SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

by Curt Dodd


Who is the Holy Spirit
Curt Dodd
I Thessalonians 5:19


Who is the Holy Spirit? Have you ever had that strong inner sense of urging to do something feeling that somehow God was talking to you? That inward nudge would not let you go and was
prompting you to respond positively to the call of God upon your life? Who was that? Who made that happen? It was not an ''It'', it was none other than the Holy Spirit. He is the ''Power
Generator of the Trinity'', silent, behind the scenes, often overlooked, taken for granted but very powerful, He is the third person of the Godhead. In fact Jesus told His disciples that when they baptized a follower of His, they were to baptize them ''In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.'' Now you and I need to realize that the very concept of the Trinity is a difficult concept for us to understand. But God reveals Himself through three (3) distinct personalities.

One of these personalities that God reveals Himself to us and is still being God Himself in oneness and unity is the Holy Spirit. He is a person who can be grieved according to Ephesians 4:30:And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

He could be quenched, according to I Thessalonians 5:19:

Do not put out the Spirit's fire,And He can be rejected,

according to I Thessalonians 4:8:

Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

But when we come to understanding who He is, it is often easier to learn who someone is by understanding what He does. Since there is no face that we can put on Him, we can draw the outline of His image based upon the works that He does in our generation with two different kinds of people. We want to look today at how the Holy Spirit works for unbelievers and how He works for believers and so together we will receive a simple collage to describe to us who exactly the Holy Spirit truly is.

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