Who Is The Holy Spirit?

by Mar 23, 2022Holy Spirit

Have you ever wanted to get to know the Holy Spirit? When we take some time to study the Scriptures, we are able to discover the truth about who the Holy Spirit really is.

In the book of John, we see that the Holy Spirit has a personality; He is not merely an impersonal force or an “it”. In chapters 14, 15 and 16, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit as “He.”

…The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.

John 15:17

Jesus also referred to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter or the Counselor (John 14:16 and 15:26).

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

John 14:16

This title conveys the ideas of advising, exhorting, comforting, strengthening, encouraging, and interceding for you, and encouraging you.

It’s hard to have the same fruit as the early Church, when we value a book that they didn’t have more than the Holy Spirit they did have.

To have an ongoing, growing relationship with the Holy Spirit we must first understand a few core truths about Him.

3 Truths About the Holy Spirit

1. The Holy Spirit is God

In The Old Testament, we see that He is called God.

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you will hear His voice.…”

Psalm 95:7

The Spirit is poured upon us from on high…”

Isaiah 32:15

In the New Testament, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as God.

But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Matthew 12:28

Apostle Peter also called the Holy Spirit God.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? …  What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

Acts 5:3-4

The apostle Paul includes the Holy spirit as a person of the Trinity in 2 Corinthians 13:14…

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

God has sent the Spirit of His son [Jesus] into your hearts”… (Galatians 4:6).

Divine attributes are ascribed to Him:

He is omnipresent (everywhere at once).

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,  even there your hand will guide me your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalms 139:7-10

He is omniscient (knows everything).

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” are the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10

He is omnipotent (all-powerful).

When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

Psalm 104:30

He is eternal.

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hebrews 9:14

Creation is ascribed to Him.

When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

Psalm 104:30

He is a worker of miracles.

to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:9,11

Worship is required and ascribed to Him.

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Isaiah 6:3

What does all that mean? Many Christians treat Him as third in rank of importance, but that is not so. Each person of the Trinity is equally important. You can pray to the Holy Spirit just as you would pray to the Father (see Romans 8:26,27). The Holy Spirit was present in the beginning at the creation and also when God said: Let “us” make man in “our” image.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Genesis 1:2

When the human race continued in its evil ways, the Lord reduced our lifespan because “His Spirit shall not strive with man forever” (Genesis 6:3). The Lord turned against Israel because they grieved His Spirit (Israel 63:10). Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit throughout His life on earth from birth to His resurrection. When the Pharisees credited Jesus’ miracles to the devil, He revealed something shocking: that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven even if blasphemy against Him or the Father was forgivable.

Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.

Mark 3:28

That’s the sublime value of the Holy Spirit: He is God and is worthy of worship, adoration, and exaltation.

Read: Did You Know This About The Holy Spirit?

2. The Holy Spirit is a Person

What makes someone a person? Is it life? Trees have life but they are not people. A person is a being with a personality. A person is a being with a soul. The soul is your mind, will and emotions.

We know God has a soul when He expressed pleasure in Jesus’ baptism:

“This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17)

Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

Matthew 12:18

Jesus has a soul. We see this example when He spoke these words,

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.

Matthew 26:38

We also see that the Holy Spirit has a soul because He has a mind.

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Romans 8:27

He also has a will.

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.

Acts 16:6

And we also see He is described to have: “love, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:23).

The Holy Spirit is a person, not just a power.

He is not a force or a feeling; He is a real person. We should not refer to the Holy spirit as “it”. We can have a relationship with Him just like we do with any other person. It’s just that He is invisible and holy.

3. The Holy Spirit is Here

I read a quote that said,

“If Jesus could physically minister 14 hours a day, He would see 840 people for 60 seconds. It would take 1,190 days (3.26 years) to see 1 million people and 2,147,239 years to see 7 billion people.”

by John Bevere

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

John 16:7

Read that again: It is to YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away. We would not have access to the Holy Spirit if Jesus had not departed. While here on earth, Jesus could be in only one place at a time physically but now, the Holy Spirit is not limited by space or time. He is a Spirit who instantly is with all those who call upon the Lord in every time zone on earth.

I got baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues at the age of 16. But, I did not see much change in my life. I still struggled with the same things, and I didn’t have much power in my life. I was confused because the Scriptures promised me power whenever the Holy Spirit comes but I got just tongues, not power.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

It was a decade later after much reading and praying that I finally realized that the Holy Spirit is a person! And He abides in me right now as a person, not as tongues. I knew it theoretically, but then it finally became a revelation that changed my life. I believe in tongues and speak in them a lot, but much more than that, I have fallen in love with the Holy Spirit as my Best Friend. Now, because of my personal relationship with Him, His power flows through me and is evident in my ministry.

I used to only believe in the God who lives in heaven, but now I also believe in the God who lives inside of me.

…the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:17

What have you learned about the Holy Spirit since you got saved? Are you still learning more and more about Him through the revelation of His word and His power? Is your relationship with Him growing deeper and deeper?

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