The Holy Spirit is the
essence, power, mind and spiritual extension of God. God begets
Christians as His sons through this Spirit. It strengthens a Christian
spiritually, converts his mind and serves as an earnest or guarantee of
The Holy Spirit is
described in the Bible as "the Spirit of God," "the Spirit of the Lord,"
"the Spirit of Jesus Christ," "the Spirit of truth," and "comforter" or
"advocate." It is the power of God, the mind of God and the extended
means by which God accomplishes His work throughout the universe. As
such, the Holy Spirit is not a separate entity, it has no independent
existence as an individual entity or person within the godhead.
It was through His
Spirit that God created the earth (Gen. 1:2). It was through this Spirit
that David received his moral strength (Psalm 51:10-13), and by it Elijah
and Elisha-men with normal physical proclivities and weaknesses-were
made into powerful prophets of God (2 Kings 2:9, 15). Even though these
men and others had access to God's Spirit, it is also clear that they
were among the relative few who in the Old Testament era were blessed
with the privilege of actually having the mind and power of God work
with or dwell within them.
God uses His Spirit to
accomplish all His work. Whether causing prophets to prophesy, kings to
reign, craftsmen to create (Ex. 31:3), bodies to be moved (Ezek. 3:12,
14) or people to keep His laws (Ezek. 36:26-27), everything God does is
through the power of His Spirit.
God is spirit (John.
4:24); both members of the godhead ("Elohim"), Father and Son, are
literally composed of spirit; they are wholly made of spiritual
essence, in the same fashion as we are made of physical particles. Yet
God the Father and Jesus Christ are separate beings: each maintains His
own distinct identity and independent existence; and each, therefore,
utilizes His own "Spirit," though both the Father's Spirit and Christ's
Spirit are an integral part of the common Holy Spirit. The being
who later became Jesus Christ was the God who revealed Himself to the
patriarchs and prophets and worked with them. When He utilized His mind,
His nature and His power, He was doing so through His Holy Spirit which
was the projection of His own unique, perfect spiritual power.
God the Father
was unknown in the Old Testament; Jesus Christ came to reveal Him in the
New. God the Father was the one who begot Jesus Christ; He did so
through His Spirit, which is the same Spirit He begets spiritual
children through today. Indeed, God the Father has retained to Himself
the unique capacity to beget new spiritual beings.
Under the New Covenant the Spirit of the
Father has been made available in a universal way, as was explained by
Peter on the day of Pentecost when the Church began (Acts 2:17-18). Before His death, Christ
promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit, which then worked with
them should be given to them and should actually be in them (John.
14:17). This "Comforter" should teach the disciples all things and
remind them of all that Christ had said to them (John. 14:26).
This same Spirit which
was given to the disciples on the day of Pentecost is available to all
whom God calls. Upon true repentance granted by God and upon true belief
in Jesus Christ, one may be baptized and then receive God's Spirit
through the laying-on-of-hands ceremony performed by God's ministers
(Acts 2:38; 8:12-17). God further states that He gives His Holy Spirit
only to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). God's Holy Spirit is
efficacious-it creates deep changes within the individual, actually
converting or changing the type of mind that the person possesses. The
Holy Spirit generates within Christians its very fruit, which "is love,
joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance" (Gal. 5:22-23). It encourages us through trials and empowers
us to do the Work of God.
Once a person receives
the precious gift of the Holy Spirit, he must use it in order to grow in
the knowledge and grace of God. God's Spirit gives Christians the mind
of Christ (I Cor. 2:16) to enable them to view life from a godly
perspective instead of from a selfish one. It is this power that gives
us the capacity to obey God. The deep mystery of the plan of God for
mankind cannot be completely and totally understood without the Holy
Spirit (I Cor. 2:7-10).
Of even greater
significance is the fact that through this Spirit we are actually
"begotten" as sons of God and become members of the body of Christ-the
Church (I Cor. 12). I Corinthians 12:13 reads,
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. The
seed of this Holy Spirit, planted by God after baptism, grows and
develops spiritually within us as we grow in obedience and submission to
God's law. The Holy Spirit is dynamic: it flows from God to and through
the Christian and is expressed in his attitudes and actions. The more we
use God's Spirit the stronger our new spiritual life becomes. Finally,
at the resurrection, this spiritual part of us becomes the totality of
our composition and essence and overtakes the physical, so "that
mortality [our physical essence] might be swallowed up of [spiritual]
life" (2 Cor. 5:4).
God's Word reveals that
the Holy Spirit is an "earnest"-a formal pledge or assurance-of eternal
life which God has implanted within us making us sons. As long as this
Spirit is living within us, we are actually sons of God and brothers of
Christ. "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of
His" (Rom. 8:9). "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are
the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14). Indeed, the presence of the Holy Spirit is
the best criterion to define the true Christian: it is his only real
ratification, for one cannot be a true Christian without it. As long as
we nurture the Holy Spirit, and continue to renew it daily within us (2
Cor. 4:16) through prayer and diligent study of God's Word, then this
earnest of God's Spirit is the absolute guarantee that we will be
resurrected to spiritual life at Christ's return . (Eph.
