Chapter 12 Why I Believe In The Holy Spirit

I recall when I first became aware that the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were individual personalities to whom I could relate, yet one God. I had been talking to Jesus since I was a young child….my Mother taught me that prayer was talking to Jesus. But, I suddenly realized that I should also talk to and get to know my Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. I started with the Father because I did not yet have a grasp on who the Holy Spiirit was. I think many people do not realize they can have a relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as well as with Jesus.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are always united as one, think as one, work as one, and are identical as a unity. But, each is an individual personality with their own part in their mission. Remember the baptism of Jesus? All three were present at the same time in unity, but the Father’s voice spoke of being well pleased in His Son, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove, and Jesus humbled Himself to be anointed by the Father and the Holy Spirit to be prepared for His mission. There was the expression of three personality, but in one purpose.
D. James Kennedy explains that the Holy Spiriit is not just a force or an “it”, but rather a personality, a person. Unlike a force, the Holy Spirit has a personality, an intellect, a will, emotions, and can communicate. A force or “it” like electricity or gravity can do none of these things. Kennedy also explains that in the original Greek of the New Testament, the pronouns referencing the Holy Spirit are masculine, therefore the Holy Spirit it a he and not a she.
We can get to know the Holy Spirit, who He is and His ministry, in the Bible.
John 16:8 The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, regenerates, cleanses, sanctifies, makes pure, leads into righteousness.
Romans 8:26-27 The Spirit helps us in our weakness, knows our hearts and minds, helps us pray, intercededs for us
1 Corinthians 2:11, John 16:13, John 15:26 The Spirit knows all the things of God. He even knows the future. Whatever He hears from the Father and the Son, He speaks. He testifies of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 12:11 The Spirit gives God’s people gifts.
Acts 13:2, Acts 20:28 The Holy Spirit appoints leaders in the church.
1 John 5:6, Romans 8:9-16 The Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God.
1 Corinthians 3:16 The Spirit indwells every true follower of Jesus.
Galatians 5: 22-23 The Holy Spirit bears good fruit in and through us…love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control.
On page 146, Kennedy lists some of the work of the Holy Spirit: participatied in the creation of the world, inspired and authored the writing of the scriptures/Bible, caused Jesus to be conceived in the womb of Mary, baptized Jesus, led and empowered Jesus, raised Jesus from the dead, was poured out on people at Pentecost and continues to be poured out on people today, inspires and encourages and empowers God’s people today!
While every believer/follower of Jesus has the measure of the Holy Spirit, not all are full of the Holy Spirit. We humans are leaky vessels. First, it is important to get full, and then to keep being filled up. First, ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you full of Himself. This is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. There ia a baptism of water, but also a baptism of the spirit. The baptism of water is like the baptism of John the Baptist. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is like the infilling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is best to have both.
Luke 11:13, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heaveenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him?”
Then, keep filling up with the Holy Spirit and His Word daily.
James 1: 22-25 tells us that we are not supposed to just hear the Word and them go away and do nothing about it, we need to continue to walk in and by the Holy Spirit and His Word.
Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were continually filled (throughout their souls) with joy and the Holy Spirit.”
Epheisans 5:18, “Ever be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.”
Also check out Colosians 1:9 and 2:10. We are to be filled and keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit. This is how we come to know the voice of the Holy Spirit and to follow His lead, instructions, and teachings. He is the perfect loving coach and mentor. The Bible calls Him our Comforter and Helper (John 14:16, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7).
What a great and marvelous blessing it is to get to know the Holy Spirit personally and be continually filled!

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