Activities of the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Is it a mysterious force of God, is it personal, and if so what role does He play? The Holy Spirit is often thought of as a mysterious fog around God’s throne, or an impersonal force that exudes from God somehow in to the universe. Or that it shows up an random times to do certain things we can’t.
The centuries of confusion about the Spirit of God comes from peoples lack of knowledge of the Word of God. I hope you are as surprised as I was after reading this complete list to find that the Spirit of God is much more active in our lives than I had thought (and I’m a charismatic so that’s saying a lot!)
I wrote this list to refute those religious mindsets mentioned before and show that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and He is just as active and personal as the other 2 thirds of God’s being. Let’s look at all He does for us.

Hovered over the Earth before day 1 of creation (Gen 1:2)

Was breathed in to Adam to make Him a living soul (Gen 1:27, Job 33:4)

Came upon Mary to conceive Jesus (Luk 1:35)

Moved as a loud wind in the upper room during Pentecost (Acts 2:2)

Brings hope (Rom 15:13)

Sanctifies (Rom 15:16)

Justifies (1The 3:16)

Teaches (1 Cor 2:13)

Instructs (Acts 1:2, 13:2,4, 16:6)

Leads the sons of God (Rom 8:14)

Yearns jealously (Jam 4:5)

Convicts the world of sin (John 16:8)

Seals us to the promise (Eph 1:13, 1Cor 1:22)

Gives joy (1 Ths 1:6, Acts 13:52)

Makes us truly alive (1Pet 3:18)

Washes and regenerates us (Tts 3:5)

Has power (Rom 15:13, Micah 3:8)

Gives power (Acts 1:8)

Gives wisdom (Exo 31:3, Dan 5:14)

Gives understanding (Exo 31:3)

Gives knowledge (Exo 31:3)

Gives skill in arts and craftsmanship (Exo 31:3, 35:31)

Empowers us to expel demons (Mat 12:28)

Comforts (Acts 9:31)

Reveals the mystery of Christ (Eph 3:2-5)

Led Jesus to the wilderness (Mat 4:1, Mar 1:12, Luke 4:1)

Enables one to truly say Jesus is Lord (1Cor 12:3)

Confesses that Jesus is Lord (1Jhn  4:1)

Searches the deep things of God (1Cor 2:10)

Helps us understand things from God (1Cor 2:10)

Knows the things of God (1Cor 2:11)

Forms and writes us (2Cor 3:3)

Descended like a dove (Mat 3:16)

Is a witness to salvation (Acts 5:32)

Gives the love of God (Rom 5:5)

Is our helper (John 14:26, 15:26)

Is received or given (Acts 2:38, 5:32, 8:15,17, 10:47, 19:2, Rom 5:5, 1Ths 4:8)

Is given to those who ask (Luke 11:13, Acts 8:15)

Is given by laying on hands (Acts 8:17,18, 19:6)

Is connected to the gospel (1Ths 1:5)

Is given by God (1Ths 4:8)

Is from God (1Cr 2:12)

Speaks by people (Mat 10:20, Mark 12:36, 13:11, Acts 1:16, 21:11, 28:25, Heb 3:7, 2Pe 1:21)

Gives boldness to speak Gods Word (Acts  4:31)

Gives utterance for other tongues (Acts 2:4, Acts 19:6)

Allows one to prophecy (Luke 1:67, Acts 19:6, 1Sam 10:10, 19:20)

Allows us to see visions (Acts 7:55, Rev 4:2, 17:3, 21:10, Eze 8:3, 11:24)

Enables us to do signs and wonders (Rom 15:19)

Is the source or giver of Spiritual gifts (Heb 2:4)

Has communion with us (2 Cor 13:14)

Can be grieved (Eph 4:30, Isa 63:10)

Can be lied to (Acts 5:3)

Can be resisted (Acts 7:51)

Dwells in us (2Ths 1:14, 2Tts 1:14, Ps 51:11, 1Jhn 3:24)

Elects overseers (Acts 20:28)

Bears witness (Rom 8:16, 9:1, 1 John 5:6-8)

His blasphemies will not be forgiven (Mat 12:31, Luk 12:10)


4 thoughts on “Activities of the Holy Spirit

  1. Great Post. I’m glad you included some of the Old Testament references of the activities of the HS. Some would have us believe that the HS was only active in the OT. But you have proven this is not so!

    • Congratulations you are my first comment poster!
      Yes I believe all three of God’s parts were active in the OT as well, although in different ways because Christ had not finished the Law yet.
      For example the Holy Spirit did not reside in believers then as He does now, He only came down upon people or filled temporarily for the task at hand and then apparently left. But He was there! So was Christ.

  2. This pretty much covers it! And, a far cry from the “green mist on the floor” we in my denominational youth group assumed Him to be.

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