Holy Spirit: One of Three Persons of God
There are three forms of God according to the Bible: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So the Holy Spirit is one of the three forms of God. This does not mean that there are three God’s like the trinity in Hinduism or other religions. The concept is often explained with the example of the forms of water. Water is a single compound described by H2O. Still, water can exist in three states – ice, liquid and vapor. Similarly an egg is comprised of three elements: the white, the yoke and the shell. Neither of these disparate elements can fully describe an egg. Just like ice does not fully describe water – it can have a liquid and a gaseous form. Similarly, the father, the son or the spirit — according to Christianity – do not complete describe God. Despite his different forms, there is only one God. There is oneness in Christianity.
So who is this Holy Spirit? Quotes from the Bible:
So who is this Holy Spirit. Let us examine this using quotes from the Bible:
The Holy Spirit is not impersonal or unthinking. The Holy Spirit is a “person” equal in every way with God, the Father, and God, the Son. The Bible tells us that all the characteristics of God apparent in the Father and the Son are equally apparent in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is composed of intellect, emotions and will. In 1 Corinthians 2:11, we see an example of the Holy Spirit’s intellect and will: “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”
In Romans 15:30, we see the Holy Spirit has emotion, as represented by the capacity to love:“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;”
Although the Holy Spirit has all the characteristics of God, He has specific roles and functions in our lives. In John 16:13, we see the Spirit of Truth as our guide: “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 shew you things to come.”
In John 14:26, we learn that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor and teacher: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
In 1 Corinthians 3:16, we see that the Holy Spirit lives inside our bodies, the temple of God:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
In Acts 1:8, we understand that we receive our power from God through this spirit:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.
In Romans 8:14, it describes how our orders come from God through the Spirit:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
In Romans 8:26, we learn that the Holy Spirit is our benevolent supporter, especially in bad times:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
In Hebrews 9:14, we see that the Holy Spirit is timeless.
In 1 Corinthians 2:11, we see that the Holy Spirit is all-knowing.
In Psalm 139; we see that the Holy Spirit is everywhere