Saturday, February 16, 2013

Five Bible Verses on the Holy Spirit

1. 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 that I have said to you.

The passage in John refers to the holy spirit as "the helper." We learn that this helper comes through Jesus Christ. After Jesus ascended to heaven the apostles were sad because they wanted him to stay and teach them. He told the disciples that they would receive the holy spirit. Through the holy spirit they would recall the word of God. In fact in this passage we are told the holy spirit teaches us all things. So the holy spirit acts as a reminder within us of the love of Jesus.

2. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

This passage from Galatians tells us something of the things that the hoiy spirit gives us. It gives us peace and love, as well as joy which are great positive things that help our overall well being. We receive goodness, faith, gentleness, and self control. These things are positive character attributes that make us better people. I've often felt the holy spirit changing me through these wonderful gifts. As humans our minds are full of all kinds of strange and impure thoughts. When we get into the word of God and attend a church that speaks to us, we give power to the holy spirit to work more fully in our lives. We are told that there is no law against these wonderful things that are added to us freely through Christ.

3. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

In Timothy we learn that God gave us this spirit and that it is very powerful. In it resides great love. We also learn that the holy spirit is where our self control comes from. This yet another passage that reminds us we are not to be afraid. I find more and more in the Bible passages that constantly tell us fear is not what God wants us feeling. Yet in our culture we are constantly provoked into fear by news and media. This is not the way of God! We must remember that there is nothing we need to fear in all existence when Jesus lives within us. He protects us. And even if the worst happens, we will be able to handle it.

4. Acts 2:33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.

The book of Acts was written by St. Luke, and one of the key purposes in Acts was to show that holy spirit at work. We are told here that Jesus, the right hand of God, which when referred to as such denotes power, poured out the holy spirit on the disciples. The disciples continued to perform the miracles that Jesus performed after Jesus ascended. So we see here that they miracles were explained as acts of the holy spirit. In fact the very act of proclaiming the word was considered to be act of the holy spirit speaking through the apostles.

5. John 14:15-17 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Here Jesus refers to the laws of Moses, but also refers to his commandment which was to love one another. Jesus said he would go to God and bring them the helper to be with us. It is referred to as the spirit of truth because all truth comes through the holy spirit and the word of God. We learn that the rest of the world who does not know Christ cannot receive the holy spirit. But all who have Christ, then receive the holy spirit and it dwells in them.