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The Purpose of the Holy Spirit

Updated on August 14, 2017
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PlanksandNails' goal is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

The gold
The gold
The diamonds
The diamonds
The money
The money
The mistress
The mistress

As a follower of Christ, it is of utmost importance to understand the defining work of the Holy Spirit and what it is not. Without exercising discernment, a counterfeit seducing spirit may cloak itself and pass itself off as coming from God.

There is a lot happening in the counterfeit church system today and it is of utmost importance to weigh and test and make the distinction between the supernatural power of God versus the paranormal manifestations of Satan.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is revealed in Scripture and should be the standard used to dispel any falsehood and questionable activities that many claim to be a supposed movement of God.

There is an essential need to continue to be in step with Christ. When we are in step with him, then we are in sync with the Father. When we are in sync with Father, we will have the same purpose as He does. This can be defined as being in unity of Spirit with both the Father and the Son.

For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. - 2 Corinthians 11:2-4

What Paul was expressing in theses verses was the deception of receiving a different spirit through the teachings and activities of false leaders. These false teachers led many astray by coercing those to press beyond the spiritual boundaries of the Holy Spirit.

Is the Holy Spirit sent to entertain us?

Is the Holy Spirit sent to give frenzied spiritual experiences?

Is the Holy Spirit sent to create a euphoric state of mind?

“He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:14

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. - John 14:16-18

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. - Ephesians 1:17

Seeking a sign
Seeking a sign

From these verses above, the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to glorify the Father through Christ. The Holy Spirit helps to bring Christ to the one who has faith to believe.

Are we to press the Holy Spirit for a spiritual manifestation because we want goose bumps?

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign. - Matthew 12:38-39

What did Christ mean when he said an evil and adulterous generation?

Were the ones he was speaking to actually committing adultery?

In a physical sense no, but in a spiritual sense, yes. The Scripture verse above is an example of pressing God through Christ to perform signs and wonders. By paralleling some of the activities that are going on in within the counterfeit church system with what Christ was saying, we may come to a startling conclusion.

Unfortunately, the graphic nature of what is happening in the harlot church system can be compared to having sexual intercourse with a mistress, but wanting all the benefits of being married too. This is essentially seeking gratification from other lovers in order to fill the carnal desires of what someone else doesn't do for you.


Are we to seek out the Holy Spirit for chills, thrills, entertainment and convenient gratification?

The modern church proclaims the supposed manifestations of the gold, angel feathers and diamonds. In essence, they want the signs and wonders from God, but not God Himself. They commit spiritual adultery with a seducing spirit. It first starts in their hearts and then progresses to one of action.

The gospel of hedonism is that God will give you pleasure, riches and happiness. People believe they can ring their little bells and the Holy Spirit will to attend to their every desire.

Is the Holy Spirit’s purpose to feed our fleshly desires?

Is the Holy Spirit meant to fill our special orders?

Is the Holy Spirit and addition to our pantheon of hedonism?

God does not give out signs and wonders to amuse men, but they were ordained for a specific purpose.

“Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. - Isaiah 7:11-14

Short lived sensations
Short lived sensations
The next fix
The next fix
Glossy-eyed zombies
Glossy-eyed zombies

The idolatry of men crave spiritual manifestations. Many people flock to conferences with rumours of great signs and wonders. There is a sincere desire to experience what they call 'revival' and a manifest 'movement of God,' but it is a carnal desire. The spiritual manifestations that do occur are not supernatural, but paranormal.

The effect is an insistence on the Holy Spirit to do what man wants. What happens is that a seducing spirit takes the place of the Holy Spirit and spiritual adultery is committed against God.

Does phenomena equate with the Holy Spirit?

Do monetary rewards equate with the Holy Spirit?

The true and genuine purpose of the Holy Spirit is for you to be content with the Father through Christ and to desire Him only. God's desire is for you to have oneness with both Him and His Son being in unity of Spirit.

Do you desire this, or is your desire to continue on as a conference junkie thriving on the temporary rush of the warm 'revival' sensations?

These short-lived sensations create a mass of glossy-eyed religious zombie's craving their next fix. The result is never being fulfilled, satisfied or at true peace.

God is not a euphoric sensation.

“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” - Hosea 6:3

God is the rain, not the sensation of it. The rain provides conditions of growth because it is living water that is essential for development, well-being and satisfaction. The frantic pursuits of sensual religious experiences are the empty calories of carnal sensations equates to adulterous apostasy.

Are you fed up with all the running around and the mad frenzy of buying tickets to the many religious carnivals ?

Do you notice the same faces and leaders around you at each conference?

What is it that you are chasing after from city to city across the country?

Doesn't God know where you live?

