What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity, consisting of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). It is described in the Bible as the active agent of the Father, working in the world and in us to bring about God’s will.

The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but a personal Presence who is active in our lives and in the world. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus in John 14:26: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

The Holy Spirit is also the source of the spiritual gifts that each Christian receives. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul explains how the Holy Spirit gives different kinds of gifts to different people for the building up of the Church.

The Holy Spirit is a guide, teacher and encourager (John 16:13-14). He helps us to understand God’s word and to be obedient to what it says (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). He also leads us in our growth as Christians, convicting us of sin (John 16:8) and helping us to live a life of love and holiness (Romans 8:14).

The Holy Spirit is at work in the Christian’s life, helping us to live the life God has called us to. He is an irreplaceable part of the Christian life and our relationship with God.

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