Who Is the Holy Spirit? (1 of 5) by Jonathan McLeod

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Who Is the Holy Spirit? (1 of 5)
Series: The Holy Spirit
Jonathan McLeod


''The Holy Spirit leaves no footprints in the sand'' (Abraham Kuyper, The Work of the Holy Spirit).

''The wind [pneuma] blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit [pneuma]'' (John 3:8).

Pneuma - ''breath, wind, spirit.''


''And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws'' (Ezekiel 36:25-27).

• The Holy Spirit was ALWAYS in the world.

(1) The CREATION of the world

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:1-2).

(2) The INSPIRATION of Scripture

For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).

(3) The MINISTRY of Jesus

''How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him'' (Acts 10:38).

• But on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit ''came'' in a NEW way.

''But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth'' (Acts 1:8).


Wrong views:

• Jehovah's Witnesses: ''The holy spirit is the invisible active force of Almighty God that moves his servants to do his will'' (Let God Be True, p. 108).

• Mormons: ''The Holy Ghost is one of God's spirit children who has yet to gain a body, but performs a vital role in the Godhead as a testator (confirmer) of truth'' (MormonWiki.com).

• United Pentecostal Church: ''The Holy Ghost is not a third person in the Godhea ...

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