Have you ever tried to describe the Holy Spirit to someone? There seems to be some confusion and/or disbelief about what or who the Holy Spirit is. Some believe the Spirit is some vague fickle type force that has nothing really to do with God or Jesus. Others believe their own feelings determine the Spirit of God- which explains how blinded social justice christians can believe things abhorrent to the Lord can be sanctified by the Holy Spirit (abortion and abortion clinic workers comes to mind, as well as same sex ‘marriages’ in a church)
What or Who exactly is the Holy Spirit, and what is the purpose of the third part of the Triune Nature of God? (If you missed our earlier article on the Trinity, you can read it here).
First of all, the Holy Spirit is not a “force”. The Holy Spirit is a He, and has definite administrations of His ‘office’.
He was present in Creation Genesis 1:1,2- In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. …
He was present at the conception of Jesus, Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God
He led Jesus to the wilderness and was visible at His baptism. Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness , Matthew 3:16, And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.
The Holy Spirit knows thoughts- 1 Corinthians 2:11, For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit is a giver of gifts, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
The Holy Spirit can be grieved, Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The Spirit gives council and teaches, John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The Holy Spirit leads, Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us, Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus, John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me
The Holy Spirit is working in the church, ever since the Day of Pentecost, and will continue until Jesus calls His Bride Home. The Holy Spirit has sealed us and works in our lives, those who are saved and will continue until we are called home.
We have the same Spirit in us that Jesus had when He rose from the dead, the same that Paul had when he preached across the Roman world, the Same Spirit that filled the first church fills us. We who have proclaimed Jesus as Lord, are full of the Holy Spirit who came into us at Salvation. How much of the Spirit is evident in our lives doesn’t depend on how much of Him is given to us, but how much of us is given to Him.
A lot of people don’t consider eschatology very much, or study the end time prophecies. While there are various reasons for this, mainly the church doesn’t teach it nearly enough, those who do know or study have a few different beliefs about when the church will be raptured. I don’t want to start an argument or discussion on that topic here, but no matter if you’re a pre Trib, mid Trib or post Trib believer, we do know some day the church will be removed from the earth in the last times when Antichrist is very much on the scene. What many don’t think about is that when that happens, the Holy Spirit’s restraint on evil will be purposely diminished and Satan will be at full power in those days.
Those of us who are believers consider how much evil is going on in the world, and yet evil has been going on since the fall. However, no one can look around at the events over the past century alone and not see how far we’ve gone down the highway to hell. More people were murdered and killed in wars last century than every other century since Christ was on the earth. More and more Christians are dying for their faith in our time than since the martyrs of the early church who were put to death under the Roman Empire.
2 Timothy 3….
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
We are seeing things that were once considered good called evil, and things that were evil celebrated. Things are bad now, and I really can’t stand seeing the things going on-and yet the Holy Spirit is still restraining evil. We can’t even begin to imagine what the world will be like when He eases back.
It’s interesting to consider that many unbelievers would love to rid the world of those of us who believe and share the Gospel, yet it’s because of us and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us that gives them time to repent and believe on Jesus.
Time is getting short, and I pray the Holy Spirit will cause an awakening in the church so that we get back to the business of sharing and giving the Gospel of Hope, and that a true revival will happen not only here, but around the world will break out.
Have a blessed Spirit filled day all!