The first mention of the Holy Spirit in the Bible is in the second verse of the first chapter of Genesis.
Genesis 1:1-2 “1 In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
But who is the Holy Spirit?
He was there from the beginning and took part in the creation of the universe and of man.
Job 26:13 “13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens;
his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.”
Genesis 1:26 “26 And God said,
Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Job 33:4 4 The Spirit of God hath made me,
and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of the Trinity
1 John 5:7 “7 For there are three that bear record in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
He is not a different or another God, because there is only one God.
Some religions teach that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force, but we see that is not true.
The Holy Spirit is referred to as “he” and has His own will.
John 15:26 “26 But when the Comforter is come,
whom I will send unto you from the Father,
[even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
he shall testify of me:”
He can be blasphemed against.
Mark 3:29 “29 But he that shall blaspheme
against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness,
but is in danger of eternal damnation:”
Acts 21:11 “11 And when he was come unto us,
he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet,
and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at
Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle,
and shall deliver [him] into the hands of the Gentiles.”
And He can be grieved.
Ephesians 4:30 “30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
He is our connection with God. The means by which we communicate with Him.
Romans 8:26-27 “26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts
knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.”
He is the Comforter and Teacher.
John 14:26 “26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.”
And He dwells within us.
1 John 4:12-13 “12 No man hath seen God at any time.
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, a
nd his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him,
and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit is a living spirit being with a will and a purpose. He is not an impersonal force like electricity, as some religions would have you believe.
The Holy Spirit is so much more than most people consider and He plays an important role in our lives. He is an active participant in this world. He is God. It would wrong to relegate Him to a lesser role or mitigate His importance.
I can’t expound on all that the Holy Spirit is in a short blog post. I encourage you to study more about Him. Invite Him to dwell within you, instruct you, comfort you, and lead you. Listen to Him, to God, and allow Him to enrich your life.