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Facts About The Holy Spirit

Updated on December 4, 2012

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Whenever I talk about the Holy Spirit, I tread softly. Since the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, I try to be careful about what I say about Him and search my motives for speaking about Him before I do. This is because I do not wish to offend Him and offending Him is a very possible thing to do.

Jesus Christ spoke of the Holy Spirit to His disciples when He was leaving them to enter into heaven.

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26

The Holy Spirit is also known as the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, and the Comforter.

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...Matthew 3:16-17
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...Matthew 3:16-17 | Source

The Power of The Holy Spirit

First, I'd like to establish the fact that The Holy Spirit has power. His power is His own and He is not someone to be trifled with.

Many people do not realize the power of The Holy Spirit. They recognize that He has power but they often underestimate His power. Consider the fact that every miracle done by a man of God in the Bible was done through the power of The Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has parted the waters, made water come from rocks, raised the dead, and given great strength to ordinary men like you and me.When there seems to be no way, The Holy Spirit makes a way. There is nothing to great for Him and He is not afraid of anything.

Some of the men The Holy Spirit worked with:

Samson - His strength was provided to him by The Holy Spirit

Elijah - The miraculous works done by him were through the power of The Holy Spirit.

Elisha- When Elijah's mantle fell on him, it was actually the blessing of The Holy Spirit walking with him and giving him the power to do all the works that Elijah had done.

Gideon - Who gave Gideon the victory in battle? The Holy Spirit.

Peter, Paul, John, James and the rest of the apostles - The Holy Spirit came upon them and caused them to speak in different languages, proclaiming the Gospel to all who had ears to hear, healing the sick and raising the dead.

The Pentecost by Louis Galloche
The Pentecost by Louis Galloche | Source

Where Did The Holy Spirit Get His Power From?

Was the power that The Holy Spirit has, given to Him?

How did He receive such power?

The answer to these above questions is that The Holy Spirit has always had this power. It was never given to Him as He has always existed. Before time began, The Holy Spirit was.

Before there was time, there was truth. The Bible says that The Holy Spirit is truth. It is a hard thing to wrap the mind around but all that is good and all that is true is the Holy Spirit. He is the source of truth and goodness because He is divine.

John addresses the divinity of The Holy Spirit here:

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." 1 John 5:7 K.J.V.

I know that there are some who believe that The Father is the only one who is God but, according to the Bible, The Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit are one. That means that all three are one God!

The Holy Spirit is God.

He is not just a force.

He is not just a feeling.

He is God.

Charles Spurgeon's sermon on Grieving The Holy Spirit

Sins Against The Holy Spirit

It is a fact that there are those who sin against the Holy Spirit. He is very dear to the Father and the Son because Jesus specifically mentioned Him and the sins that one should be careful not to commit against Him.

  • The Holy Spirit can be grieved.

To grieve Him is a sin.

Why Can The Holy Spirit be grieved?

The answer is simple enough.

He, The Great Comforter, loves perfectly. His love is a mighty love and therefore, when that love is abused, He becomes grieved. Once someone loves, he grieves and so it is clear to me that because the Holy Spirit is capable of such great love, He is capable of feeling great grief.

One grieves Him when one neglects the things of Him and does things that are against the will of God. If you have experienced grief, then you understand a bit of the feeling that The Holy Ghost experiences when those whom He loves grieve Him.

  • The Holy Spirit can be quenched.

To quench The Holy Spirit, (See 1 Thessalonians 5:19) is to push Him aside and disregard what work He is doing. To quench Him means to forsake or to put an end to something that is going on that is specifically from God. When one tries to stop the work of the Spirit, one tries to quench Him. This too is a sin against Him.

  • The Holy Spirit can be insulted.

To insult the Spirit of God is to completely and willfully go on sinning without a hint of repentance. It is like taking The Spirit of God for a fool. This is obviously a sin because there is no foolishness with The holy Spirit but only wisdom. (see Hebrews Chapter 10)

  • The Holy Spirit can be blasphemed.

This sin against The Holy Spirit is described as the unforgivable sin. The fact that Jesus made certain to mention this and state that no one will be forgiven for it, shows just how important He, the Holy Spirit of God, is and it also shows that He is God.

"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.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." Matthew 12:31 K.J.V.

Saying that the work that The Holy Spirit does is actually the work of Satan is unforgivable. The Holy Spirit is all that is good and true and there is no evil in Him. Satan is doomed to the Lake of Fire because all that is in him is wicked. To associate the good and godly works of the Spirit with the vile one is not something that should be done and so those who would dare to do it will never, ever be forgiven by God and will always be outside of His forgiveness in this life and in the next one.

