The Holy Spirit

 

We read in scripture the importance of the Holy Spirit, also referred to as the Holy Ghost. Here we will look at key scripture that tell about the Holy Spirit and His purpose in a Christians life and their walk with Jesus.  

Who is the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity as stated in 1John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. Plainly speaking the Holy Spirit is God.

If you read Luke 3:22 you will find that all three of the Godhead were present during the baptism of Jesus.  

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 

The Holy Spirit shares all of the attributes of God.  Click here if you want to know more about The Triune God.

Jesus Himself was full of the Holy Ghost as well as stated in. Luk2 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

What is the Holy Spirit's Purpose?

 The Holy Spirit's main function is to indwell a true born again Christian. We are told in Romans that once the Holy Spirit lives inside of us we are dead to sin but our spirit is alive unto righteousness.  

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (The unsaved) (9) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. (If you have the Holy Spirit you no longer walk in the flesh, you are saved). Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (if you don't have the Holy Spirit, you are not saved). (10) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (11) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

The Holy Spirit is a true believer's Comforter and teacher as stated in the following verses.  

John 14:26 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.

Act 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

1Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

How do you receive the Holy Spirit?

We are told in Acts what a person must do to receive the Holy Spirit.  Let's turn to the Book of Acts.

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. So here scripture is telling us that we must believe first on Jesus Christ, then we will receive the Holy Spirit, not before.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Here again we are told that after you believe you are given the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  A true believer in Jesus Christ will go to the Father in prayer and ask for the Holy Spirit to come into their lives.  As stated above, the Father will willingly impart the Holy Spirit freely upon a person who truly wants to know God and trust Him in all area's of their life.

 What is the next step?

After we are freely given the Holy Ghost we become a witness of Jesus to the whole world.  We begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit of God as stated in: Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Again we are not doing good works by our own name or our own might and strength by we are lead by the Holy Spirit unto good works as stated in. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Once the Holy Spirit indwells a true believer, and is under the control of the Holy Ghost, this does not mean that a Christian is perfect. But that they are working towards perfection as the Holy Ghost leads them. This is spoken of in the Book of Corinthians, reading in: 1Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
 

King David realized the importance of the Holy Spirit when he prayed to God to not remove the Spirit of God from him for his sin with Bathsheba. Psalms 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

We are told that we should not go against the counsel of the Holy Spirit, reading in Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.


 

** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.