Holy Spirit; (NKJB) ''Be filled with the Spirit'' ( Eph. 5:18)
The Bible reveals that the Person of the Holy Spirit has beenThe the primary agent in all of the ministry of the Word through the centuries. The Scripture states clearly that the triune Godhead operates coequally, coeternally, coexistently, as one unit. But it also has been suggested, and with validity, that we might view this unity of activity with an eye toward the special function of each member of the Trinity: the executive is the Father, the architect is the Son, and the contractor is the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures show the Holy Spirit uniquely and distinctly at work in these roles;
1. He is the Author of the Old Testament (2 Sam. 23:2; Is. 59:21; Jer. 1:9; 2 Tim. 3:15-17;2 Pet. 1:21) and the New Testamet ( John 14:25,26; 1Cor. 2:13; 1 Thess.4:15; Rev.1:10,11;2:7)
2. He is the Old Testament Anointer. The Scriptures name no less than sixteen Old Testament leaders in Israel who received this anointing: Joseph( Gen. 41:38); Moses(Num. 11:17);
The Holy Spirit, as contractor, anointed the Old Testamen prophets Isaiah and Joel to write-to prophesy of the day when He would be out poured and when His gifts would be exercised in the church, throughout the whole church age (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:17-21). In Isaiah 28:11, 12 God usedIsaiah to tell Judah that He wuld teach them in a manner they did not like and that He would give them knowledge through the language of foreigners as a sign of their unbelief. Later the apostle Paul expands the intent of this passage, referring it to the gift of speaking in tongues in the church as a manifestation or sign to unbelievers ( 1 Cor. 14 21, 22). This sign could be in a languages either known or uknown to human beings ( 1 Cor. 14 with Acts 2: 1-11; 10: 45,46).
The Holy Spirit who operates in the church as a definite personality-a Person given as a gift to the church to assure that the continued ministry of the resurrected Christ is expressed and verified. The Holy Spirit, then, has all the characteristics of a peson;
1. He possesses the attributes of mind (Rom. 8:22),
3. He has a relationship with human person: He can be grieved ( Eph. 4:30). lied to ( Acts 5:3), and blasphemed
( Matt. 12:31,32).
4. The Holy Spirit possesses the divine attributes of the Godhead: He is eternal ( Heb. 9:14), omnipresent ( Ps. 139:7-10), omnipotent ( Luke 1:35), and omnisient ( 1 Cor. 2: 10,11).
5. He is referred to by such names as the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit of promise, the Spirit of truth, the Spirit of grace, the Spirit of life, the Spirit of adoption, and the Spirit of holiness.
6. He is illustrated with such symbols as fire (Acts 2:1,2), Wind (Acts 2:1,2), water ( John 7:37-39), a seal
( Eph. 1:13),
oil (Acts 10:38), and a dove ( John 1:32). All this unfolds something of vast realm or sphere of the operation of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testament and in the contemporary church.
The Holy Spirit; Agent of Restoration ( Joel 2:28,29)
God's work of restoration is work of the Holy Spirit in and through the lives of those who believed in Jesus and have been born from above ( John 3:3). The prophet Joel fortold a day when God would pour out His Spirit ''on all flesh''
( Joel 2:28-29). His power would be shared with all His people and not limited to one chosen individual. This explains why Christ told His disciples it was to their advantage for Him to leave them and go to the Father
( John 16:7), because then the Spirit could be sent to indwell each of them, to fill them and to enable the supernatural works of God to be done through them.