
Ghost, we have a little more difficult understanding His personhood
and His ministry.
Around the world, those using the Christian calendar recognize
today as the Day of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Ghost on the
Church in power. Today I want to talk just a bit about living under
the influence of the Spirit Spilled life. There are many texts we want
to look at. Look in the book of Acts, chapter 4, beginning in verse 8
where Jesus has ascended into Heaven. Peter has preached and
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