WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner, and sanctifying and guiding the believer into all truth. John 14:26; John 16:8-11; 1 Peter 1:2; Rom 8:14.
So many people sincerely think of the Holy Spirit as a mere influence or power. They fail to see Him as a person with individual characteristics. Some people don’t realise that if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit there would be no Bible, no faith, no new birth, no holiness, no Christian in the world at all.
I. HE IS THE THIRD PERSON OF THE TRIUNE GODHEAD.
a. He is called God.
Acts 5:4, “But Peter said, “Ananias, why has satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit… You have not lied to man but to God.”
b. He has the divine attributes.
Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God.”
Psalm 139:7 says, “…Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
Zechariah 4:6 says, “Nor by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.”
II. HE PROCEEDS FROM THE FATHER AND THE SON.
Because the Holy Spirit carries out the will of the Father, glorifies the Son and speaks not of Himself, it doesn’t mean that He is inferior. It merely points to the inner workings of the Godhead. Man thinks in terms of submission as equivalent to inferiority, but in God, submission is all part of co-operation and co-existence. What an example for the Christian to be in submission to one another.
John 16:13, “When the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears, He will speak and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me…”
III. HIS WORK AT SALVATION.
1. He convicts us of sin.
John 16:7-8, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement.”
2. He reveals to us the truth about Jesus Christ.
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 things that I said to you.”
3. He gives us new spiritual birth which is called regeneration.
John 3:5-6, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
4. He joins us into the Body of Christ.
1 Cor 12:13, “for by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body…”
5. He sanctifies the believer.
1 Thess 2:13, “…..God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the spirit and belief in the truth.”
6. At conversion, believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and they immediately come under His sanctifying influence.
1. The believers separation from the world and being set apart to follow Christ.
2. The believers continual cleansing and transformation into a life of holiness to God.
Galatians 5:17, “I say then: walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.”
1 Cor 6:11 says, “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
IV HE GUIDES THE BELIEVER INTO ALL TRUTH.
Jesus promised the believer a helper, one who would draw near and be of assistance. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, guiding the believer into all truth.
John 14:16, 17, “And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
It is essential for the believer to recognise the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, the more like Christ the believer will become. It is God’s purpose to give us the Holy Spirit to dwell with us in order to guide, direct, and motivate us to do the works that Jesus did.