READ THESE SCRIPTURES IN YOUR OWN BIBLE.
|Acts 2:17-18 and
Leviticus 23:15-16 - The Holy Spirit first became
available to large numbers of people on the Old Testament holy day of
FEASTS OF FIRST FRUITS or Pentecost. Pentecost means to count fifty.
- David received moral
strength by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- God can give craftsmen
talent by His power.
-Christians keep the Law by
the power of the Holy Spirit.
- God is spirit.
- Under the New Covenant, the
Spirit of God is available in a universal way.
- Jesus promised the disciples
the Holy Spirit after His resurrection.
- The Holy Spirit is called
and 8:12-17 - The Holy Spirit is imparted
by the ceremony known as the Laying on of Hands. Read our doctrine on this subject
5:22-23 - Read about the fruits of the
spirit that are created within you by the Holy Spirit.
2:16 - By the Holy Spirit we
develop the mind of Christ.
|1 Corinthians 2:7-14
- We cannot fully understand
the plan of God or spiritual concepts without the Holy Spirit.
|1 Corinthians 12 and
Ephesians 1 - Through the Holy Spirit in
us, we are assured of eternal life. It is an earnest of eternal
- The Bible says that without
the Holy Spirit we are none of His.
- If we are led by the Spirit, we are the sons of God.
|2 Corinthians 4:16
- We are renewed day-by-day by
the Holy Spirit.
|Acts 2:38 and Acts 8:12-17
and 2 Corinthians 5:4
- A convert to Christianity at baptism
is begotten by the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit is a spirit
being. True or False?
trinity is a false, man-made doctrine. True or False?
3. God begets Christians as His sons through this
Spirit. True or False?
4. For a called out Christian, the Holy Spirit
_______ his mind. [does what?]
5. The Holy Spirit gives the Christian spiritual
6. The Holy Spirit in a Christian acts as an
______________ [what?] of eternal life.
7. God uses His Spirit to accomplish all His work.
True or False?
8. In the New Testament, the word, "comforter" is
referring to _________ [what?]
9. The Holy Spirit is not a _________ entity.
10. David received his moral strength by power of
the Holy Spirit. True or False?
11. Not many in the Old Testament had access to
the Holy Spirit. True or False?
12. Kings reign by power of the Holy Spirit and
the will of God. True or False?
13. In the Bible we see craftsmen being given
special talent to create beautiful works via the Holy Spirit. True
14. Christians are able to keep the Law of God by
their own power and will. True or False?
15. According to John 4:24 God is a ______.
16. Spirit beings, including Father and Son have
bodies composed of spirit. True or False?
17. Father and Son each maintain their own
distinct identity and independent existence. True or False?
18. God, the Father was unknown in the Old
Testament. True or False?
19. Mary was made pregnant with Jesus by the Holy
Spirit. True or False?
20. Jesus Christ can begat new spiritual beings by
power of the Holy Spirit. True or False?
21. God begets spiritual children today by power
of His Holy Spirit. True or False?
22. Under the New Covenant the Spirit of God is
available in a universal way. True or False?
23. This (above statement) is first explained in
24. The Spirit of God in a Christian can guide
them, teach them and remind them of the things of God. True or
25. Newly called Christians receive the Holy
Spirit after repentance and baptism by the ceremony known as
-hint: Acts 2:38 and 8:12-17
26. According to Acts 5:32 to receive the Holy
Spirit we must ________________. [do what?]
27. Members of God's church do the Work of God by
28. Godly principles (love, joy, peace, honesty,
etc.) are created within a true Christian by the Holy Spirit. True
29. Once a person has the Holy Spirit in them they
must _______. [do what?]
30. You cannot understand the plan of God without
the Holy Spirit. True or False?
31. A Christian by the power of the Holy Spirit
can actually have the __________ [what?] of Christ.
-hint: 1 Cor. 2:14-16
32. Just as a human father can begat children, God
by power of the Holy Spirit can begat sons of God and become members of
the Body of Christ-the Church. In what scripture passage do we
33. Only people of Jewish roots receive the Holy Spirit in these New
Testament times. True or False?
34. Once a person is baptized and receives the
Holy Spirit in them, it actually continues to flow into them from God.
True or False?
35. The more we use [or invoke] the power of the
Holy Spirit in us, the stronger we become spiritually. True or
36. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we enter the
Salvation Process as sons of God. We remain His son, assured of
eternal life as long as we ________________________________. [what?]
37. Bible quote, "Now if any man have not the
spirit of Christ, he is ____ __ ____." [what?]
-hint: Rom. 8:9.
38. Bible quote, "For as many as are led by
the spirit of God, they are the ___ __ ___."
-hint: Rom 8:14.
39. The best definition of a true Christian is
40. We are renewed daily by the Holy Spirit
through _________ and _________. [what 2 actions or habits?]