- Religion and Philosophy
Whom or What is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a person.The third person of the Trinity, proceeding forth from the Father and the Son, and was promised to believers by Christ.
His work is communicating God's truth and testifying to Christ.
"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).
It's important to recognize the value of balance between God's Word and the Spirit of God. The Word of God has little meaning apart from the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is hampered without the Word of God.
The Christian's relationship with the Holy Spirit is a life of faith rather than works, apart from emotion. As one walks with the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will be produced in his life.
When emphasis is placed on ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God being properly balanced, the result is a life of outstanding fruitfulness.
The Word of God must be the basis of our spiritual growth. Ephesians 5:18, tells us to be continually directed by the Holy Spirit, and Colossians 3:16 admonishes us to "let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you..."
The Father plans
The Son carries out the plan
The Spirit applies the work of Christ.
Without the Spirit there is no life and you cannot please God.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a living personality, not some non-personal member of the Godhead. It's a person with all the characteristics of personality. Notice, in John 418:16-26, how many times Jesus uses personal pronouns such as "he" and "him" when referring to the Holy Spirit. Jesus would not use these terms to refer to the Holy Spirit unless the Holy Spirit was a living personality. He has the ability to reason, think, choose and speak. These are all characteristics of personality.
The Holy Spirit is a living personality, not some non-personal member of the Godhead. It's a person with all the characteristics of personality. Notice, in John 418:16-26, how many times Jesus uses personal pronouns such as "he" and "him" when referring to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was also present at the baptism of the Lord Jesus.
The work and ministry of the Holy Spirit hasn't changed. His primary mission is still to convict the unsaved of their sins and indwell in those who are saved. The Holy Spirit is a person.
So what else do we need to know about the person of the Holy Spirit? He is God's direct presence upon the earth. When we say, "God is with me," it's the Holy Spirit we are referring to. He indwells in every person who has been born again. One cannot be saved apart from being indwelt by the Holy Spirit!
The Holy Spirit will not appropriate control by force, however it's His desire for us to willingly present ourselves to Him.
Might of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is powerful. This power is available to every child of God. We need to serve and work for the Lord, not in our own strength, but in His. This is the same power that kept the apostle Paul serving the Lord in faith and courage until it was time for him to enter the Heavenly Kingdom. This same power will help each of us today, not only to serve the Lord with effectiveness, but also to live a pure Christian lifestyle.
How powerful is the Holy Spirit? The entire Egyptian population was against Moses, yet God used him to lead His people out of Egypt, and slavery by his power.
Elijah is another example. 1 Kings, Chapter 18 describes the account of Elijah standing alone against Ahab, Jezebel, and 850 false prophets.
The account results in glorious victory for our Lord! The Holy Spirit is able to overcome any and all circumstances. No matter how difficult a situation maybe, there are no limits to what the Holy Spirit can accomplish. Samson was able to slay 1000 Philistines who were enemies of God with little more than the jawbone of a donkey. The Holy Spirit is greater than any obstacle or difficulty. There are numerous examples in the Bible.
Moses had a speech problem; but with God's help and power it didn't hinder him. Gdeon argued with the Lord that he was the "least of all his family." That means he felt unable to do what God called him to do. Yet with God's help them power Gideon brought victory to God's people.
Let's not forget Daniel, chapter 3. There we find the story of three Hebrew men who were slaves in Babylon. They refused to bow down to an idol built by King Nebuchadnezzar. Their refusal to deny their God caused them to be tossed into a furnace of fire. God stood in their midst and delivered them by His great power.
The Holy Spirit is our Comforter as we learn in John 14:16. As such He will bring peace to our lives when we face difficult times or circumstances. Job was a man who lived with his heart completely submitted to the Lord. Only the Lord's ability to comfort Job
could help him when news reached him about the tremendous loss of his cattle, camels, donkeys, servants, and his 10 children.
There is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit. That takes place when He places of us into the family of God when we are saved. If you search the Scriptures you will find no command to seek the Baptism of the Spirit. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, not ours.
This may sound odd, but the truth is, many Christians don't have much of God's power and work in their lives. Perhaps because they don't want it. The word Christian means "Christ-like." For this to happen we must surrender our lives to the Lord as "living sacrifices." We are commanded by God to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We are commanded not to be drunk with wine. When a man is drawn, use being controlled by the alcohol. It affects the way he thinks, speaks, walks and acts. On the day of Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, they were falsely accused of being drunk.
The Holy Spirit desires to work in your life. However, you must first present your life to Him. You must give up your ways for His.