Summary: Who is the Hopy Spirit? What does He do? What about the Holy Ghost?



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John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--

17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 16:5 "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'

6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief.

7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:

9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;

10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;

11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.

13 But 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.

14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

There is probably not a more mysterious and mystical doctrine in the Bible than that of the Holy Spirit.

Often misunderstood, and difficult to explain.

God The Father – well, we know what a Father is.

God the Son – we know what a son is, and he’s become human, so… we get that.

But the Holy Spirit, is more challenging.

It’s complicated by the fact that the word Spirit in the Scripture can be translated more than one way: It can be translated





All of those words can translate the Greek word pneuma.

So how many of you grew up hearing him referred to as the Holy Ghost? 400 years ago, when the King James Version was translated, the word Ghost didn’t have as much strange baggage as it does now.

Many strange things have been done in the name of the Holy Spirit

Toronto Blessing – laughing revival

The Holy Spirit is often misunderstood… or forgotten.

Man who went to a church service in a very formal church. He was feeling full of praise, but everyone was quiet. Finally, when someone said something he liked, he said loudly, “Praise the Lord!” An usher came up to tell him to be quiet.

“But I’ve got the Holy Spirit,” he protested.

“Well, you didn’t get Him here, now be quiet!”

The Holy Spirit is not a force… although He is powerful.

The Holy Spirit is not a feeling… although we can feel him.

The Holy Spirit is not a phenomena… although we can see results of him being present.

So who is the Holy Spirit, and what does he want to do in my life?

Core truths you have to know about the Holy Sprit:

1. The Holy Spirit is God, and is a Person.

Acts 5:3,4 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit…? You have not lied to men but to God."

The Holy Spirit is a person.

He has mind:

Romans 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

He has will:

Acts 13:2 While 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."

He has emotions:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God… Ephesians 4:30

He is not a force, not an impersonal Power, he is a being, a person, a part of the Trinity.

2. The Holy Spirit lives within believers.

Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13

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