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UNDERSTANDING THE HOLY SPIRIT

by / Saturday, 13 May 2017 / Published in

INTRO:  The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, with a mind, will, and emotions. He is included in the Trinity, which is made up of 3 distinct persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Bible also declares that the Holy Spirit is God and reveals to us His human-like characteristics. In this sermon we’ll look at some of those characteristics so that we might have a much better understanding of who He is, and hopefully increase our desire to become closer in our relationship with Him.

I.   WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? (One of the three Persons of God)

Mathew 3:16-17

Matthew 28:19

John 14:16-17

2 Corinthians 13:14

Acts 2:32-33

II.  CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

He has a Mind:  Romans 8:27

He has Emotions:  Romans 15:30

He has a Will:  1 Corinthians 12:11

He Grieves:  Isaiah 63:10

He Gives Joy:  Luke 10:21; 1 Thessalonians 1:6

He Teaches:  John 14:26

He Speaks to Us: Acts 8:29, 11:12, 13:12

He Testifies of Jesus:  John 15:26

He Convicts:  John 16:8

He Leads:  Romans 8:14

He Reveals Truth; He Strengthens & Encourages:  Acts 9:31

He Comforts:  John 14:26

He Helps Us in Our Weaknesses:  Romans 8:26

He Intercedes:  Romans 8:26

He Shapes Us, Molds Us, and Makes Us Conform to the image of Christ:  Romans 8:1-17

He Searches the Deep Things of God:  1 Corinthians 2:11

He Sanctifies:  Romans 15:16

He Bears Witness/Testifies:  Romans 8:16

He Prevents Us from Going Somewhere or Doing Something:  Acts 16:5-7

He Can Be Lied to:  Acts 5:3

He Can Be Resisted:  Acts 7:51

He Can Be Blasphemed:  Matthew 12:31-32

He Can Be Quenched:  1 Thessalonians 5:19

CONCLUSION:  I am so grateful for how active the Holy Spirit is in our lives as believers in Christ. We couldn’t live the Christian life without Him! However, the Holy Spirit won't do all the work for us. We're still responsible to do our part - consistently reading the Bible, praying, and asking Him to show us the truth and teach us how to live. May you get to know, love, and understand Him in an even greater way!

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