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Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. He is God living in us!
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers are saved, filled, sealed, and sanctified. The Holy Spirit reveals God’s thoughts, teaches, and guides believers into all truth, including knowledge of what is to come. The Holy Spirit also helps Christians in their weakness and intercedes for them.
The Holy Spirit provides wise counsel to Christ’s followers. Jesus knew he would be going away and that his followers would need the Holy Spirit as a helper and an advocate to remind them of his teachings.
Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers to renew, sanctify, and make us holy. Just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit will give eternal life to believers in Christ.
Fruit of the Spirit
First, let's consider what fruit is. Most of the time, many of us think of fruit as merely something for us to eat. But fruit is also an important facet for the reproduction of the plant that bears it. “Fruit” is what “a tree or plant” bears “of its own kind” that when it lands on fertile ground, it can reproduce more of itself. And as we are of the kingdom of God, we should be bearing His fruit. If the Lord is the vine and we are the branches and the Holy Spirit is flowing through us, then His influence should be seen in the character and choices of our lives.
The fruit of the Spirit is the manifestation of the character of God. It is the direct result of His nature. The Holy Spirit is God and all that God is. Whenever Jesus is the true Lord of someone, His character manifests in the life of that person by His Spirit.
Here are the fruits of the Spirit:
- Love - The Bible’s definition of love is very different from our world and culture’s definition today. While many define love as romance or a warm feeling, the Bible’s definition is fundamentally active, based not on what we feel, but rather on what we do. Love is self-sacrifice, putting others’ needs before our own
- Joy - is more than temporary happiness; joy is lasting and based on more than simply an emotional reaction to our circumstances: it is an active choice of attitude. As followers of Christ, we rejoice, because, in him, we have redemption.
- Peace - This world is full of strife and division, frustrated by sin and evil. As Christians, we are not spared from sin’s effects on the world, but we are able to take our worries to God through prayer. We also are able to take heart in the fact that Christ has triumphed over sin and death. In Him, we have peace in the knowledge that He is in control, and that no matter what struggles we face in this world, we will be granted ultimate eternal peace in Him.
- Patience - is the virtue of suffering interruption or delay with composure and without complaint; to suffer annoyance, insult, or mistreatment with self-restraint, refusing to be provoked; and suffering burdens and difficult tasks with resolve and determination. It is also the willingness to slow down for another’s benefit, to set aside one’s personal plans and concerns, to go at another’s pace, and to take whatever time is necessary to address their need.
- Kindness - is a warm and friendly disposition toward another. A kind person is polite and well-mannered, respectful and considerate, pleasant and agreeable, cheerful and upbeat, caring and helpful, positive and complimentary.
- Generosity - is a bigheartedness grounded in an abundance mentality. It is unselfish and expresses itself in sharing. It is extended to family and friends, strangers, and particularly those in need, and is offered not only as money, food, and clothing but also as time shared and assistance provided.
- Faithfulness - is demonstrated by loyalty to friends, duties performed, promises kept, commitments fulfilled, contracts completed, vows observed, and being true to one’s word.
- Gentleness - is sensitivity to another person. It is concerned with another’s welfare, safety, and security. It is grounded in humility. The approach is careful, tender, considerate, affectionate, and mild-mannered, free of all pushiness, roughness, or abrasiveness.
- Self-control - is self-mastery regardless of the circumstances, to be in control of one’s self rather than to be controlled by temptations, events, or other people, especially when under pressure or in times of crisis. It is to remain calm, cool and collected, reasonable and even-tempered; to be alert and conscious, to proceed with caution and prudence, and to avoid an impulse or kneejerk response; to be a moderating influence, and to have the strength and courage to reject evil and choose well.
How Does the Holy Spirit Work?
According to Scripture, the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is always at work. We can make the following observations about this biblical truth.
1. There Is Always Something Happening with the Holy Spirit
Whenever we find the Holy Spirit at work in Scripture something is always happening. In the physical universe, in the life of an unrepentant sinner, or in the believer when the Holy Spirit is at work things are happening. He is the “Executor” of the Trinity – the One who carries out God’s work.
Therefore, when we come across the Holy Spirit in the Bible we find “God in action.” He is the member of the Godhead that carries out God’s work in our world.
2. The Holy Spirit Works Beyond Our Understanding
Not only does the Holy Spirit work, but He also works in ways that are beyond our understanding. In fact, Jesus compared the Spirit to the wind.
The blowing wind is something that is unexplainable. In the same manner, the working of the Holy Spirit is also without explanation. Although something is constantly occurring when He works, the Holy Spirit works in ways that are beyond our understanding. Yet when He works and why He works cannot be comprehended.
3. The Holy Spirit Works as He Desires
The Holy Spirit works in a sovereign manner. He works in the ways which He desires. The work of the Spirit is in accordance with the purposes of God. As the wind blows where it wishes so the Spirit of God works where He desires.
4. The Holy Spirit Works Differently in Each Life
Many people think that the Holy Spirit should work in the lives of others as He does in their own life. But this is not the case. God’s Spirit works as He wills – not how we think He should. His work is special for each human being. This is something that each of us must appreciate.
5. He Works Both Visibly and Invisibly
Some Bible students have divided the work of the Holy Spirit into two categories – indwelling and outgoing. The indwelling works are the works of the Spirit that are invisible to the human eye while the outgoing is those that are visible to humanity.
The indwelling works are in the eternal realm while the outgoing works have been accomplished in the physical realm. While this has been the way certain people categorize the work of the Holy Spirit we do not find the Bible dividing His work in this manner.
6. The Holy Spirit Works in Every Sphere: Physical and Moral
The work of God the Holy Spirit is in both the physical and moral spheres. The Holy Spirit not only created the universe and now sustains the physical universe which He created. In addition, He also convicts sinners of their need for Jesus Christ, indwells those who believe, and sets them apart for service to the Lord. His ongoing work is performed everywhere.
7. The Holy Spirit Has Worked from the Beginning
There is a popular misconception that the main work of God the Father was in creation, God the Son, Jesus Christ, did His main work in redeeming the world through His death on the cross, and God the Holy Spirit is presently working in the salvation of the believer.
Likewise, the members of the Holy Trinity were all active in the Old Testament age, the New Testament era, and the present time.
8. The Holy Spirit Is Involved in Every Divine Activity
We can put it this way. The Bible teaches that in every activity of God, God the Father authors it, the Son, Jesus Christ, arranges it, and the Holy Spirit brings it to completion. Therefore the Holy Spirit is working in every phase of divine activity.
9. The Holy Spirit Is Always Connected to Jesus
The work of the Holy Spirit is always in close connection to what God the Son, Jesus Christ, accomplished upon the earth some two thousand years ago. The Spirit of God is the one who presently does the work of God the Son here upon the earth.
10. The Holy Spirit Calls Out People for the Sake of Jesus Christ
While the Spirit of God was involved in creating and sustaining the universe, the distinctive work of the Holy Spirit in this age is to call out a people for Jesus Christ’s name. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon believers in a unique way.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
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