The Role of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit:
Is called the Comforter KJV
Is called the Counselor NIV--John 14:16,26
Will be with us forever--John 14:16
Is the Spirit of Truth
Teaches us all things
Reminds us of Christ’s teachings--John 14:26
Will testify about Jesus--John 15:26
Convicts the world of guilt--John 16:8
Guides us into all truth--John 16:13
Takes from what is Christ’s and makes known to us-- John 16:14-15
Intercedes for us
Helps us in our weakness—Romans 8:26-27
Searches all things
Reveals truth –1Corinthians 2:10
How and when do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? At baptism when our sins are forgiven and washed away:
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Remember also, it was at Christ’s baptism that the Spirit descended upon Him.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ…Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, “Abba”, Father.”
As a result of baptism into Christ we become sons. If we are sons, must not we be born? How are we born then? How can we be born when we are old? Nicodemus asked that same question--
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
And if we are born, we are sons. And when were are born in this manner (through baptism), we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This page last updated: July 9, 2002