The Holy Spirit

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John 14:1-6 (KJV)  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  [2]  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  [3]  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  [4]  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  [5]  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  [6]  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:15-18 (KJV)  If ye love me, keep my commandments.  [16]  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  [17]  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  [18]  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

All Together John 14:26 (KJV)  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.

Most people are familiar with the first six verses of John 14. You have heard these words at funerals, heard them preached. I personally love the politically incorrect John 14:6 where Jesus unashamedly declares:

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Here He declares the uniqueness of Christianity.
Jesus is the only Way to God.
Jesus leads us to the Father.
Jesus imparts to us the Holy Spirit.

As Christians we are well aware of what Jesus did for us. He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification. He promises us eternal life. We are aware of the Father, the Provider of all things. But what of the Holy Spirit?

Many Christians think little of the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge Him, but are confused over His role in our faith. We are confused by Him. Should we call Him “Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost”? Sometimes He is presented as “Spirit” and other times in the King James as “Ghost”.

The title “Holy Spirit” in the original text is Hagios Pneuma which should be translated “Holy Spirit”. The word “Pneuma” in the Greek also means “Wind”. Jesus used the wind to describe the operation of the Holy Spirit when He told Nicodemus:

John 3:8 (KJV)  The windpneuma bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spiritpneuma.

It is the Holy Spirit Who brings new Birth to the Christian. Like the wind blowing through the trees you see His effect on the Church and on the individual believer. He brings change to the Child of God who calls upon the Name of Christ. He empowers us to live the Christian way of life. He draws us to God, and binds us, marking us for Heaven and as the lights of God on this present earth.

The Holy Spirit Is A Person, Not A Power

I have heard people refer to the Holy Spirit as “It”, as if the Spirit were a power or a thing. He is not a thing. The Spirit is a Person. As Jesus develops the Doctrine of the Spirit notice how He refers to Him:

John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and HE shall give you another Comforter, that HE may abide with you for ever;  [17]  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth HIM not, neither knoweth HIM: but ye know HIM; for HE dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

When Jesus referred to the Father it was as HE or HIM. When Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit it was as HE or HIM, not IT.

You will find no place in Scripture where the Blessed Spirit is an IT. He is misrepresented as an IT (Itself) in the Authorized King James texts of Romans 8:16 and Romans 8:26, but this is a bad translation. This error is corrected in the New King James Version,
where the text properly reads “The Spirit HIMSELF”

The Holy Spirit is a HE. He is the Third Member of the Godhead. He is accorded equal respect and admiration in the Christian faith. Jesus told us to baptized new converts to our faith:

Matthew 28:19 (KJV)  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the HOLY {SPIRIT}:

There is but one NAME – one GOD, but He is in three Persons. Father, Son, and Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a Person. The Bible says:

Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)  And GRIEVE not the HOLY SPIRIT of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

The Holy Spirit can be GRIEVED or SADDENED by our actions. You cannot sadden a Power. Electricity does not get upset over the things we do in our homes. Power is a thing, but the Spirit is a Person. The Holy Spirit can become VEXED or UPSET with us.

Isaiah 63:10 (KJV)  But they rebelled, and VEXED his holy SPIRIT: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

The Spirit can be sinned against. ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA lied to the Holy Spirit of God:

Acts 5:3 (KJV)  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to LIE TO THE HOLY {SPIRIT}, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Both Ananias and Sapphira lost their lives because, Peter told them:

Acts 5:4 (KJV) … THOU HAST NOT LIED UNTO MEN, BUT UNTO GOD.

The Holy Spirit is God. He is a Person. We are to obey the Spirit and honor Him with our lives. It was the Holy Spirit Who told Peter to go to the home of Cornelius:

Acts 10:19-20 (KJV)  While Peter thought on the vision, THE SPIRIT SAID unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.  [20]  Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

The Holy Spirit guided men to Peter so they could take Peter to Cornelius. He is not a Power but a Person. A Power cannot send people from one point to another. A Person can. A Person has volition. “I have sent them” the Spirit said. We get confused by the Spirit because He empowers us. God told His servant:

Zechariah 4:6 (KJV) … This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but BY MY SPIRIT, saith the LORD of hosts.

It was the Holy Spirit Who spoke to Philip the Evangelist:

Acts 8:29 (KJV)  Then the SPIRIT SAID unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

And because of the Holy Spirit an Ethiopian Eunuch – a high ranking official – was led to dedicate his life to Christ. This man would carry the Gospel to Africa because Philip heeded the Word of the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who gives the spiritual gifts to the Church. The Scripture says:

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (KJV)  But the MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT is given to every man to profit withal.  [8]  For to one is given BY THE SPIRIT the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge BY THE SAME SPIRIT;  [9]  To another faith BY THE SAME SPIRIT; to another the gifts of healing BY THE SAME SPIRIT;  [10]  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:  [11]  But ALL THESE WORKETH THAT ONE AND THE SELFSAME SPIRIT, DIVIDING TO EVERY MAN SEVERALLY AS HE WILL.

It is the Spirit Who WILLS the gifts to the Body of Christ. He places members in the Church. He empowers the members to serve Christ.

The Scriptures Were Written By The Holy Spirit

The Apostle Peter wrote under the inspiration of God:

2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  [21]  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy {Spirit}.

