• Jack Selcher

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit isn’t a force or a thing. He’s the Third Person of the Trinity. One God consists of three co-equal, co-eternal Persons in fellowship together. The Holy Spirit is God, as are the Father and the Son, but the Holy Spirit is not identical to the Father or the Son.

The Holy Spirit was active with the Father and Son in the creation of the physical world (Genesis 1:1–2). He was at work in Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:18), baptism (Matthew 3:16), temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:1), and public ministry (Luke 4:18). Jesus depended on the Spirit’s power to complete his earthly assignments.

The Holy Spirit brings you new birth (John 3:5–8). The Father sent Him to guide, strengthen and comfort you and to be with you forever (John 14:16). He’s the Spirit of truth (John 14:17, 15:26). He guides you into all truth (John 16:13). He testifies about Christ (John 15:26). He enables you to do the same (John 15:27).

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). He’s like an everywhere present prosecuting attorney. He convicts people that they’re guilty of sin and helpless before the Holy God of the Universe. Faith in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is God’s solution. It’s also His answer to your lack of 100 percent righteousness. It’s His fix as well for the problem of eternal condemnation. There’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Because you belong to Christ, you have the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9). God’s Spirit leading you demonstrates you’re God’s child (Romans 8:14). You know you belong to God because His Spirit bears witness with your spirit (Romans 8:16). He sets you apart for His work (Acts 13:2). He guides you in it (Acts 16:6–7). He empowers you to be His witness (Acts 1:8). He helps you pray by interceding for you with groans words can’t express (Romans 8:26–27).

He has given you at least one spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:1–11). He inspired the men who wrote the Bible (2 Peter 1:21). He helps you understand it. When He controls you, you express the Jesus-like character traits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). He’s the engine of your spiritual life! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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