Divine Works of the Holy Spirit

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Divine Works of The Holy Spirit
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What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of the Holy Trinity according to the doctrines of Christian faiths, along with God the Father and God the Son. The divine works of Holy Spirit.are described in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Let's take a look at the scriptural basis of the actions of the Holy Spirit and some of the passages in which the Spirit is mentioned.

The Holy Spirit Shared in Creation

The Holy Spirit was part of the Trinity at the time of creation and played a part in creation. In Genesis 1:2-3, when the earth had been created but was in darkness and without form, the Spirit of God "was hovering over its surface." Then God said, "Let there be light," and light was created. (NLT)

The Holy Spirit Raised Jesus from the Dead

In Romans 8:11, written by the Apostle Paul, he says, "The ​Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you." (NLT) The Holy Spirit is given the physical application of the salvation and redemption provided by God the Father on the basis of the sacrifice of God the Son. Further, the Holy Spirit will take action and raise believers from the dead.

The Holy Spirit Places Believers into Christ's Body

Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 12:13, "For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." (NIV) As in the Romans passage, the Holy Spirit is said to dwell in believers following baptism and this unites them in spiritual communion.

The importance of baptism is stated also in  John 3:5 where Jesus says that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Proceeds from the Father and from Christ

In two passages in the Gospel according to John, Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit being sent from the Father and from Christ.

Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Counselor.

John 15:26: [Jesus Speaking] "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me." (NIV)

John 16:7: [Jesus Speaking] "But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you."(NIV)

As the Counselor, the Holy Spirit guides the believer, including making the believer aware of sins they have committed.

The Holy Spirit Gives Divine Gifts

The divine gifts that the Holy Spirit gave to the disciples at Pentecost can also be given to other believers for the common good, although they may receive different gifts. The Spirit decides which gift to give each person. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 He lists these as:

In some Christian churches, this action of the Spirit is seen in the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

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