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Who is the Holy Spirit?

I’ve been teaching my daughter about the Holy Spirit lately. It’s been interesting because He really has led the conversations we’ve had and we’ve gotten the chance to hear about others’ experiences with Him. When I’ve felt the urge to continue the conversation, it seems as we do that the atmosphere changes and becomes very sweet and focused and clear. It’s pretty cool.

God wants us to teach our children about Him; that is clear in His Word and in His actions. Anyway, I woke up at 3 this morning and felt like I needed to learn even more about the Holy Spirit. I was surprised to find how much I didn’t realize about His part in the Holy Trinity (something I think we STILL have a hard time wrapping our heads around). I thought I’d share with you what I found and maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn something new, too!

Holy Spirit’s Attributes/What He Does:

  • He is God (and has been from the beginning) – Genesis 1:2, Acts 5:3-4, Acts 28:25-27
  • He is a person of the trinity (a Godperson, not a human person) – Matthew 3:16-17
  • He fills us, comes over/upon us, anoints us – He hovers over (Genesis 1:2), pours out (Titus 3:6, Acts 2:16-18, Joel 2:28-29, Isaiah 32:15, Ezekiel 39:29, Romans 5:5), comes over/falls upon (Acts 1:8, Acts 10:44-45), anoints (Luke 4:18), & fills (Ephesians 5:18, Luke 1:41, Romans 5:5, all over Acts, etc.)
  • He is a promise – 1 Samuel 10:6, Ezekiel 37:14, Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 59:21, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-18, Matthew 3:11, Luke 24:49, John 7:39, Galatians 3:14, Ephesians 1:13-14
  • We receive Him – John 20:22, John 7:39, Acts 2:33, Acts 8:15 & 17, Acts 19:2, Galatians 3:2
  • We can grieve or quench the Holy Spirit, but shouldn’t – 1 Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30, Acts 5:9 & 7:5, Isaiah 63:10. We should live godly lives after Christ, as stated in Ephesians 4 and 5.
  • He renews us & gives us life – John 6:63, Romans 8:11
  • He reminds us who we are and who God is and what Jesus said and did – Romans 8:16, 1 John 5:6, John 15:26
  • He is an Advocate (I love this, because now I know where my advocate heart comes from #madeinhisimage) – John 14:26, Romans 8:26, John 15:26
  • He counsels and teaches us and convicts us – John 14:26, Luke 12:12, John 15:8-11, Nehemiah 9:20, Luke 12:12, 1 John 2:27
  • He knows us – 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
  • He speaks to us & prays for/through us – Hebrews 3:7, Romans 8:26-27, John 16:13, Acts 13:2, Acts 11:12, 1 Timothy 4:1
  • He fellowships with us – 2 Corinthians 13:14
  • He is creative – Psalm 104:30, Luke 1:31-38

A Few Ways We See Him Come in the Bible:

  • Anointing – Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38
  • Cloud – Numbers 9:15-16, Exodus 14:19,
  • Dove – Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:32
  • Water – John 7:37-39, Psalm 87:7
  • Fire – Exodus 13:21, Acts 2:3, Hebrews 12:29, Matthew 3:11, Numbers 9:15-16, Judges 13:20, Exodus 3:2
  • Wind – Acts 2:1-2
  • Seal – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30

Ways We Might Experience Him in Life

  • Knowledge/Wisdom/Prophecy/Gifts of the Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12, Revelation 19:10
  • Language – Acts 2:1-4, 1 Corinthians 12
  • Power from on high/boldness/being “on fire” for Christ – Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8
  • Holiness – The Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
  • Joy – Acts 13:52, Luke 10:21, Hebrews 1:9
  • Leading & Guiding – John 16:13
  • A Voice: Hebrews 3:7-11, Ezekiel 2:2, Matthew 10:19-20
  • Hope: Romans 15:13
  • Freedom: 2 Corinthians 3:17, Romans 5:5
  • Fellowship/Closeness with Him – 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 14:16

These are just a few of the things I found when searching about the Holy Spirit. He is so active. He truly is a separate but together entity of the Godhead (3 in 1). He wants to have fellowship with us. What a concept. If you haven’t yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit (separate from baptism of Jesus and of water), ask for it. Matthew 3:11 says Jesus baptizes us with the Spirit and with fire. Acts 19:2-6 explains the difference between the baptisms in a way.

I just thought I’d share some of this with you because it makes a difference in our relationship with the Lord when we know Him well, and faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. So there you go. 🙂 Have a great day in the Lord.

2 thoughts on “Who is the Holy Spirit?”

  1. What a wonderful study you did. I love doing those kinds of studies. Now you can share your discoveries with your daughter which makes it exciting. Do you guys keep a journal of what you talk about?

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