The phrase “Holy Spirit” is found more than 90 times in the New Testament, yet many have misunderstandings concerning this part of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is a personal entity, not a feeling or energy (John 14:16, 15:26). Look at some of the characteristics of the Spirit.
He is a Divine Being. He is eternal (Hebrews 9:14) and on the same level as God and the Son (Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14.) He is active even today in carrying out the Divine Will.
He was involved in Creation. He moved upon the face of the deep (Genesis 1:2) and decorated the creation (Job 26:13). He is also active in the individual creation of each person (Job 33:4, Psalm 104:30).
He was involved in the Ministry of Christ. The Holy Spirit was active in Christ’s birth (Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:35), in his baptism (Matthew 3:16-17), in his life journey (Matthew 4:1), and in his legacy to his apostles (Matthew 3:11, Acts 2:33).
He is involved in Providence. Providence is the indirect operation of God through what appears to be natural occurrences. He has been involved in the rise and fall of nations (Isaiah 63:10-14, Zechariah 4:6), and has created opportunities for evangelism (Acts 16:6-7, 1 Corinthians 16:9, Colossians 4:3).
He is involved in Divine Revelation. Perhaps the main emphasis of the Holy Spirit is in giving us instruction through the written word—the Bible. The words of Scripture were not initiated by men but by the guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21, 2 Samuel 23:2, 1 Corinthians 2:10-13). This is why they are called inspired or “God breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16).
He is involved in Conversion. Many denominational teachers misunderstand this point. The Calvinistic view is that the Spirit illuminates a person and saves him without any merit of the candidate’s actions. The Bible teaches that faith comes by the teaching of the Word of God (Romans 10:17, Ephesians 3:4). The Spirit is present in the conversion process (John 3:5) through the written and spoken word (Ephesians 6:17).
He is involved in our Prayers. Romans 8:26 let’s us know that when we are overwhelmed with our weaknesses, the Spirit himself makes intercession for us. As we do our best in prayer, the Holy Spirit expresses our needs to the Father.
While we may not understand every aspect of the work of the Holy Spirit on this side of eternity, we can still be thankful for his presence in our lives.