But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Acts 1:8
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,Philippians :
No man, absolutely no man can address the whole person of the Holy Spirit. Nor is a man is worthy to tell His majesty. No man can ever know all about His strength. but the little He has revealed through revelations and the word of God is what I write.
The Holy Ghost is greater than life. He is greater than anything we can imagine or think of. His power is too great that we ought to tremble before Him. He is a Consuming Fire and He is the Living Water. Water and fire cannot coexist at the same place and time, but the Holy Spirit is both at the same time. Jesus reminded the blaspheming Jews in Matthew 12:32 that all blasphemy can be forgiven but not that which is against the Holy Ghost.
He does not talk too much, you step out of his plan you walk alone. You disobey Him, the consequence follows. It might not be deadly but He will make sure to teach you what obedience means to God. It has happened to me before now. He asked me to leave but I stayed. That night was very horrible, but after I prayed, He gave me victory and showed me my victory. His intent was not to punish me, but to teach me obedience.
The Holy Spirit is a Spirit that has a large heart. He loves beyond measure but his hatred for wickedness, sin and darkness in as great as Him.
Before King Jesus could do anything, He needed to be filled with the Holy Ghost and power because He cannot do without the Spirit of God. That is how we Christians cannot do without the Spirit of God. The Lord was a man of the Spirit of God; we cannot afford to be men without the Spirit of God.
The third person of God
In the beginning God said, let Us make man in Our own image. The plural pronouns “Us” and “Our” did suggest that God must be more than one or there were more than one person who answered God. However, the God of Israel has said in Isaiah 45:5 – “I am God, the only God there is. Besides me there are no real gods”. Also in Deuteronomy 6:4 it is written “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”
The question is: how can the only God who has also claimed to be one use the plural pronoun “us” and “our” for himself? Does it mean that the one true God is multi existent?
In John 4:24 Jesus said: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” This statement of Jesus implies that God whom we are trying to understand His nature is actually a Spirit being.
In Isaiah 42:1 it is written: “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.”
Now, how can a God who is a Spirit also have a Spirit? Further confusion will be drawn from knowing that the servant Isaiah talked about in Isaiah 42:1 was also called Mighty God and Everlasting Father in Isaiah 9:6.
What we gathered is that God is a spirit, He has a Spirit and also has a servant who is also God. Wow!!
The only logical reasoning is that God must be three in one. He is a being with 3 existence – TRINITY. However, it was Jesus who solved the puzzle. For He said: “Baptize them in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.
The Holy Spirit is therefore the third person in the God head. He is the ‘Soul’ of God if we may use human terms.
Many are drawn into confusion on the Trinity doctrine when they try to use their little understanding to comprehend the uncreated creator. They would have had no doubts if God created us three(3) in one like himself is. Or if God made us 3 spirits in one as He is.
Some have eventually said that Jesus came back in form of the Holy Spirit. Others say that the Holy Spirit is just a wind of God. Many still believe that God is one Spirit manifesting in 3 forms. All this is born from the struggle to wrap the head around ‘how a Spirit being can have a Spirit also’.
The earlier they realize that we cannot be able to wrap our head fully about a being who was never created and lived on his own until he decided to make us, the easier it will be for them. They must understand that we only know what we are given.
He is a person
Human beings are both body and soul. The soul of a man is the man himself in another real realm of existence. The Soul of man is not different from the man. The soul acts, reasons, thinks and talks like the physical man and the physical man thinks, acts and reasons like the soul. Whatever knowledge is gotten from the physical man is passed to the soul and vice versa.
God is a Spirit who has a Spirit. If the Spirit of the man he created is a real person of its own that is able to gather knowledge, think, exists and act then the Spirit of God who created the Spirit of man is a Person of His own. Jesus helped us understand it better in John 14:26, for he said:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”John 14:26
The passage shows that the Holy Spirit is a “He”, not in gender but in person. He is real and He is God.
Other names we can call him
Another word for spirit is ghost. Some Pentecostals prefer Holy Ghost, it is just a matter of choice.
Spirit of the Lord
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor…”.Isaiah 61:1a
This passage is a prophecy of the messiah which was fulfilled after John had baptized Jesus in Jordan. For the Holy Spirit in form of a dove rested on Him (Jesus).
Spirit of Pentecost:
Another name of the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Pentecost. Although Pentecost initially was not a Christian word, after the out pouring during the Pentecost week in Israel, Christendom generally adopted the Pentecost word as a symbol of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Spirit of Jesus Christ
“For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,…”.Philippians 1:19
“The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.”John 14:17
In Philippians 1:19, Apostle Paul calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Jesus Christ. In John 14:17, Jesus himself tells the people that He (the Spirit) who is coming to live in them is already living with them. This signifies that it is Jesus’ Spirit that is coming to be in them.
Spirit of Grace
“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son.”Zechariah 12:10
Prophet Zechariah prophesied that the Spirit of grace will help Israel know their God and turn back to Him at the end of days. This Spirit of Grace is no one else but the Holy Spirit who teaches all truths including to know God – John 14:20.
Another good illustration is that the Grace which a Prophet carries which makes him hear from God is the Spirit of God residing in him and giving him grace. Therefore the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace.
Glory of God
Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple.Ezekiel 9:3
God assigns his Spirit to whatever he has. The Spirit of God left the temple of Israel when they fornicated and committed satanic idolatry. Ezekiel however noted Him as the Glory of God because the Spirit is the Glory of God.
Presence of God
God is King on the throne and he is also, everywhere. His presence and glory covers the heavens and the earth says the scriptures. When God is in the midst of His church, He has not left His throne in heaven on a trip to earth. He is still in heaven on his throne and with the crown still on His head. What we witness is His Holy Spirit.
Spirit of Truth
But when He the, Spirit of truth, shall come, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak from Himself, but whatever He may hear, He will speak.John 16:13
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth as testified by the Lord himself in the book of John.