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Facts About The Holy Spirit
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.
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.
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
- Your Very Bones Will Be Soaked With His Spirit
What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Well your very bones will be soaked with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Living God does not do things half way.