Step 3: The Christian and the Holy Spirit
Who Is the Holy Spirit and Why Did He Come?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
While there is a degree of divine mystery to the nature of the Holy Spirit, He definitely is not a bundle of warm feelings or good memories. Neither is He a vague cosmic force.
In this lesson, you will study biblical evidence proving that the Holy Spirit is a real person who loves and cares for you. You will also discover why He came and how He can make a difference in your life.
The Holy Spirit is a person, the third person of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with the Father and the Son. All the divine attributes ascribed to the Father and the Son are equally ascribed to the Holy Spirit.
- Personality (a person) is composed of intellect, emotions, and will. In I Corinthians 2:11, what indicates that the Holy Spirit has intellect? What evidence do you observe in Romans 15:30 that the Holy Spirit has emotions? How does the Holy Spirit exercise His will as recorded in I Corinthians 12:11?
- Find the word that describes the nature of the Holy Spirit in each of the following references. (John 16:13, Romans 8:2, Hebrews 10:29, Romans 1:4)
- What is His function, or role? (John:14:16,26, I Corinthians 3:16, John 16:13-14, Acts 1:8)
- What specific actions does the Holy Spirit perform? (Acts 13:2, Acts 8:29, Romans 8:14, John 16:7-8, Romans 8:26, II Thessalonians 2:13)
- What are His attributes? (Hebrews 9:14, Psalm 139:7, I Corinthians 2:10-11)
Why Did He Come?
- What is the chief reason the Holy Spirit came? (John 16:14)
- What will be the logical result when the Holy Spirit controls your life? How does the diagram below compare with your life?
- How does the diagram below compare with your life?
- Write one new insight you have gained from this lesson concerning the Holy Spirit:
- In what area of your life do you believe the Holy Spirit needs to be more in control?
- What will be the result when He is in control?
Adapted from The 10 Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity, by Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Campus Crusade for Christ. All rights reserved.