The Bible keeps on mentioning the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost. In fact, the Spirit of God is mentioned over 800 times in scripture. In fact, the Spirit of God is mentioned in the very second verse of the entire Bible.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2
ruwach (roo’-akh); wind; breath, a violent exhalation; blast of breath.
pneuma (pnyoo’-mah); a current of air, blast of breath, a strong breeze; or spirit.
In the Old Testament times, the Spirit of God would actually descend upon people and then it would often depart. You can read very clearly that the Spirit of God was with Saul and it would leave Saul. The same with David; when David sinned against God with Bathsheba, he cried out to God; “Please don’t take your Spirit from me.” In the New Testament though, once Jesus left, He sent us His Holy Spirit. For those who are believers in Christ, the Holy Spirit will never, ever leave us, nor forsake us.
But like we seen yesterday, In John 16, Jesus says ‘But it is actually best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Counselor won’t come. If I do go away, he will come because I will send him to you. John 16:7 NLT’
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
Counselor: parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos); an intercessor, consoler, advocate, comforter, helper.
In the New Testament, we see the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove. We see the Holy Spirit falling on the people of God at the Pentecost, empowering them to speak in other tongues, and do all sorts of miraculous works. We the Holy Spirit empowering people with spiritual gifts to live a supernatural life in a very natural world, and we see the Holy Spirit giving people the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control.
So many people live a Spirit-less life when God wants you to live a Spirit-filled and Spirit-powered life.
Tomorrow we will look at why?