Many Christians are aware that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity, but beyond this fact, what more do we know about Him?
Have you ever wondered what He is like? Is He a force floating around somewhere?
Is he like a ghost or a mystical spirit?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
- John 14 v 16-17; John 16 v 7-8
- He is a divine person – Rom 8 v 11
- He possesses a mind – Rom 8 v 27
- He has emotions – Eph 4 v 30; Isaiah 63 v 10
- He has intellect – 1st Cor 2 v 11
- He possesses a will – 1st Cor 12 v 12
The Holy Spirit’s task is to stay on earth to help us and to glorify the name of the name of God. John 16v13. Certain things can never be understood with ordinary human minds thus the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives will teach us all truth – Luke 16 v 13.
The Role of the Holy Spirit (His Ministry)
The Holy Spirit is given to live inside those who believe in Jesus so that such can produce God’s character as believers.
He does the following:
- John 16 v 8-10: He convicts our hearts and minds to repent and turn to God for forgiveness and a new life.
- Gal 5 v 22-23: In a way that we cannot do on our own, the Holy Spirit will build into our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Rather than struggling on our own to produce those qualities, God asks us to rely on Him to produce them. Gal 5 v 25. Eph 5 v 18.
- Rom 8 v 26: The Holy Spirit plays the role of intercessor.
- 1st Cor 2v 9-14: He is the teacher to Christians. He reveals God’s will and God’s truth.
- John 6 v 63: He gives life.
- 1st John 2 v 27: He anoints.
- Rom 12 v 6-8. 1st Cor 12 v 3-6. Eph 4-12: He empowers Christians to perform ministerial duties that promote spiritual growth among Christians.
- John 16 v 13: He reveals what is to come.
- Acts 2 v 4: He fills and gives us utterance.
- Acts 2 v 36: He gives boldness.
The Holy Spirit in the old Testament was limited. His strength was poured only over Kings, Priests, Prophets and some selected people. In Judges 16, Samson lost his power (anointing) when his hair was cut off.
In Psalm 51, David begged God not to remove the Holy Spirit from him after he sinned with Bathsheba. On the other hand, in the New Testament, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured on all flesh.
Therefore, when you give your life to Christ by inviting Him into your heart, you can begin to have a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.
Invite Him into your life today and enjoy all these benefits and more.