Who is the Holy Spirit?

The exact identity of the Holy Spirit is clothed in misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Some people think that the Holy Spirit is some kind of mystical and magical force/energy.

Other people perceive the Holy Spirit as being a kind of impersonal power that God has given to those that follow Christ Jesus.

Let us look, for a moment, at what the Bible has to say about who or what the Holy Spirit is.

Careful study of the Bible will reveal that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

And the Bible also reveals to us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, who has a mind, emotions and a will, all to himself.

Many scriptures make it abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit is God including Acts 5: 3-4 when Peter takes Ananias to task for lying to the Holy Spirit and tells him:-

“You have not lied to man but to God”.

We can also clearly see and understand that the Holy Spirit must be God because he possesses the same traits and characteristics as God.

God’s omnipresence is also to be found in Psalm 139: 7-8:-

Where shall I go from your spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!

And again, in 1 Corinthians 2: 10-11, we see God’s omnipresence:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
And, as we have already discovered, the Holy Spirit must be a divine person because he possesses a mind, has emotions and a will.

The Holy Spirit thinks and knows:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God

(1 Corinthians 2:10).

The Holy Spirit can grieve:-

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

(Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us:-

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8: 26-27)

The Holy Spirit makes decisions according to His will:-

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.

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

To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 7-11)

Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be God, the third person of the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

As God, as well as being the Holy Spirit, He can easily function as the Comforter and Counsellor that Jesus promised that He would be:-

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

(John 14: 16, John 14: 26, John 15:26)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Trinity Sunday – 31st May 2015

As you probably know, this coming Sunday (31st May) is known as Trinity Sunday.

My wife, Marlene, has thus created a special word search based upon the Trinity.

To freely download this new – and challenging – Biblical word search please go to:-

Happy Word Searching

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Holy Spirit

The following envisionment is based upon a series of lectures about the Holy Spirit given by Kathryn Kuhlman in 1947 (the year I was born).

Kathryn said:-

“I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the Earth ever took place.

God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin; and break that Fellowship.

The only way Fellowship could then be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventually hell.

After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, ‘I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to Earth to pay that price.  I’ll be willing to die on the cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.’

Then Jesus turned to the holy spirit and said, ‘But I cannot go unless you go with me; for you are the one with the power.’

The Holy Spirit responded and said, ‘You go ahead and when the time is right, I shall join you on Earth.’

So Jesus came to Earth, was born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But, even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless.

Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove.

It must have been one of the greatest thrills that Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this Earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, ‘I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really begin to happen.’

And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, and even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost, and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father.

After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned.

Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise; the greatest promise of all in the Bible.

He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done. His followers would do, also.

In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body, but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him.

The last words He said before He went away were,  ‘And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’

God the Father had given him Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the Church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. This gift is for all of us.”

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Please take time to read – and inwardly digest – this very powerful teaching.

Yours, in Christ

Geoffrey