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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
John 14:15-31 NIV

15“If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—
17 the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.”
22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
24He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father Who sent Me.
25“All this I have spoken while still with you.
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28You heard Me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
30I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me,
31but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.
“Come now; let us leave.


Verse 17: The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”
 

Related passages;

John 15:26

“When the Counselor comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who goes out from the Father, He (ἐκεῖνος) will testify about Me.”

John 16:13

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He(ἐκεῖνος) will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His (ἑαυτοῦ) Own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come”.

ἐκεῖνος ekeinos (from ἐκεῖ, properly, the one there, cf. German dortig,derdort), demonstrative masculine pronoun, that man’, somewhat remote from the speaker.

 

Today’s Topic :Who is the Holy Spirit?

Many people, very unfortunately, don’t  or can’t believe the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Biblical Truth is that The Holy Spirit is a Person.

The Holy Spirit is included in the Trinity, which is made up of 3 distinct persons in the Godhead: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  

The following verses give a beautiful picture of the Trinity in the Bible:

Genesis 1:26

“Then God said, “Let us(Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in our image, in our likeness.””

Matthew 3:16-17

“As soon as Jesus (the Son) was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven (the Father) said, "This is My Son, Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."”(NIV)

 

The Holy Spirit has the Characteristics of Personality

• The Holy Spirit has a Mind: Romans 8:27

And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.” (NIV)

• The Holy Spirit has a Will: 1 Corinthians 12:11

“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” (NASB)

• The Holy Spirit has Emotions: The Holy Spirit grieves:

Ephesians 4:30

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (NIV)

Isaiah 63:10

“Yet they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit. So He turned and became their enemy and He Himself fought against them.” (NIV)

• He Teaches: John 14:26

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (NIV)

• He Testifies of Christ: John 15:26

“When the Counselor comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me.” (NIV)

• He Convicts: John 16:8

“When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (NIV)

• He Leads: Romans 8:14

“Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (NIV)

• He Reveals Truth: John 16:13

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” (NIV)

• He Strengthens and Encourages: Acts 9:31

“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.” (NIV)

• He Comforts: John 14:16

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.” (KJV)

• He Helps Us in our Weakness by Intersession: Romans 8:26

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” (NIV)

• He Searches the Deep Things of God: 1 Corinthians 2:11

“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (NIV)

• He Sanctifies: Romans 15:16

“To be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

• He Bears Witness or Testifies: Romans 8:16

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (KJV)

“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.” (NIV)

• He Forbids: Acts 16:6-7

“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” (NIV)

The Holy Spirit = the Spirit of Jesus

• He Can be Lied to: Acts 5:3

“Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?” (NIV)

• He Can be Resisted: Acts 7:51

“You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” (NIV)

• He Can be Blasphemed: Matthew 12:31-32

“And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (NIV)

• He Can be Quenched: 1 Thessalonians 5:19
“Quench not the Spirit.” (NKJV

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