WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
This is a very important doctrine. Though the Spirit’s presence and work is more secretive and mysterious than that of the Father and the Son, it is no less important.
The Spirit calls attention to the other Persons of the Godhead, especially the Son.
The Spirit is more energetic in His dealings with creation and man; therefore, His personality and deity is often denied or neglected.
The Word of God teaches that He is a Divine Person, Who is vitally concerned with our salvation.
The Holy Spirit is mentioned 88 times in the Old Testament. He is mentioned three times that often in the New Testament, and over forty times in the book of Acts alone.
In the Old Testament, He came upon men periodically for different purposes and at different times, leaving them when He was finished.
In the New Testament, He came to abide with believers forever.
Now let’s consider THE PRESONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
I. HIS PERSONALITY IS SEEN IN THE MASCULINE PRONOUNS APPLIED TO HIM (Jn. ).
A. Personal pronouns are used 12 times in four verses (Jn. 16:7-8, 13-14).
B. COMFORTER is also masculine in gender and denotes personality.
II. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S PERSONALITY IS SEEN BY THE PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND ACTIONS ASCRIBED TO HIM
A. Personal CHARACTERISTICS ascribed to Him.
1. Intelligence (I Cor. -11).
2. Will (I Cor. ).
3. Love (Rom. ).
4. Grief (Eph ).
B. Personal ACTIONS ascribed to the Holy Spirit.
1. He searches (I Cor. ).
2. He speaks (Rev. 2:7).
3. He intercedes (Rom. ).
4. He leads (Rom. ).
5. He calls (Acts 13:2).
III. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S PERSONALITY IS SEEN BY HIS ASSOCIATION WITH INDIVIDUALS
A. We see His association with the Father and the Son.
1. We are to baptise in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Mt. 28:18-19).
2. We receive a three-fold blessing from the Triune God (II Cor. ).
- It is only through the “communion of the Holy Ghost,” that we can experience “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and “the love of God.”
B. We see the Holy Spirit’s association with men.
1. The Father draws men to Christ through the preaching of the Gospel and the ministry of the Holy Spirit (Jn. , 44-45, 65).
2. The Holy Spirit calls and sends out Christian workers (Acts 13:1-5).
3. The Holy Spirit empowers our witness for Christ (Acts ).
4. The Holy Spirit deals with the unfaithful (Acts 5:1-11).
IV. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
A. He lovingly invites the sinner to Christ.
B. He empowers, directs and uses all who submit to Christ.
1. We are filled with the Holy Spirit by confessing our sins and yielding totally to the Lord (Eph. ).
- He will fill those He controls.
2. When we witness for Christ, the Holy Spirit empowers our message (I Cor. 2:1-5, 14).