What is the Holy Spirit? Some abstract force or a loving person? The Bible shows us clearly what the Holy Spirit is. He is not some impersonal power, like energy. The Holy Spirit speaks, He has emotions, He makes choices, He interacts with people, He gives love, wisdom and power, He guides us and teaches us, and so on. The Holy Spirit is a real person, like the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
The following scriptures show you what the Holy Spirit is, in all His diversity.
He is in fact the very best Friend you can ever imagine. He was sent by the Father to help you become a true child of God and know God as a reality, in your daily life. Without the Holy Spirit our christian life is a religion: we know a lot of information, but it’s no reality for us. The Holy Spirit is the One who makes our life with Jesus Christ real, alive, full of true love and power. He is God in us and God with us. The more we live with the Holy Spirit, the more He will be able to reveal Jesus Christ and the Father to us.
The Holy Spirit is your Helper, your Friend, your Guide, your Teacher, and so much more…
The Holy Spirit is the One who brings the Father and the Son very close to you. He reveals the kingdom of heaven to you and clothes you with the power of God to make you a witness of Jesus Christ. He is the One who transforms you from the inside out.
What is the Holy Spirit? Discover it in the Bible!
Read these scriptures listed below, which reveal one by one what the Holy Spirit is and what He wants to do for you. He is far more than you can ever imagine. When you truly hunger for Him and open your heart to him – without holding back – He will amaze you, again and again.
The Holy Spirit is far more important than we all realize.
The very first words of the Bible begin with the Spirit of God. And the very last words of the Bible are about the Holy Spirit. This shows us how important the Spirit is.
‘And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.’ (Genesis 1:2)
‘And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” (Revelation 22:17)
We live in the ministry of the Spirit
The Bible teaches that we live in a time that is indicated as ‘the ministry of the Spirit’. Everything in the christian life is about the working and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not the law.
‘…so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not the oldness of the letter.’ (Romans 7:6)
‘…who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (…) how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?’ (2 Corinthians 3: 6, 8)
We become children of God through the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit causes the second birth and the Spirit of God also confirms in our hearts that we are children of God.
‘you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8: 15)
‘because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4: 6)
‘unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’ (John 3: 6)
‘according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,’ (Titus 3: 5)
We live as children of God, through the Holy Spirit
The true life of a christian is only possible through the work of the Holy Spirit in us. He changes us from the inside out, so that the love of God becomes visible in our life.
‘we do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (…) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.’ (Romans 8:4, 14)
‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (…) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.’
(Galatians 5:16, 26)
The Holy Spirit speaks to us and guides us
When we submit to the Holy Spirit, he will guide our path. He can drive us gently in a certain direction, and he can speak to us in may ways to reveal his will.
‘Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing.’
‘As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
‘So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia’.
‘And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.’
The Holy Spirit gives revelation and wisdom
The Word of God is spiritual matter and we need revelation from the Holy Spirit to understand it. The Holy Spirit is our teacher who gives un insight in the depths of God.
‘I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.’
‘as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.’
‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.’
‘But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.’
(1 Corinthians 2: 10)
The Holy Spirit gives us the power of God
A well known attribute of the Holy Spirit is that he gives us the power of God. This can be enormous physical strength (Samson) or amazing spiritual power like with Peter whose shadow healed sick people. Jesus Christ said we needed to be clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be able to effectively spread the gospel, wit…