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8.  The Holy Spirit



 

There are many perceptions regarding the Holy Spirit. They consist of Him being nothing than a force to just a name used to represent something that cannot be seen. We will take a brief look at scriptural evidences of the Holy Spirit, His personage, deity, ministry, etc.

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: John 20:22

 

His Deity


He is an equal part of the Godhead:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matt. 28:19)

He is eternal:
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews” (9:14)

Omnipotent:
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

Omnipresent:
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?”       Psalm (139:7)

Omniscient:
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1Cor. 2:10, 11)

 

His Personality
 

The Holy Spirit has emotion.

He loves:
“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;”       (Romans 15:30)

Can be grieved:
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”       (Ephesians 4:30)

He has a will:
“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”       (1 Cor. 12:11)

He speaks:
“Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”       (Acts 8:29)

 

He has multiple names

 God
“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”       (Acts 5:3, 4)

Lord
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.”       (2 Cor. 3:18)

Spirit
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”       (1 Cor. 2:10)

Spirit of God
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”       (1 Cor. 3:16)

Spirit of truth
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”       (John 15:26)

Eternal Spirit
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”       (Heb. 9:14)

 

He physically manifests

As a dove
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”       (Matt. 3:16)

As wind
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”       (Acts 2:2)

As fire
“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”       (Acts 2:3)

 

We can sin against Him


Blasphemy:
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”       (Matt. 12:31)

Resist (unbelief):
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”       (Acts 7:51)

Insult:
“Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”       (Hebrews 10:29)

Lie to:
“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”       (Acts 5:3)

Grieve:
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”       (Ephesians 4:30)

Quench:
“Quench not the Spirit.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

 

His activity in the life of Christ
 

Conceived of:
“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”       (Matt. 1:20)

Baptized with:
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”       (Matt. 3:16)

Led Him:
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”       (Luke 4:1)

Filled with the power of:
“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”       (Luke 4:14)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”       (Luke 4:18)

Raised Jesus:
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”       (Romans 8:11)

 

His ministry


The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to direct people to and glorify Christ. All other aspects of His ministry are a result of that primary goal. We read in John 15:26 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:” In John 16:14 Jesus goes on to instruct, “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

  

Food for thought


What have you learned about the Holy Spirit that you may not have already known?

Does it comfort and encourage you to know that He is a personality and not just a force?

Seeing the impact he had on the life of Jesus for power to accomplish what Jesus did, does it provide you courage to know that He will provide you strength in what he has called you to?

Can you see the ministry of the Holy Spirits work in your life in service to Jesus?