Too often the Holy Spirit is confusing to us. Even as Christians, we don’t understand the reality and necessity of the Holy Spirit. So let’s look at 5 aspects of the Holy Spirit.
1. He is Good
The foundational teaching on the Holy Spirit is that He is good. This means that He always has right motives, that His ways are pleasing to the Father and that every aspect of His nature is trustworthy. As we study these characteristics we should keep in mind the fact of His goodness.
“You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst (Ne. 9:20).”
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Ps. 143:10).”
2. The Advisor
The Spirit of God is our great advisor. Different versions translate John chapter 14:16 calling Him the Counselor, the Helper, and the Comforter.
The Holy Spirit is the Great Counselor of our souls, He advises us and points our conscience in the right direction.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever (Jn. 14:16 NIV).”
“(He is) the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name (Jn. 14:26).”
“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father (Jn. 15:26)”
“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you (Jn. 16:7).”
In every way imaginable He helps us. He aids us in every area of this life, enabling us to accomplish the purposes of the Father, walk in righteousness and to love God.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever (Jn. 14:16 NASB).”
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness (Ro. 8:26).”
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2Co. 12:9).”
He consoles us in our weakness, times of hurt and doubt. He is our strength when we have nothing left to give. He comforts our hearts with the capacity to think on eternity. He is the encouragement within that we feel when we meditate on the Lord. He is a person, not just a feeling or characteristic.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever (Jn. 14:16 KJV).”
“But you know him…I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you (Jn. 14:17-18).”
“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord (Ac. 9:31).”
3. The Instructor
Like the character aspect of being the “Counselor,” the Holy Spirit as the Instructor guides us in the way we ought to live, what we should think, how to believe and gives us instruction and wisdom.
Spirit of Truth
There are many spirits in this world but there is only one Spirit of Truth. He leads us into truth, instructs us about truth and bears witness to what is true (not just Bible facts but all things are that are found to be true before God).
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you…the Spirit of truth (Jn. 14:16-17).”
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears (Jn. 16:12-13).”
“I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit (Ro. 9:1).”
The Great Teacher
The Holy Spirit gives us insight into the Word of God so that we can understand it and apply. He desires greatly to be our primary source but it requires lots of time before Him, talking to Him about the nuances of the scripture, about life and our circumstances.
“(He) will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (Jn. 14:26).”
“do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say (Lk. 12:11-12).”
“the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father (Jn. 15:26)”
4. The One Within
He Who Lives in Us
God lives in us by His Spirit. This is not an allegory; it is a fact that the Spirit literally dwells within us. Everywhere we go He goes, everything we do, we bring Him into, whether good or bad.
“he lives with you and will be in you (Jn. 14:17).”
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us (Ro. 5:5).”
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own (1Co. 6:19).”
5. The Revealer
The One Who Shows Us What is to Come
It is part of the Spirit’s job description to reveal the future to us. This is one of the most fun and profound aspects of our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
“he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you (Jn. 16:13-15).”
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (Lk. 2:25-26).”
“I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me (Ac. 20:23).”
The One Who Leads Us
Daily leadership is available to us, for the areas of our spiritual walk and domestic life. The Holy Spirit leads us, longing to guide our path and direct our steps. He reveals the plan of the Father to us in ways that we can interpret and come to understand.
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert (Lk. 4:1)”
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one (Mt. 6:13).”
“because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Ro. 8:14).”
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice (the Voice of the Holy Spirit) behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it (Is. 30:21).”
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Ga. 5:25).”
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them (Ac. 13:2).”
Still a Mystery?
I hope this has brought clarity and peace to your understanding of the Holy Spirit. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading all the way through!
I’d love to hear your response. If you have some thoughts on the Holy Spirit, use the comment section below to start up a dialogue.