the Person of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a part of the Holy Trinity with the Father
and Son. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word
(ruwach, pronounced roo'-akh) was used when talking about the Spirit. This word
literally means WIND, even the wind associated with a
BREATHE! In the New Testament the Greek word
(pneuma, pronounced pnyoo'-mah) was used which means the BREATHE or a BREEZE!
We can literally think of the Holy Spirit as the "Breathe of
Most Christians today understand Jesus the Son, and God the
Father as two very distinct Persons within the Godhead; however, there has been
much confusion over the identity of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps some of this dates
back to the King James translation of the Bible where the word
"Spirit" or "Ghost" was used instead of "Breathe"
or "Wind" of God. In any case, many people throughout the ages have
thought of the Holy Spirit more as a thing than a Person. Nothing could be
further from the truth, and in fact as we begin to know the Person of the Holy
Spirit we will want to have a closer relationship with Him just as we would the
Father or Son.
Although the word Trinity is not mentioned in the Bible, we know God is three in one. There are three very distinct
Person’s that make
up the Godhead. They are all equal in every way.
They (The Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are all:
Omnipotent – All powerful. Luke 1:35
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon
you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy
thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
Omnipresent – At all places at once. Psalms
139:7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? or where shall I flee from your
Omniscient – All knowing. 1 Corinthians 2:10
But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all
things, yea, the deep things of God.
Eternal - Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall
the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Equal - Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, Ananias,
why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part
of the price of the land? While it remained, was it not your own? and after it
was sold, was it not in your own power? why have you conceived this thing in
your heart? you have not lied unto men, but unto God.
The Holy Spirit was part of all things, from the very
beginning of scripture to the very end of scripture
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God (elohiym (pronounced
el-o-heem') created the heaven and the earth.
Elohiym is the plural form of God. Therefore, as
scripture was inspired and man began to write the Word, it was evident to
the writers that God was made of more than 1 Person but at the same time
there was one Godhead.
There are many scriptural references that show the
coexistence of the the entities within the Trinity
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a
bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said,
Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was
baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened
unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon
him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
Mark 1:10-13 And straightway coming up out of the
water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon
him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased. And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the
wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and
was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
Deuteronomy demonstrates the God Israel served was one
Godhead made of a plurity of entities within that Godhead.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD (Y@hovah
(pronounced yeh-ho-vaw') our God (elohiym) is one LORD (Y@hovah)
It is important to understand the Holy Spirit is
truly God because of the fact that if we are born again He lives in us.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that
your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own?
Four important principles to remember
The Holy Spirit is God, but He is a Person, not a force
We cannot focus on the Holy Spirit too much. Why? What is the Holy
Spirit’s mission? To reveal Jesus. What is Jesus mission…to reveal the
Father. What about the Father…to send Jesus and the Holy Spirit so we can come
to Him. Perfect Harmony. They never had a crisis management meeting in Heaven.
They never tried to sit down and work things out. They never had a power
struggle amongst themselves.
The Holy Spirit gives gifts for use in ministry and empowers effective
4) The Holy Spirit is a distinct Person
within the Godhead, not a force, a thing, or an "it"
Qualities that a person has…(a force or
thing does not)
1) The Holy Spirit has intellect.
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath
revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea,
the deep things of God.
2) The Holy Spirit has knowledge.
1 Corinthians 2:11 even so the
things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
3) The Holy Spirit has emotions.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve (lupeo
(pronounced loo-peh'-o)); to make sad or sorrowful, heavy of heart) not the holy
Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
4) The Holy Spirit has his own will and he makes decisions.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia (pronounced froog-ee'-ah) and the
region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in
5) The Holy Spirit Loves. Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren,
for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive
together with me in your prayers to God for me;
Things only a person would do (a
force or thing does not)
He teaches you things about God and yourself. John 14:26 But the
Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he
shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever
I have said unto you.
2) He tells the truth. John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come,
whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which
proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
3) He guides. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is
come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to
4) He convinces. John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the
world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
5) He prays for you. Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also
helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be
uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of
6) He commands. Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and
fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work
whereunto I have called them.
The Holy Spirit was on the scene long before the day of
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God (elohiym
el-o-heem') created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God
moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:27 So God (elohiym again) created
man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female
created he them.
The Holy Spirit gave us the Word of God. 2 Peter
1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of
any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Spirit regenerates our spirit when we accept
Jesus Christ into our life. John 3:6 That
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is
In fact, the Holy Spirit has always worked hand-in-hand
with Jesus Christ
Birth - Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son
of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is
conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
life and ministry of Jesus - Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the
Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness AND… Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent
me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
death and offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice- Hebrews 9:14
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit
offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works
to serve the living God?
resurrection of Jesus – Actually all 3 members of the Godhead had a part
in the resurrection!
- Ephesians 1:19-20 And what is the exceeding greatness of his
power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,
and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
(He had the power to take His own life up again) - John 10:18 No
man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it
down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received
of my Father.
Ghost - Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power,
according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
fact, the main purpose of the Holy Spirit is to tell us about Jesus and
Glorify Him. John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is
come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you
things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall
shew it unto you.
What All Happened on the Day of Pentecost?
said it was imperative that He go or the Spirit would not be sent
felt it important enough for them to wait until the Spirit came to empower
own mother needed the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be an effective witness.
On the day of Pentecost, the believers who were assembled
in the Upper Room experience a new Baptism, the one which John referred to. For
an in depth study on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, click
here to go to that section of study.