The Message-Who Holy Spirit Is and What He Does, October 2020

I could write a book on Holy Spirit and all He is. He does so much for us Christians who have accepted Jesus as Savior. From that time forward He is teaching us how to become more like Jesus. He changes and transforms us.

Romans 8:16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

Holy Spirit is a gift. He is the third person of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Also known as Holy Ghost. He is the power of God, the presence of God and brings gifts and talents. He is gentle, peaceful, loving and kind.

Luke 11:13 “If then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 

The Bible symbolizes Holy Spirit as the following:

He is most recognizable as the dove that came to Jesus as He was coming up out of the water of His baptism by John the Baptist. The dove represents beauty, gentleness and peace.

Matthew 3:16 After Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on him.

It is also recorded in Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32.

Fire is a symbol of Holy Spirit and it communicates the Lord’s presence, as well as purification.

Exodus 3:2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.

1 Peter 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:3-4 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

The Greek word for Spirit (pneuma) can also be translated as wind, another symbol of Holy Spirit. He is compared to as wind in the Bible. It tells us He is powerful, invisible and sovereignly blows where He intends.

Acts 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Water is also an image of Holy Spirit. Just like we need water to survive in our physical bodies, we also need the living water of Holy Spirit for our Spiritual lives. 

John 7:37-39  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

In the New Testament John, Luke and Paul highlight different aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. John highlighted the Spirit’s role as a teacher and revealer of God’s thoughts and ways.

John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative, that is the Holy Spirit, He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 15:26 But I will send you the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about Me.

John 16:13-15 When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own, but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine, this is why I said, The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.

Luke focused on the Spirit’s guidance and power for evangelism, for believers to spread the Good News about Jesus and of the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere, in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 4:31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Paul says God gives His Holy Spirit to all who come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The Spirit brings new life in Christ when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He affirms believers’ salvation and their identity as children of God

1 Corinthians 6:19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.

Ephesians 1:13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.

The Holy Spirit gives Christians power over sin, power to live a fruitful life and power for ministry. Believers are to be continuously filled with the Spirit and though they experience the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit, they can please God by yielding to the Spirit’s guidance. We must do what is good and righteous not what is sinful and goes against the Word of God.

Romans 8:1-4 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.

So God did what the law could not do, He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Galatian’s 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…

The Holy Spirit enables Christians to understand God’s thoughts and ways. He gives spiritual gifts to believers to help grow the Kingdom of God. The Spirit leads and empowers believers in what they do, as they use the gifts the Spirit has given them.

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice, to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

The Spirit guarantees believers will receive all the blessings that God has promised. The Spirit helps believers and prays for them in their human weakness. The goal of the Spirit’s work is to make us more like Christ. For this to occur we must yield our will, deny ourselves, we must surrender and obey the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:22 And He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us.

2 Corinthians 5:5 God Himself has prepared us for this and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.

Romans 8:26-27 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning’s that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

God lives in you through Holy Spirit. Your spirit senses things from Holy Spirit and it is given to you. It is one way to hear God in non-verbal language. There is a knowing, an impression, and unction that rises up in you. Holy Spirit will let you know if a thing is good or bad, right or wrong, whether you should be at peace with something or not, which direction you need to go, or if you should be still. When you are at peace with an issue, this usually means there is an alignment between Holy Spirit and your spirit, or this is the direction you need to go in or not go in if you don’t have peace within.

We don’t want Holy Spirit pulling back from us. To grieve or sadden Holy Spirit is to act out in a sinful manner. When we do what we know is wrong, we push back, suppress or quench the Spirit. We do not allow the Spirit to reveal Himself fully.

Sin hinders Holy Spirit when a believer follows their own worldly desires. Only our obedience to God allows the Spirit freedom to work within us in full measure. When we sin, we should immediately confess it to God and ask forgiveness.

We want Him reigning fully in our lives. We need to cooperate with Him so we can have the Spirit without measure. We must yield, surrender and obey Him.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. We grieve the Spirit by lying 4:24, by being angry 4:26-27, by stealing 4:28, by cursing 4:29, by being bitter 4:31, by being unforgiving 4:32, and by being sexually immoral 5:3-5.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

Do you really want to have that temper fit, curse at someone, lie, not forgive, gossip, get drunk etc.? Ask yourself if it is really worth the cost. Hopefully you see, you need to value and protect the presence of God more than you need to argue, curse, lie etc.

Holy Spirit was in Jesus and He worked through Him to accomplish God’s purposes. Since God the Holy Spirit works through us, we must maintain a close relationship with Him to produce the results God wants. If we will be sensitive to the witness of Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead and guide us, we will greatly benefit from it. We will grow in many ways.

Galations 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Praise God.

God Bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.