The Holy Spirit is a gift from God that we receive after repentance, baptism, and laying on of hands (Acts 2:38; 8:17). While most people have heard about the Holy Spirit, only a few really know its role in our lives. Understanding how the Holy Spirit works will help us appreciate the love of God and His plan of salvation.
In this post, let me share with you seven of the essential functions of the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit keeps us in contact with God
“Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us” (I John 3:24).
The Holy Spirit helps us to stay connected with God. When we have the Holy Spirit, we can develop a more intimate and loving relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2. The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth
“However, when it, the Spirit of truth, has come, it will guide you into all TRUTH; for it will not speak on its own authority, but whatever it hears it will speak; and it will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).
Without the Holy Spirit, we will not be able to know the truth. The Holy Spirit will guide us to discover the truth and see the Bible as how God intended it to be.
3. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin
“And when He has come, It will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to identify sin and feel guilty about it. The Holy Spirit helps us to differentiate right from wrong, good from evil. It will always remind us of the possible consequences of sin.
4. The Holy Spirit helps us understand deeper the Word of God
“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the DEEP things of God… Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS that have been freely given to us by God” (I Corinthians 2:10-12).
No matter how much you study the Bible, you will not be able to sincerely appreciate its real value, significance, and meaning without the Holy Spirit. This explains why so many people misunderstand the Bible. Though they might study the Bible, enroll in a theology class, memorize the scholarly concepts of the word of God, it will all be in vain without the Holy Spirit working in them.
Academic knowledge of the Bible will not enable us to think, speak, and act like God.
5. The Holy Spirit allows us to bear righteous fruit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Holy Spirit possesses a TRANSFORMATIVE power that enables us to become more like God. If you notice, all the qualities of the fruit of the Holy Spirit are all qualities of God as well. Through the Holy Spirit, we will be able to develop these godly traits and reflect God’s character in our lives.
We need to realize that the positive spiritual transformation will not happen without the help of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it transforms us from being carnally minded individuals to spiritual minded Christians.
6. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts
“There are diversities of GIFTS, but the same Spirit… But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (I Corinthians 12:4-12).
The spiritual gifts are very important for the ministry of the church. Through the Holy Spirit, these gifts are given so that we may use it for the will and purpose of God.
7. The Holy Spirit comforts us
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper [or comforter and counselor] that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).
God knows that being a Christian is tough, and we can easily get discouraged. For this reason, God sent the Holy Spirit to help us overcome trials and challenges in life. Pure and genuine comfort can only come from God, and this is made available to us through the Holy Spirit.
Having the Holy Spirit gives us a different mindset that we rarely see in this dying world. Though life may be hard and tough, Christians can still stay confident and hopeful because they have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.
Indeed, the Holy Spirit is the power of God (Luke 1:35). When we receive the Holy Spirit, we also receive a portion of that POWER (Acts 1:8). It is through the Holy Spirit that we can be called true Christians and children of God (Romans 8:14-17).
For this reason, it is important that we all strive to obtain the Holy Spirit through the process of baptism. And when we finally have the Holy Spirit within us, let us all strive to keep it ever burning in our hearts.