Today’s topic is a question – ‘Who is the Holy Spirit?’ Let’s go right back to Genesis 1 when God introduced Himself, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness [a]was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”  (Genesis 1:1-2, NKJV)

Have you noticed how we are introduced not to God the Father? nor to God the Son? but to God the Spirit – And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (verse 2)? There is a particularly good reason for this. Throughout the bible you will find that the Holy Spirit is the One who puts into action every Word (i.e. Jesus, the bible) of God.

For example, “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3, NKJV). Genesis 1:2 says that the earth was without form, empty and full of darkness. But then God spoke and the Holy Spirit ‘acts’ on the words, ‘Let there be light!’ …….and there was light!” God the Father spoke, and God the Spirit brings it to pass.  

The Psalmist gives us another revelation on the Person of the Holy Spirit,

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.”
(Psalms 139:1-2, NKJV)

Wow! God knows you inside out! The verses say that God searches your spirit, soul and body, knows when you sit down and stand up, and even reads your mind! He literally knows everything about you, and where you are/go. Amazing! But how does God do that?

Psalm 139:7 answers our question with two questions: “Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence? (NKJV)There you are – God the Spirit is EVERYWHERE! That is why God sees everything you do.  There is no place you go where the Holy Spirit is not present.  The New Living Translation puts it this way, ‘I can never escape from Your presence!’. I think you get the picture.

So, the Holy Spirit is

  • a Person without a body (John 3:8),
  • sensitive and can be grieved (Eph. 4:30),
  • the One who puts God’s Word (Jesus & the bible) into action (Gen. 1:3; 2:7),
  • the One who is omnipresent (everywhere at once; Ps. 139:7).

But, the Holy Spirit is also your (born-again believer’s) Helper,
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16, NKJV)

The Greek word that’s translated ‘Helper’ is ‘Parakletos’ which means – ‘someone who comes alongside you.’ In other words, a helper. So, while you are stressing out about something the Holy Spirit is sitting right there wondering whenever will you ask for His help. No wonder He grieves. It is like totally ignoring Him while you’re concentrating on having your pity party!

Knowing now that the Holy Spirit

  • is your Helper,
  • is everywhere at any given time,
  • reads your mind,
  • knows exactly what you are going through,
  • has the Power to answer all your questions,
  • knows the depth of your heart,

why not ask for His help?

Simply pray something like, “Holy Spirit, please help me with (name whatever you need help with). I thank You for answering me. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!”