Holy spirit

Yes there is a Holy Spirit

“Some 62% of born-again Christians who self-identify hold that the Holy Spirit is not an actual living being, but is simply a symbol of the power, presence or purity of God, ”says the latest survey from the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian. University. This is an increase (4%) from a study done 12 years ago where Christians were asked about the Holy Spirit by the same group.

If you’re like me, you look at numbers like that and say to yourself, “You must be kidding me.”

Courtesy of Robin Schumacher

Part of the Apostle’s Symbol simply says, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and by that the authors did not mean that the Spirit is a mere symbol but rather a personal and distinct being who is a member of. the Trinity. Surprisingly, almost two-thirds of people who identify as Christians believe otherwise.

If you are one of them, or if you are confused about the Holy Spirit in general, then read on and consider the biblical evidence that indicates who the third person of the Trinity is.

The Holy Spirit is a person

Would you agree with the majority opinion which says that a person is a being, who has a mind, an emotion and a will? If so, then read these verses that describe the Holy Spirit:

His thought: “For God has revealed them to us by the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Likewise, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God ”(1 Cor. 2: 10-11).

His emotion: “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).

His will: “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each individually as He wills” (1 Cor 12,11).

The Holy Spirit lives and works

Would you agree with the Puritan Jonathan Edwards who said, “the main proof of life is movement,” meaning that a living person generally moves and acts? If so, then look at how the Scriptures describe the Holy Spirit:

He teaches: “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).

He guides: “For all that are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Rom. 8:14).

He commands: “So, being sent by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they embarked for Cyprus” (Acts 13: 4).

He commands / speaks: “Then the Spirit said to Philip:” Go up and join this chariot. (Acts 8:29).

He intercedes: “In the same way, the Spirit helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray properly, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words ”(Rom. 8:26).

He was obeyed: “While Peter was considering the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are looking for you. But arise, come down and accompany them without fear, for I myself have sent them ”(Acts 10: 19-20).

We can lie to him: “But Peter said,” Ananias, why did Satan fill your heart with lying to the Holy Spirit and withholding part of the price of the earth? (Acts 5: 3).

They resist him: “You men with stiff necks and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit; you do as your fathers ”(Acts 7:51).

He is revered: “Do not cast me away from your face, and do not withdraw your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51:11).

He can be blasphemed: “Therefore I say to you, all sin and blasphemy will be forgiven the people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31).

He can be insulted: “… and did he insult the Spirit of grace? (Heb. 6: 4).

The Holy Spirit is God

Would you agree that the Bible attributes to God Himself only attributes of God such as being omniscient, almighty, etc. ? If so, then consider these verses on the Holy Spirit:

His omniscience: “For God has revealed them to us by the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God ”(1 Cor. 2: 10-11).

Its omnipresence: “Where can I get away from your Spirit? Or run away from your presence? (Ps. 139: 7).

His omnipotence: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith, so that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:13).

His eternity: “How much more will the blood of Christ, which by the Eternal Spirit offered itself without spot to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).

His authorship of the Scriptures: “And when they did not agree with each other, they began to leave after Paul had said a word of farewell:” The Holy Spirit has rightly spoken to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet… ”(Acts 28:25).

His equality with the Father and the Son: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19; note the singular use of “name ”With the plurality of the Trinity which follows).

Much more

I just scratch the surface with the above in regards to the Holy Spirit. If we are given more space, we could cover his work in the life of Christ (Luke 1), his birth in the Church (Acts 2), his work of regeneration by bringing all believers back to birth (John 3). ), His ministry to inhabit every believer (1 Cor. 6), His distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12), and more.

Hopefully what we have covered is enough to convince you, from a biblical point of view, that the Holy Spirit is not an “it” or simply a symbol of the power and presence of God. Instead, He is a member of our Triune God, worthy of our respect and worship, just as the Bible documents him in the threefold praise of the book of Revelation: [is the Father], Holy [is the Son], Holy [is the Spirit] is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come ”(4: 8).

Robin Schumacher is an accomplished software executive and Christian apologist who has written extensively, written and contributed to several Christian books, appeared in nationally broadcast radio programs, and featured at apologetic events. He holds a BS in Commerce, an MA in Christian Apologetics and a Doctorate. in the New Testament. His latest book is, Confident Faith: Winning People to Christ with the Apologetic of the Apostle Paul.