All too often the fundamentals of Christianity are ignored in light of a feel good agenda. This is furthered by ignoring the fact of Who the Holy Spirit is. This is part of the reason I taught the below lesson last week. We need not only to know Who the Holy Spirit is but He is due utmost respect.
The Holy Spirit His Purpose
Springs of Refreshing Fellowship Church
1932 Gwynn Oak Ave
Woodlawn, MD 21207
Elder William James Carter, The 1st
18 April 2013
© The Christian Perspective
The Holy Spirit and His Purpose
The Deity of The Holy Spirit
All too often the Holy Spirit is not provided due respect as the Father and Son are. This is problematic because the Holy Spirit is just as much Deity as the Father and Son. He is eternal and was instrumental in creation as is evidenced in the Genesis narrative. Genesis 1:1 reads “In the beginning God…” This word in the Hebrew is “Elohim” which has a varied history but is significant because it is a reference to the multi-faceted God. That is to say that the term recognizes not only the idea of the One and only True God but is suggestive of the entire Godhead which includes the Holy Spirit.
While Genesis 1:1 alludes to the presence of the Holy Spirit in creation Genesis 1:2 definitively brings Him into the picture. It reads:
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
The phrase “Spirit of God” is significant because while it recognizes the Father it also shows the Spirit and it shows the Spirit as being separate from the Father. Even more the word “spirit” in the Hebrew is “ruwach” which means breath or spirit. More specifically this word means “Spirit of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son.” This is absolute evidence that the Holy Spirit is not merely a power from God but that He shares the same attributes as the Father and the Son making Him Deity. Those attributes are:
- Omniscience – Everything knowing
- Omnipresence – Everywhere present
- Omnipotence – All powerful
These attributes are enjoyed only by the Godhead and because the Godhead includes the Holy Spirit He, by extension, is fully Deity. This is not to say that there are three Gods because there are not. This speaks to the fact that God is multi-faceted in three Persons and that the Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Trinity.
Additional evidence of the Deity of the Holy Spirit is found throughout the New Testament. Among the most prominent places is the record found in Acts 5:1-4:
“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 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.”
The Spirit of God is referred to here as the Holy Ghost. However the distinction between Spirit and Ghost are purely linguistic in nature. The Greek word “pneuma” shares the same definition as the Hebrew word “ruwach.” This is indicative of the fact the Spirit of the Old Testament is the same Spirit of the New Testament. With that is evident that lying to the Holy Ghost is synonymous to lying to God. Therefore the Holy Spirit (Ghost) must be God as He is an intricate part of the Godhead.
The Deity of the Holy Spirit is further validated by at least twenty-three different titles. Among those titles are:
- Spirit of Adoption – Romans 8:15, “ For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
- Spirit of Lord God – Isaiah 61:6, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
- Spirit of the Father – Matthew 10:20, “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”
The Person of the Holy Spirit
With this the fact of the Deity of the Holy Spirit is indisputable. It is also evident that He is not a mere force but that the Holy Spirit has a personality which is separate from the Father and the Son which shows that He is a person. With that there are specific acts the He engages in. Those acts are:
- Ø He Teaches – John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
- Ø He testifies – John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
- He guides – Romans 8:14, “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
- Ø He Speaks – I Corinthians 2:13, “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.”
- Ø He enlightens – 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.”
- Ø He strives – Genesis 6:3, “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”
- Ø He commands – Acts 8:29, “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”
- Ø He intercedes – 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.”
- Ø He sends workers – Acts 13:4, “So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”
- Ø He calls – Revelation 22:7, “ And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
- Ø He comforts – John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
- Ø He works – I Corinthians 12:11, “ But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
The Purpose of the Holy Spirit
Like Jesus the overall purpose of the Holy Spirit is to ensure that the will of the Father is fulfilled. That is done in a number of ways. One clear purpose of the Holy Spirit is to be a comforter to the people of God.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”
The idea that the Holy Spirit is referred to as a Comforter presents a number of ideas and shows the complexities of His purpose. The Greek word is “paraklētos” which generally means called alongside to help but that there is much more to the term. Another definition takes on a legal term which means:
“one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate”
The definition continues with:
one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor
- of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins
“in the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant”
This idea of the “Comforter” shows the general purpose of the Holy Spirit even while He has more specific purposes. Yet no matter what His work is the overall purpose is to ensure that the will of the Father is fulfilled. Among the more specific purposes of the Holy Spirit are:
- Ø Edify the Church – Acts 9:31, “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.”
- Ø Testifies concerning Christ – John 15:26, “ But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
- Ø To impart hope – Romans 15:13, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
- Ø To guide to into all truth – 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.”
To convict the world of sin – John 16:7-8, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
 Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ruwach (Strong’s 7307)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. 16 Apr 2013. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7307&t=KJV >
4 thoughts on “The Holy Spirit His Purpose”
I gave a quick read to the above writing on the Holy Spirit, and upon first observation I found it to be excellent, a good discussion of the third person of the Blessed Trinity.
Thank you, Pastor for a great teaching on the ministry of the Holy Spirit a.k.a. the Spirit of Jesus, the friend promised by both Jesus and God to be with us always. I love that God loves us so much to give us another Friend, Teacher and Comforter when Jesus went to heaven! God bless you!