Holy Spirit series part 2
June 28th, 2020
“Who is He?”
These bible passages will confirm what I will tell you today.
John 16:7-8, Romans 8:16 & 26, Hebrews 9: 14, Psalm 139:7-10
Luke 1:35, I Corinthians 2:10-11, Romans 8:27, I Corinthians 12:11,
Ephesians 4:30, John 14:26, Hebrews 10:15,Romans 8:26,
Revelations 2:7,Acts 16:6, 7, John 15:26, Acts 5:3, Acts 8:29, Acts 1:16 and Acts 13:2
I am hoping this is the last time you see me on Youtube, next weekend July 5th we will be back in our building. I look forward to meeting all of you at either the 9 or 11am service.
Today we will look at a lot of bible passages, all the passages will be found on the written sermon I sent out, it’s important for me and you to see that what I tell you is not my words but Gods.
Opening word of Prayer.
“In many Christian circles the Holy Spirit is often neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood.
The One given to unite the body of Christ can be the center of controversy.
One of the reason there is controversy is because we don’t always understand who the Holy Spirit is, beyond saying he is part of the trinity.
Today I want to begin to look at “Who the Holy Spirit is” and then in the next few weeks we will look at what He does.
A common mistake made with regard to the Holy Spirit is referring to the Spirit as “it.”
The Holy Spirit is a person. He has the attributes of personhood, He performs the actions of a persons, and does things to develop personal relationships.
Read John 16:7-8,
First thing I want you to see is the Holy Spirit is a Him or a He, he is a person.
Romans 8:16 & 26
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
When I started going to church at 44 years old, my first stumbling block I had to deal with was the mystery of the name, I had heard people say…in the name of the Father son and Holy Ghost. That sent up some flags of caution.
Ghost in my mind was the spirit of a dead person, it was a scary thing that haunted a person.
The first printed Bibles like KJV 1611,and The Geneva bible 1539 said Ghost but when they started printing bibles in American it was changed to Sprit.
That would have been mid- to late 1700,s
Holy Spirit seemed a more fitting term for North Americans.
I want to look at the Divine Characteristics or Attributes of the Holy Spirit. As part of who he is.
Divine as in as it relates to God himself
1. First thing we must understand is that the Holy Spirit like God is Eternal
– He has always been, and will always be
Hebrews 9: 14, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God,
2. Then we understand that the Holy Spirit is Omnipresent =
Omni meaning all, always, all places. He is everywhere
“Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Sheol is a place of darkness,
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.”
3. The spirit is Eternal, he is everywhere and he is all powerful or
Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you’”
When the Holy Spirit comes upon us – He comes with all the power of Almighty God.
4. The Holy Spirit is also Omniscient,– That means He is all knowing
I Corinthians 2:10-11, “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
5. The Holy Spirit searches the depths of God,
He comprehends the thoughts of God, and knows everything God knows.
So we have some of the divine characteristics of the Holy Spirit, then we also have we some human characteristics of the Holy Spirit.
Human characteristics can help us start to understand more of the Human side of the Holy Spirit, these are characteristics we can relate to.
He is as human as you and I are.
– Romans 8:27, “And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit” so we see the Spirit has a mind of his own.
– In I Corinthians 12:11, while speaking about the distribution of spiritual gifts it says,
“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” The Holy Spirit has a mind and a will
– Ephesians 4:30,
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” The Holy Spirit has feelings
To Grieve –to cause grief, or to create grief in his life, we are cautioned to not upset or cause grief in the Holy Spirits life.
The spirit has a mind, he has a will, he has feelings and in
– John 14:26,
“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.” The H/S is a teacher and a helper.
– Hebrews 10:15,
“And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us”
So He will witness to us about things going on in and around us.
I said he was a helper, look at
– Romans 8:26,
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words.”
Just like we engage in the act of interceding for others, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us.
– Revelations 2:7,
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
The Spirit speaks to the Church, who is the Church ..we are
– Acts 16:6, 7
“And they went through the region of Phrygia(Fri-gia) and Galatia,
having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia [ mish-ee-uh ], they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”
If you Want to know what you should or shouldn’t do in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and then Listen to what he tells you. If you desire to obey God, the Holy Spirit will command you in the ways
– John 15:26
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”
He Testifies to the truth of Christ.
All these passages describe for us the person and character of the Holy Spirit.
We can start to begin to get a clearer picture of the H/S and some of his activities.
He has a mind, eternal, all knowing, all powerful he is in all places, He has a will, and feelings and he hears us and intercedes for us, He teaches and directs us.
Now I have not identified all of his attributes or His characteristics but we are beginning to get a clearer understanding of the Holy Spirit.
One other category of human characteristics or similarities I want to touch on:
Is that He is also relational like we are.
He has the ability to make connects with others, he connects with us.
Like us he experience feelings. Ups and downs.
We are told not to grief him or cause him grief, well we don’t like that when people do that to us.
Also the Holy Spirit doesn’t like being lied to and so neither do we.
Acts 5:3, 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
Peter confronts Ananias – “Why have you lie to the Holy Spirit?”
People you lie to may never know the truth but because the Holy Spirit is all knowing, He will know you lied.
The Holy Spirit can be denied just as Christ was.
If we ignoring him when he speaks to us or when he nudges us to do or not do certain things.
When we ignore him we deny his presents and involvement in our lives.
I know I have given you a lot of passages to look at this morning.
I want to begin to close this message with one last relational component of the Holy Spirit and we see it in
Acts 8:29, Acts 1:16 and Acts 13:2
8:29 says: The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas,
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
The spirit told, the Holy Spirit spoke and the Holy Spirit said.
The Holy spirit wants a relationship with you, he wants to speak to you and tell you things.
But it has to be a two way conversation, that’s why we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. We say come Holy Spirit come and let’s talk.
Now I said last week that some people focus on God, some on Jesus and some on the Holy Spirit.
If you know you have not had the kind of relationship with the Holy Spirit that you should have, well today we can fix that.
Today you can ask the Holy Spirit to come into your life and begin to form a friend ship with him to develop the kind of connection we have been talking about.
Its time you did that…… so let’s bow and pray and ask the H/S to come into our lives.
I want to encourage you this week to take time and listen and talk with the Holy Spirit let him guide you through the week.
Today we have just started to scratched the surface on who the Holy Spirit is and soon we will look at what he does in our lives.