You may have wondered what the Holy Spirit is? This is a question I had myself early on when I was Christian.
The Moment I stopped asking this question was when I received it. This was in 1997. At the time I knew I had the Holy Spirit although I couldn’t use scriptures to prove it, I still knew it was with me.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will be using scriptures here to give a clearer picture of what the Holy Spirit is.
Some of the arguments I have heard concerning the Spirit are:
It is the commandments? We will find out if this is true.
I have also heard that the Holy Spirit first showed up on the day of Pentecost?
Firstly lets deal with this term Holy Spirit?
When we look into the scriptures using the original language Hebrew the terms used are :
This term is found in the strongs numbers H7307 and H6944
H7307 ruwach roo’-akh
wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
H6944 qodesh ko’-desh
a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity.
KJV: consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (X most) holy (X day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.
David makes mention of it in Psalms
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
So from the definitions above we can conclude that the Holy Spirit
Is a Breath or Expression (Spirit) which is dedicated (holy). It is safe to say that the Spirit would aid in making the person who has been given the privilege to have it dedicated to YHWH and his will (God).
So knowing what the Holy Spirit does, it is is now easier to know if we have it or not. For me this was definitely true in 1997 and is still true today my focus has always been solely on YHWH (even when I have naively been in bad company)…
So lets look at some instances of the Holy Spirit in scriptures to get some understanding of its function and power.
I will start with the function of the Holy Spirit using the Old testament (Law and the prophets) and new testament. The Messiah gives us instructions about what the Holy Spirit would do:
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments…
26 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.
Ghost here is the same as Spirit, (this is the problem with translations)
We know now that the Holy Spirit can dedicate a person to God, which can also included giving the person filled with it the ability to do what ever God wants them to, according to God’s will.
Before a person would ever receive the Holy Spirit there is always a keeping of the Commandments of God (whether this is done with the persons complete understanding or not). This is something that only God and his son know, so they will determine who receives the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit in the Law and the Prophets (Wrongly called the Old testament)
18 And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
Here we see Moses being told to lay hands on Joshua. It is important to note that God says that the Spirit is in Joshua of nun and that Moses was only laying hands on him so that he would be respected amongst the other priests.
This shows us that the Holy Spirit was operating before the famous Pentecost (click here to get a proper understanding of Pentecost) pouring down in the book of Acts.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
John the baptist had the Holy Spirit from the womb, this again lets us know that God knows who will and wont do his will. For those that are sceptically, I always ask the question, just because God knows what you are going to do – Do you?
Because we don’t know what God knows, we should all be keeping his commandments if we believe.
The Holy Spirit in Action
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Here we see that the Spirit also has the power to speak on our behalf. I am sure some of you reading this can testify to moments when you felt you had help with something you said, that was related to the faith (I certainly can!).
Why I haven’t mentioned the gifts of the Spirit that Paul Spoke about in 1 Corinthians 12?
1 Corinthians 12:1-13
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
The gifts of the spirit spoken of by Paul were all the workings of one spirit. What this means is that when the Holy Spirit needs to manifest it self through a person as a gift that is necessary it will.
This is something that Paul makes clear here.
2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
In the book of Acts when the Spirit came down and the devout believers (Israelite’s, strangers, Jews) spoke in foreign tongues (languages) This was so that the other devout Israelite’s, Jews, strangers at that time in that region could receive the message of the scriptures.
There were also devout Gentiles, and strangers there too. This was a great fulfilling of the Prophet Joel.
So to end this… we can see that the Holy Spirit is certainly not the commandments, directly, but it is true to say that you must keep the commandments to receive the Spirit. But to call the Holy Spirit the actual commandments or the bible, is to deny the living power of God.
Also clearly the day of Pentecost was not the first time the Holy Spirit showed up, because there were men throughout the bible that had it. Such as John the baptist and Joshua son of Nun and David.
Peace and Shalom
I hope someone was enlightened, as they were on the day of Pentecost!