Who is “The Holy Spirit?”
First and foremost the Holy Spirit is a person. He’s not an “it” or just wind. He’s a part of the Godhead and deserves to be respected. He is our comforter, teacher, helper, counselor, guide, friend and advocate. The Holy Spirit is tender hearted and can be offended. He knows when we are sincere in our repentance and distributes affection whenever he chooses. He can be felt as a warmth or coolness. He’s very powerful yet he lives inside each believer and helps us in our Christian walk to follow what’s right and holy. He’s the spirit that was in Jesus. Gentle, loving and yet powerful. Now that Jesus has left us to be with the Father and ready our future home, the Holy Spirit is left to minister to us and aid us. He’s not our servant, but a teacher. He’s not a magician but has the power to perform miracles.
“I will ask the Father and he will give another Comforter, to be with your forever, the Spirit of Truth” John 14:16
When Jesus was going away, his friends (his disciples) were very sad. They wanted him to stay and nobody wanted him to leave. Jesus told them about this special Comforter that would take his place when he was gone. He’s called the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit comes and lives in them marking them for God’s service. But as a Christian they discover that they can still sin and make mistakes. Some Christians read the Bible but have a hard time understanding it. Something’s are just difficult.
The Holy Spirit is the light of truth. He illuminates God’s word. He speaks to us about sin and helps see traps even mistakes.
“But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Sometimes it’s hard to know what the truth is. We want to do right but we aren’t sure what doing right is. Jesus promised us that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher. As you read the Bible, the Spirit will make some words stand out to you. He’ll teach you about different subjects. The Holy Spirit makes things larger to us. He helps us and teaches us about the things Jesus said. It doesn’t matter how old you are because the Holy Spirit teaches everyone the same.
What are the fruits of “The Holy Spirit”?
The fruits of the Holy Spirit is His Character!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” Galatians 5:22-23.
- Long suffering.
Jesus has already told us that He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches draw their life from the vine, not vice versa. Just as the branch draws its life from the vine, so too must we draw our life directly from Jesus. Jesus will release His divine life directly into us through the Holy Spirit in the exact same way that the vine will release the life of the tree into the branches.
The Christian life is a battle of the sinful flesh against the new nature given by Christ. As fallen human beings, we are still trapped in a body that desires sinful things. As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit producing His fruit in us and we have the Holy Spirit’s power available to conquer the acts of the sinful nature.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13.
A Christian will never be completely victorious in always demonstrating the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is one of the main purposes of the Christian life, though, to progressively allow the Holy Spirit to produce more and more of His fruit in our lives – and to allow the Holy Spirit to conquer the opposing sinful desires. The fruit of the Spirit is what God desires our lives to exhibit and with the Holy Spirit’s help, it is possible!
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