6 important things you should know about the holy spirit.


1) The Holy Spirit Seals Us in the Family of God and Guarantees Our Salvation

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

2) The Holy Spirit Gives Power, Love and Self-Control, but Never Fear.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7
The Holy Spirit not only seals our salvation, He also guides and equips us as we journey this side of eternity. And this side, as you have experienced, is full of fear. Just turn on the news or look at the internet and you will be afraid to even leave your home or eat your dinner. However, the Bible tells us this fear is not from God. Instead the Holy Spirit gives us 3 incredible gifts to strengthen us in this journey: power, love, and self-control.

3) The Holy Spirit is Greater than the Spirit of this World

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. – 1 John 4:4

4) He is a Person.

The Bible, including Jesus, refers to the Spirit as a “He” not as an “it.” The Holy Spirit is not merely a force, but a Person who has a mind, feelings, and will. (See Rom. 8.27, Eph. 4:30, and 1 Cor. 12:11.)

5) He is the third Person of the Trinity.

The “Trinity” was a term coined early on in the history of the church to explain what the Bible taught. God is one but is revealed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are all equally God and yet the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father. We worship God, the Three in One. The mystery is profound, yet profoundly true.

6) His primary role may be summarized as “God’s empowering Presence.”

After studying some of the things Jesus taught about the Holy Spirit in John 14-16, I would summarize that the Spirit mediates the presence and power of Christ to the believer. That explanation is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a good start.