Holy Spirit What Is the Holy Spirit?

God’s Word says a lot about the Holy Spirit, but it’s one of the least understood subjects in the Bible. Just what is the Holy Spirit?

One thing is clear: You need God’s Holy Spirit!

The Bible declares that the Holy Spirit is the power of God (2 Timothy 1:7 ), that it leads us into all truth (John 14:17, 26 ), that it enables us to discern spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:11, 14 ), that it is our guarantee (“seal”) of eternal life in the resurrection (Ephesians 1:13-14 ), and that without it we are “not His” (Romans 8:9 , emphasis added). You need God’s Spirit to be a Christian!

But how do you acquire the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you are being led by it? What is the evidence of the Holy Spirit working in someone’s life?

And is the Holy Spirit a person—the third person of a trinitarian Godhead? (Hint: The early Church did not teach that the Holy Spirit is a person. It took hundreds of years for this doctrine to develop!)

As we search the Bible, we will find that the Holy Spirit is the nature, power and essence of God. It is also a gift that God can impart to a human mind to promote and inspire spiritual growth in that individual and enable that person to become a member of the family of God.

The Scriptures contain much information on this important topic. Be sure to study this section carefully so you can prove from the Bible what the Holy Spirit is and what it is not.

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