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Answer-God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is one Person of the Godhead or Trinity. He cannot be defined apart from the Father and the Son. They work separately, but never completely so. The Spirit is defined as the “Spirit of Christ”
ClickRoman 8:9 and the “Spirit of your Father”
Click-Matthew 10:20. The Bible also says that God is a Spirit
Click-John 4:24. Each member of the Trinity has His specific work and assignments in the redemption plan, but they never work or present themselves completely apart from each other. They are three in one.
Man is created in the image of God Click-Genesis 1:26: body, soul, and spirit. They are three aspects of the same person like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
The Holy Spirit is a Person, not just a force or an idea. The Godhead, or Trinity, does not have separate personalities: all three have the same personality. The Spirit is as much of a Person as the Father and the Son. He speaks Click-Revelation 2:7, Click-Revelation 2:11
Click-Revelation 2:22 He is emotional; He can be grieved
Click-Ephesians 4:30; He works
When Jesus sent the Spirit, it was not the first time He had come on the scene. He was promised by the Father Clic-Luke 24:44-49;
Clic-Acts 1:1-8; Clic-Acts 2:33, and had been at work since the beginning. Throughout history as God was working, the Spirit was present and active, but never really took the forefront of God’s work until the Lord Jesus sent Him to direct His work on earth. Before that, He was active in creation, both in the creation of the universe
Click-Acts 1:16. He was always present as the faith was established
Click-Judges 14:6. He has always revealed the future to God’s people and victory or defeat in Israel’s battles whenever God foretold their outcome. He foretold the consequences of sin, the promises of hope, and revealed the plans of the enemies. He has always been active, but only during the time of the Gentiles has He taken the forefront in the work of God on earth.
Holy Ghost (86 times in the New Testament)
Holy Spirit (7 times in the Bible)
Spirit of God Click-Genesis 41:38
Spirit of the Living God Click-II Corinthians 3:3
Spirit of your Father Click-Matthew 10:20
Spirit of Christ Click-Romans 8:9
Spirit of His Son Clik-Galatians 4:6
Spirit of His mouth Click-II Thessalonians 2:8
Spirit of Life Click-Romans 8:2
Spirit of grace Click-Hebrews 10:29
Spirit of glory Click-I Peter 4:14
Spirit of prophecy Click-Revelation 19:10
‘‘It has always been the will of God to dwell within the believer, and He does that through the Spirit. It is not just the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer; it is the Godhead, but through the ministry of the Spirit. Before God would ever take people into the kingdom, He would bring the King into the people. Jesus made it clear to Nicodemus that a man would never see or enter into the kingdom except he be first born of the Spirit ’’ Click-John 3:1-8. Often people want God to rule their homes, churches, circumstances, business, enemies, and problems, but Jesus is not King over things; He is King of people. One must have Him rule within the temple before He will rule the nation. Before He will take someone into the kingdom, He will bring the kingdom into him. That is the heart of God; He wants to be inside the believer and partake of all the believer partakes of, and provide all that person needs to live a victorious life.
The Sadducees asked Jesus about the resurrection of the dead, and He explained, “For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him” Click-Luke 20:38. The law did not produce life. Jesus also said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” Click-John 5:25. The kingdom is not a gathering of religious people obtained through practice; but a gathering of new creatures—people who have heard the voice of God and responded in faith to be born again. Before the kingdom could be set up, life had to be produced inside of sinners who were ultimately condemned to death. Jesus came to prepare the way for life, but it is the Spirit that produces that life in the believer. Without the Spirit, salvation would be incomplete.
Click-II Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Not only do people need life and liberty; they need transformation. Only God knows how to rule and reign; for any person to reach that point, he must be transformed into the image of the Lord. Just because someone is saved does not mean he is ready for the kingdom of the Lord.
Click-II Peter 1:3, 4 says that God, through His divine power, has given mankind all that pertains to life and godliness. Everything a person needs to live a godly life is available to the believer who, through these promises, becomes partaker of His divine nature. It is not that a person becomes God, but that God shares His characteristics and abilities with people so that they can rule and reign with Him in the kingdom.
Ephesians chapter one explains how a person is sealed and kept by the Holy Spirit after he receives the truth of the gospel. “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” Click-Ephesians 1:12-14. The Spirit claims the believer, seals him, and places Himself inside of them as an earnest or security of the inheritance. The Holy Spirit is the believer’s assurance that he will be kept and prepared for the kingdom.
When the disciples preached with the fullness of the Spirit, it was immediately evident by the conviction in the congregation, for they were pricked in their hearts Click-Acts 2:37-38;
Click-John 16:7-13 Jesus explained that the Spirit would come to bring conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Most people would admit that they are sinners and that they sin, but generally they deny that their sin condemns them in the sight of God. They would call that extremism. To reprove or convict is to show the consequences of sin. The Spirit not only shows people their sin; He shows them its consequences. When Jesus sent the disciples to proclaim the truth, He said to them, “It is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you” Click-Matthew 10:20. He uses people to speak, but it is not the power of the disciple that brings conviction. The words of the Spirit are powerful and sent with power to bring conviction to the heart.
