A Closer Look at the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God (Matthew 28:19), and from Creation, the Holy Spirit was active in the lives of man. Do we, as Christ-followers really know what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit or the significance of how the Holy Spirit works in our lives? At Creation, Genesis 1:2 describes the Holy Spirit as “moving over the surface of the water.” The Holy Spirit is described in Psalm 139 as omnipresent and omniscient, just as the Father and Son are. In the Old Testament, he is known as the Spirit of the Lord or Spirit of God (Exodus 31:3, Job 33:4, Isaiah 11:2, Isaiah 59:21, Ezekiel 36:27, Joel 2:28). The Psalmist in Psalm 51, however uses the term Holy Spirit saying, “Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me.”
In the New Testament, Mary the mother of Jesus was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18). Christians know that Jesus promised a Helper to His disciples in John 14:16-17 saying, “ And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever…But the Helper, the Holy Spirit , He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” The Holy Spirit worked in the life of Christ, appeared at His baptism, empowered Jesus to do all sorts of miracles (Luke 4:18, Jon 1:32, Acts 10:38, Luke 4:1, Matthew 12:28). Jesus offered Himself as the sacrificial Lamb through the Spirit (Hebrews 10:14). On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit as described “a noise like a violent wind” and “tongues of fire” in Acts 2:2-3.
We as followers have the Holy Spirit within us to help us. In John 16: 13-15 Jesus reveals how the Holy Spirit will work on hearts saying, “But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me for He shall take of Mine and shall disclose it to you. All things that the father has are mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.
The Holy Spirit convicts the heart of sinners as Jesus describes in John 16:8-11. The heart of a man is forever changed, regenerated, by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation (Titus 3:4-7). The Holy Spirit stays with believers as they grow as Christians. The Holy Spirit prays, intercedes when believers are weak and do not know what to pray for He knows their hearts (Romans 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit helps Christians in so many ways. He gives them spiritual gifts such as the gift of evangelism, pastoring, the gift of teaching or the gift of mercy (the list of gifts found in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, and 28-30, Ephesians 4:11). In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul lists the results of the Holy Spirit working in the heart of man, “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control against such things there is no law.”
The Holy Spirit dwells within all believers, and as a believer grows in faith, they can be repeatedly filled with the Spirit which is a surrendering of or relinquishing control of our lives to the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5, Acts 13:52, Acts 2:4, Acts 4:31). The Holy Spirit guides, helps, teaches, moves, creates and recreates, intercedes, searches our hearts, emboldens, assures, comforts (Romans 8:4-6, Romans 8:16, John 14:18, John 16:8, John 16;8, Romans 8:26, Romans 14:17, Jude 20).
Man must never blaspheme the Holy Spirit as Jesus states in Matthew 12:30-32; Jesus made it clear that this blasphemy is unforgivable. The Holy Spirit works within the heart of man, lives within man, and matures the believers to surrender their lives in totality to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will continuously work within the heart of believers as they are sealed (guaranteed) with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22 and 5:5, Ephesians 1:13-14 and 4:30). Christians are guided to surrender their will to Christ-likeness as they are moved, guided, taught, and emboldened by the Holy Spirit! “The Holy Spirit continues to work in the world in the saving of souls and the growing of the saints.
“For who among us knows the thoughts of man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”
1 Corinthians 2:11-12