Who is the Holy Spirit?
1-) The Spirit of life.
John 3.8: "The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the noise, but you do not know where it comes from, nor where it goes, so is every man who is born of the Spirit."
The word "Spirit" is said in Hebrew "Ruach" and in Greek "Pneuma" originally means "breath, aerial spirit, wind". Which means a reality, active and invisible. The heavens were made by the word of the LORD, and all the armies by the Spirit of his mouth. He knows everything, he "searches all things, even the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2: 10). He is all-powerful (Zechariah 4.6), he quickens (John 6.63).
Psalm 104.30 : "You send your breath: they are created, and you renew the face of the earth."
The Holy Spirit is bound to the mysterious and invisible power of God. He is at work during creation, the thought of breath is linked to that of life. A living being breathes. The word "Spirit" also translates into Hebrew "neshamah" which expresses: a peaceful breath. In the vision of Ezekiel 37, it is only when the "breath" or Spirit acts that the dead live and become an immense army.
2-) The Holy Spirit among men.
Romans 8.9 : "He is the Spirit of God and of Jesus Himself."
The Holy Spirit can give men an intuitive knowledge of God. He acts in the consciousness of men to urge them to repentance. It is especially through him that new-born Christians are in touch with their Heavenly Father in the Name Jesus Christ.
John 14.26 : "But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and bring you back all that I have spoken to you."
The Holy Spirit inspires the prophets who become the direct words of God. The words that they utter are the essence of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and not of their own reflections. He guides us in the truth.
John 16.13 : "The Spirit of truth, he will lead you into all truth...."
The Holy Spirit edifies the children of God for the realization of works; pray for us and give us a boldness and an extraordinary spiritual power. It fills us above all with wisdom and intelligence. But its most important role is that it is the seal of God. The Holy Spirit is the indelible mark of our belonging to the Almighty.
Romans 8.9: "For you, you do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, if at least the Spirit of God dwells in you." If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not does not belong."
3-) The fruit of the Spirit.
John 14.14 : "As for me, I will pray to the Father and he will give you another counsel to remain with you forever: the Spirit of truth, whom the world can not accept because it does not see him. He does not know him, but you know him, because he stays with you and he will be in you."
The Holy Spirit transmits us sensitivity and courage to live according to the will of God. His action leads us to practice justice in divine wisdom. He leads, he chooses, he sends, he bears witness, he establishes (Acts 13.4, 16.6, 20.28). All these actions result from a typical will.
Galatians 5.16 : "So I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh."
A subject, a being says "I", he is relational. He therefore possesses all the attributes: autonomy, will, speech, self-awareness, feelings ....
Psalms 139.7 : "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that is in you, that you have received from God, and that you are not your own?"
It is true that the word Spirit evokes a person less than the word Father or Son. But notice that the Holy Spirit did not incarnate as the Son. His activity was at first internal and secret. From the Old Testament the Holy Spirit is compared as a person (Ezekiel 3.24, Isaiah 40.13, 63.10).
Very often, his revelation was attested in the New Testament. The Spirit says:
- Acts 8:29: "The Spirit said to Philip, Come forward, and come near to this chariot."
- Acts 10.19: "The Spirit saith unto him, Behold, three men ask of you ..."
- Acts 11.12: "The Spirit told me to go with them without hesitation."
- Acts 13.2: "While they were serving the Lord in their ministry and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
- Acts 20.23: "Only from city to city, the Holy Spirit warns me that bonds and tribulations are waiting for me.
- 1 Timothy 4.1: "But the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will abandon the faith, to become attached to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons...."
4) The comforter.
John 16.13 : "When the Comforter cometh, the Spirit of truth, he will lead you into all truth, for he will not speak of himself, but he shall speak all that he shall hear, and he shall shew you the things to come."
The Holy Spirit is also called "the Comforter" in Greek "Parakletos" is defined mainly as:
The last words of the Lord speak to us of the Spirit as "another comforter" (John 14.16).
He who teaches all things (John 14.26).
He will bear witness (John 15.26).
He knows (1 Corinthians 2.11).
He distributes as He pleases (1 Corinthians 12.11)
He may be saddened (Ephesians 4.30)
In a broader sense, a helper, an assistant, an assistant (John 16.7).
Hebrews 10.15 : "This is what the Holy Ghost testifies to us also, for after saying, This is the covenant that I will make with them, after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws in their hearts. And I will write them in their minds .... "
The mind is much more than a "person", no one can dispose of it, so we are subject to it. He is totally free to act as he wants. I must be careful not to grieve him, to let him lead me and to act by his power.
5) The Power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15.13 : "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace of faith, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Ghost!"
If a man is born again, then he has received the Holy Spirit. Through him we are guided in the perfect will of God. He is the essence of our new journey in Christ. Nothing can resist this force that transforms and forges us.
1 John 4.2 : "Acknowledge to this the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth Jesus Christ come in the flesh is of God."
Other religions tell us to live in a certain way, but only the disciples have the power to live according to God. The Holy Spirit will reveal unsuspected secrets by living in us. He will lead us to righteous works.
Matthew 28.19 : "Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit...."
The Lord will come back to take away his children who are marked with the seal (the Holy Spirit) by the grace of the Father Almighty. The wife will then be covered with a fine linen to be ready for the wedding. Happy are those who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb. Let us watch and fortify ourselves in the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 3.5 : Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God." What is born of the flesh is flesh and what is born of the Spirit is Spirit."
Be steadfast in the Holy Word and prayer. Wear with honor, the legacy that is offered to you. May your perseverance be guided by the Holy Spirit to the perfect will of God, giving your life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Walk in newness of life.
Ephesians 3.16 : "That he may give you, according to the riches of his glory, to be fortified by his Spirit in the inner man...."
Conclusion: several verses clearly associate the Father; the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit therefore has all the Divine attributes. He is holy, eternal and everywhere present. He knows everything, he searches all things. He chooses; he attracts; he adopts; he console; he advises; he educates; he vivifies and he is a guiding force. In short, he fulfills all the works of God. Another testimony to his Divinity is the expression: "Do you not know, says the apostle that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit ...." A temple is the dwelling of God, so this is the meaning of the mission of the Holy Spirit: to glorify Christ in believers and in the Church. It is still the Holy Spirit who forms this new filial relationship with the Father: he is the Spirit of adoption. All who are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Romans 8.15 : "And you have not received a spirit of bondage to be feared, but you have received a spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father, the Spirit himself testifies. to our mind that we are children of God...." Amen!