(From the series “The Salvation of Mankind”)
Many people are confused as to what the Holy Spirit is? Clearly stated the Holy Spirit by definition is the spirit of God and the presence of God as part of a person’s religious experience or the Holy Ghost meaning the third person of the Christian Trinity. From this definition, we know that the Holy Spirit is a noun meaning it is a person or a thing. Well, I am here to inform you that the Holy Spirit is a person or thing of being. In this article, we will explore who is this Holt Spirit and why the Holy Spirit is so important in the Christian’s life?
What does the bible say about the Holy Spirit? In Matthew 1:18-20 … 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother, Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit … There were three steps in a Jewish marriage. First, the two families agreed to the union. Second, a public announcement was made. At this point, the couple was ‘betrothed’. This was similar to engagement today, except that their relationship could be broken only by death or divorce (even though sexual relations were not permitted). Third, the couple was married and began living together. Because Mary and Joseph were engaged, Mary’s apparent unfaithfulness carried a severe social stigma. Joseph by law had a right to divorce Mary and the Jewish authorities could have Mary stoned to death. Joseph was faced with a difficult choice after discovering that Mary was pregnant. Although, Joseph knew that taking Mary as his wife could be humiliating, Joseph obeyed the angel’s command to marry Mary.
Another example of what the bible states about the Holy Spirit in Matthew 12:31-32… 31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven, men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come … The Pharisees had blasphemed against the Holy Spirit by attributing the power by which Jesus Christ did miracles to Satan instead of the Holy Spirit. The unforgivable sin is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge God’s power in Christ. It indicates a deliberate and irreversible hardness of heart. Sometimes believers worry that they have committed this unforgivable sin. But only those who have turned their backs on God and rejected all faith have needed to worry. Jesus said they can’t be forgiven not because there is worse than any other, but because they will never ask for forgiveness. Whoever rejects the prompting of the Holt Spirit removes him or herself from the only force that can lead him or her to repentance and restoration to God.
Still another example of what the bible states about the Holy Spirit is found in Matthew 28:16-20… 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen… When someone is dying and leaving us his or her last words are very important. Jesus left the disciples with these last words of instruction: they were under Jesus authority, they were to make more disciples, they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ. Jesus words affirm the reality of the Trinity. Some people accuse the theologians of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into the scripture, as we see here, the concept comes directly from Jesus. He did not say baptize them into the names, but into the name, of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not occur in the scripture, but it well describes his three-in-one nature of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can manifest itself in many ways one the Holy Spirit manifest itself is found in Luke 3:21-22… 21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You, I am well pleased.” … The Holy Spirit’s appearance in the form of a dove showed that God’s plan for salvation was centered in Jesus. Jesus was the perfect human who didn’t need baptism for repentance, but he was baptized anyway on our behalf. The scripture of the passage is one of the several places where all the members of the Holy Trinity are mentioned – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, in the traditional words of the church, the one God exist in three persons, but one substance coeternal and coequal. No amount of explanation can adequately portray the power and intricacy of this unique relationship. There are no perfect analogies in nature because there is no other relationship like the Trinity.
The Holy Spirit can also manifest itself to help spread the word of God in Luke 12:11-12 Jesus tells his disciples … 11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”…The disciples knew they could never dominate a religious dispute with the well-educated Jewish leaders. Nevertheless, they would not be left unprepared. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would supply the needed words. The disciple’s testimony might not make them look impressive, but it would still point out God’s works in the world through Jesus life. We need to pray for opportunities to speak for God, and then trust Him to help us with our words. This promise of the Spirit’s help, however, does not compensate for the lack of preparation. Remember that Jesus Christ’s disciples had three years of teaching and application. We too must study God’s word. Then God will bring his truths to mind when we most need them, helping us present them in the most effective way.
My last example of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher in John 14:22-26 Jesus tells how Jesus will manifest Himself to man … 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you… Jesus disciples were still expecting Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom and overthrow Rome. They found it hard to understand why he did not tell the world at large that He was the Messiah. Not everyone, however, could understand Jesus message. Ever since Pentecost, the gospel of the kingdom has been proclaimed to the whole world, and yet not everyone is not receptive to it. Jesus saves his deepest revelations of himself for those who love and obey Him. Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would teach and 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. The Holy Spirit can help us in the same way. As we study the word of God, we can trust Him to plant truth in our mind, convince us of God’s will and remind us when to stray from it.
Back to the question ‘What is the Holy Spirit?’ The Holy Spirit is the personhood of God within us once you commit your life to Jesus Christ. The examples above I have given you states that the Holy Spirit can manifest itself in many ways to guide us through life’s difficulties and trials. Through the gift our salvation in believing that Christ died for the remission of your sins you have the added bonus of the Holy Spirit to comfort, evangelized, teach and protect and or restore from our sinful nature as well as a sinful world.
What do you think? I have summited with this article a gospel video that speaks to the joy of Jesus and his holy spirit in our lives. Enjoy this video and remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”
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