The Holy Spirit
Being a “people of the book,” it is important we go by what the Bible says as our only authority in religious matters. A study of the Holy Spirit is often avoided in our preaching and teaching. One reason for neglect may be that false teachers have impressed beliefs contrary to what the Bible teaches on sincere people.
There are many aspects of the Holy Spirit that are less difficult to understand when studied. The Holy Spirit cannot be seen, yet one can see effects and results of His influence. The Holy Spirit cannot be heard, yet He speaks clearly. The Spirit cannot be touched, yet we are aware of His presence. He cannot be experienced with the five senses, yet He is living, active, powerful and ever present. The Holy Spirit is not some mysterious person or being.
In his book, The Holy Spirit, H. Leo Boles observed:
The Holy Spirit is not a glorified “it.” It is a grievous blunder growing out of dense ignorance to pray to God to send it,” or to ask that when “it” comes “it” will bring blessings to God’s people. Neither is the Holy Spirit merely “an influence.” He is not an impersonal and vague force released, in response to human need, to direct or influence the mind, disposition, or action of persons, whether sinners or saints. The Holy Spirit is far more than the mind, temper, or disposition of God or Christ; the Holy Spirit is not the Bible, New Testament, or Word of God. He is more than the vital element in Christ and his truth. The Holy Spirit vitalizes truth and makes it “sharper than any two-edged sword (27-28).
The Holy Spirit Is deity: God (Acts 5:3-4). The Holy Spirit is called by several terms. “Comforter” (John 14:16). “Promise of the Father” (Luke 24:49). “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17). “Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14). “Spirit of Christ (Galatians 4:6; 1 Peter 1 :11). “Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
He possesses attributes of deity. Eternality (Hebrews 9:14) Omnipotence (Psalms 139:7- 10). He is a divine person and not an impersonal force. His works prove this proposition. He speaks: Acts 1:16; teaches: John 14:26; has knowledge: 1 Corinthians 2:11; and has a will: 1 Corinthians 12:11.
Three members are in the Godhead (Matthew 28: 18-20; Romans 15:30; 2Corinthians 13:14). God the Word (John 1:1-3; I John 3:16). God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2; Acts 5:3-4). God the Father (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 6:9). All took part in creation (Genesis 1:26).
The Holy Spirit is involved in our lives today. The Spirit testifies of one’s sonship in Christ (Romans 8:16; 1 John 2:5). The Holy Spirit indwells each Christian (Acts 2:38; 5:32; Romans 8:9 -11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). He convicts the world (John 16:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14) through conversion, salvation, sanctification and cleansing.
The work of the Holy Spirit is central to our salvation in Christ. Let us not be intimidated in regard to studying and learning about the Holy Spirit. He is God, and deserves our praise for what He has done and what He is doing for us.
– Steve Miller