The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the unseen, and sometimes forgotten part of the holy trinity. When Jesus left the earth he sent His Holy Spirit to live with us and to help us in all that we do. You can look at the Holy Spirit as the CEO of our lives. He is the one who is most influential in causing us to live a successful life as Christians and gives us the ability to please God in all that we do.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
- The Holy Spirit is a helper who teaches and reminds.
But the Advocate, 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. – John 14:26
Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit will teach and remind them of the lessons that Jesus showed them while he was with them. The Holy Spirit will provide wise counsel to all of Jesus followers.
- The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin.
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: – John 16:7-8
The Holy Spirit will prove the sin, righteousness, and judgment of the world. This isn’t to condemn to world but to convict the world of their sinfulness and allow them to see that Gods is available and offering them a forgiveness and a real relationship with them if they repent.
- The Holy Spirit dwells in believers and fills them.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? – 1 Corinthians 3:16, ESV
The Holy Spirit is God’s presence in the lives of believers. The same way you live in a house is the same way that the Holy Spirit wants to live in believers. Our responsibility as believers is to keep our bodies (our spiritual house) clean from sin so that the Holy Spirit can feel welcomed there.
- The Holy Spirit is a source of revelation, wisdom, and power.
These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except for their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God – 1 Corinthians 2:10-11.
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. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms – Ephesians 1:17-20
God gives His followers the Holy Spirit so that we may know Him better. Since the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, it knows the thoughts of God and reveals those thoughts to believers. The Holy Spirit opens believers’ eyes to the hope of salvation and the inheritance they have in Christ.
- The Holy Spirit guides to all truth, including knowledge of what is to come.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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 will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you – John 16:13-14
The Holy Spirit tells what is yet to come. The Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of Truth” in this verse because he guides believers into all truth. Jesus told his disciples the Holy Spirit would make known what he hears and would only speak what the Father speaks.
- The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. – 1 Corinthians 12:7-11.
Attributes of the Holy Spirit such as wisdom, knowledge, and power are manifested in the lives of believers for the good of others. It’s Important to remember that the Spirit works in each Christian not so much for the benefit of any individual Christian but for the benefit of the entire community. No single Christian receives all the Spirit’s gifts. Yet each Christian is empowered by the Spirit for ministry which builds up the whole community.
- The Holy Spirit is a seal in the lives of believers.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory – Ephesians 1:13
Just as you might make a deposit or a down payment on a new car or house to make sure the salesperson doesn’t sell it to anyone else, the Holy Spirit is a deposit in our lives confirming the validity of Christ’s message and that we belong to Christ.
- The Holy Spirit helps in a Christian’s weakness and intercedes for them.
In 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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God – Romans 8:26-27
As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to deal with your own problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you according to Gods will.
- The Holy Spirit sanctifies and enables believers to bear good fruit in their lives.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-25
The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life is an on-going process of becoming holy through sanctification. Through the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit, and cause us to bear the good fruit of the Spirit mentioned in these verses.