My name is Candice Ballinger and I am a Christian woman who loves Jesus and his word.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Greek word used in reference to the Holy Spirit is Parakletos, which means one who is called to one's side especially to help. And it also means an assistant, or an intercessor, or one who pleads the cause of another before a judge.
To know who the Holy Spirit is you have to know the trinity, which makes up God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has the same exact characteristics as God the Father but acts mostly as the spirit of God to fulfill God's will. The Holy Spirit existed before eternity with the Lord. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit acted as "the Spirit of the LORD," and "the Spirit of God." In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit acts as the counselor and is with us for all eternity. John 14:16-17 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you."
The Holy Spirit was Present During Creation
In Genesis 1:1-2 it says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
The Holy Spirit participated in the creation of all creation. He also worked with priests, prophets, and kings fulfilling all of God's will in the Bible. In Exodus 31:3-5 it says, "and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts."
The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
God appointed judges and filled them with the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of the LORD, to save Israel. Judges 3:9-10 "But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, who saved them. The Spirit of the LORD came on him so that he became Israel's judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him."
The Holy Spirit or the Spirit of God fell upon Saul the first king of Israel, 1 Samuel 10:10 "When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a group of prophets met him. Then the Spirit of God rushed upon him and he prophesied along with them." As well as his successor David, 1 Samuel 16:13 "So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day o the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David." The Spirit of God fell upon them to lead the history of Israel. The Holy Spirit came upon many prophets to allow them to prophesy to fulfill God's providence."
During the Old Testament times, The Holy Spirit couldn't dwell in the hearts of the people because of their many sins. So people would receive God's help when the Spirit of God came upon them.
The Holy Spirit in the New Testament
Luke 2:25-27 "Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah." In the New Testament, The Holy Spirit came to those who were devout and just and those who were waiting for the coming of the Savior to help them recognize Jesus. Also Jesus fulfilled the providence of salvation through the power of the Spirit and was conceived by that same power.
Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord is promised to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us through the redemption of Jesus, so we reciece help from the Lord directly.
Jesus after being resurrected, right before he ascended into heaven he told his disciples how to receive blessings. Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you."
He is the Helper
John 14:16-17 says, "And I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you."
Mankind cannot see God due to their many sins, so the Lord sent his one and only son Jesus Christ on behalf of himself to show himself and to accomplish salvation and to give life. But because Jesus ascended into heaven after this accomplishment he had to send another helper to be with us after he took his place at the right hand of the Father. John 14:26 "But when the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
The Holy Spirit Has Many Names
- The Advocate John 15:26 "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father the spirit of truth who goes our from the Father he will testify about me."
- The Comforter
- The Counselor
- The Helper John 16:7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will him to you."
The Holy Spirit is the Lord's Gift to Us
The value of a present can decrease over time but there is one gift that you can cherish for an eternity, and that's the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to give us the Holy Spirit as a gift. This gift is absolutely free and was given to the disciples 55 days after the resurrection of Jesus and then is given to every single believer who asks Jesus to come into their lives and become their Lord and Savior. If you accept Jesus and believe he is the one and only king you can count on a baptism of the Holy Spirit.