What is the Holy Spirit?

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  1. Team Wiseman profile image81
    Team Wisemanposted 8 years ago

    What is the Holy Spirit?

    What does the Holy Spirit do? What is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit look like?

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    JThomp42posted 8 years ago

    God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The Father is not the same person as the Son; the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Father.  They are not three gods and not three beings.  They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God.  Each has a will, can speak, can love, etc., and these are demonstrations of personhood.  They are in absolute perfect harmony consisting of one substance. They are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful.  If any one of the three were removed, there would be no God.

    Jesus, the Son, is one person with two natures: Divine and Human.  This is called the Hypostatic Union.  The Holy Spirit is also divine in nature and is self aware, the third person of the Trinity.

    There is, though, an apparent separation of some functions among the members of the Godhead.  For example, the Father chooses who will be saved (Eph. 1:4); the Son redeems them (Eph. 1:7); and the Holy Spirit seals them, (Eph. 1:13).

    1. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome Answer!

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Team!!

  3. renegadetory profile image96
    renegadetoryposted 8 years ago

    The Holy Spirit is the essence of God which includes His power and wisdom that is bestowed on believers.  It is not a separate entity.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Do you not believe in the trinity? Read the book of Acts.

    2. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have read the book of Acts my friend, and I still see the Holy Spirit as the power of God and also as a part of Him, not separate from Him.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SMH....................................

    4. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It appears a pot has been stirred here!

    5. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Paul, in the introductory comments in each of his epistles, refers to the Father and the Son together, but does not mention the Holy Spirit. If Paul was Trinitarian, why did he fail to at least acknowledge the role of the “Third Person” in the believ

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You just proved my point.

  4. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 8 years ago

    The Holy Spirit is the breath/soul of every single person who is born.  It leaves the body, our puppet, when we exhale that last breath of life.
    You would know this if you actually seen a baby take it's first breath and a person/animal exhale that last breath.  Unsettling is the later one.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen it Lady G.

    2. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Great comment. Provokes thought!

    3. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Since every birth the Holy Spirit enters means that there is no distinction from a believer or non believer.  At the time of death there is no distinction between and believer and non believer.  God does not have a religion.

    4. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It is true that the Holy Spirit was released to us only after Jesus Christ sent The Holy Spirit but the first chapter of proverbs says The Holy Spirit has always been with The Eternal Father, & He was delighted in The Holy Spirit.

  5. Pool Of Thoughts profile image59
    Pool Of Thoughtsposted 8 years ago

    There is only One God, not three. Yet, God does manifest Himself in three main dispensations. There is only one Holy Spirit, and that is God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is not three separate beings but one in the same Being manifesting Himself in different dispensations.
    Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ indwelling His people. That same Spirit is what led the children of Israel out of Egypt, spoke from a burning bush to Moses, and has appeared in this day doing the same things. Heb 13:8
    Trinity worship was first seen in Babylon as was started by Nimrod. To try an take a trinity of beings and say they are all one person but yet three is the Babylonian pagan doctrine as has been proven so many times throughout history, yet it thrives ever stronger today.
    God, the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit, is One Being and manifests Himself, or is perfected, in three manifestations such as Father above us, the Son with us, and now as the Holy Spirit within us. Not three gods. Not two gods.God condescending to man to bring back the fellowship that was lost. Israel only had One God, and that is all that there ever will be. The birth of Christ didn't produce another god, and the day of Pentecost in the upper room didn't produce another god. It's the self same Being.
    -Moses esteemed the reproach of CHRIST greater riches than all the treasures in Egypt...no mention of the reproach of God the Father....wonder why? Heb 11:26
    On, and on I could go but space and time would fail and most will not accept Him as He is revealed. Suffice it to say that the Holy Spirit does the same things that He always has. He raises the dead, heals the sick, creates and imparts Life, speaks in tongues, shouts, dances in the Spirit, prophesys,  sees visions, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, loves the unlovable, is long suffering, patient, kind, not puffed up, humble, simple, easy to be intreated, warns before judgement, and so much more!
    The Holy Spirit is the Life of Jesus Christ, who is God Almighty manifested in flesh to take away the curse of the law of sin and death, the creator and sustainer of all things.
    The Holy Spirit looks like a pillar of fire, a burning bush, a man standing at the walls of Jericho, a man eating flesh and drinking milk with Abraham just before the destruction of Sodom, a whirlwind, a wheel in the middle of a wheel, a stone hewn out of a mountain without hands, and your neighbor...

