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As much as you think you know the Holy Spirit there is still much more to learn about Him. For most of us, we only know the Holy Spirit as a personality who reveals God. But the Holy Spirit does much more than this, He came to perform multiple functions which these insightful bible verses will help us to understand. But...
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God's Spirit who sits in the same seat as God, He is also God's presence on earth in the lives of His saints. Just as God the Father existed as God before creation. The Holy Spirit existed with God as the Spirit before creation. Moreover, the Holy Spirit is God’s gift to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. For example: “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift”(Acts 10:44-45).
Where is the Holy Spirit Located?
The Holy Spirit is an extension of God who dwells with God in heaven and on earth in the life of every child of God. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Functions of the Holy Spirit
- Inward Witness
Bible Verses on the Holy Spirit
The bible is filled with many powerful scriptures on the Holy Spirit. That said, the verses listed in this section are some of the more popular and insightful ones. Moreover, if you are just looking to grab a few verses to add to your online journal or daily devotional, the ones here are ideal. However, if you want a more in-depth, insightful explanation of the Holy Spirit and His functions; scroll down to the other section of the article where I explain each bible verse and function of the Holy Ghost highlighted in that verse.
Romans 8:14 "For all who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children."
Isaiah 11:2 "And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord."
1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."
Ephesians 1:13-14 "When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory."
Acts 5:3-5 "Peter asked, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart so that you should lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back some of the money you got for the land? As long as it remained unsold, wasn’t it your own? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? So how could you have thought of doing what you did? You didn’t lie only to men, but also to God!” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized everyone who heard about it."
John 16:7-11 "But in fact, it is best for you that I go away because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged."
Ephesians 4:30 "And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption".
Isaiah 63:10 “Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them.”
Romans 15:30 "Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join fervently with me in prayer to God on my behalf."
Romans 5:5 “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Bible Verses on the Holy Spirit: Explained
The Holy Spirit is more than just an invisible being that consoles us when we are hard-pressed by life's troubles, He has many other functions that we all can tap into. To get you started, here are a few powerful bible verses on the Holy Spirit and the functions he performs.
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
- The Holy Spirit as a seal
A seal is a bond that joins two things together. By so doing; it prevents anything from passing through that bond. Likewise, the Holy Ghost as a seal makes you one with God. To illustrate, in the book of John; when Jesus was about to leave earth. He told his disciples that he was going to send the Holy Ghost as a token to them that they belong to God.
To really appreciate what Jesus said. You'll first need to put yourselves in the disciples’ shoes. They were sorrowful and not too happy with Jesus leaving; for them, he represented hope. Just imagine the thoughts that passed through their minds. “We are going to look like fools now." "Men are going to mock, scorn, and ridicule us.”
From the disciples’ perspective; they needed something, that in the face of Jesus leaving to validate that God will be with them. So Jesus promised to send the Holy Ghost as a seal that God is with them and that they are of God.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
- The Holy Spirit an intercessor
Here in Romans 8:26, we see the Holy Spirit acting as an intercessor in the prayer life of the believer. When the devil wants to destroy us, he will first attack our prayer life and thereafter cause everything else to crumble. For this reason, the Holy Spirit will intercede on your behalf, so that when you can't pray because of your infirmities, He will step in and help you to pray.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
- The Holy Spirit as a leader
The Holy Spirit as a leader will lead you to be Christ-like. He will lead you along life’s path. The Holy Spirit as a leader will never lead you away from the will of God, but rather lead you to do God's will. For that reason, the Holy Spirit as a leader desires absolute control of your lives, otherwise, he is grieved.
1 Corinthians 12:27
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
- The Holy Spirit as an enabler
The Holy Ghost, as an enabler; enables us to do God’s will. ” For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”(Philippians 2:13).
As you read in Philippians; the Spirit of God gives the believer the ability to please God. Likewise, when it comes to ministering to others; the Holy Ghost enables us to minister and bless others.
To sum up; as a child of the Most-High God, you can indeed do all things being enabled by the Spirit of God.
“But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
- The Holy Spirit as a comforter
The Holy Ghost as a comforter comforts the saints. As a comforter, the spirit can do nothing else than to comfort the saint, and It doesn’t matter your spiritual state, whether you are worthy or not, the Holy Ghost will comfort you. Roman 8:1 reminds us that there isn’t any condemnation to the child of God, the Spirit will comfort you under any circumstance.
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is the truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
- The Holy Spirit as a teacher
In Ephesians 4:8, we see that God gave gifts to his children for the edifying of each other, this means we can teach and learn from each other.
But the point John is making here is that as children of God the Holy Ghost is the saints' ultimate teacher. And as such, the believer must not allow themselves to be tossed around by men’s philosophies and ideologies. If there is something you aren’t sure about where the scriptures or anything else to that matter of fact is concerned; you can ask the Holy Spirit.
"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.”
- The Holy Spirit as a guide
Unlike in John, where the Spirit of God leads; in this verse, he functions as a guide. The Holy Spirit as a guide waits on your willingness to act before he moves or steps in on your behalf. For this reason, as a believer in Christ Jesus, living by faith is vital, don't wait on God to move, you move if He tells you to.
Moreover, the Holy Ghost as a guide wouldn’t force you to do anything you don't want to. For example, if you want to grow in faith; it’s your responsibility to read the Bible, pray, and please God.
“The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
- The Holy Spirit as an inward witness
What does the Holy Spirit bear witness about? The Holy Ghost conveys to your spirit that you are God’s child and that through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection you have redemption. Also, the Holy Spirit bears witness of Christ’s complete work.
For example, the Holy Spirit testifies that Christ came down from heaven, walked among men, was nailed to the cross, buried, rose on the third day, and is now seated on His throne.
For this reason, the function of the Holy Spirit as a witness cannot be taken lightly. The inward witness reminds us that we are God's children.
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