Firm Foundations Two (13 of 55) What Is The Holy Spirit Like?

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What Is The Holy Spirit Like?

The Holy Spirit is God the Spirit. He is fully God and equal to the Father and Son. Today, He lives inside of all believers as a Comforter, Counselor, and Helper. He is the one who enables man to believe in Jesus, and the one who empowers every believer to follow Jesus for the glory of God.

The Divinity Of The Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. This means that He is God and equal to the Father and the Son, but also an individual that has a specific role to fulfill. He is not a force, energy, power, wind, or a dove, but He is God and we are to treat Him as such.
    Acts 5:3–4
  • The Holy Spirit in the Bible is called the “Spirit of God,” “Spirit of the Lord,” “Spirit of Truth,” “Comforter,” “Spirit of Life,” “Spirit of Christ,” “Spirit of Adoption,” “Spirit of the Living God,” “Spirit of Jesus Christ,” “Eternal Spirit,” and “Spirit of Grace.”
    Matthew 3:16; Luke 4:18; John 15:26; 16:7; Romans 8:2; 9, 15; 2 Corinthians 3:3; Philippians 1:19; Hebrews 9:14; 10:29

The Work Of The Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is the Author of the Scriptures. He worked through the human authors of the Bible to record exactly what He wanted them to write so that we could have the Word of God. He now uses the Word of God to reveal the will of God to us.
    2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:10–11
  • The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts unbelievers of their sin. Through the preaching of the Word of God, He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
    John 16:7–11; 1 John 5:6
  • The Holy Spirit causes unbelievers to repent and be born again. He is the one who washes, sanctifies, and justifies in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    John 3:4–8; 6:63; Titus 3: 4–7; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 John 4:2–3; 2 Thessalonians 2: 13; 1 Corinthians 12:3
  • The Holy Spirit is the one who enables us to have a right relationship with God through Jesus. He has set us free from the law of sin and death. We no longer live in fear because there is no more punishment. We are made children of God and we live to please God.
    Romans 8:1–2; 14–17; 1 John 4:18
  • The Holy Spirit dwells inside all believers all the time. Jesus told His disciples that it was good for Him to leave them because He would send the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel of John, they received the Holy Spirit by the breath of Jesus. In the book of Acts, we see that they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Today, every believer receives the Holy Spirit upon salvation.
    Romans 8:9; John 7:37–39; 14:16–17; 20:22; Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • The Holy Spirit makes believers more and more like Jesus. The Bible says believers are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, this changes the way they choose to live. He is making them holy and producing spiritual fruit in their lives.
    1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19–20; Galatians 5:19–22
  • The Holy Spirit seals the believers’ salvation forever. Once they believe, they receive the Holy Spirit: this means they are sealed. They will always be saved because it is the Holy Spirit doing the work inside of them.
    Ephesians 1:13–14; Romans 8:11

The Filling Of The Holy Spirit

  • As believers, we are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is different from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit puts us in Christ and happens only once at the time of salvation. The filling of the Holy Spirit happens more than once and gives us power to serve God, serve others, and be a witness of Jesus.
    Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:3–4; Galatians 3:27–28
  • As believers, we are commanded to walk in the Holy Spirit. This means that our regular way of life should be characterized by the fruits of the Spirit because we are led by the Spirit.
    Galatians 5:16–25; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 2:10
  • As believers, we are given spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit that we are to use to edify each other, and the church. Everyone’s gifts are different, but all are useful in the body of Christ. They should be used within the realm of the church with self-control, orderliness, edification, and love.
    1 Corinthians 12:4–11; 14:1
  • As believers, we are filled with and walk in the Spirit when we allow the Word of God (that the Holy Spirit inspired) to change who we are. We must read, study, meditate on, and submit to it. We cannot do this on our own, so the Holy Spirit helps us in our understanding and, through the Word, fills us to walk in His ways, to be a witness of Jesus, and to do the will of God.
    Colossians 3:16–4:1

The Testimony Of The Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit testifies of the Word of God (as contained in the Bible). He will never reveal anything contrary to the Bible. The Bible is the Sword of the Spirit that all believers can use in spiritual battle. Not only does He testify of the Bible, but He also helps us to understand and remember it.
    John 14:26; Ephesians 6:11; 1 Corinthians 2:10–16
  • The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus. He will always point people to Jesus and direct worship to Him. In the book of Acts, we find that believers were filled with the Holy Spirit many times. Most of the time this was for boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus.
    John 15:26; 16:13–15; Acts 4:8, 31; 9:17; 13:9; 1 Corinthians 2:4–5

Review Question

  • Is the Holy Spirit equal with the Father and the Son?
  • What book is the Holy Spirit the Author of?
  • What is the work of the Holy Spirit?
  • Where does the Holy Spirit live and what kind of fruit does He produce?
  • Who does the Holy Spirit testify of?

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