- Abides WITH us. (John 14:17, 2 Cor 13:14, 1 John 3:24, Phil 2:1, Ps 51:11, Ps 139:7)
- The Spirit can depart from people, as in the case with King Saul. (1 Sam 16:14)
- Abides INSIDE of the hearts/spirits of born again believers in Christ. (Gen 41:38, Num 27:18, John 14:17, Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16, Gal 4:6, Eph 3:17, Eph 5:18, 2 Tim 1:14, 1 John 4:13, Rev 3:20)
- Spirit comes UPON people. (Matt 3:16, Matt 12:18, Mk 1:10, Lk 1:35, Lk 2:25, Lk 3:22, Lk 4:18, Lk 24:49, John 1:32, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:17, Acts 10:44-45, Acts 11:15, 1 Pet 4:14, Num 11:25,29, Num 24:2, Judg 3:10, 1 Sam 10:10, 1 Sam 16:13, Isa 11:2, Isa 42:1, Joel 2:28)
- Spirit ENTERS into people. (Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24)
- Spirit FILLS people. (Ex 28:3, Ex 31:3, Ex 35:31, Ezek 36:27, Neh 9:30, Isa 63:11, Lk 1:15,41,67, Acts 2:4, Acts 4:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 6:3,5, Acts 7:55, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:38, Acts 11:24, Acts 13:9, Eph 5:18)
- Has a mind. (Rom 8:27, Isa 40:13-14)
- Has a will and determines decisions. (1 Cor 12:11, Acts 15:28)
- Possesses emotions. Love (Rom 15:30). Joy (1 Thess 1:6). Peace (Rom 14:17). Can be grieved (Eph 4:30). Can be vexed (Isa 63:10). Can feel anger, be provoked and tried (Acts 5:9, Heb 3:7-12 NKJV).
- He IS the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance.
- Can be resisted. (Acts 7:51)
- Can be lied to. (Acts 5:3)
- Can be blasphemed. (Matt 12:31-32)
- By lack of faith or rebellion, one can LIMIT the Spirit or tie His hands (Ps 78:41). God wanted so much to pour out abundant blessings upon the children of Israel, but they continued to murmur, complain, doubt Him and provoke Him. They limited the Holy One of Israel because they heard God’s Word, but did not mix it with faith. They wouldn’t receive what God had for them, but instead, they had an evil heart of unbelief. They resisted the Holy Ghost and spoke evil against the Lord and God’s servant Moses. God won’t override our will.
- Can be quenched. (1 Thess 5:19)
- Can be rebelled against. (Ps 106:33, Isa 63:10)
- A person can harden their heart toward the Spirit (Heb 3:7-8).
- The Spirit speaks. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” (Matt 10:20, Mk 13:11, John 16:13, Acts 8:29, Acts 10:19, Acts 13:2, Acts 21:11, Acts 28:25, 1 Tim 4:1-3, Heb 3:7, Rev 2:7,11,17,29, Rev 3:6,13,22, Rev 22:17, Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24, Ezek 11:1-2,5).
- The Spirit hears (John 16:13).
- The Holy Ghost commissions and sends forth into ministry (Acts 13:2-4). As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia, and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. See also Isa 48:16, Acts 8:29-40, Acts 10:19-48.
- The Spirit forbids (Acts 16:6-7).
- The Spirit renews (Titus 3:5).
- Refreshes (Acts 3:19). “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
- Sanctifies (Rom 15:16, 2 Thess 2:13, 1 Pet 1:2). Jesus said in Matt 3:11 and Luke 3:16 that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. The fire of the Holy Ghost purges impurities. Malachi 3:2-3 says, “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
- Teaches (Neh 9:20, 1 Cor 2:13, John 14:26, Lk 12:11-12, 1 John 2:20).
- Appoints Overseers (Acts 20:28).
- Reveals things to us, Imparts Revelation. (Eph 1:17-19, Matt 16:16-17, Lk 2:26, John 16:13, 1 Cor 2:10)
- Strengthens (Eph 3:16).
- Quickens – brings life, makes alive (John 6:63, Rom 8:11, 1 Pet 3:18). It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
- Comforts (Acts 9:31, John 14:16,26, John 15:26, John 16:7).
- Intercedes (Rom 9:26-27).
- Imparts spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11, Heb 2:4). The nine Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 are:
- Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Discerning of spirits
- Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues
- Faith, Healings (plural), Miracles
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 says, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
Hebrews 2:4 “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”
- Leads and Guides (Matt 4:1, Lk 4:1, Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18, John 16:13).
- Strives with man for a long time, but won’t always strive with man (Gen 6:3, 1 Sam 16:14, Ps 51:11, Heb 6:4-6, Heb 10:26-31).
- Bears witness (Rom 8:16, Heb 10:15, 1 John 5:6).
- Testifies (John 15:26, Acts 5:32, Acts 20:23).
- The Spirit brings about rebirth and regeneration (John 3:5-8).
- The Holy Spirit is our seal (deposit of guarantee) of our salvation. Eph 1:13-14 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” 2 Cor 1:21-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
- Convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness (John 16:8).
- The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus (John 16:14).
- The Spirit spoke through the prophets (2 Sam 23:2, Acts 1:16, Acts 21:10-11, Acts 28:25, 2 Pet 1:21).
- The Holy Ghost is the author of the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim 3:16-17).
- The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father (Lk 11:13).
- The Spirit was sent to this earth by the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 15:26).
- The Spirit only speaks what the Father and Son tell Him to speak (John 16:13).
- No man can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 12:3).
- The Spirit helps us pray, whether in our own tongue or in a language we’ve never learned. It could be a language of this earth or one of heaven. (1 Cor 14:14-15, 1 Cor 13:1, Jude 20, Eph 6:18, Rom 8:26).
