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Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each fully God. All three Persons of the Godhead existed before there was anything at all. They exist as three distinct Persons, but function as One. In the beginning of Creation, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1: 26). The words, “Us”, “Our image” and “Our likeness” indicate that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are in perfect agreement with each other. Many of us do not have a problem recognizing the person of God the Father and God the Son, but when it comes to God the Holy Spirit, we have a hard time recognizing His distinct personality.

From the Word of God, we can clearly understand that the Holy Spirit says exactly what the Lord God says. In other words, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit never contradict each other. For example, in the Old Testament, the Lord God says, “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31: 33). In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit witnesses, “I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds I will write them” (Hebrews 10: 15-16). These two verses convey the same message.

The Scripture also indicates that “by His Spirit, He adorned the heavens” (Job 26: 13) and “The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1: 2). From the scriptural references mentioned above, we can infer that the Holy Spirit is not just an attribute, a feeling, a force or an influence. The Holy Spirit is a “Person” with a distinct identity.

The Holy Spirit is called “The Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4: 30) or simply “The Spirit of God” (Genesis 1: 2, 1 Corinthians 2: 11). Jesus said to His disciples, “It is not you who speak but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matthew 10: 20). The Holy Spirit is called “The Spirit of Christ”. “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, He is not His” (Romans 8: 9). From these passages we can conclude that the Holy Spirit has specific roles in the work of the Godhead.

The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit work together:

1. When Jesus Christ was born:

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3: 16). When Jesus Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb, the “Holy Spirit came upon Mary, and the power of the Highest overshadowed her” (Luke 1: 35). The Father sends His Son, the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and baby Jesus was born. We see that the Godhead worked in unity.

2. When Jesus Christ was baptized in water:

When Jesus Christ was baptized by John in the river Jordan, the Bible says, “Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3: 16-17). Here, we see the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all working together. First, we see God the Father confirming that Jesus Christ is the One, and then the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son. All three persons of the Godhead came together.

3. When God anointed Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit:

The Bible declares, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). Here we see God the Father anointing Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Once again, we see the Godhead working together.

May the Lord help you get a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name! Amen.

(The above message is taken from the first chapter of Sis. Jemima Rayan’s ‘Experiencing the Holy Spirit’ book that has blessed many. Please pray for the third edition of the book to be published soon. If the Lord leads you to sow into this need, please do as the Lord leads you to by clicking on the donation link. Thank you for standing with us in the work of the Lord. May God bless you!)

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