Who or What is the Holy Spirit

4)  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit produces good fruit in us.

Gal. 5:22-25

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Phil. 2:13

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

All of us have known people who had special qualities and we refer to them as “spiritually minded people.”  This means that God’s word, which the Spirit brings, had entered into their hearts and lives and had produced a fruit of which we have just rad.  The Holy Spirit is having a profound influence in such a persons life.  In the normal, ordinary affairs of life such a person shows that the Spirit has come into his life.

5)  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an incentive to holiness.  

When we pause to realize the rich significance of such statements as:

1 Cor. 6:19

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

We are encouraged to use our bodies in such as way that we do not disgrace ourselves and disappoint God.  We are encouraged to live clean, pure lives by the realization that God’s Sprit dwells within us.

6)  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit inspires hope in us.

Rom. 15:13

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Gal. 4:6, 7

6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

The Scriptures also make it clear that the Holy Spirit operates in the realm of providence.  There are problems to solve and decisions to make which are beyond our powers and we have a right to ask God to help us.

For instance, let’s imagine that you are searching for a job and you are blessed with two great job offers.  Each is equal in pay and benefits.  You could see yourself staying at both companies for a lengthy time.  How do you determine God’s will?

Prayer.  If you pray sincerely God will direct you to the place where you will be most productive and accomplish the most good.  God in the person of the Holy Spirit directs you to make the right decision.  Remember Paul says that God “will with the temptation provide the way of escape.” (1 Cor. 10:13)  Certainly the word of God stored in our hearts will help us in a time of temptation, but that is not the “way of escape” which God “will provide.”  If the way of escape is something God makes with or at the time of the temptation, it is not something written in the Scriptures.  So we know that God in the person of the Holy Spirit helps us providentially to make our decisions and to overcome temptations, if we seek his help through prayer.

7)  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a guarantee or pledge of eternal life.

2 Cor. 5:5

5 Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

The Greek word for “pledge” here can be translated pledge, or earnest, or seal.  It is the regular Greek word of business for the first installment of a price or fee, as a token guarantee that a full payment will follow.  Paul is telling us that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an advance payment, or a foretaste, or a guarantee that God will fulfill his promise to his faithful followers and that they will one day live in his presence in heaven.

So what have we seen – The Holy Spirit is involved in the Christian’s Growth:

  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of our sonship.
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit gives strength and help in our Christian living.
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit means that the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers.
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit produces good fruit in us.
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an incentive to holiness.
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit inspires hope in us.
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a guarantee or pledge of eternal life.

With all these very real blessings coming into our lives as a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, what should our attitude be toward this great blessing?

1 Thess 5:19

19 Do not quench the Spirit

Eph. 4:30

30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Gal. 5:16, 25

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Gal. 5:25

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

As Christians we are NOT to indulge the flesh, and by doing so to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit.  We are to “walk” by, and be “led by” the Holy Spirit, and bear the “fruit” and “live” by the Spirit.

One other issue needs to be discussed at this point.  When we talk about God the Father, and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, some become confused and think of God in terms of three Gods.

The Scriptures make it clear that there is only one God.

Deut. 6:4

4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

Jesus quoted and emphasized this statement when talking with the scribes about the greatest commandment.

Mark 12:28, 29

28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”

29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;

The prophets condemned idolatry on the ground that there was only one God.

Isaiah 45:5

5 “I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me;

Isaiah 44:7,8

7 ‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; Yes, let him recount it to Me in order, From the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming And the events that are going to take place.

8 ‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’”

And thought there is only one God, there are three persons, or personalities, called God–the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.

At his baptism Jesus was in the water, the Holy Spirit descending upon him, and the Father speaking from heaven.

Matt. 3:16, 17

16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,

17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

When Stephen was stoned, he was filled with the Spirit, and he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of the Father.

Acts 7:55

55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;

Some have said that God manifests himself in three different ways, sometimes as the Father, sometimes as the Son, sometimes as the Spirit, but never manifests himself in two or three ways at the same time.

But the manifestations at the baptism of Jesus and the stoning of Stephen refute this idea.

Others say the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate beings, persons, as separate as three human beings, and that their unity, oneness, is in their co-operation; they think alike, speak alike and act alike.  Since they are perfect beings, their unity is perfect.

But this contradicts the doctrine of monotheism; this is tritheism, three distinct God. Since God is unique, absolutely nothing like him in the universe, we cannot fathom, much less explain, the nature of God, how there is one God, yet there are three distinct personalities of that on God capable of manifestation at once.

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