The Holy Spirit can also be vexed and can act with wrath as well.

This is shown when Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, tried to deceive Him about the gift that they were giving to Him. They were not afraid to lie to The Holy Spirit even though they knew that He could see into their hearts. He struck them both dead and those left behind learned what it meant to fear the Spirit of the Living God. (Acts Chapter 5)

The Holy Spirit Can Dwell In Us

The Bible says that The Holy Spirit can be with us so much so that He can dwell within us. If we give Him the control over our lives, great things will happen. Though there be trials, He will be with us and give us guidance.

The Bible says that the Holy Spirit can guard our mouths, our thoughts, and our actions if we receive Him. Those who belong to Christ have the Holy Spirit within them.

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9



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    • celafoe profile image


      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      excellent article.

      This is much needed because so many that do not properly understand scripture are not baptized in the Holy Spirit. They choose to believe their church or pastor rather than scripture and either falsely believe that they receive it as part of being born again or that it is not for today. And in so doing miss out on the only way to properly understand scripture--with the aid of the Holy Spirit who will lead us into ALL truth.

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      5 years ago

      Thats right. When God punishes he is justified in all he does.

      He needs no decisions from us nor does he have to answer to anyone.

      Like you said he has no sin clouding over him. So there its not like he says oops I made a mistake by punishing this person. He has reasons and they are always right.

      He need not justify anything to us.

      Have a good day.

      I want it to be a good hub so I am going to write down info and research before I put it together. I also want to share videos and trust me these videos I have been led to so I know of them to be true.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      It is very hard for people to reconcile God's goodness with His wrath. They cannot see how He could be good while He can be angry as well. Yet the Bible says, 'Be angry and sin not.' God can be angry and act upon His anger because He does not have sin clouding His judgment. His judgment is clean.

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      5 years ago

      Yes it is as I been reading and hearing through God.

      There is one thing though, no one even realizes he is working up there from heaven or just how fearful is wrath is.

      Some do not believe in his wrath to say the least so when I write my hub I am hoping to allow people to see how good God is , but at the same time that we do not get away with anything even if it may seem so.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks for clarifying your point Eric.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Laurie,

      I look forward to reading your hub when you write it.

      The Holy Spirit is wonderful and yet not spoken of often enough. I do believe that the world is ripe for the second coming of the Lord. I hope for his return, yet I fear His wrath. It is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of the living God.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It seems my comments were not clear. I can prove the existence of God. I can point to miracles the prove. I can lay out facts as reported and understood and I can produce testimony to corroborate my positions. I in fact like doing that, it is fun.

      But none of these facts are a part of my faith. None of the 3 require my help in establishing their truth and existence. So if we bring up facts to establish the Holy Spirit we must accept that we are not talking of a Spirit that exists in the world, but rather one that exists as an absolute.

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      5 years ago

      Very good hub, I will start by saying that Eric brought up one good point when he said we would be in trouble if our faith is by facts. God says we see by faith not by sight. So true. I was never really sure what that meant. My understanding of this verb is a lot more clear now.

      Your hub is excellent. It seems you have the Holy spirit down to a tee if I may use those words.

      I know that God cannot be mocked first hand. I know he is underestimated. No one realizes that he can punish at any given time. I guess being for the fact he is in heaven and not among us.

      Everyone seems to forgot about him when sinning. They seem to think it is only going to happen hundreds of years from now and then who cares.

      They did what they wanted to do and nothing will stop them.

      however this punishment is here in the now.

      He is angered and will pour out his wrath in this life and next and he has in the past.

      This is why some do not like to talk about Gods wrath or even admit to it. However I am very interested in it and have done many a research on it. I have posted a few videos on my pinterest page on Gods wrath.

      If God pours out wrath it is justified by all means. It is not like us who may blame someone for something, repay them (which is a sin) then oops we were wrong. God is never wrong so his punishments are well deserved. That is what a lot do not understand, the power God has.

      God has given out many gifts and can assert power into anyone. When this gift is abused (we see it a lot today, police officers just to mention a few) this is blasphemed. They seem to think they are so powerful that they were given this gift from birth when in reality God has passed on the gift of greatness.

      God does see our hearts and he is the only one that knows everything about us, names and all. He also sees the world the way it is.

      I believe the seven signs of the apocalypses is happening right now. I feel we are close to the end as we know it.

      The Holy spirit is about to show his greatness in power/love/wrath.

      I am getting some facts together and research on his wrath and hopefully can write a good hub about it.

      I for one know our Creator cannot be insulted. I don't mean not willing to repent, as I am very close to God and hear from him a lot. I am a good person and follow Gods will.