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The "Great Comforter" did not exist until the day of Pentecost.

    2. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Babylon sure influenced many aspects of Christianity, Christmas to name but one.. but great answer, I couldn't agree more.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Where do you people go to Church??

    4. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Psalm 51:11-  Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are taking that verse waaaayyyyy out of context. Verse 12 talks about salvation? We both know Jesus had not made that sacrifice yet. You are getting way ahead of yourself. Read the whole chapter.

    6. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      God placed His Holy Spirit on David, David was blessed as a result.  I'm not sure how you can say the "Great Comforter: aka Holy Spirit did not exist before Pentecost... did  God's laws exist before He wrote them on stone tablets for Moses?

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It plainly says this in acts. Jesus Christ sent the holy spirit on the day of Pentecost. Not before. So, you think the holy spirit came before Jesus Christ?

    8. renegadetory profile image96
      renegadetoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The Holy Spirit of God was present in the OT,  in the NT Jesus died and was resurrected to then be able to baptize with the Holy Spirit (place His Spirit IN man) as John the Baptist states in Matthew 3: 11

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      OH MY!! Agree to disagree.

    10. Pool Of Thoughts profile image59
      Pool Of Thoughtsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Pray about it.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I certainly will be praying.

    12. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Very detailed and appreciated.
      I've always thought the pillar of fire was simply a vehicle, like a "ufo"...hmmm

    13. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Here is from Jesus's own life and teachings not in that Bible and no it is not heresy like the CHURCH wants you to believe:  http://www.thenazareneway.com/
      Jesus was a Nazarene and was taught that way of life.

    14. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Read Proverbs, the first chapter speaks of the Holy Spirit. When I read it the Lord tells me that Wisdom, (The Holy Spirit) was with God. That told me that The Holy Spirit is everlasing and is equal to God and has always existed as God did.

    15. Disappearinghead profile image60
      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I like your answer Pool.

      I do not believe the Trinity is a valid doctrine at all. It was invented by the Church and cannot be found in the bible. Simply put, the Holy Spirit is term for God's spirit when his presence is  manifest upon the Earth.

    16. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Those words "holy" and Spirit are metion several times in teh OT.  It is interesting what you find in these verses:  http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?se … &spane

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    Old Empresarioposted 8 years ago

    In my experience, the holy spirit is a wild Indian who speaks angry gibberish; because whenever someone is filled with it, they whoop around like madmen. Based on that, I would have to guess that the holy spirit looks like one of the punokawan in a Javanese wayang play.

  7. CertifiedHandy profile image60
    CertifiedHandyposted 8 years ago

    Not what but who; who is the Holy Spirit.

    1. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are absolutely right!

  8. lone77star profile image82
    lone77starposted 8 years ago

    The Holy Spirit is the true self, the immortal child of God, within. It is the soul and the permanent self.

    In most humans, the Holy Spirit remains asleep, because they are too attached to the things of this world. So, for most people, the Holy Spirit sleeps.

    In a few, the Holy Spirit has reawakened. It is reborn. This is the source of miracles, because it is the life of God within them -- that life made in His image and likeness.

    The Holy Spirit does not have a physical appearance, just like the Father. No graven images are possible, because they would be a lie.

    1. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Very interesting. Thanks

  9. Team Wiseman profile image81
    Team Wisemanposted 8 years ago

    PlanksandNails had a super answer but for some reason it deleted when I tried to comment on it. My apologies to you, PlanksandNails, and your answer was super and I hope you would write/reply again.

  10. PlanksandNails profile image85
    PlanksandNailsposted 8 years ago

    The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit helps to bring Jesus Christ to the one who has faith to believe. With the Holy Spirit in us, it is our purpose also, to glorify Jesus Christ.

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

    The Holy Spirit is God. Jesus Christ is God. The Father is God.

    Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD - Deuteronomy 6:4

    I and my Father are one. - John 10:30

    The Holy Spirit is invisible; therefore, cannot be seen.

    For in him dwells all the fullness of the Deity bodily. - Colossians 2:9

    The true and genuine purpose of the Holy Spirit is for you to be content with Jesus Christ, desire Him only, and have oneness with Him.

    Jesus Christ is in sync with the Father and the Holy Spirit. When we are in sync with God, who is the Holy Spirit, we have the same purpose, which is to glorify the name of Jesus Christ.

    1. Team Wiseman profile image81
      Team Wisemanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are appreciated. Thank you for the great answer! Thumbs Up! Question Closed

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