Friday, June 17, 2011

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is perhaps the most misunderstood person of the Trinity. He is not a ghost, nor any other mystical spirit. Like the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit is a person with emotions and a will, yet is 100 percent God, equal in every way with the Father and the Son. If you are a true follower of Christ, He resides within you.

The Holy Spirit is omnipresent; that is, He is present everywhere: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalm 139:7-8). In fact, all the divine attributes of the Father and the Son also exist in the Holy Spirit.

He is our Teacher and our Helper (see John 16:13 and John 14:26) and He also helps us to pray (Romans 8:26-27).

When we first receive Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit begins to dwell within us (1 Corinthians 12:13). It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that we stop living by the flesh. “If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live." (Romans 8:13)

As Andrew Murray said, the Holy Spirit "makes the fellowship with the Father and the Son a blessed reality." The following articles will help you to know Him.

Who is the Holy Spirit?


There are many misconceptions about the identity of the Holy Spirit. Some view the Holy Spirit as a mystical force. Others understand the Holy Spirit as the impersonal power that God makes available to followers of Christ.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Answer: There are many misconceptions about the identity of the Holy Spirit. Some view the Holy Spirit as a mystical force. Others understand the Holy Spirit as the impersonal power that God makes available to followers of Christ. What does the Bible say about the identity of the Holy Spirit? Simply put, the Bible declares that the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible also tells us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, a being with a mind, emotions, and a will.

The fact that the Holy Spirit is God is clearly seen in many Scriptures, including Acts 5:3-4. In this verse Peter confronts Ananias as to why he lied to the Holy Spirit and tells him that he had “not lied to men but to God.” It is a clear declaration that lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God. We can also know that the Holy Spirit is God because He possesses the characteristics of God. For example, His omnipresence is seen in Psalm 139:7-8, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Then in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, we see the characteristic of omniscience in the Holy Spirit. “But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

We can know that the Holy Spirit is indeed a divine person because He possesses a mind, emotions, and a will. The Holy Spirit thinks and knows (1 Corinthians 2:10). The Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). The Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27). He makes decisions according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity. As God, the Holy Spirit can truly function as the Comforter and Counselor that Jesus promised He would be (John 14:16, 26, 15:26).[1]

[1] http://www.gotquestions.org/who-Holy-Spirit.html

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