Holy Spirit Part 1
23Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
That is really what these Holy Spirit lessons are going to be all about. We are going to explore every aspect of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit specifically but God living with us, God actually living in us is what the Holy Spirit is all about.
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Three in One
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is a concept that is a bit hard for some people to grasp. The Father and The Son parts are relatively easy because we all have a Dad and a Mom. We are all a son or a daughter so that concept is one that we can easily identify with. The Spirit is a little different story. During my study I ran across an example of the Trinity that I had not seen before. If all of you have seen it before then bear with me and look surprised.
The water represents the Father, The ice represents the Son and the steam represents the Spirit. They are 3 distinctly different forms but they are all the same thing....water...h2o. The Holy Spirit is absolutely equal to the other parts of the Trinity. He is a person. He is not a vague shadow or a feeling. He is God. The water demonstration is a great example because you can touch and feel the water and the ice. I can hold them in my hand. They are tangible. Even when the ice melts we still have the water in the cup but the steam, the stem is a different thing. I can see it and sort of touch it for just a split second and then it's gone. But it's not really gone, I just can't see it any more. It is still there. The water vapor has broken down into particles too small to see. In Arkansas we call that humidity. Especially around the 20th of August. :O) The Holy Spirit has many of these same characteristics. He is sometimes so real that I can almost touch Him. I can feel Him all around me and then a second later He is gone, but He's not gone, He's still right there with me I just can't see Him.
There are a lot of people that think of the Holy Spirit as a thing not a person. As a feeling instead of God. He is fully God. Let's look at some of the names used in the Bible for the Holy Spirit.
The old testament Hebrew word is "ruwach" roo'akh. The word actually means "wind" or "breath" even the wind associated with breathing. The New Testament word is "pneuma" which also means "breath" or "wind". The original King James translated both of these words as "spirit" or "ghost" instead of "breath" or "wind". This had a big part is the fact that many people have thought of the Holy Spirit as a thing instead of a person. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Bible dictionary says that these words or phrases all refer to the Holy Spirit.
finger of God
Spirit of the Lord
Spirit of Christ
This variety of terms actually gives us some insight into the person of the Holy Spirit and what He is here to do.
The first thing we need to do is establish who this Holy Spirit guy really is. Let's look at some scripture.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has understood the mind (spirit) of the LORD,
or instructed him as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding?
Verse 13 is what we want to focus on here. NIV has a poor translation of the Hebrew in the word mind. The word there is Spirit.
(NAS) 13Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
(NKJ)13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has taught Him?
2 Cor 2:12
12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
The Spirit knows the mind of the Father. What does that tell us about the Spirit?
They are one. Only God can know the mind of God.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
What does this verse tell us about the Spirit? He is everywhere.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
4 The Spirit of God has made me;
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
What do these verses tell us about the Holy Spirit? He was an active part of creation.
35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
What does this verse tell us about the Spirit being God? The Spirit created Jesus in Mary's womb. He created us as individuals. This is a very important verse for us to really take a look at. "The Holy Spirit will come upon you AND the power of the Most High will overshadow you." The Spirit is doing what only God can do. This verse is showing 2 of the parts of the Trinity, The Spirit and the power of the Father coming together to send the 3rd part of the Trinity into Mary. All 3 parts of the Trinity are different but all 3 parts are equal. Are we all comfortable with the Holy Spirit being God, with Him being equal to the Father and to the Son?
Let's look more closely at the qualities of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit is eternal
14How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God
The Spirit has intelligence
1 Cor 2:10
10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
The Spirit has knowledge
11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
The Spirit has His own will and He makes decisions
6Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia (froog-ee'-ah) and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
The Holy Spirit Loves
30I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
The Holy Spirit teaches
26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
He tells the truth
26"When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.
13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
He prays for us
26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
These are all things that a person does not a thing, not a force. The Holy Spirit is real. He is God and He is a person.