The Holy Spirit

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:13).

It is impossible to fully understand the infinite Holy Spirit of God. But if one is to gain an understanding of what takes place at the moment of salvation, a study of the divine Spirit of God is necessary. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:7,8).

The Holy Spirit is God (see Acts 5:3,4). He is in all believers: “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” (Romans 8:9). He does not glorify Himself (see text verse). He teaches: “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. . . . But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth” (I John 2:20,27). He comforts: “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16,17).

He reproves the world (John 16:8); He empowers (Acts 1:8); He bears witness “with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). He leads us (Romans 8:14); He seals us “unto the day of redemption” Ephesians 4:30). Through Him, we submit ourselves to the Lordship of Christ (I Corinthians 12:3–6), and it is He that “maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). We should “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16), “live in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), and be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). CJH

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