The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead.

He is a real Person but more than that, He is a Divine Person. The Trinity is made up of:

The Father (God the Father)

The Son (Jesus Christ)

The Holy Spirit (Spirit of the Living God)

They are all One. They are all in Unity. But they are three Divine Persons. They have different functions, different responsibilities, but they are three Divine Persons.

The first time we hear of the Holy Spirit is in the book of Genesis.

Genesis 1v2

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Notice the words “Us”, “Our image”, “Our likeness” in the following verse. This speaks of the three persons of the Trinity.

Genesis 1v26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Our bodies are the tabernacles/the houses/the temples of the Holy Spirit.

When you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside you.

In the Old Testament God lived in Solomon’s temple which Solomon built. But God no longer lives in that temple.

We are now the temple of God and God lives in us by the person of the Holy Spirit. So wherever you go, you take the Holy Spirit with you.

Why did God give us the Holy Spirit?

Just to live inside of us. No! He was sent to be our Comforter, Counsellor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener and Standby.

John 14v26 Amp

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Even though the Holy Spirit has been sent to live in us and assist us, we have a responsibility to become more aware of Him in us. He is a gentleman and He will not force Himself on you. You have to give Him place in your life.

Ask Him to help you. The Holy Spirit will help you but He will not do it for you. The Holy Spirit will not do your praying for you and He will not read the Word of God for you. You do it and He comes alongside you to assist you.

Other Names for the Holy Spirit are:

  • Spirit of God (Isaiah 61v1)
  • Spirit of Grace (Zechariah 12v10)
  • Spirit of Truth (John 14v17)
  • Spirit of Holiness (Romans 1v4)
  • Spirit of Life (Romans 8v2)
  • Spirit of Christ (Romans 8v9)
  • Spirit of Glory (1 Peter 4v14)
  • Spirit of Adoption (Romans 8v15)

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

When Jesus returned to Heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to the earth for a specific purpose.

John 16v7

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

How can it be to your advantage?

Because Jesus could only be with one person or a few people in one place at one time but if He sends the Holy Spirit, then He could be with everyone, in any place, at any time.

So wherever you go, God goes with you. He is with you all the time. That is why His name is “Emmanuel”, which means, “God with us.”

John 14v16

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.

The word “Another” in the above verse means, “The exact same as Jesus.”

Jesus and the Holy Spirit are One. You have Jesus in you, with you all the time in the Person of the Holy Spirit.

John 14v26

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.

The Holy Spirit is your Teacher.

He will teach you right from wrong. He will teach you all things. Ask Him to teach you how to love your husband, or your wife or children. Let Him teach you how to manage your time. How to budget your finances.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to live our Christian life.

Acts 1v8

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

He gives us power to be a witness. Not just to witness but to be a witness.

Francis of Assissi – We all need to preach the gospel and if necessary, use words.

2 Corinthians 3v2-3

You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

You are a letter that is being read by all people.

The Holy Spirit leads and guides us.

John 16v13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

The Holy Spirit will lead you in the way you should go. Whatever message He hears from the Father, He will give it to you. You can rest assured that if God needs you to know something, He will let you know. Don’t become anxious. Rest in Him.

He will show you or tell you things to come. Things that will happen in the future for you.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

There is a difference between being “born of” the Holy Spirit and being “filled with” the Holy Spirit.

When we receive the New Birth, when we receive Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. In this way we are born of the Spirit.

When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we are filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit no longer just lives is us, He is now released in our lives and fills us up with Himself.

This is what we call being baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

So how will we know that you are filled? We will see the evidence when we hear you speak in another language, a heavenly language.

How do you receive the Holy Spirit? You receive it by Faith, just like you received your salvation.

Acts 8v14-19

You can see they got saved – V16

But then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit – V17

How do we know, because Simon saw the Power, he saw them speak in other tongues and offered money to also have that gift.

Acts 19:1-6

John baptized unto repentance, salvation.

Paul laid hands to receive the Holy Spirit and they began to speak with other tongues.

Acts 2:1-4

Why should we be filled with the Holy Spirit?

Because we need the power God every day in our lives.

Acts 1:8

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

How can a person be filled with the Spirit?

In order to be filled, one must first of all be born again.

Acts 2:38

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Then ask Jesus to give you the Holy Spirit and receive Him by Faith. Yield to the Holy Spirit and expect to be filled with Him.

Luke 11:9-13

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

Jesus is saying, if you ask God to give you the Holy Spirit, then He will not give you a stone or scorpion. He will not give you a evil spirit.

Must one speak in tongues?

Yes, because when you speak in tongues, you are speaking unto God.

1 Corinthians 14v2

For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

When you speak in tongues you edify yourself.

1 Corinthians 14v14

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

The benefits of speaking in tongues

  • For spiritual recharging or strengthening.

1 Corinthians 14v4

He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

  • To build up our faith

Jude 20

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.

  • To pray according to God’s will. When we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit prays through us.

Romans 8v26-28

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The Holy Spirit will help us pray for something we do not understand properly. So Jesus has given us everything we need to live a successful Christian life. There are two ways in which we speak in tongues.

Privately

Publicly

When this happens, there must be an interpreter to interpret what He said. It can be himself or it can be somebody else. He must be able to explain what was said in other tongues or otherwise he will leave people confused.

1 Corinthians 14v26-28

How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.

Prayer to receive salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. I am now reborn! I am a Christian— a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Begin to praise God for filling you with the Holy Spirit. Speak those words and syllables you receive—not in your own language, but the language given to you by the Holy Spirit. You have to use your own voice. God will not force you to speak. Don’t be concerned with how it sounds. It is a heavenly language!

Ps. Lester Holland