Who Is the Holy Spirit?
Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit is?
The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. That is, He is GOD. God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and they are all indescribably GOOD! The Holy Spirit is our Helper, our Teacher, and the Spirit of truth. He lives in us! Yep, you’ve had Him all along whether you realized it or not.
The Holy Spirit produces good fruit in our lives, specifically love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5). Who doesn’t need more of these? The Holy Spirit also gives gifts such as prophecy, healing, miracles, faith, the ability to speak in other tongues, and more (see I Corinthians 12:4-12).
Have you ever wondered what the Bible actually says about Who He is… and what that means in your life?
If so, well then, read on. I will share a brief explanation of some of the scriptures that speak of His coming and what happened when He came.
Old Testament Prophecies
There are some prophecies in the Old Testament that tell about God sending the Holy Spirit to the earth in the last days. One of them is found in Joel 2:28-29.
Joel 2:28-29 – “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
After the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples and a few others who were also waiting for the promise, this scripture was referenced in Acts 2:14 by Peter after the crowd accused him and the other disciples of being drunk! They were literally so enamored with the presence of God that they seemed to be drunk with wine. But… Over 2,000 people got saved that day, too. Because Holy Spirit gave Peter the boldness to be a witness for Christ (see Acts 1:4-8 below).
Promises That Jesus Gave
Before Jesus left the earth, He gave some promises about sending the Holy Spirit. Here are a few of those scriptures, along with what they reveal to us about Holy Spirit:
John 14:15-18 – “If you love me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.” (emphasis mine)
- The Father is the One who gives the Holy Spirit to us.
- Holy Spirit is our Helper. In the KJV, the reference says He is our Comforter. (Anybody need help sometimes??? How about comfort???)
- Holy Spirit abides with us forever. (Hallelujah.)
- He’s the Spirit of Truth. (Woohoo… The truth will set you free.)
- Holy Spirit is in YOU.
John 14:26 – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
- Holy Spirit is the One who teaches us the truth about God! When you read the Word, you can ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it means. He will give you revelation about what you read.
- He’s the One who reminds us what Jesus has said to us.
John 15:26-27 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”
- Jesus sent Holy Spirit to you from the Father.
- Holy Spirit is a good gift from the Father (see below).
Luke 11:13 – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
- The Father will give Holy Spirit to you if you ask Him.
John 16:5-15 – “…It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment… when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you…”
- He is the one who convicts the world of sin. When someone feels conviction, and then turns to the Lord for salvation, that is the work of the Holy Spirit.
- He convicts believers of righteousness…. Reminds you what Christ has accomplished to make you righteous!
- He guides you into all truth.
- He speaks what Jesus says.
Acts 1:4-8 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now… you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (See also Luke 24:49.)
- To be “baptized” means to be immersed. We can be immersed with the Holy Spirit!
- The Holy Spirit gives us power to accomplish God’s purpose in the earth.
- The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to be a witness for Christ.
The Book of Acts: God Sends the Holy Spirit
The book of Acts tells about the promise of the Holy Spirit coming to pass in the early days of the church.
Acts 2:1-4 – “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
- This is when the promise first came to the earth! They were all filled with the Holy Spirit!
- The ability to speak in tongues (in other languages) is one of the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. To pray in other tongues edifies (builds up) the believer and brings the believer into rest and refreshing.
Acts 4:31 – “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
- Here, Peter and John and their companions are again filled with the Holy Spirit. This lets us know that it doesn’t have to be just a one-hit wonder! We can be baptized, submerged, and filled with Holy Spirit again and again.
- The Holy Spirit will enable you to speak the word of God with boldness.
Acts 8:14-17 – “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”
- The Holy Spirit baptism sometimes comes when someone lays their hands on you and prays for you to receive it.
Acts 10:44-48 – “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.”
- The Holy Spirit baptism sometimes comes without anyone laying on hands at all.
- The Holy Spirit is for Gentiles (non-Jews) too – that’s us! Well, most of us… some of you may be Jewish! 😉
Acts 19:1-6 – “…Paul…finding some disciples he said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ So they said to him, ‘We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.’ And he said to them, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ So they said, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Then Paul said, ‘John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied…’”
- The ability to prophesy is also a gift of the Holy Spirit. The gift of prophecy edifies and builds up others as you speak the word of truth to them in love!
The Holy Spirit Is for You Today
Does anyone need a helper? How about a friend or a comforter? How about someone who can teach you what in the world the Bible means as you read it? Are you up for whatever gifts God might have for you, whether or not you’ve experienced them before? Then you are in for a treat!
God has so many good gifts in store for you! And the Holy Spirit is a GOOD gift! He will help you, comfort you, and be there when you need a friend. He will teach you the truth about Jesus. He will reveal truth to you as you go about your day, and that truth will lead you into freedom.
Holy Spirit will give you boldness to be a witness for Christ. He will give you the ability to speak in tongues, and there are so many good reasons to do it! He will give you the ability to speak life into those around you when they need to hear from the Lord.
If you’ve never experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it really is great. You don’t want to miss it. No worries… He’s already made His home in you. Now He just wants to immerse you. Baptize you. Plunge you deep into the waters of His powerful, life-changing love.
All you have to do is ask.