The Holy Spirit is the Spirit from Almighty God that He puts in mankind. Through His Holy Spirit in us, He and His Son Jesus Christ dwell in us. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God.

By having the Holy Spirit in us, we can understand God’s word.

This study helps you understand:

  • What is the Holy Spirit?
  • Why do we need the Holy Spirit?
  • How do we get the Holy Spirit?
  • Where is the Holy Spirit?

As 1 Corinthians 12:3 says, the Holy Spirit gives us understanding in all things. This understanding includes the ability to declare that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Only by the Holy Spirit can we know that Almighty God is the Father and that Jesus Christ is His son.

06. The Holy Spirit

John 14:15-18, and 25-26
teach us that the Holy Spirit is our “comforter”. It teaches us all things. Although it is an unseen power, it reveals to us truth, knowledge, wisdom, and gives us understanding. Jesus Christ knew that the apostles and disciples would need this help after Jesus returned to heaven.

The Holy Spirit is not a person. It is like a direct phone line between humans and God, with Jesus Christ as the mediator. Through the Holy Spirit we can discern spiritual things.

Since Jesus Christ was on earth

John 7:39
tells us that after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, his followers received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38-39
describes the baptism of Jesus Christ by water for remission of sins, and then the baptized person receives the Holy Spirit. Being baptized in Jesus Christ shows that you accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. This is how Jesus Christ’s followers serve him today.

Luke 11:9-13
describes how you can get the Holy Spirit. Earnestly desire it. When you pray, ask for it. Why? Because perhaps you need help with challenging questions, or a dilemma that you are trying to work out, or you desire to understand something scriptural. Seek to obtain the Holy Spirit within you as you would search for hidden treasure. When you ask, be persistent and continue to ask because God will reveal it to you. Also ask your questions to one another because God created each person and each one has gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 1:23
encourages us that change is part of learning. You might be working through a situation that takes physical or mental stamina. God is patient and wants to nurture us, like a garden. When He sees potential in us, He leads us like a Father does. He is long-suffering, forgiving and merciful as we change.

In Old Testament times, before Jesus was on earth

1 Peter 1:20-21
tells us that the prophets were inspired to write the Bible verses by the Holy Spirit. So, the writings of the Bible are God’s words, not man’s words. That is why we can trust that the Bible is true. It is our responsibility to learn what the scriptures in the Bible teach us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can properly discern the meaning and intent of the scriptures.

Before Jesus Christ’s first coming, God gave the Holy Spirit to selected individuals to carry out His will.

For example, God gave instruction on how to build the first Tabernacle of God, He told Moses how specific craftsmen were selected by God to receive His Spirit for help (Exodus 31:2-5, Exodus 35:30-33).

God also gave the prophets the Holy Spirit to record and pass on God’s messages to us.

After Jesus was killed, the Holy Spirit was offered to people who desired to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice that we can now freely receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit activates the gifts and talents in Jesus Christ’s people, and can use these gifts to help others.

It is very important for people of God to ask Him, through His son Jesus Christ, for the Holy Spirit so that they can understand and wisely interpret scriptural matters.

Jesus Christ told his followers that the Holy Spirit would help them remember what he had taught while he was on Earth. His followers have the Holy Spirit in them, and can request help and understanding at all times.

Additional Reference for Further Research:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Questions for further in-depth study:

What is the Holy Spirit?
Why do we need the Holy Spirit?
How do we get the Holy Spirit?
Where is the Holy Spirit?

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