Holy spirit

3 common misconceptions about the Holy Spirit

We may not see the Holy Spirit, but He is in us and with us always in Christ.Pixabay

The Holy Spirit of God is someone all Christians should know well. He is God living within all who believe in Christ, the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead, and the Spirit who guarantees that we will receive our inheritance in the Lord.

Many Christians, however, have misconceptions about who the Holy Spirit is. In this article, we will talk about some common misconceptions about him, so that the believer can develop a growing relationship with him.

Common Misconceptions About God’s Holy Spirit

1) That he’s not a person

One of the very misconceptions about the Holy Spirit of God is that He is only a “force” or a “power”, not a Person. This kind of misconception denies His very identity as the third person of the Trinity.

While the Holy Spirit is indeed the power of God who created all things in Genesis 1, He is not just a “power”. Let’s take a look at Genesis 1: 26-27:

“So God said, ‘Let We make the man in Our image, according to Our resemblance; let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that crawls on the earth. God therefore created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.

We know from Scripture that God is a person in three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He made man in that likeness: a Spirit, possessing a soul, living within a physical body. We were made that way.

The Holy Spirit of God is alive and well as a person, not just as a thought. He lives in every believer and allows each of us to live as a new creation in Christ. If He was just a power or a force, we wouldn’t be able to have a relationship with Him.

2) That he comes and goes

Before Christ, the Spirit of God did not reside in man. In Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit of God simply “fell upon” men of God to empower them to do the will of God. A look at the life of Samson and David and we will understand that during this time the Holy Spirit of God has come and gone.

After Christ, however, God changed the scenario. He tore the veil of the temple as Christ hung on the cross, signaling the breaking of the walls between God and man – we can, through Christ, be reconciled to Him.

God’s work of reconciliation with man is completed in Christ. When we believe in Christ and come to Him, God deposits His Holy Spirit in us to live in us. His Spirit settles in us and makes us his temples.

Ephesians 1: 13-14 tells us,

“In him also you put your trust, after having heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in him also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of his glory.

He came and went in Old Testament times, but now that we’re in Christ, He lives in us.

3) That He is “present” only when there is “goose bumps”.

Many Christians equate the presence of the Holy Spirit with a warm, fuzzy feeling accompanied by ruffling goosebumps. Although he makes his presence felt, the truth is that he is always present and we don’t need the goosebumps to tell us that he is here with us.

Some Christians who feel lonely and uninspired think God has abandoned them. God, of course, doesn’t do that. He has promised that he will never forsake us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13: 5). It is our lack of faith in him that makes us think that he has abandoned us.