The Scriptures that we have are written by men – but as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul put it this way:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)  All scripture is given by INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  [17]  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The words “inspiration of God” is the Greek word THEOPNEUSTOS which literally means “God breathed” or “Spirit breathed”. The Holy Spirit came on the writers of Scripture and guided them as they wrote. The personality of the writer shows in the writings … but they are God’s Word. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit and Scripture when He said:

John 16:12-14 (KJV)  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  [13]  Howbeit when he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, IS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  [14]  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

The Spirit wrote the Scripture.
The Spirit guides us in the Scripture.
As Spiritual people we must be guided by His Spirit.

The Apostle Paul said:

1 Corinthians 2:12-15 (KJV)  Now we {who are saved} have received, NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD, BUT THE SPIRIT WHICH IS OF GOD; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  [13]  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but WHICH THE HOLY {SPIRIT} TEACHETH; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  [14]  But the NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  [15]  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

The born again Christian receives the Holy Spirit of God. The Spirit teaches us the Scriptures that He wrote. The Spirit guides us into the truth of God’s Word. The unbeliever cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are spiritually dead. But we who are saved are spiritually alive because of the Holy Spirit.

The Christ Operated By The Holy Spirit

When Jesus came to this earth He was both fully God as well as fully perfect Man. Yet Jesus did not operate in His own power while on this earth. The Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote:

Philippians 2:5-9 (KJV)  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  [6]  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  [7]  But made himself OF NO REPUTATION, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  [8]  And BEING FOUND IN FASHION AS A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  [9]  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

When Jesus came to this earth – perfect God/Man – He humbled Himself. The King James says “He made Himself of no reputation”. This is the Greek KENOSIS which means “to empty oneself”. When Jesus Christ as Messiah came to this earth He had the power of God, but did not use His own power to do what He did. When Jesus entered this world as perfect man, He entered through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Angel of God told the virgin Mary:

Luke 1:35 (KJV)  And the angel answered and said unto her, The HOLY {SPIRIT} 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.

The Holy Spirit would cause the conception of Christ in the blessed virgin. Before Jesus’ ministry started in full He had to be baptized by John. At His baptism we see:

Luke 3:22 (KJV)  And the HOLY {SPIRIT} DESCENDED IN A BODILY SHAPE LIKE A DOVE upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

The Father endorsed the Son, but the Spirit indwelt the Son. He descended looking like a dove, I believe, because the Spirit brings the peace of God that passes all understanding. Right after His Baptism we find Jesus in the desert being tempted by the devil. How did Jesus get to the desert? The Bible says:

Luke 4:1-2 (KJV)  And JESUS BEING FULL OF THE HOLY {SPIRIT} returned from Jordan, and WAS LED BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS,  [2]  Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

The Spirit led Christ to the desert to show us how to battle that old devil. When tempted, Christ defeated Satan with “it is written”. He quoted the Book the Spirit wrote, and stood against the devil in the power of that selfsame Spirit. As Jesus ministered and did miracles He did so through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 4:14-21 (KJV)  And Jesus returned IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.  [15]  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.  [16]  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  [17]  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet {Isaiah}. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  [18]  THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  [19]  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. [20] And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  [21]  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

It is the Holy Spirit that anointed the preaching of Christ, and empowered the miracles that He did. Jesus as God could have done the miraculous – but He humbled Himself and became like us, but without sin. Jesus told the Pharisees:

Matthew 12:28 (KJV)  But if I CAST OUT DEVILS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

That which He did He did through the Spirit of God. When Jesus went to the Cross He was able to endure what He did through the power of the Blessed Holy Spirit. The Writer of Hebrews said:

Hebrews 9:14-15 (KJV)  How much more shall the blood of Christ, WHO THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  [15]  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Life is in the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who participated in the resurrection of Christ. The Scripture declares:

Romans 8:10-11 (KJV)  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  [11]  But IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

The Holy Spirit caused Christ’s body to resurrect. That same Spirit indwells every believer, and promises to make us alive as He made Christ alive. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

The Christian Operates By The Holy Spirit

John 14:15-18 (KJV)  If ye love me, keep my commandments.  [16]  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  [17]  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  [18]  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Jesus promised His Spirit to those who love Him, who have received Him as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. The Holy Spirit is not optional to the Christian. The Bible declares:

Romans 8:9 (KJV)  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

It is a fact that gravity is what holds us to the earth. It is a fact that we must have oxygen to live. It is a fact that the Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. If any has not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His. It is the Spirit that is the mark of God on our lives.

Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)  And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, WHEREBY YE ARE SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.

Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit, our Companion throughout eternity. He dwelleth with you, and SHALL BE IN YOU Jesus said. The Holy Spirit is called “The Comforter” or “The Helper” because He enables us to live the Christian way of life. We are to “Walk by the Spirit”, following His direction as we read His Word. The world cannot know the Holy Spirit. The worldly Christian will not experience the power of the Spirit. But we, like Christ, must empty ourselves to be availed of His Spirit. It is the Spirit Who helps us understand the things of God. Jesus said:

John 14:26 (KJV)  But the Comforter, which is the Holy {Spirit}, 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.

It is the Holy Spirit Who teaches us, guides us, and keeps us company as we walk through this life. The Father loved and planned to save us. The Son loved and moved to save us. The blessed Spirit comes to us when we call upon Jesus. He indwells us. He empowers us. He assures us that we are adopted into God’s family.

Romans 8:15 (KJV)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:6-7 (KJV)  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  [7]  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

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