Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do in a believer? The Holy Spirit is a person just as God is a person and Jesus Christ is a person. (He is an He, not an ‘it’.) The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. Otherwise named as the ‘Trinity’. Trying to make sense of the ‘Trinity’ can become difficult for the new believer. Do not try to make sense of this. Just believe and receive it as truth! God will reveal the ‘Trinity’ to you, eventually. The world makes a practice of receiving and then believing. But, with God, we must believe first before we can receive. John the Baptist told those that he baptized in water that “there is One coming who is mightier than I and He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Matthew 3:11) Jesus, after He returned from His crucifixion during His forty days on earth, appeared before His apostles and told them to remain in Jerusalem and they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days. After that He ascended up to heaven to be with the Father. (Acts 1:4-5) The basic operation of the Holy Spirit is to impart a new life into the believer, thus making him/her to become a child of God. (John 1:12 and Titus 3:5-7) And He is not as visible as the Father and Son, throughout the Bible, because His ministry is to bear witness of Jesus. (John 15:26) Through the operation of the Holy Spirit you become a part of God’s family. 1 Corinthians 12: 3 says .. “So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.” And again in verse 13 .. “Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is given to us, so that we can be blessed and we are then able to be a blessing to others. The Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 13:2). The Holy Spirit has feelings and emotions (Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit has a will (1 Corinthians 12:11). The Holy Spirit is likened to a dove, wind and fire in the New Testament and He is known by many names. Names such as God, Lord, Spirit of God, Spirit of Truth, Eternal Spirit.
God’s Will for every believer is to be filled with the His Spirit. Knowing that it is God’s Will for you to be filled with His Spirit should give you confidence in asking Him to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. And once you have asked Him, believe that you have received. (1 John 5:14 .. ‘And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. 15 And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for’.) The Holy Spirit, however, is a gift given to those who believe in Jesus, trusting that his death, burial, and resurrection saves them and sharing with Jesus in these through baptism (1 Cor. 15:1-5; Rom. 6:3-6).
The Holy Spirit desires for us to depend upon Him for the following .. Counsel, Help, Intercession, Advocacy, Strength, and Loyal Friend that stands by you at all times, Revealer of truth, etc. As Joyce says.. When in trouble, don’t go to the phone, but go to the throne! Rely on Him. You are not alone on this earth.