      However there was this one time I was saying something to him (in my thoughts, as I know he can hear us also) and I sort of insulted him, not knowingly, until he actually left me a message stating I did.

      God left a quote to that fact, on my fb homepage.

      It was a quote that stated, "the Lord will not be defiled. It was on a yellow background.So I apologized and told him I wasn't doing that I was only telling him my inner most feelings. Well I went to look for the picture again and it was gone. God is funny.

      He has done this to me more than once. One time he left a verse scripture or the passage number of it to state another message for me. He actually put it into someones comment on utube. The passage was from job if I remember clearly. I remember the passage however I will not say, only because sometimes it is between you and God and no one else. I believe this is actually a saying from Mother Teresa.

      Anyway the girl that left the comment realized this when she came back to leave another comment. She actually said, "I didn't write that there whatever it means, I guess its the mystery of the net. It was funny actually.

      Anyway great hub again, thank you


    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello again, Ericdierker,

      This hub is not about facts to prove that the Holy Trinity exists. It is a hub listing facts that are stated about the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The fact that the Bible declares that the three are one is in the Scripture and cannot be denied.

      The purpose of this hub is not particularly to convince but rather to state what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Faith is belief in the things unseen as well as the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) Are not facts evidence?

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have been watching this hub develop through comments. And I am now more certain. Facts do not prove the existence of any of the Holy Trinity. It is be faith alone that they are believed and understood. If it is by fact then all things divine are provable and logically then all things provable are divine. This cannot be so. That which is provable by mans logic, facts and proof is not divine but man made. That which provable by the Holy Spirit is divine. We create danger of being entrapped when our faith is by facts.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I hope that it helps them to understand just who the Holy Spirit is. I also know some people who believe that He is just a force and there seems to be no way to convince them. They do not want to hear about His power or His divinity. I pray that God will change their hearts from stone.

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      Caleb DRC 

      5 years ago

      Hi North Wind; my finding this hub at your site was perfectly timed. I think I mentioned to you that I have some very good friends that are involved with a church that has some goofy thoughts. One of those thoughts is that--they claim--the Holy Spirit is the power of God rather than an actual person as part of the Trinity. This hub will, hopefully, help me to convince them otherwise; however, this is easier said than done! Someone, perhaps Henry Ford, said, "Convince a man against his will, and he is of the same opinion still."

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Describing the Holy Spirit is difficult, you have done an excellent job in making it simple to understand. It is a wonderful and inspiring post.

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi teacherjoe,

      You are right- it is dangerous to neglect the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your blessings and may God bless you as well.

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      5 years ago

      Good morning North Wind

      This is something very important many Christians neglect at their own peril. We should thank the Holy Spirit and talk with Him as much as we do Jehovah and Jesus.

      May your relationship with the big three be always growing.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      @ Ericdierker - thanks!

      @penlady - Thank you for reading. I know that society is trying to make it so that God is out of our thoughts but He cannot be dismissed so lightly.

      @ Michele - thanks for the up vote. It is hard for me to believe that people do not believe in God.

      @The Pac-Man - welcome! Thank you for appreciating the hub. I would say that The Holy Spirit dwells in me and He does affect the things I do. For example the understanding of the Scriptures is given to me through Him. Though man is intelligent, the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.

      @ Shri Mc - it is wonderful to know that The Holy Spirit guides and comforts those who belongs to the Lord.

      @ Hyphenbird - Soaking in The Holy Spirit is like nothing else. He rejuvenates, refreshes and renews. There is no one like Him. Thank you for the visit. I know how you feel about Him.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is so lovely to just soak in the Holy Spirit. The gentleness and love are so remarkable and I adore how He immediately gives thoughts to us for conviction, correction, inspiration and, as His name states, comforts. You did a wonderful job bringing the out the qualities of God's Holy Spirit. Hallelujah to God our Everything.

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      Shri Mc 

      5 years ago

      Awesome to know he works in our favor which should make you feel great.

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      Shri Mc 

      5 years ago

      Awesfeeling to know he works in our favor! That should make us feel.awesome. ome feel

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      The Pac-Man 

      5 years ago

      Hi, well written hub, seeing how you seem to be well informed on christianity, I would like to ask you a few questions concerning some points you covered in this hub. Would you say the holy spirit dwells in you? If so would you say it affects the things you do?

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a beautiful hub, thank you so much for writing is. So many people today do not even believe in God.

      Voted up.

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      5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is truly divine. It's good to see someone write about the Holy Spirit, especially in these days where people don't much like any mention about God. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for a very interesting hub.


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