God the Holy Spirit
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on October 9th, 2011

Who / What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is received at salvation (Romans 8:9) and is the permanent possession of every believer in Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Holy Spirit is MORE than a power or force. He is a Person:
- with a mind,
- with emotions, and
- with a will.

The Holy Spirit can be grieved (emotions).
- And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4 : 30)

The Holy Spirit decides (mind) who will receive spiritual gifting (will).
- The question is not can the Holy Spirit give someone a miraculous gift. Scripture affirms this truth. Even in the 21st century, we acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is free to dispense gifts according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

God the Holy Spirit, according to the words of God the Son (Jesus Christ), is:
- the One who teaches us ALL things
- the One who reminds of the Word of God everything that Jesus has spoken to us

John 14 : 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

When / How do we receive the Holy Spirit?

1. The receiving / indwelling of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation.

1 Corinthians 3:16 "Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"

What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The baptism of the Holy Spirit may be defined as that work whereby the Spirit of God places the believer into union with Christ and into union with other believers in the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation.

1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit."

2. The filling of the Spirit is an ongoing process in the Christian life.

How can I be filled with the Spirit?

The permanent indwelling of the Spirit is not for a select few believers, but rather for all believers. However, the Word of God says that we should be "filled with the Spirit."

Ephesians 5:18 "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit," (NKJV)

We must earnestly desire to be filled with the Spirit.

Matthew 5:6 "Blessed [are] those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled."

We must ask God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ to be filled with the Spirit.

1 John 5:14-15 "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked of Him."

Why should I receive the Holy Spirit?


a. Jesus said He will teach us ALL things (what we need to know to live)
b. Jesus said He will remind us of His Word (what we need to have/possess to live)
c. Jesus said He will AID us (divinely) in life (as Helper/Comforter)
 Including the granting of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12 : 7 - 11)

1 Corinthians 12:7-11: "(7) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (8) for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, (9) to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, (10) 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. (11) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."


a. His Presence in our Hearts is a part of our Eternal Salvation (Galatians 4 : 4 - 7)
b. He Regenerates Us; He Causes Us Upon Salvation to be BORN AGAIN (Breath of Life) (John 3 : 3 - 8)

Galatians 4:4-7: "(4) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born [fn1] of a woman, born under the law, (5) to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (6) And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (7) Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."

John 3:3-8: "(3) Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (4) Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (5) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (8) The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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