The Person of the Holy SpiritBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 07/05/2020
THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:16-18 KJV
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 KJV
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John 15:26 KJV
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 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. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:7-14 KJV
1. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead.
a. The Holy Spirit is associated with the Father and the Son as an equal member of deity (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:1-6; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; 1 John 5:7-8).
b. He IS God and has all the attributes of God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20; 12:1-11).
c. He is omnipresent—everywhere (Psalms 139:7-13).
d. He is omnipotent—all powerful (Luke 1:37).
e. He is omniscient—all knowing (1 Corinthians 2:10).
f. The Holy Spirit was present at, and instrumental in, Creation with the Father and the Son (Psalm 104:30).
g. Job 33:4 KJV—The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
2. Divine Names and Titles Are Ascribed to Him.
a. He is called Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit about 97 times.
b. The Spirit of God (1 Cor. 3:16; Gen. 1:2; 1 Sam. 19:20-23; Matt. 3:16).
c. The Spirit of the Lord (Judges 3:10; Isa.11:2; 6:1; Luke 4:16-21).
d. The Spirit of the Living God (2 Cor. 3:3).
e. The Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; 1 Pet. 1:11).
f. The Spirit of His Son (Gal. 4:6).
g. The Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19; Acts 16:7).
h. The Spirit of Burning (Isa. 4:4).
i. The Spirit of Holiness (Rom. 1:4).
j.The Holy Spirit of Promise (Eph. 1:13; Acts 2:33).
k. The Spirit of Truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:6).
l. The Spirit of Life (Rom. 8:2; Rev. 11:11).
m. The Spirit of Adoption (Rom. 8:15).
n. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Isa. 11:1-2).
o. The Spirit of Counsel and Might (Isa. 11:1-2).
p. The Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord (Isa.11:1-2).
q. The Spirit of Grace and of Supplications (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29).
r. The Spirit of Glory and of God (1 Pet. 4:14).
s. The Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14).
t. The Comforter (John 14:26; 15:26).
u. The Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10).
3. Emblems/Symbols of the Holy Spirit.
a. WIND: refreshing; energizing; resurrection power (John 3:8; Acts 2:2; Ezekiel 37:9).
b. Wind symbolizes the invisible, everywhere, present, power and life-sustaining influence of the Holy Spirit.
c. OIL: soothing; fueling; consecration; anointing power (Isaiah 61:1-3; Hebrews 1:9; James 5:14-16; Luke 4:16-21; Psalm 45:7).
d. FIRE: zeal; purging; cleansing; refining power (Luke 3:16; Isaiah 4:3-4; Psalm 104:4; Malachi 3:1-4; John 2:17; Acts 2:3; Matthew 3:11).
e. DOVE: gentleness; purity; love; innocence; beauty; harmlessness; comforting power (Luke 3:22; John 1:32-33).
f. WATER: thirst-quenching; refreshing; satisfying; energizing; life-giving; infinite power (John 7:37-39).
g. Rain: life-giving and quickening power (Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 1:3; Zech.10:1; James 5:7; Hosea 6:3; Hosea 10:12).
h. Dew: refreshing and invigorating power (Psalm 72:6; Hosea 14:5).
i. WINE: new wine; celebration; spiritually stimulation; joy-giving (Isa. 55:1; Ps. 104:15; Acts 2:13; Eph. 5:18).
4. He is Also Referred to as:
a. Seal: redemptive and keeping power (Eph. 1:13; Eph. 4:30; 1 Peter 1:5).
b. Earnest: pledge; guarantee; down-payment (2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14).
c. Gift: joyful, gracious, and liberating power (Acts 2:38-39; Acts 4:31-33; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Hebrews 1:9).
5. The Holy Spirit Given to Us.
a. The Holy Spirit is given by, and proceeds from the Father (John 14:16).
b. He is sent by, and in the Name of, Jesus Christ, and testifies of Him (John 15:26; 16:7).
c. He could not be sent until Jesus had gone back to Heaven and was glorified (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:33-36).
d. He is given to the believer (John 14:17).
e. The natural man will not receive the things of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:14).
f. The word “spirit” in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, has the same meaning as “breath” or “wind.”
g. However, He is not merely a force or a wind; He is a Person.
h. Jesus spoke of Him as ‘another’ Comforter (Helper).
i. The Greek allos, like the English “another,” means another (or one more) of the same kind, but different from, not the same one, distinct from another.
j. He was sent as a separate person from the Father and the Son.
k. He deserves the same respect as the Father and the Son.
l. He is the One Who makes Jesus real to us—the Artist Who paints Jesus on the canvas of life (John 16:13-15).