After the baptism of the Spirit, Peter and the disciples preached, and the Spirit brought great conviction. Jesus and the disciples reached out to the Jews for three and a half years with nearly no response. There was a lot of controversy, but almost no conviction and conversion, but when the Spirit came, three thousand people were greatly convicted and responded at once to the preaching Click-Acts 2:37-38. It was not that Jesus was weak or was not full of the Spirit, but the Spirit did not take the forefront in His ministry. Jesus was led by the Spirit, and always operated by Him, but the Spirit did not come out like He did in the lives of the preachers after Jesus returned to heaven.
Paul described his preaching in Click-I Corinthians chapters 1 and
Click-l Corinthians 2:2 He says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” He was completely focused on preaching Christ without distraction, “My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” Paul demonstrated the Spirit and His power in his preaching. He said in chapter 1 verse 18, “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Nothing makes God’s power as evident, especially the power that changes people, like the preaching of God’s Word by a preacher who is filled with the Spirit. Paul told the Corinthians that his preaching was a demonstration of the power of the Spirit so that their faith would not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
As one considers the Godhead there are some foremost characteristics that stand out in every one of them. When one thinks about the Father, the things that come to mind are that He is the Creator God, the Provider, and the Almighty One. The Son is the Saviour, the Lord, and the King. There are many aspects one can use to discern the Spirit, but three are always used in the Scriptures; they are truth, power, and love. Click-I John 4 warns the believer to discern the spirits to see if they are of God, and explains how the Spirit of God is identified by truth and power and love.
The Power of the Spirit is described throughout the Scriptures. In
Click-Genesis 1:1-3 He creates the universe as the breath of God. Throughout the Old Testament, the Spirit moved upon the earth doing many miraculous things. He came upon people and enabled them to do things that were far beyond human capability, but never was His power present and working so distinctly as in the ministry of the Lord Jesus and in the work of the Lord after the spiritual baptism in
When Jesus told the disciples that they would be baptized by the Spirit after His return to the Father, He said, “You will receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you” Click-Acts 1:8. In Click-Luke 24:49 He says, “Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high.” They would receive power when they received the Holy Spirit. In
Click-II Corinthians 13:3-5 Paul describes how Jesus lived by the power of the Spirit and challenges the believers to examine themselves to see if they are indeed saved, the evidence simply being the power of the Holy Spirit. The examples Jesus gave of the indwelling of the Spirit were always in relation to power. He used the example of a strong man
Click-Luke 11:19-26, Click-Mark 3:23-30. Any spirit that was not of God He called “unclean spirits.” Spirits were never cast out of people under the old covenant, but since Jesus came to prepare the way and implement the ministry of the Spirit, He demonstrated His power by casting out unclean spirits. The Spirit of God is holy, He is called the Holy Spirit. Before the Spirit would move into the believer, he had to be washed by the blood of Christ—made clean, for God is holy.
Jesus was always empowered by the Spirit to do the work of God from the very start of His ministry. After His baptism, He was driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the Spirit, and after the temptation it says, “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about”
Click-Luke 4:14. Being a good and dedicated Christian is no more difficult than being a half-hearted one. It is actually easier because dedicated Christians have the power of God. The mediocre Christian fights on every side: within, the flesh; without, the world; and all around, evil and Satan. He also fights upward with God and cannot win any battle until he surrenders to Him. Ahaz typifies this struggle
Jesus told the disciples that the Spirit would guide them into all truth Click-John 16:13. A person can study the Scriptures all his life and not have the truth, for it is not discovered by men; it is revealed by the Spirit. Many cults and heretics hold the Word of God in their hands and even proclaim it to the best of their understanding, but they do not have the truth. When Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus explained to him that flesh and blood had not revealed it to him, but the Father in heaven Click-Matthew 16:16, 17. Just because someone knows a verse or some Scriptures does not mean he knows the truth. Like the Father, the Spirit helps people understand the truth about God and His work. There were many times, when Jesus did something, that Scriptures from the Old Testament came to the minds of the disciples. They knew the passages, but they did not know their truths.
Click-Romans 5:5 says, “And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.” The Spirit is the distributer of the love of God which was truly expressed when God gave His only begotten Son
Wherever the Spirit goes there will be power, truth, and love.
Throughout the history of the universe God has worked on earth in and through people and at different times in the different ways and through different ones of the trinity. This is all to manifest the faith fully and understand God more completely, especially His work and redemption plan.
There are people who want God the Father, but reject God the Son, God made it clear that one could not have one without the other, and then the Spirit came, and there are people who want Jesus Christ, but reject the Spirit, often not in word, but indeed. Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit.
“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.”—Click-Luke 12:8-10
The Holy Spirit is your last chance to receive God, not that you can receive the Spirit separate of the Godhead, but rather through the Holy Spirit the entire world has the opportunity to respond to the gospel of salvation, to receive what God has prepared for them. I hope and trust you will respond correctly.