Here are 7 of the top Bible verses on the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”
Here is concrete evidence that Jesus had no human father, thereby avoiding original sin. The Holy Spirit Himself is how Jesus was conceived in Mary and by Him and by the human mother Mary, Jesus was begotten of the Holy Seed or by God Himself. This also clearly shows that Mary was a virgin at conception because the Scripture says “before they came together she was found to be with child” but it was not from a man but “from the Holy Spirit.”
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Anyone that denies the Trinity has to rip out dozens of Scriptures from their Bible. Here is evidence that the Holy Spirit is a Person as He is identified as the “Helper” and by name, the “Holy Spirit.” Both are capitalized because they are a Person…a proper noun and the Spirit is called a “He” who will teach us “all things” and will “bring remembrance [to] all that [Jesus] said to [them].” Again that sounds like the work of a Person and not a force because we see the use of “He,” the “Helper,” and the “Spirit” and even the “Holy Spirit.” This is He Who the Father was to send. Jesus said, the Father “shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16) again evidence of the Spirit being a Person being called the names, the “Comforter” and the “Spirit of truth.”
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Once more He is named by the personal pronoun “the Holy Spirit” and He is the source of this power that the apostle’s received…and when they were to receive the Holy Spirit of God He will give them the very power of God which will come upon them and comes upon those who believe in the Son of God.
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Here we read Jesus giving the imperative command to go and make disciples of all nations and then to baptize them into the name of all Three Persons of the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each being an individual Person of the God-head. This is not a mention of water baptism but more about baptizing them into or being identified with the Three Persons of the Trinity. In this context, baptizing the new disciples means that the person who becomes a disciple is to be identified with all Three Persons of the Trinity: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:5 “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
God has poured out His love on us but how does He do this? He does it “through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” not by what we do. God is love and even our loving God did not originate from us but as John wrote “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19) and it was “not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). John 3:16 does not say that we so loved God that He sent His only Son so that if we believe in Him we should not perish but have everlasting life, rather it says that “God so loved the world [first] so that whoever would believe in Him (Christ) should not perish but has everlasting life.” God is the initiator and the Holy Spirit of God is through Whom this love comes.
Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Have you ever had dry times when trying to pray? I most certainly have. It seems at times I can’t find the right words to pray with so that’s when the Holy Spirit “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” and “because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” we can receive His help and power to know what to pray for, even if we can’t put it into words. He also helps us pray according to God’s will. It’s not always easy to pray for God’s will because we see with the eyes of flesh.
Acts 2:38 “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Since we know that grace is a gift from God and unmerited by any works that we could ever do and that we can only be saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9) we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sins and points us to our need for the Savior. The Spirit always points us to Christ because He knows that this is the only way a person can have their sins forgiven; repentance and faith and after that, the gift of the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to live a holier life and be sanctified by Him. Living the Christian life is not hard…it’s impossible but the Holy Spirit makes the improbable possible because we have the very power of God within us.
If you have ever come to a point in your life where you have repented or have forsaken or turned away from your sins and then put your trust in Christ, then you already have the Holy Spirit. He teaches us all things and brings those things to remembrance that we need to know, He convicts us of sin, He helps us to know what to pray for, and God’s love is poured into our hearts through Him.
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Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon