7 Facts About the Holy Spirit
Acts 19:2 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Most people I know who are fairly new to faith are like the disciples Paul spoke to in the above verse. Perhaps they have heard of the Holy Spirit, even experienced the Holy Spirit, but they are unfamiliar with the Holy Spirit and therefore not sure how to relate to the “forgotten” person of God.
Below are seven biblical facts about the Holy Spirit.
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON AND GOD AT THE SAME TIME
Ephesians 4:29-30 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification, according to the need of the moment so that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit can be grieved. You cannot grieve and “it” or a “thing.” You can only grieve a person. The Holy Spirit has feelings, a will, a mind, a presence. The Holy Spirit is a person.
Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
The Holy Spirit is God. Genesis says that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The God who made all things.
II. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE BREATH OF GOD
In Hebrew, the word for Spirit is Ruah which means breath. In Greek, the word for Spirit is Pneuma which means breath.
John 3:8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
The Spirit breathes life into us.
III. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR TEACHER
1 Corinthians 2:12, 14 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
Whenever you have a moment of enlightenment, that is a gift from the Spirit. The Spirit helps us understand spiritual truths.
IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HOW WE HEAR FROM GOD
Hebrews 3:7-8 As the Holy Spirit says: "Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
The Spirit speaks to us. The Spirit whispers. The Spirit is how we hear from God.
V. THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US POWER
Zechariah 4:6 ‘Not by strength, not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
The power you and I need to grow spiritually and to bless people spiritually and to make disciples, all comes from the Holy Spirit.
VI. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS JESUS CONTINUED
John 16:7 Very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go I will send him to you.
This verse states a huge fact about the Holy Spirit. Jesus is saying the Holy Spirit inside you is better than Jesus beside you. Jesus was limited by his incarnation. By being God with skin on he could only be in one place at a time. Through his Spirit he can be all over the world, filling each believer with his presence. The Holy Spirit is Jesus inside you. The Holy Spirit is Jesus continued in us and our world.
VII. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE WILD GOOSE
The early Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit the wild goose. If you follow him it will feel wild at times. He will lead you places you never thought you would go. I am writing this blog from India. The apostle Thomas was led here by the Holy Spirit to make disciples. There are millions of disciples of Jesus in India thanks to the Spirit leading Thomas here.
Will you let the wild goose lead you on a mission with Jesus? Will you let him push you to places where you are out of your comfort zone? Will you let him lead you to places where you are beyond yourself? Those places where you come to the end of you and the beginning of a new experience with God?