Tuesday, March 19, 2013
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV).
As today’s Scripture demonstrates, the Spirit of God never operates apart from the Word of God.
The average Bible reader has many misconceptions about its characters, and the Holy Ghost is certainly one of these misunderstood persons. There are many absurd, superstitious beliefs about the Holy Spirit. Some view Him as a mystical, “spooky spirit.” Others think He is an inanimate, impersonal force. Even many who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour, have a strange understanding of who the Holy Ghost is and how He operates. In the next few studies, we will examine some key passages about the Holy Spirit: who He is, what He does, how He does it, and so on.
Firstly, the Holy Spirit is a Person, not some force; specifically, the Holy Ghost is God. Acts 5:3,4 is very clear: “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” One cannot lie to a force, only to a person; lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God Himself!
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [Jesus Christ], and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). The Holy Spirit is just as much God as the Father and the Son are!
Dozens of verses demonstrate that the Holy Spirit is a person. For instance, the Holy Spirit talks (1 Timothy 4:1), He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), and He lives within those individuals who have trusted Jesus Christ alone as their personal Saviour (2 Timothy 1:14). No “force” does any of those things!
Let us see what else Scripture says about the Holy Spirit and His work….