Many Christians do not know who the Holy Spirit is, nor what he does. Some imagine Him to be some sort of “it” floating about the universe, mysteriously influencing the affairs of men. Others think of Him as an important spiritual being, but not as God.
Who is the Holy Spirit? And why do so many know so little about Him? The answer is simple: the nature and personality of the Holy Spirit are revealed in God’s Word. Those who do not know Him just have not studied the Bible.
The Bible declares that the Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons of the Trinity; equal with God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. He has all the attributes of God because He is God. He is a Person, not an “it” and knowing Him and His work is essential to spiritual maturity.
Consider the following verses regarding the identity of the Holy Spirit and tomorrow we will find out some of the specific responsibilities of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.“
John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.“
John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.“
John 16:7-15, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.“