What Is the Holy Spirit?
God promised through the prophets that He would pour out the Holy Spirit on His believers to live in their hearts: “And I will put my Spirit in you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ezek 36:27).
The Bible tells us that “God is Spirit” (Jn 4:24). The Bible also says, “the Lord is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:17). The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Jesus Christ; He is the Holy Spirit.
Through the Holy Spirit, God
- Created the universe
- Anointed His servants
- Spoke through the prophets
- Conceived the Lord Jesus Christ
- Anointed Jesus and showed He was the Christ
- Moves people to believe and confess the Lord Jesus Christ
- Convinces us of our sin so that we come before God
- Assures us of God’s presence
Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Helper” or “Counselor” (or “Comforter,” Gk. Parakletos). Like a personal guide on our heavenly pilgrimage, He is available at all times and abides with us forever, so long as we live by God’s words. He teaches us to understand the truth and to walk in God’s ways. In our weakness, the Spirit strengthens us and helps us to pray, making “intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom 8:26-28).
The cleansing we receive through water baptism merely marks the beginning of our journey. Sanctification is God’s life-long work on His believers. We cannot overcome our sinful nature and the devil’s temptations by our determination alone. The Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit abiding in us, gives us the transforming power we need to live out Christ’s perfect example as children of God.
“And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 Jn 3:24)
How do you receive the Holy Spirit?