Many are running after the supposed healing, anointing, revelation, the fire and the blessing only to find that there purses and wallets have been emptied.

The truth is that you can stop chasing and running after these paranormal signs and wonders because Christ is available any place, anytime and anywhere as a means to attain the Father. It won't cost you a thing because Christ already paid the price for you. He truly is the first thing you should be seeking after. He is not an idea or an experience, but the sustainer of our lives. He is the reservoir that we must draw off of, the one who sanctifies and the one who fills us up.

Your carnal labour
Your carnal labour
Your addition
Your addition

Do you labor to get faith?

Do you labor to get healing?

Do you labor to find love?

Do you labor to get God to do something for you?

What can come between you and Christ is labouring against the Holy Spirit to get what you want by your own works. There is a difference between wanting Christ to do something for you versus wanting to do something through him.

The Holy Spirit gives genuine spiritual gifts, but there is a counterfeit that needs to be exposed and brought to attention. Many are being deceived and drawn farther away from the true reality of who Christ is for counterfeit presentations for the paranormal.

The exaltation of the Father through Christ is the discerning factor. Christ is enough and should not be an add-on to a whole pile of religious parlour tricks.

Many desire to make a name for themselves and to have power over men. They are practitioners of white magic just like the story of Simon the sorcerer in Scripture. All the achieved positions, reputation and financial gain is the sickening result of the compromise many have chosen over the true fulfillment that can only be found in Christ.

So this joy of mine has been made full.“He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3:29-30

For Christ to become our sole identity, we must decrease in order for him to increase in our lives. Many have it the other way around.

How are you defined?

Is it about you, or about him?

Do you need to step down?

Those who need to step down and step aside have elevated themselves above Christ and his brethren. In the Kingdom of God, we all need to step down from our carnal fleshly positions and purposes. A true follower of Christ will humble themselves towards the Father and walk the narrow way.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. - Galatians 2:20

It is no longer about you, but Christ!

God doesn't elevate the messenger, but the One in the message!

You see, it is the Father through the Son who is to receive all the praise and glory. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is the same.

© 2011 PlanksandNails

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    • The0NatureBoy profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 months ago from Washington DC

      You said "The purpose of the Holy Spirit is revealed in Scripture and should be the standard used to dispel any falsehood and questionable activities that many claim to be a supposed movement of God" and I concur. However, the process of getting the Holy Spirit via what Jesus called "born again" which few if any of us know what it actual is. My hub "Why Be born Again" explains it is something like a tadpole turning into a frog, the frog can't live in water but can swim in it and lay it's eggs in it.

      You asked "What did Christ mean when he said an evil and adulterous generation" concerning Mat. 12:38-39. When we read on to Revelation 17 & 18 we find no doubt what he meant. The Mother of Harlots world ruling end time nation. When you read Mat.12:40-41 you see something he didn't fulfill, three nights and three days (72 hours) in the grave but he died Friday at 3pm, went in the grave before 6pm Saturday evening (called today Friday evening) for one evening, Saturday morning for one morning, Sunday evening for a second evening but was out of the grave before Sunday morning, thus, Christ was speaking of these last days when our mega-churches are what Rev. 3 calls Laodicean.

      You said "The modern church proclaims the supposed manifestations of the gold, angel feathers and diamonds. In essence, they want the signs and wonders from God, but not God Himself." And I agree, however, if they were "Born Again" they would be led into all truth and would know the signs of the times because there are so many revealed scripture if they had Holy Spirit's guidance they would be revealed the meanings of the symbols and now now is the time. And the virgins' child is actually two different ones, Jesus called Christ and the child born of the Woman in Revelation 12 {see my hub Revelation Chapter Twelve}.

      When one is content with the Holy Spirit they are willing to live as Genesis 1's man and Adan and Eve prior to eating "the knowledge of good and evil." That is what happens when we are Born Again, we denounce civilization and all of its goods for having our minds purified by the Flame and cut away from all attachments the Sword protecting the Tree of Life which can only be eaten once we return to living ecologically.

      Thank you for reveal your realization that the works most man seek is not the Holy Spirit, very well said although it lack your own testimony of your receiving the Holy Spirit.


    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago


      No, I do not believe in the Trinity. The reasons why are explained in the following articles that I have written.

    • celafoe profile image


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


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      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      P&N, do you believe in the Trinity?

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Well, people love the "church" magicians who can produce illusions. Entertainment is a powerful tool. I'm glad I too that I made my disappearing act from the "churches" of men to follow Jesus Christ instead.

    • freeradicalsteve profile image


      4 years ago

      A timely hub for the ekklesia, I nearly fell into the trap of wanting to see "demonstrations of power" .... now I look back and wonder what on earth was I thinking?


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