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Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit

After Jesus was raised from the dead, He told His disciples He had to return to heaven to prepare a place for them. But He didn't leave them alone, but sent them the Holy Spirit. We can receive the Holy Spirit by faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is God. But the Bible also makes it clear to us that the Holy Spirit is God. However, many people don't acknowledge Him as such. They only think of Him as an impersonal influence or force. But in that way we rob the Holy Spirit of the honour we owe Him and of the love, faith, dedication and obedience He deserves.
When you imagine the Holy Spirit as a mere force, as many people do, you will always be asking yourself: how can I receive and use the Holy Spirit? But, when your idea of the Holy Spirit matches that of the Bible, and when you see Him as a person, full of divine majesty and glory, your question will be: how can the Holy Spirit receive and use me?
The first view, that the Holy Spirit is a mere force that we can receive and use, can lead to pride and the exaltation of oneself.  


The Holy Spirit :

the Holy Spirit is the Comforter and Helper
the Holy Spirit gives us:
  • love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control (Galatians 5:22)
  • wisdom
  • guidance
  • power
  • assurance
  • comfort
  • He strengthens us against temptation
  • He helps us to understand God's Word
  • He honours Jesus Christ (John 16:14)
  • He gives spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12)
He convicts people of:
  • sin
  • righteousness
  • judgement
  • etc...

One can behave toward the Holy Spirit as toward a person. We can obey Him (Acts 5:32), but we can also deceive Him (Acts 5:3), test Him (Acts 5:9), grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30), treat Him with contempt (Hebrews 10:29), blaspheme against Him (Matthew 12:31) and resist Him (Acts 7:51).