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“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 and rebirth.
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 Believers
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, “You are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you.” (Mark 1:10-11)
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 Father’s approval of Jesus as his divine Son.
That Jesus is God’s 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 Christ’s Holy Spirit is with them.
Two or more believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, will pray according to God’s 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 don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. (John 3:5-7)
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 Israel’s judge. He went to war against King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram, and the LORD gave Othniel victory over him. (Judges 3:10)
THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS BELIEVERS
This phrase, “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him,” 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 Spirit’s help as we face our daily problems as well as life’s major challenges.
BIBLE READING: Matthew 10:16-42
KEY BIBLE VERSE: When you are arrested, don’t worry about what to say in your defense, because you will be given the right words at the right time. For it won’t 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-God’s Spirit would speak through them. This promise was fulfilled in Acts 4:8-14 and elsewhere. Some mistakenly think this means we don’t 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 worrying.
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. (John 4:23-24)
THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US WORSHIP GOD
“God is spirit” 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 true?
- Do you have the Holy Spirit’s help?
- How does the Holy Spirit help us worship?
The Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26), teaches us the words of Christ (14:26), and tells us we are loved (Romans 5:5).
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 isn’t looking for him and doesn’t 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 Christ’s church on earth. By faith we can appropriate the Spirit’s 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 (14:16)
- the world at large cannot accept him (14:17)
- he lives with us and in us (14:17)
- he teaches us (14:26)
- he reminds us of Jesus’ words (14:26; 15:26)
- he convicts us of sin, shows us God’s righteousness, and announces God’s judgment on evil (16:8)
- he guides into truth and gives insight into future events (16:13)
- he brings glory to Christ (16:14)
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 Spirit’s activities, but to those who hear Christ’s words and understand the Spirit’s 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 Jesus’ 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 God’s will, and remind us when we stray from it.
THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US PEACE
The end result of the Holy Spirit’s 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 Christ’s 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 Christ’s peace (Philippians 4:6-7 for more on experiencing God’s peace).
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