“Who is the Holy Spirit?”
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Bible is full of mysteries, as Moses told the children of Israel just before they entered the Promised Land: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
One of the most mysterious things in the Bible is who, or what, is the Holy Spirit. We as Christians should never be uncomfortable or afraid to examine what we have been told about the Holy Spirit, as an understanding and relationship with the Holy Spirit is a critically important part of our faith.
The Bible clearly refers to the Holy Spirit as a who, not a what. Consider all the ways Scripture characterizes the Holy Spirit as an individual being:
- He loves (Romans 15:30)
- He feels and suffers (Ephesians 4:30)
- He’s intelligent (1 Cor. 2:10-13)
- He has a will of his own (Acts 16:6)
- He prays to the Father (Romans 8:26)
- He teaches (John 14:26)
- He directs our steps (Romans 8:14)
- He performs miracles (Acts 8:39)
- He speaks (1 Timothy 4:1)
- He can be insulted (Hebrews 10:29)
The Holy Spirit is just as much a person as Jesus was! And just like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is also portrayed as deity:
- He is eternal (Hebrews 9:14)
- He is omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10)
- He is omniscient (1 Cor. 2:10-13)
And in Acts 5, Peter clearly states that lying to the Holy Spirit is equivalent to lying to God (Acts 5:1-4).
Knowing who the Holy Spirit is goes a long way to helping us better understand what the Holy Spirit does.
Grace and peace to you!
September 4, 2018
This blog entry is a companion piece to our August 28, 2018 Sunday AM sermon.