Who, or What, is the Holy Spirit?

Dr. Bectoria Stafford

Women In Discipleship – Blog Post 7

The Holy Spirit has always played an important role in God’s relationship with His people

Some people refer to the Holy Spirit as the “Holy Ghost.” The Holy Spirit is not a ghost at all. He is a Divine being and one of the three parts of God who is three in one. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit was with God the Father and Jesus the Son at the dawn of creation (Genesis 1:2). The Holy Spirit has always played an important role in God’s relationship with His people.

A study of the Bible gives the understanding that the New Testament is filled with “the authority of the Spirit and of God.”[1] The Holy Spirit is vital in God’s relationship with His people because it is the Holy Spirit who opens people’s minds so that they can understand the truth about God and what the Bible teaches about His character and purpose (Luke 25:45-47).[2] The following are other verses that describe the Holy Spirit…

Mathew 28:19-20

Luke 11:13

John 14:26

Romans 5:5

Romans 15:13

1 Corinthians 2:11

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

2 Corinthians 3:17

Jude 1:20-21

The Holy Spirit is with us now. When Jesus went up to heaven at Pentecost, after His sacrificing death, burial, and resurrection, He promised that the Holy Spirit would remain in this world with us and help God’s people (Acts 1:8).[3]  The Bible teaches that the Church relies on the Holy Spirit to bring God’s people together and prepare them “for the kingdom of God.”[4] This statement teaches Christians that the Holy Spirit continues to play an active role in their relationship with God.

The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a helper (John 14:15-17). The Holy Spirit is a source of support and power in our weakness (Romans 8:26). We are also given gifts by the Holy Spirit as we traverse our spiritual journey in Christ (1 Corinthians 12:1-6). In addition to other abilities, the Bible teaches that gifts of the Holy Spirit include wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, the power to do miracles, the gift of prophesy, the ability to decipher spirits, the ability to speak languages that were not known before, and the ability to translate those languages (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, it is through this power that God’s people all serve His purpose in many different ways (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).

The Holy Spirit works within the lives of believers (John 3:6-8). People are led and guided by the Holy Spirit to share their faith and walk in their own spiritual journey as they pursue Jesus Christ in their own lives (Romans 8:14).  Believers are also able to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they bring glory to God by discipling others (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit continues to work in the lives of God’s people for the purpose of His kingdom. It is up to the will of each believer to respond in service and glorify God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:11).

[1] David G. Peterson, The Acts of the Apostles, 33.

[2] Ibid., 29.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid., 92.

The Co-Founders

Dr. Elaine Bednar DMIN, LPCC-S, LCDC III

Dr. Bednar is also the founder of Dr. Bednar Counseling, LLC. Her education includes Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, and BA from The Ohio State University, with distinction in Psychology. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor.

Dr. Bectoria Stafford MSW

Dr. Stafford is also the founder of Dr. Bectoria Stafford, LLC. Her education includes Doctor of Ministry degree from South University, MSW: Eastern Washington University School of Social Work, and a BA: University of Washington, with distinction in Psychology. She is a licensed social worker.

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