Who is the Holy Spirit in the Bible?
The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity – equal and one in the same with both the Son and the Father. It is denoted as the third part of the Holy Trinity. Most Christians hold this belief that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are one in the same. The belief in the Trinity was adopted very early in the Church, and was mentioned by bishops as early as 100AD. There has been many mentions of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. According to some sources it is mentioned up to 90 times.
One could think of the Holy Spirit as the essence of God. It’s still God, but in a different form. The Holy Spirit appears many times throughout the Bible. Pentecost would probably be the most familiar to just about everyone. Other occasions in which the Holy Spirit appeared was the baptism and temptation of Jesus Christ.
While being baptized by John, the Bible mentions that the Spirit of God came from heaven in the physical form of a dove and descended upon Jesus. This was the first of the five major milestones in Jesus’s life and began His ministry to the people. Despite being referred to quite often as the ‘Spirit of God’ most people of the Christian faith believes that this refers to the ‘Holy Spirit,’ and that’s how it is normally read or taught.
After Jesus’s baptism the Holy Spirit lead Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. During this time Jesus’s fasted for forty days and forty nights. He was tempted by the devil three times, He refuted the devil’s temptations, and then returned to Galilee.
There are times when the Acts of the Apostles is referred to as the “Book of the Holy Spirit.” Not only is the Holy Spirit mentioned throughout the book, but It is also responsible for giving the apostles the power to defend Christianity throughout the kingdom. The Holy Spirit is mentioned about fifty-five times in the Acts of the Apostles.
Any time that the Holy Spirit is mentioned it is typically referred to as a dove or fire. This is an indication that, like God, the Holy Spirit is both peaceful and powerful. Other names of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament include Spirit of God, Spirit of Hashem, and Spirit of Wisdom. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit was referred to as Spirit of Christ, Spirit of Truth, and Paraclete. In three of the Gospels, Jesus says that any blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin.
The Holy Spirit is something special and assists us in our daily lives. It bestows the attributes we need to maintain a healthy relationship with both God and the people around us. It gives us the attributes of wisdom, strength, and understanding.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.