- The Holy Ghost descended upon Jesus Christ in bodily form, alighting on Him as of a dove (Luke 3:22).
- The Spirit overshadows. He overshadowed Mary and she conceived Jesus the Messiah (Luke 1:35). He overshadows us and we conceive and become pregnant spiritually, carrying the seed of dreams, promises and ministries that He places within us to be birthed.
- Endues us with power and boldness. (Luke 4:14, Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:38, Rom 15:13,19, 1 Cor 2:4)
- The anointing of the Holy Ghost heals. (Acts 10:38, Acts 4:29-31, Lk 5:17, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Isa 61:1-3 corresponds to Luke 4:18-21)
- The Spirit raised Christ from the dead and also quickens our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11).
- The Spirit imparts life (Isa 32:15, John 6:63, John 7:38-39, Rom 8:2,10, 2 Cor 3:6, Gal 6:8, Rev 11:11, Rev 21:6).
- The Holy Ghost imparts love inside of our hearts. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Rom 5:5). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23). Also see Col 1:8, 1 Pet 1:22.
- The Holy Ghost imparts joy (Ps 16:11, Lk 1:41-45, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 13:52, Rom 14:17, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22, 1 Thess 1:6).
- The Spirit imparts peace (John 14:26-27, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22-23, Eph 4:3, Phil 4:7)
- We are led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” See also Gal 5:16-18 “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
The Living Bible words Gal 5:16-18 this way: “I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to. For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. When you are guided by the Holy Spirit, you need no longer force yourself to obey Jewish laws.”
- The Holy Spirit works in our life to produce good fruit (Gal 5:22-23). John 15:1-8 says, “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”
- We are commanded to walk after, walk in, and live in the Spirit, and good fruit will be the result (Rom 8:1, Gal 3:3, Gal 5:16,25).
- The Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:9-11). “For it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
- The anointing of the Holy Ghost breaks yokes and bondages off of our lives. Isaiah 10:27 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” 2 Cor 3:17 states: “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
- Both the Spirit and the Bride say “Come” (Rev 22:17).
- The Spirit works in us to change us into the image of Jesus Christ. It’s a step by step process, from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18).
- The Holy Spirit was the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night in the wilderness.
- The Holy Spirit is very tender and easily wounded. His heart is very sensitive.
- In many churches, the services are governed by man, and the Holy Spirit is either completely left out, or is restrained from moving the way in which He would like to move. The Spirit makes His presence known to those who want Him near. He wants to be welcomed, loved and embraced. Even in our own personal lives, we can ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit and do our own thing. Or we can choose to yield to the Spirit’s leadings.
- The Holy Spirit usually speaks in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12). To hear His Voice, we have to be still before Him (“Be still and know that I am God” – Ps 46:10).
- The Holy Spirit is Omnipotent (All-Powerful) – Job 33:4. “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.”
- The Spirit is Omniscient (All-Knowing) – Isa 40:13-15. “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.”
- The Spirit is Omni-Present (everywhere at the same time). Psalm 139:7 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
- The Holy Spirit wants us to come before His presence with singing and praise (Ps 95, Ps 100). Worship through song and musical instruments ushers in God’s glory. Have you noticed that when the congregation, or you by yourself, begin to worship the Lord especially through song and musical instruments, the Holy Spirit comes in. His presence is so powerful, yet also so sweet.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the Cloud. For the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
- The Holy Ghost has the power to remove mountains in our life. Psalm 97:5 “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth”. And Zechariah 4:6-7 says, “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”
- The Spirit gathers (Isa 34:16).
- The Spirit blows (Isa 40:7).
- The Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4).
- The Spirit translated people (carried them away, transported them) from one place to another.
PHILIP (Acts 8:39)
EZEKIEL (Ezek 3:12,14, Ezek 8:3,7,14,16, Ezek 11:1,24, Ezek 43:5)
ENOCH (Gen 5:24, xref Heb 11:5)
ELIJAH (2 Kings 2:11)
PAUL caught up to the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-4).
JOHN the Beloved caught up to the New Jerusalem and Heaven’s Throneroom (Book of Revelation).
- The Spirit of God lifts up a standard against the enemy (Isa 59:19).
- 2 Cor 13:14 encourages us to develop sweet communion with the Holy Spirit. Phil 2:1 mentions the fellowship of the Spirit. He is very Precious. He is our Friend. He is the one who understands and knows you better than any other person. He is our life. David prayed, “Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps 51:11). And Moses said that he would not proceed unless God’s presence went with him (Ex 33:14-17).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20).
- The Spirit governs the Church (Body of Christ). The seven churches in Revelation 1-3 represent seven actual churches in John’s time. To us today, the seven churches speak of seven groups of people within the corporate body of Christ, or seven kinds of churches. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev 3:22).
- The Shekinah glory is usually associated with the presence of the Holy Spirit, although in a Bible Dictionary, I read that the Shekinah was an ancient angel which was later called the Shekinah. Jesus is that ancient angel. He is referred to as the angel of the Lord in the Old Testament when He would appear in person at times (called a theophany). He’s not an angel, in the sense of created angelic beings (because He and His Father created the angels). The word angel means “messenger”. Jesus is God. Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of both the Father and the Son, and the Son proceeds from the Father. Therefore, the Shekinah is the Holy Spirit, who issues out of Jesus. The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are three Persons of the Godhead, but one God. They can walk in and out of each other, and be literally one (yet three).
- Although the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and likes to be invited to come, He is also powerful and dramatic. He will come rushing in without necessarily being invited. His glory shall fill the entire earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
- Whoever blasphemes the Son will be forgiven. But whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven—not in this world, nor in the world to come (Matthew 12:31-32).