The most misunderstood person in the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. How do you react when the Holy Spirit is either mentioned or spoken of? We are going to look at a conversation that took place in the last fourteen or fifteen hours of Jesus’ life. In Chapter 14 of the book of John, Jesus is at the Last Super talking to His disciples.
The main context of what Jesus tells them in Chapters 14, 15, and 16 is: “I’m going away, don’t be troubled though, because I’m going to send Someone else.” Jesus was introducing His disciples to the Holy Spirit.
John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, (Verse 17) “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
The Bible never ever refers to the Holy Spirit as “it!” He is a person! If we don’t see Him as a person, then we won’t develop a personal relationship with Him. He is the third person of the Trinity.
John 14:25 – “These things I’ve spoken to you while being present with you. (Verse 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 things that I said to you.”
John 15:26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”
John 16:7 – “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.
John 16:12 – “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (Verse 13) 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.
And that should settle whether or not the Holy Spirit speaks! This word “Helper” comes from the Greek word “Parakletos.” “Para” means “alongside” and “Kletos” means “to come.” In other words, Jesus said, “I’m going to send you someone to come alongside you.” So this word can be translated as Helper, Consoler, Intercessor, or Advocate.
However, the Old King James, which many of us grew up on, translates as “Comforter.” How many have a comforter in their home that is not for use, but just for looks? How many believers have the “Comforter” not for use, but just for looks? The Holy Spirit is not for looks! He’s for use! He wants to empower us and to enable us.
He’s My Helper
He will help us pray and what to say. He also helps us to know what “not” to say.
John 16:8 – “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; Most look at these three things negatively, but the next three verses explain: (Verse 9) of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
Why does the Holy Spirit convict us of sin? Because if we don’t understand and believe that we are or were a sinner, we’ll never believe we need a Savior! We can’t get saved until we know we need a Savior. If you have been saved, you will remember that feeling of conviction. It’s one of the Holy Spirit’s job to lead us to Jesus. He convicts us of sin so that we’ll believe in Jesus because we need a Savior. You can’t save yourself.
Here is the next thing the Holy Spirit does: (Verse 10) “of righteousness because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;” Jesus goes to the right hand of the Father making intercession for us, bringing the two together. Once Jesus takes care of our sin, we and the Father can have a relationship. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will convict us of “righteousness” not righteous living.
However, He does convict us of righteous living, but that’s not what this is talking about. Righteousness means “Right standing with God.” When we are convicted we are convinced. He wants to convince us that because we have believed in Jesus, we are now in Right standing with God.
John 16:11 – “of judgment, because the ruler of this world, is judged.” At that point the ruler of the world was Satan. And this is why we know that: John 12:31 – “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” John 14:30 – “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” Jesus is telling His disciples that Satan is about to be “de-throned!”
Jesus stripped Satan and took away all of his authority. The Holy Spirit will convict us that we need a Savior and once we accept that Savior, Jesus, He convicts us that we are now in right standing with God, and then He convinces us that Satan has had all of his authority taken away and has no more authority over us!
The Holy Spirit Is My Friend
The Holy Spirit is not weird. I have even heard some say that people who pray in the Spirit with tongues are evil. How could any part of the Trinity of God be evil? Here’s what is weird: Many people see weird people doing weird things and they then think the Holy Spirit must be weird. Satan uses the weird things people do to make others afraid. Do we not know by now that Satan twists everything to get us to believe his lies?
When the first church received the Holy Spirit there were over 3,000 saved that day! He healed the sick, cast demons out, raised the dead and literally turned the world upside down. When the power and revelation of the Holy Spirit came and returned to the church, late 19th century, and people really began to understand what was happening, Satan said, “I need to mess this up!”
Satan created the controversy and put the focus on “one gift” and he got people afraid of the Holy Spirit, which is God’s Spirit! We should never put our focus on just one gift, although the gift of tongues is valid and has not passed away.
Here is some evidence or benefits of the Holy Spirit: Power – you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Power to witness! Power to love is another benefit. If we don’t have love none of the other gifts matter. Fruit is another benefit. And then gifts – all the gifts, not just one. So the Holy Spirit is my helper and He’s my friend.
He’s My God
If we say, “The Father is my God,” or “Jesus is my God,” most don’t have a problem with it. However, if we say, “The Holy Spirit is my God,” some have a problem. Why? Is He not also who makes up the Trinity?
John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper.” Do you see all three of the Trinity in that one sentence? Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, all three are One.
Luke 3:22 – And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You, I am well pleased.” And again all three at once.
The Father glorifies and magnifies the Son; the Son only does what the Father says, and the Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus. Here is another Scripture that proves the Holy Spirit is God: Acts 5:3 – But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?… (Verse 4) …”You have not lied to men but to God.” He had lied to the Holy Spirit, so he lied to God. Because the Holy Spirit is God, we should never be afraid when the Holy Spirit manifests or speaks to us.
The Holy Spirit intercedes through us on earth. The Holy Spirit calls and qualifies ministers for their work. It is the Holy Spirit who makes them overseers over the flock. He hears, speaks, teaches, and guides us into all truth. He glorifies Christ, receives from Christ, shows us Christ, and brings all of Christ’s words to our remembrance. It is better for us that Jesus left so He could come. He shows us things to come, knows the deep things of God, searches all things, and reveals all things.
Where He is, there is liberty. The writers of the Bible spoke as they were moved by Him. We are warned not to grieve Him or quench Him. The sin against Him is unpardonable because sin against Him is against the only One who can reveal the Son to us. Unless a man is born of the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. We are convicted by Him, born again by Him, led by Him, filled with Him, and sealed by Him! Amen!