The Holy Spirit
The holy spirit is God
Three in one
God exists in three images or persons – God is the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. This is known as the Trinity. It may be difficult to understand how there can be three in one, but God is different from us. The Bible has many scriptures that were given to help us understand this better.
Jesus knew that He was going to be crucified. He was very careful to prepare His disciples for His leaving so that they would not feel abandoned. After Jesus rose from the dead and prepared His disciples for His departure into heaven, He said that He would send a comforter who would guide them in all things.
The Holy Spirit is the mysterious power or presence of God within individuals, empowering them with qualities they would not otherwise possess. The term ‘spirit’ denotes ‘wind,’ ‘breath,’ and, by extension, a life-giving element. With the adjective ‘holy,’ the reference is to the divine spirit, i.e., the spirit of God.
In man, His spirit is the intellect, will, mind, conscience, and other invisible faculties that make him a free moral agent and a rational being. Both the soul and the will are immortal. The spirit is that which knows and the soul is that which feels. The spirit of man desires the companionship of the Holy Spirit of God. Man can never find peace and happiness without establishing a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is referred to throughout the Holy Bible. Genesis 1:2 says, “and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The Holy Spirit was in the very beginning of time.
Our Dwelling Place
The Holy Spirit can dwell within the heart of a person. A person who is filled with the Holy Spirit can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. This brings true peace, joy and happiness.
A spirit has no form but can fill a body that has form. When Jesus was being baptized in the river Jordan the Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a dove. (Matthew 3:16) The dove is often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can be an inward guide.
God’s spirit will not dwell in an unclean temple or a body that is sinning or breaking the laws or commandments of God. A person must pray often and obtain forgiveness of sins or the Holy Spirit will not abide within him. To retain this peace, joy and happiness a person must pray and seek God’s will every day.
Each of us has a capacity in our hearts which only the Holy Spirit can fill. When you become a Christian the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in your heart. Until the Holy Spirit comes to live with you, you will never find perfect peace. Nothing else will satisfy your void – drugs, alcohol, sex, entertainment, food.
Baptism of the holy spirit
To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you must first believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Once you have confessed your sins to Jesus and asked His forgiveness you are a candidate for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is a gift from God that is given to those who follow Christ and ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.