Thursday, June 24

The Nature of the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the  role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians? Let's take a look at what the Truth says, what God tells us about the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is one of the three in the Trinity: Father (God), Son (Jesus), Spirit (Holy Spirit) (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19-20; John 1; Colossians 1, 2:9; Hebrews 1, etc). God the Father makes his first appearance in Genesis 1:1. The Trinity as a whole appears for the first time in Genesis 1:26, when God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are conversing about making man in the image of God. 

The Holy Spirit is not new. Many modernists tell us that the Holy Spirit first helped Christians at Pentecost. Untrue. The Holy Spirit filled Samson when he took out the Philistines, filled King David, filled Elijah, John the Baptist, helped many along the way. Jesus himself was seen in the flames when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown in - Daniel 3:25 tells that Jesus was in there with them, not allowing them to be harmed.

For those who are unsure of what Pentecost was, it was when the Holy Spirit came upon the Disciples during the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:2 says, "Suddenly a sound like the blowing of violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting." Verse 3 continues, "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them." Verse 4 concludes, "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [languages] as the Spirit enabled them."

Nowadays, people think it was some heavenly babble that the Disciples uttered. It was not. It was merely that they were able to preach in different languages - all at once, each person heard the message according to what language they spoke.

The Holy Spirit is often referred to as a dove. We were also made in the image of The Holy Spirit, because he is one of the Trinity, along with Yahweh (God the Father) and Jesus. One example is found in John 1:32-34 says, "Then John gave his testimony: 'I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. I have seen and I testify that this is God's Chosen One." [many manuscripts says, "that this is the Son of God."]

Is it wrong to pray to the Holy Spirit? No, because the Trinity is one, they are three, yet they are one. However, we are told to pray to the Father and Jesus. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. For each new task that we seek to accomplish, pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

With this all said, the Holy Spirit could not actually dwell in the Christians until AFTER the resurrection of Jesus. So the fullness of the Spirit is available for everybody, who is saved, since Pentecost in some special way.From the moment of a Christian's salvation, the Holy Spirit dwells in that person. (1st Cor. 3:16, 1st Cor. 6:19, 2nd Cor. 6:16, Romans 8:9) However, while the Spirit dwells within us from that moment on, we are not filled with the Spirit - that is why we must pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 commands us to "be filled with the Holy Spirit."

This cannot happen automatically. Each time you need to help of the Holy Spirit, the same as when we need to help of God or Jesus, we call upon the Holy Spirit, meaning, "Dear Heavenly Father, please fill me with your Holy Spirit." Or however you may pray that.

The Holy Spirit works in and through Christians everyday. When you are filled with the Spirit, there is not always an "overwhelming emotion." You must trust God that he has filled you. Let me put it this way. Each time you need a refill for your water, you ask the waiter for more water. So they fill the cup again. In the same way, each time you need to help of the Holy Spirit, you ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. At times, you feel compelled to speak with someone. To share the Truth with them. At times, you feel moved by a movie, or a story, or something else. Moved to tears. Sometimes, your conscious tells you to do something. Urges you to go home instead of going to that party. You hear later on that bad things occurred at the destination you almost went to.

All these are the Holy Spirit. To some people, the gift of spiritual discernment. To others, spiritual contentment. To others still, spiritual fire. A passion to spread God's Word. The Holy Spirit is always dwelling within you - and the Spirit is as conscious and real as the Father and the Son are. The Holy Spirit is the one who helps us to preach, who helps us to understand things. The Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit, also called "the Spirit of the LORD," "my Spirit," "his Spirit," "the Spirit of his Son," "the Spirit of Christ" and "the Spirit of God" all throughout the Bible, is God. God exists as three in one. St. Patrick illustrated this as a three-leaf clover, which has three leaves, yet is connected by one stem. It exists as three in one. The Holy Spirit, aside from the many times He is called the "Spirit of God," the "Spirit of the Lord," or when God calls Him "my Spirit," is called God elsewhere. 

Acts 5:3-4 says,“Then Peter said, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit… You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” Here, Peter asks Ananias why he lied to the Holy Spirit, and then says, “you have not just lied to human beings but to God,” calling the Holy Spirit, “God.” In Acts 8:9, the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of Christ,” showing that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one. At the same time, the Father called the Spirit “my Spirit” several times in the Old Testament, and in John 10:30, we find that Jesus and the Father are one. This heavily implies a Trinitarian nature. 

2nd Corinthians 3:17-18 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the Lord, who is God. Many times in the Old Testament, the Spirit, is called “my Spirit,” “God’s Spirit,” “the Spirit of God,” “the Spirit of the Lord,” or “his Spirit.” Evidently, the Holy Spirit is God. As this passage says twice, the Lord is the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-8), and is called eternal in Hebrews 9:14. The Holy Spirit is God. God's Word is clear on this teaching.

The Trinity is a mystery, in that as humans we cannot comprehend how three can be one but one day, we may understand it. There are analogies, such as water. Water can exist as a solid, liquid and a gas, yet in each instance, it is still water. Another example is time. Time exists as past, present and future - yet in each case, all three are still part of one concept: time, not separate things. There are difficulties with analogies, however, but they do allow us to better understand the Trinity. If you have never accepted Christ, God calls us to confess with our mouth, "Jesus is Lord," just as every tongue will confess one day. (Romans 10:9) To repent of our sins, to believe in our heart that Jesus is risen from the dead, and to follow his commandments and put our faith and trust in him.

The Truth Ministries would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article of "The Truth." Feel free to email us at vexx801@yahoo.com or thetruth.ministryweb@gmail.com, visit our facebook page, or visit our ministry website.  It is the mission of this ministry to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2nd Corinthians 10:5). We also understand that many will disagree with our position, our claims and our ministry, and we recognize the individual's right to believe what he or she wills, and that some will disagree on our position regarding this particular topic. However, we stand firm upon the Bible as God's Word and hold to our conviction that the conclusion was arrived at based on what His Word tells us. Take care, and God bless you reader. Troy Hillman

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6 comments:

  1. For those who read this further, here is an interesting analogy that may aid in understanding the Trinity: The Trinity is one God, yet three personalities: The Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Think of the Trinity as a pyramid: it is one structure, yet there are three sides.

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  3. For more information and a much more detailed look at the Trinity as well as the appearances of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, see the three-part series: http://thetruth-blog.blogspot.com/2010/11/holy-trinity-part-one.html

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