What is the Holy Spirit?

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What is the Holy Spirit?

Ignorance and confusion abound concerning the person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit. First of all, let me state that at its core, Christianity is a Living Person, living in a living person; Somebody living in somebody. Christ in you; Christ in me.

The goal of the gospel is not just to get man out of hell and into heaven, but to get God out of heaven and back into man.

Not a WHAT, but a WHO

  • The Holy Spirit is a divine Person who possesses divine power.
  • The Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God. I Corinthians 2:11
  • The Spirit Himself intercedes for you. Romans 8:26
  • The Spirit transforms us from one degree to another. II Corinthians 3:18
  • He is able to do more than all we ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20

  • The Holy Spirit is Jesus' successor and is qualified to lead God's people.
  • I will send you a Counselor who is from the Father. John 14:17
  • We will make our home with you. John 14:18, 23
  • He will be with you forever. John 14:16

    From these verses we see that the Holy Spirit isn't a vague "force" but a divine person.

    A Sunday School lesson on the Holy Spirit.

    The role of the Holy Spirit

    A fundamental role of the Holy Spirit is to internalize the presence of Jesus. Our Lord said to his disciples, You know him (the Spirit of Truth, the Counselor), for he lives with you and will be in you (John 14:17). On earth Jesus was with them and could teach them, but he could not enter their personality and change them from within. Now, through the Holy Spirit Christ dwells in our hearts and does his transforming work there. If you are a follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in you. Nothing could be more beneficial to your spiritual development than to deepen your personal acquaintance with Him.

    God's will for Jesus was to live on earth approximately thirty-three years. Jesus said, I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father (John 16:28). Shortly before He returned to heaven, Jesus promised His disciples that He would send His successor – the Person of the Holy Spirit to be with them and live in them. God and Jesus live in us through the presence of the Holy Spirit. I am sure it surprised Jesus' followers when He said, It is good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you (John 16:7).

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    Who is the Holy Spirit - rather than What is the Holy Spirit

    Historically, followers of Jesus have always believed in the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). But practically speaking, one member of the Trinity is a forgotten person. The forgotten one is the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit isn't a WHAT but a WHO. In much of the Christian world, the Person of the Holy Spirit has been ignored, neglected and forgotten. Dwight L. Moody once said, True, we have heard of the Holy Spirit, and we have read of Him, but we have little personal knowledge of His attributes, His offices, and His relationship to us.

    The views concerning the doctrine of the Holy Spirit held by the average religious person today have almost no practical value. In most Christian circles the Holy Spirit is entirely overlooked. He is nearly non-existent. His presence or absence makes no real difference to anyone. Many professed believers have virtually no conscious awareness that their body is the human temple where the Holy Spirit dwells. Very few see themselves as the human channel through whom the Holy Spirit works. In short, the Holy Spirit is a religious theory people agree with, not a reality they experience.

    Making the Holy Spirit Real to You

    We encourage you to know and experience the person and power of the Holy Spirit. Here is a list of what we offer you.

    What's Missing Inside You?

    devotes 3 chapters to the person of the Holy Spirit.



    Paul has four sermons on the Person of the Holy Spirit --

    Christ in You - His Presence
    Christ in You - His Personality
    Christ in You - His Power
    Christ in You - His Purpose

    A Sunday School Lesson on the Holy Spirit -

    The Holy Spirit is the Heart of Christianity

    Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com

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    Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:

    1. Using scriptures for your answers, state 3 facts about the Holy Spirit?

    2. How does knowing that the Holy Spirit lives in you change your view on life and its challenges?

    3. How can you be more aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit?

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