The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. And from what I can tell, he is reasonably known. However, the extent to which he is known to the world, and more importantly, to the Christian; is limited. Therefore, for this reason, I have chosen to write this article “10 Bible Verses About the Holy Spirit;” to shed some much-needed light on the Holy Spirit and his functions.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God, but to be more specific. The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead: after God the Father, and after God the son. And just as God the Father existed as God before creation. Likewise, the Holy Spirit existed as the Holy Spirit before creation.
What is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to anyone who accepts Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift”(Acts 10:44-45).
Where is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God, and God is on His throne in heaven. However, where the believer is concerned; the Holy Spirit dwells within. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Bible Verses About the Holy Spirit
To let you know, I have carefully studied these bible verses about the Holy Spirit before my decision to share them with you. Also, these verses on the holy spirit are great for new converts in Christ. Not only will you know more about the Holy Spirit. But you will, after reading and meditating on these verses, have a personal encounter with the spirit of God.
And not only for new converts, but these Bible verses about the holy spirit are necessary to remind all saints of who they are in Christ.
So, without further ado, here are 10 bible verses about the holy spirit.
Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Romans 8:26“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Luke 4:1“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.”
1 Corinthians 12:27“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
John 15:26“But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
John 2:27“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teaches you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is the truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
John 16:13” Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Romans 8:16“The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Acts 2:24 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Functions of The Holy Spirit
As a Christian, you must know that the bible must validate whatever anyone says about God, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit. You must never accept anyone’s idea about the Holy Spirit, God, and Jesus Christ without first confirming it with the word of God.
Therefore, it is for this reason I find these ten bible verses about the holy spirit to be extremely helpful. They validate each of the eight functions of the holy spirit. So with that said, here are eight functions of the holy spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a seal and He keeps us connected to God.
The Holy Spirit is an intercessor and He intercedes for the saints.
The Holy Spirit is a leader and He leads God’s people.
The Holy Spirit is an enabler and He enables God’s people to do the will of God
The Holy Spirit is a comforter and He comforts God’s people.
The Holy Spirit is a teacher and He teaches God’s people about the things of God.
The Holy Spirit is a guide and He guides God’s people in the way of truth.
The Holy Spirit is an inward witness and He witnesses to the saints that they are God’s chosen ones.
Functions of The Holy Spirit Explained
Using the 10 listed bible verses about the holy spirit, I have explained all eight functions of the holy spirit.
Seal: A seal is a bond that joins two things together. And by so doing; prevents anything from passing through. Likewise, the Holy Ghost as a seal performs this function.
As an illustration, in the book of John; when Jesus was about to leave earth. He told his disciples that he was going to send the Holy Ghost as a token to them that they are God’s children.
So then, to fully comprehend what Jesus said to his disciples. We will first need to put ourselves in the disciples’ shoes. The disciples were sorrowful about Jesus leaving them; because Jesus represented hope.
You could imagine the thoughts that passed through their minds on that day. “We are going to look like fools, and men are going to scorn and ridicule us.”
From the disciples’ perspective; they needed something to hold on to, and Jesus knew. So there was where the Holy Spirit as a seal found his place. To serve as a token that binds the believer with God, or in other words, to make the believer one with God.
Intercessor: Here In Romans 8:26, we see the Holy Spirit acting as an intercessor in the prayer life of the believer. And this is necessary, because in the midst of affliction, our prayer life can easily go downhill. And it is for this reason the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.
That is to say when we can’t pray the way we should; because of our infirmities. The Holy Spirit will step in and help us to pray. In other words, the Holy Spirit makes prayer easy in testing times. But first, we must be opened to this function of the Holy Ghost.
Leader: The Holy Spirit as a leader will lead us to be Christ-like. He will lead us along life’s path. The Holy Spirit as a leader will never lead us away from the will of God, but rather lead us to do the will of God. And for this purpose, the Holy Spirit as a leader desires absolute control of our lives, otherwise, he is grieved. Therefore, I pray that you will remember this vital function of the Holy Spirit.
Enabler: The Holy Ghost as an enabler; enables us to do God’s will. ” For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”(Philippians 2:13).
As we can see in Philippians 2:13; the Holy Ghost gives us the ability to please God in our personal lives. Likewise, when it comes to ministering to others; the Holy Ghost enables us to minister. To sum up; as children of God we can do all things, but only if we remember that the Holy Spirit’s function is to give us God’s abilities
Comforter: The Holy Ghost as a comforter comforts the children of God, and every child of God has this right. The Holy Spirit as a comforter can do nothing else than to comfort. And it doesn’t matter whether we or others deem us worthy of his comfort.
Furthermore, Roman 8:1 reminds us that there isn’t any condemnation attached to the child of God. In closing, a key function of the Holy Spirit in the saints’ life is to comfort. Therefore, the Holy Spirit as a comforter, comforts every child of God under any circumstances.
Teacher: Teaching is an important function of the Holy Spirit. And though Ephesians 4:8 states that God gave gifts to his children for the edifying of each other. Meaning; we can teach and learn from each other. But the point I am making here, is that as children of God, the Holy Ghost is our ultimate teacher.
And as such, we must not allow ourselves to be tossed around by men’s philosophies and ideologies. And if there is something that we aren’t sure about; we can ask the Holy Spirit.
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (John 2:7).
Guide: Unlike in John 15:26, where the Holy Spirit functions as a leader. In John 16:13, the Holy Spirit functions as a guide; and a guide is a helper. Not to say that a leader isn’t a helper, but in the true sense of the word as in use here; the Holy Spirit is a guide.
The Holy Spirit as a guide waits upon our initiative before doing anything for us.
And for this reason, Jesus said in Mark 11:23 ” For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Thus, as children of God, when we take the initiative and act in faith. The Holy Spirit as a guide will help us forge ahead in faith until our desires become reality. In the same vein, the Holy Ghost as a guide wouldn’t force us to do anything.
For example, if we want to grow in faith; it’s our responsibility to read the Bible, pray, and please God. In this case, when we commit to take the first step in faith, the Holy Spirit will then guide us with truth every step of the way.
Inward Witness: What does the Holy Spirit bare witness about? The Holy Ghost conveys to our spirits that we are God’s children. And that through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection we have redemption.
Also, the Holy Spirit bare witness of Christ’s complete work. For example, the Holy Spirit testifies that Christ came down from heaven, walked among men. That Christ was nailed to the cross, buried and rose on the third day. And now he is in heaven as savior.
For this reason, the function of the Holy Spirit as a witness cannot be taken lightly. Because the inward witness reminds the believer that he or she is a child of God. And as a child, he or she has the right to approach God for whatever he or she needs. I pray from here onward, you will allow the Holy Spirit to have his way in your life.
Finally, I hope that you enjoyed reading this article “10 bible verses about The Holy Spirit.” And if you have anything to add, please leave your thoughts in a comment below.
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But somehow, through God’s grace; I overcame. And the one thing I have learned from those encounters – trust God.
Therefore, using my experiences and my relationship with God. I now seek to inspire and encourage those who visit my blog.
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