How would you answer this question: “Who is the Holy Spirit?” Would you say, “I don’t know”? Maybe you’d say, “I’ve heard about people who go a little crazy when they get involved with the Holy Spirit, so I’m not interested.” Or you may say, “Wow, what a difference in my life since I was filled with the Spirit!”
Learning about the Holy Spirit can be compared to staring at a picture that looks like a jumble of shapes and colors even though you’ve been told it’s a portrait of a man. At first, you see nothing—but then the distinctive shape of a man emerges.
When I was a child, I knew about God the Father and Jesus the Son, but no one taught me much about the Holy Spirit. I’d heard of him, but he was ethereal, impersonal. Then when I started studying the Bible, I found references to him that I’d never seen. The Holy Spirit was everywhere—from “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” in Genesis 1:2 to “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’” in Revelation 22:7.
If you’re a Christian, the Holy Spirit lives inside you. To the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Understanding the person and work of the Holy Spirit is vital. As Charles Stanley says, “The Holy Spirit makes possible your ongoing Christian life and enables you to experience Christ and have a relationship with the Father. The Holy Spirit enables you to have victory in your Christian walk. You need him at work in you if you are to fulfill your earthly destiny in Christ and become the person that the Father created you to be.”*
Discover the Spirit-filled life God has for you as we study:
The Fruit of the Spirit
The Power of the Spirit
The Spiritual Walk
*Charles F. Stanley, Relying on the Holy Spirit, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008, 5.