You Asked For It: Who is the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:12-16 (NIV) Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.
WHO IS HE?
- He is my inner voice.
John 16:8 (NIV) When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.
The Holy Spirit convicts. It is the devil that condemns.
1 Corinthians 12:3 (NIV) No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
- He is my teacher.
John 14:26 (NIV) But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
1 John 2:27 (NLT) You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know.
- He is my guide.
John 16:13 (NIV) 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, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
- He is my friend.
John 14:16 (NIV) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
Counselor – paraklétos – called to one’s side to help
2 Corinthians 13:14 (Message) The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.
A HOLY SPIRIT IN ME
Ephesians 4:30 (Message) Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.
- “Holy Spirit show me.”
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
- “Holy Spirit change me.” Don’t stay where you started!
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT) For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom . . . . And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
- “Holy Spirit fill me.” Give me everything you have God! I want more of you in my life.
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Acts 13:52 (NASB) And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit doesn’t make me better than you, it makes me better than me.