GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

 
     
 

MEMORY VERSE: But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things. John 14:26a.

BIBLE PASSAGE: John 14:15-29.

INTRODUCATION: God the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. He has been sent by the Father and Son to indwell and guide believers. Many people profess to believe in the Holy Ghost but actually they merely consider the Holy Ghost as the servant or errand boy. This is false because God the Holy Spirit is equal to Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is a living Person for He can be approached or shunned, trusted or doubted, loved or hated, adored, insulted or grieved!

HOW DOES THE BIBLE SHOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON?
The Bible constantly refers to the Holy Spirit as “He” not as “it” In Jn. 15:26, “…He shall testify of Me.” Jn. 16:8; “..He will reprove the world…” in Jn. 16:13. “…He will guide you.” In Jn. 16:14, “He shall glorify Me…” If the Holy Spirit is referred to a He, then He must be a person to be so addressed.

HOW ELSE DO WE KNOW THAT HE IS A PERSON?
The Holy Spirit is a Person because He possesses certain characteristics. For example, He has will power (1 Cor. 12:11). The Holy Spirit makes decisions. He also has intelligence (Neh. 9:20). It takes an intelligent person to teach. He has knowledge (1 Cor.2:10-12). The Holy Spirit knows things. And He does researches too (Rom. 8:27). The Holy Spirit has power (Acts 1:8). He has the power to radically change a man’s life. For example, He powerfully changed Peter. He has capacity for love (Rom.15:30) and capacity for grief (Eph. 4:30). The Holy Spirit is a Person because He thinks, feels, plans or purposes, knows, wills or decides, loves and grieves.

WHAT DOES HE DO WHICH AN “IT” CANNOT DO?
The Holy Spirit does things that only a Person can do. For instance, He searches the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10). No machine or any other inanimate force can do that. He can speak (REV. 2:7) and can cry out (Gal.4:6). The Holy Spirit can intercede (Rom. 8:26). And can testify (Jn. 15:26). He teaches (Jn. 14:26), leads and directs (Rom. 8:14). Above all, the Holy Spirit commands men. Surely no inanimate force, not even electricity, can issue commands to men. But the Holy Spirit does this (Acts 16:6-7).

IS THE HOLY SPIRIT A SERVANT OF GOD?
NO! He is God Himself. The truth is that the Holy Spirit has been assigned a definite office by the Trinity. He is the official comforter (Jn. 14:16). Therefore He is the cure for all loneliness. Develop a friendship with the Holy Spirit and you will never feel lonely again. He is also the cure for a broken heart. Let the Holy Spirit dwell in you and He will give you comfort in place of sorrow. He will give you encouragement and power and you will never feel helpless again. Praise God for the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Teacher, the Leader and the Abiding Friend!

5. We believer that the Holy Spirit is a Person and not an inanimate force. He is not just a servant of God subordinate to God the Father and because he possesses all the necessary qualities of intellect, emotion, will knowledge and actions, He can be grieved, insulted, lied to and blasphemed against. Let us never insult Him by calling the Spirit “IT” but we should always honour Him properly. Let Him be our Companion, Partner and Comrade and let our prayer be, “Lord teach me more of the communion of the Holy Spirit.”

QUESTIONS
1. Is the Holy Spirit inferior to God the Father and Jesus?
2. Give some reasons why you believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, not just a force?
3. What is the special ministry of the Holy Spirit?
4. What is the special ministry of the Holy Spirit?
5. What blessings can be derived from the Comforter?

 
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