"The Identity Of The Holy Spirit"
Who is the Holy Spirit?
God is three persons in one-the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit. God became a man in Jesus so that Jesus could die for our sins. Jesus
rose from the dead to offer salvation to all people through spiritual renewal
When Jesus ascended into heaven, his physical presence left the earth, but he
promised to send the Holy Spirit so that his spiritual presence would still
be among humankind (see Luke 24:49). The Holy Spirit first became
available to all believers at Pentecost (Acts 2). Whereas in Old
Testament days the Holy Spirit empowered specific individuals for specific
purposes, now all believers have the power of the Holy Spirit available to
them. (John 14:16-28; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13;
and 2 Corinthians 1:22.)
The Holy Spirit is GOD Working in
IDENTITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
BIBLE READING: Mark 1:9-13
KEY BIBLE VERSE: And when Jesus came up out of the
water, he saw the heavens split open and the Holy Spirit descending like a
dove on him. And a voice came from heaven saying, ďYou are
my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you.Ē (Mark
As Jesus was baptized, a revelation of God was given. The
Spirit descended like a dove on Jesus, and the voice from heaven proclaimed
the Fatherís approval of Jesus as his divine Son.
That Jesus is Godís divine Son is the foundation for all we read about Jesus
in the Gospels. Here we see all three members of the Trinity together-God
the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
BIBLE READING: Matthew 18:15-20
KEY BIBLE VERSE: I also tell you this: If two of you
agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven
will do it for you. For where two or three gather together because they are
mine, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:19-20)
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD LIVING IN AND AMONG THOSE WHO BELIEVE
Jesus looked ahead to a new day when he would be present with his followers
not in body, but through his Holy Spirit. In the body of believers (the
church), the sincere agreement of two people is more powerful than the
superficial agreement of thousands, because Christís Holy Spirit is with
Two or more believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, will pray according to
Godís will, not their own; thus their requests will be granted.
BIBLE READING: John 3:1-21
KEY BIBLE VERSE: The truth is, no one can enter the
Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can
reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. So
donít be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. (John
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO?
BIBLE READING: Judges 3:7-11
KEY BIBLE VERSE: The Spirit of the LORD came upon
him, and he became Israelís judge. He went to war against King
Cushan-rishathaim of Aram, and the LORD gave Othniel victory over him.
THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS BELIEVERS
This phrase, ďThe Spirit of the Lord came upon him,Ē was also spoken
of the judges Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson, among others. It expresses a
temporary and spontaneous increase of physical, spiritual, or mental
strength. This was an extraordinary and supernatural occurrence to prepare a
person for a special task.
The Holy Spirit is available to all believers today, but he will come upon
believers in an extraordinary way for special tasks. We should ask the Holy
Spiritís help as we face our daily problems as well as lifeís major
BIBLE READING: Matthew 10:16-42
KEY BIBLE VERSE: When you are arrested, donít worry
about what to say in your defense, because you will be given the right words
at the right time. For it wonít be you doing the talking-it will be the
Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:19-20)
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS PRESENT IN TIMES OF HARDSHIP
Jesus told the disciples that when arrested for preaching the gospel, they
should not worry about what to say in their defense-Godís Spirit would speak
through them. This promise was fulfilled in Acts 4:8-14 and elsewhere.
Some mistakenly think this means we donít have to prepare to present the
gospel because God will take care of everything. Scripture teaches, however,
that we are to make carefully prepared, thoughtful statements (Colossians
4:6). Jesus is not telling us to stop preparing, but to stop
BIBLE READING: John 4:1-26
KEY BIBLE VERSE: The time is coming and is already
here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The
Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is
Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.
THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US WORSHIP GOD
"God is spiritĒ means he is not a physical being limited to one place.
He is present everywhere, and he can be worshiped anywhere, at any time. It
is not where we worship that counts, but how we worship.
Is your worship genuine and
Do you have the Holy Spiritís
How does the Holy Spirit help us
The Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26), teaches us
the words of Christ (14:26), and tells us we are loved (Romans
BIBLE READING: John 14:15-31
KEY BIBLE VERSE: If you love me, obey my
commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another
Counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into
all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isnít looking
for him and doesnít recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now
and later will be in you. (John 14:15-17)
THE HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS US FROM WITHIN
Jesus was soon going to leave the disciples, but he would remain with them.
How could this be? The Counselor-the Spirit of God himself-would come after
Jesus was gone to care for and guide the disciples. The regenerating power of
the Spirit came on the disciples just before his ascension (20:22),
and the Spirit was poured out on all the believers at Pentecost (Acts
2), shortly after Jesus ascended to heaven.
The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God within us and all believers,
helping us live as God wants and building Christís church on earth. By faith
we can appropriate the Spiritís power each day.
THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS IN EVERY PART OF OUR LIFE
The following chapters teach these truths about the Holy Spirit:
he will be with us forever
the world at large cannot accept
he lives with us and in us
he teaches us (14:26)
he reminds us of Jesusí words
he convicts us of sin,
shows us Godís righteousness, and
announces Godís judgment on evil
he guides into truth and gives insight
into future events (16:13)
he brings glory to Christ
The Holy Spirit has been active among people from the
beginning of time, but after Pentecost (Acts 2) he came to live in all
believers. Many people are unaware of the Holy Spiritís activities, but to
those who hear Christís words and understand the Spiritís power, the Spirit
gives a whole new way to look at life.
THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US UNDERSTAND AND REMEMBER THE BIBLE
Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them remember
what he had been teaching them. This promise ensures the validity of the New
Testament. The disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesusí life and teachings, and
the Holy Spirit helped them remember without taking away their individual
perspectives. We can be confident that the Gospels are accurate records of
what Jesus taught and did (1 Corinthians 2:10-14).
The Holy Spirit can help us in the same way. As we study the Bible, we can
trust him to plant truth in our mind, convince us of Godís will, and remind
us when we stray from it.
THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US PEACE
The end result of the Holy Spiritís work in our life is deep and lasting
peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of
conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with
Christís peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. If your
life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christís peace
(Philippians 4:6-7 for more on experiencing Godís peace).
Other Pages on the Holy Spirit Can Be Found Below
Spirit 1 Holy
Spirit 2 Holy
Spirit 3† You are Here Holy Spirit 5 Holy Spirit 6