God the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit:
Who is the Holy Spirit?
God, the Holy Spirit, is the third member of the godhead or deity, the others being God the Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and then the Holy Spirit. He (the Holy Spirit) completes the Holy trinity, God (the three in one or God in three persons).
The Church age is also the reign of the Holy Spirit who oversees the affairs or leads the Church towards executing the divine Will of God on earth. The Church began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was revealed by God, when He was poured out like tongues of fire to the 120 who were waiting in obedience to instruction by Jesus Christ who had asked them NOT to depart from Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit had fully come.
The Holy Spirit Promised
Acts 1:44 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
Power to be His witnesses
The Church had to be empowered from above to remain active and bring about a spiritual change to the world and also declare that Jesus is Lord after He had fulfilled prophecy as the promised messiah from the old testament and finished His work on this earth of proclaiming the Kingdom of God and dying on the cross for the entire sin of mankind.
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The coming of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place.
The Church is empowered and begins witnessing
Peter the chief apostle of Christ was the one given the responsibility to preach the first sermon ever after the Holy Spirit was poured out, thus fulfilling what Jesus had intended that the Church would be empowered in order to witnesses for Him, and that’s exactly what they did on the day of Pentecost.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken[c] by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
The Holy Spirit is given by God to those who obey Him
Acts 5: 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
The Holy Spirit brings Godly Wisdom
Acts 6:33 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
The Holy Spirit is a person and He Speaks
Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”