The Holy Spirit

Posted: November 30, 2015 in Basic Training

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While we commonly acknowledge that Jesus is God, we don’t often think of the Holy Spirit as God. He (not it) is the third person of the Trinity and the bridge between the spiritual world and the physical world.

One of the most significant differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament is the functioning of the Holy Spirit. In Old Testament times God’s presence was with men but it was outward. While this has not changed, in the New Testament He is also present in man. We can receive the Lord!

 

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27

John 14:15-20 – In this passage Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “another Helper” which means there was a first Helper which was Jesus Himself. While Jesus was a Helper who would die and no longer be with his disciples, this Helper was one who would be with them forever, and importantly, was one who would now be in them.

The Bible speaks of many ways in which the Holy Spirit moves in our lives. Among them are:

  1. He comes to live in our hearts when we receive Christ by faith. (John 1:12-13) The very thing that defines a Christian is that the Holy Spirit lives in them.
  2. He seals us for eternity as a child of God. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) The presence of the Holy Spirit in a  believer is like a deposit on our eternal life with God.
  3. He causes our spirit to become alive to God. (Romans 6:11) As humans we exist as body, soul, and spirit. The spirit is our connection point with God. Before we received Christ our spirit was dead to God, but now through the Holy Spirit we can have a relationship with God and worship Him in spirit and in truth.
  4. He reveals truth and convicts us of sin. (John 16:8)
  5. He activates spiritual gifts within us to be used to build up other believers. (Romans 12:6-8)
  6. He enables us to do good works which bear eternal fruit. (John 15:4-5)
  7. He empowers us to give testimony to God’s grace and activity in our lives. (Acts 1:8)
  8. He performs miraculous signs and wonders. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample Questions:

  1. In what way is the Holy Spirit God?
  2. How does the Holy Spirit function today differently than in Old Testament times?
  3. How can a person know they are saved?
  4. Name several ways the Holy Spirit is active in your life.
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