God the Holy Spirit:
Who is the Holy Spirit?
God, the Holy Spirit, is the third member of the godhead or deity, the others being God the Father and Son (Jesus Christ),
He (the Holy Spirit) completes the Holy Trinity; God is One but in three persons.
The Church age is also the time for the reign of the Holy Spirit, who oversees the affairs or leads the Church towards executing and implementing God’s divine Will on the earth, especially the great commission.
The Old Testament was the time for God the Father to reign.
The New Testament was the time for God the Son to reign.
After Christ was born, it marked the second time a member of the God-head was coming to reign before ushering the third member of the Trinity, God-The Holy Spirt, who was dispatched after the ascension of Jesus Christ back to heaven.
The Holy Spirit operates on the earth through the Church, hence the Church age.
We are currently living through the church age, awaiting the time when the restrainer (The Holy Spirit) shall be taken from the earth through the rapture of the church/saints, and Jesus shall return as the King to rule in God’s Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit Promised
Acts 1:44 And being assembled with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
Power to be His witnesses.
Before ascending back to Heaven, Jesus Christ instructed His disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to tarry and patiently wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Disciples of Christ went to the upper room in Jerusalem and waited patiently for fifty days while praising God with great expectation. Then, suddenly, with a mighty wind, God the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven as dividing tongues of fire settled on each of their heads.
God’s most extraordinary spiritual power was displayed when the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost. The first church was born, which is still available today, enabling them to speak new languages.
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The coming of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
The Church is empowered and begins witnessing.
Peter, the Chief Apostle of Christ, was given the primary responsibility to preach the first sermon ever after the Holy Spirit had indwelled them from above.
Thus, fulfilling what Jesus had intended, which is; that the Church would be empowered to enable it to witness for Him, which they did on the day of Pentecost.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised, having loosed the pains of death because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and your children and all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him.
Acts 5: 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
The Holy Spirit brings Godly Wisdom.
Acts 6:33 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
The Holy Spirit is a person, and He Speaks.
Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them.”