Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


“In whom is the Spirit of God” Genesis 41

“In whom is the Spirit of God” Genesis 41


1. Pulpit Series

a) Biblical Patrology

b) Biblical Christology

c) Biblical Pneumatology

2. The Goals

a) To be enlightened

b) To be enriched

c) To be empowered



1. He is not just “a force”

2. He is a Person

a) Divinity

b) Dignity

c) Dynamic

3. Various titles assigned

a) The Spirit of God

b) The Holy Spirit

c) The Spirit of Truth

d) The Spirit of Christ



1. Examples of people who were filled with the Spirit of God

a) Joseph

b) Moses

c) Joshua

2. The Expressions of their being Filled with the Holy Spirit

a) Explicit statements

b) Implicit in their lives



1. What the Pharaoh noted about Joseph

37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.

38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.

40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word;

only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”

41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand;

and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him,

“Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt.

44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath,

the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.

And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:37-46

a) The Spirit of God was in Joseph

b) He was wise and discerning

c) He was just 30 years old when he was given tremendous authority by Pharaoh

d) He served the Pharaoh outstandingly throughout his life

2. What Jacob noted about Joseph

22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.

23 The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him.

24 But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong

By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

25 By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you

With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

26 The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,

Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph,

And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers. Genesis 49:22-26

a) He was a fruitful bough

b) He was greatly blessed

c) The LORD was the One who lay behind his success in life



1. To seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit

17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:17-18

2. To bear the fruit of the Spirit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23