TYPES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Pastor Floyd Koenig

Jn. 1:29-34

Text v.32

INTRODUCTION

Someone has said that good teaching "turns menís ears into eyes." This truly is exemplified in the Bible with its types, parables, similes and metaphors. Spiritual truths are presented in a multitude of earthly figures.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit is illustrated in Scripture by many types. A type is an object, person or event that prefigures another object, person or event.

Letís consider some types of the Holy Spirit that are found in the Word of God. We need to understand that some things can be types of more than one person or event.

I. THE DOVE IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A. THE HOLY SPIRIT TOOK ON THE FORM OF A DOVE AS HE DESCENDED FROM HEAVEN AND ABODE UPON CHRIST. (Jn. 1:32)

1. The dove is a fitting type of the Holy Spirit because of its beauty, gentleness, cleanliness and the fact that it is easily disturbed (Eph. 4:30).

2. The dove is also harmless and peaceable (Mt. 10:16).

B. THE SPIRIT IS SEEN BROODING OVER CREATION AS A BIRD OVER HER NEST (Gen. 1:2).

C. THE DOVE IS SENT OUT FROM THE ARK BY NOAH (Gen. 8:6-12).

- This dove is a type of the Holy Spirit in two ways.

1. The dove unlike the raven refuses to remain outside the ark when no clean resting place may be found (vv.8-9).

- The Spirit only indwells those who have been washed in the blood of Christ.

2. Seven days later, the dove brings back an olive leaf as a sign of hope to those in the ark (vv.10-11).

- This was a type of the Holy Spirit who brings assurance of salvation to those in Christ.

NOTE

- The raven was an unclean bird that loved to feed upon the dead things on the earth (Lev. 11:15).

- Birds are also used in Scripture as types of demon spirits (Mt. 13:4,19; Rev. 18:2).

II. OIL IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. OLIVE OIL IS A CONSTANT TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN BOTH THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.

- It was an article of great importance in Palestine, being used for food, medicine, illumination and anointing.

B. THE TABERNACLE AND ITS FURNITURE WERE TO BE ANOINTED WITH OIL (Ex. 40:9-11).

- As the Tabernacle was a figure of Christ, so the oil pictured Him being anointed by the Spirit.

C. THE INTERIOR OF THE TABERNACLE WAS ILLUMINATED BY THE USE OF OIL (Ex. 27:20-21).

1. Each of the Tabernacleís illuminated furnishings was a type of Christ.

2. So without the illumination of Godís Spirit, no one would ever see the glories of our Savior (I Cor. 2:14; II Cor. 4:3-6).

D. IN CLEANSING THE LEPER, BOTH BLOOD AND OIL WERE USED (Lev. 14:14-18).

1. This reveals that when one is saved from the leprosy of sin, that both the blood of Christ and the person of the Holy Spirit have a work to do.

E. THE ANOINTING WITH OIL OF PROPHETS, PRIESTS AND KINGS PREFIGURED CHRIST AS OUR PROPHET, PRIEST AND KING.

F. IN THE MEAT OFFERING, THE FINE MEAL WAS ANOINTED WITH OIL (Lev. 2:1).

1. The fine meal was a type of Christ sinless flesh, and the oil was a type of the Holy Spirit.

G. OIL IS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH HEALING IN THE BIBLE.

1. The sins of Judah and Jerusalem were so great that they were portrayed as open wounds that would not heal even though they were medicated with oil (Isa. 1:6).

2. The good Samaritan, dressed and medicated with oil, the wounds of the man that had been robbed and injured by thieves (Lk. 10:34).

3. The twelve went forth preaching repentance, casting out devils, anointing with oil, and healing many that were sick (Mk. 6:12-13).

a. The anointing with oil was an outward sign of healing.

b. The Holy Spirit brings spiritual healing.

III. WATER IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - Water is a common type of the Holy Spirit in salvation. A. WATER IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE.

1. Without water this world would be a parched and desolate wasteland.

2. Because man of himself is as the dry and barren land, God promises to moisten him with the waters of His Holy Spirit (Isa. 44:3).

3. The Lord had poured out His Spirit as Joel had prophesied (Acts 2:17).

- "All flesh" here means on both Jew and Gentile.

4. It is only the Holy Spirit who can bring any spiritual fruit into our lives (Gal. 5:22-23).

B. THE EARTH HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF WATER.

- Likewise the redeemed have a bountiful supply of the Spiritís power (Jn. 7:38).

C. WATER IS NECESSARY FOR CLEANLINESS.

- It is the Holy Spirit who cleanses our heart in regeneration and continues to cleanse us as we daily approach the Throne Of Grace (Tit. 3:5).

D. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS COMPARED TO LIVING WATER FROM A RUNNING SPRING.

1. The Lord spoke to the woman at the well of this living water (Jn. 4:14).

2. The Holy Spirit is in every way superior to the stagnant wells and pools of this world.

3. While the pleasures of this life soon fade and run out, yet the Spirit of God is a constant inner spring of life and joy (Jn. 7:37-39).

IV. WIND IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The wind is a special type of the Spirit. The Greek word for "spirit" is pneuma, which is also translated wind.

Our Lord referred to the wind as a type of the Spirit (Jn. 3:8).

A. THE WIND IS INVISIBLE IN ITS WORKINGS (Jn. 3:8).

- Christ hereby revealed the folly of connecting regeneration with visible signs like

baptism.

B. THE WIND IS NOT CONTROLLED BY MAN (Jn. 3:8).

- The Holy Spirit is sovereign in His workings.

C. THE PRESENCE OF THE WIND IS KNOWN BY ITS INFLUENCE (Jn. 3:8).

- Likewise the Holy Spirit is known to be present by His influence in hearts.

- The operation of the Holy Spirit, like the wind, is directed by God, unseen and known by His effects.

D. THE WIND IS A MIGHTY FORCE (Acts 2:1-2).

- The Holy Spirit can break the hardest heart.

E. JUST AS THE WIND MOVES A SAILBOAT, SO GODíS SPIRIT MOVED THOSE WHO WROTE THE SCRIPTURES (II Pet. 1:21).

F. JUST AS A DRY WIND CAN WITHER THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, SO THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN WITHER THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS HEART OF MAN BY HIS CONVICTING WORK (Isa. 40:6-7).

- The Spirit of God is a free agent in regeneration, He works how, and when, and where He pleases.

- This grace of the Spirit in regeneration, like the wind, is powerful, irresistible, and there is no withstanding it.

- It throws down Satanís strongholds, redeems the sinner out of his sin, and gives him a new heart.

V. FIRE IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A. FIRE IS A SYMBOL OF THE SPIRITíS PRESENCE (Acts 2:1-4).

1. In the Old Testament, the Lord manifested His presence by fire (Ex. 3:2).

2. He expressed His approval by fire (Lev. 9:23-24).

3. The Lord led and protected His people by a pillar of fire (Ex. 13:21-22).

4. Perhaps all of these ideas are included in Acts 2:3).

B. THE SPIRIT IS SYMBOLIZED BY SEVEN LAMPS OF FIRE (Rev. 4:5).

1. This refers to the the perfect understanding that was given to Christ as the anointed of God (Isa. 11:1-4).

2. The seven horns and the seven eyes of the Lamb represent the Holy Spirit which proceeds from the Father and the Son (Rev. 5:6).

CONCLUSION
By no means have we exhausted the study of the types of Godís Spirit in the Bible, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of the Holy Spirit as He is portrayed in the Word of God.  

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