Often times, we as Christians regard the Holy Spirit as if it is a lesser version of God, like some kind of Jesus Jr. What we tend to overlook, though, is that the Holy Spirit is not merely God’s messenger boy – it is the presence of God Himself. We need to learn more about the character and the nature of the Holy Spirit, so here are five verses to get you started.
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell from where it comes or where it if going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. ” (John 3:8 NIV)
You can’t see the Holy Spirit, but you can see the effects off its works of transformation in people. Just like the wind, it is not tangible, but it is strongly and undeniably present.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with and you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17 NIV)
We’ve heard time and time gain that God is always with us, and here it is again. He is not carrying our groceries to our car for us, yet His Holy Spirit guides us, comforts us, and lies within us always. We just have to remember to tap into it.
“He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Nearly every powerful God moment I have experienced has occurred due to the presence of the Holy Spirit, and “power” is an understatement. Witnessing the Spirit is pretty incredible.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them…Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NIV)
So it turns out that the Holy Spirit has some jurisdiction up in Heaven. We receive gifts from the Holy Spirit, gifts that are best suited to our personalities and abilities. Regardless of what kind of Spirit we have lying within us, the potential for it is in everybody.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV)
Being filled with the Holy Spirit (biblically speaking, baptism) makes us new – it puts in us a new heart, new desires, a new sense of life and joy. But you don’t have to wait until you get baptized to experience this transformation of the Spirit: God working within us progressively allows us to feel more and more of the Holy Spirit, and that itself will transform you, water or no water.
The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity; it’s not the intern or the new guy. You can’t touch it, hear it, or see it, but the Holy Spirit is God made manifest in us, in a way that we can feel it, which is most important.