Some characteristics of the Holy Spirit

In 1 Corinthians 2 Paul sheds some light on the Person and the work of the Holy Spirit. We see that the Holy Spirit confirms the words of the gospel through demonstrations of power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NIVUK). This ensures people do not put their faith in the people who bring the Good News but in the One whom the Good News is about.

God unveils and reveals Himself to us by and through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10 AMPC) since the Spirit searches all things and therefore knows all things.

The Holy Spirit helps us understand the gift of grace God the Father has given to us through His Son, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12 NIVUK).

The Holy Spirit teaches us the spiritual realities of our condition (1 Corinthians 2:13-14 NIVUK) and it is impossible to understand these spiritual realities without the Spirit’s help.

In Luke 2:25-27 we see that a person who is filled by the Holy Spirit can also be “moved” by the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit implies listening to the Spirit’s instructions.

These words emphasise to me the importance of being very intentional about preparing ourselves for the interactions we will have with other people by prayer. Without the Holy Spirit we will be witnesses of a gospel that depends on human understanding and strength. The gospel message is about spiritual realities and can only make sense if the Holy Spirit clarifies it for the hearer.

We also need to attune our spiritual ears to His voice because He knows everything. He knows where we need to be and when we need to be there.