Yesterday, we started week 5. Over the next few weeks we will learn of the Holy Spirits acts, ways and works upon the earth and with men.
As we begin this study of the Holy Spirit the question to be settled is: “Who is the Holy Spirit?” First and foremost we must come to understand that The Holy Spirit is a Person - NOT - a force!
Theologian John Walvoord says in his book, The Holy Spirit, “It is a fundamental revelation of Scripture that the Holy Spirit is a person in the same sense that God the Father is a person and the Lord Jesus Christ is a person.” [John Walvoord, The Holy Spirit, p. 5]
This idea of personhood in relation to the Holy Spirit has been subject to denial and neglect throughout Church history and is seldom understood by modern day Christians. Most modern day Christians view the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force rather than a real person.
IF, the Holy Spirit can be shown to be directly linked with terms descriptive of personality,
AND, the Holy Spirit can be shown to act as a person would act,
AND, the Holy Spirit can be shown to be a separate identifiable person in relation to other persons, THEN, the Holy Spirit can clearly be identified as a person rather than an impersonal force. - The Personality of the Holy Spirit, Valley Bible Church, Theology School
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1
The Spirit of God At Creation
Genesis 1:2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
Moved H7363 râchaph A primitive root; to brood; by implication to be relaxed: - flutter, move, shake.
Job 26:12 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Breath Ruach H7307 BDB Spirit of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son.
The word “spirit” (in Hebrew is ruach and is cited in the OT – 378. In the Greek it is pneuma and is cited in the NT – 379 times.) is the word used from ancient times to describe and explain the experience of divine power working in, upon, and around men, and understood by them as the power of God.
Let US…Father, Son, Holy Spirit
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
More on The Deity of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit is rightly called God according to Acts 5:3-4
The names of the Spirit make clear the Deity according to 1 Cor. 2:11-14, 2 Cor. 3:17-18
Scripture attests the Spirit as:
Eternal according to Hebrews 9:14
All knowing (omniscient) according to 1 Cor. 2:11b and Isaiah 40:13
Life Giving according to Romans 8:2
The Incomparable One according to Ephesians 4:4
Of one essence with God according to 2 Corinthians 3:18
Present everywhere (omnipresent) Ps. 139:7-10
All powerful (omnipotent) Lk.1:35
Jesus uses a Personal Pronoun for the Holy Spirit in John 16:7
Read: The Deity Scriptures above
Repent if you have thought of the Hoy Spirit as a force or less than the Father or the Son.
Ask Holy Spirit for a deeper walk with Him, a deeper hunger for His fellowship.
Cry Out for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!
Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven…Be refreshed and strengthened by the Spirit!
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
- Psalms 139:7-12
OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2