Understanding the Holy Spirit- Part I
According to the teachings of the Bible, the Holy Spirit was sent into the world by God as a Comforter to replace Jesus Christ after He was crucified, risen, and had ascended to His heavenly Father.
The Bible in St John 14:16 says, "And I will pray to the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever." That was Jesus' promise to His people that He will never leave them and so He sent the third member of the Trinity which is the Holy Spirit into the world which is said to have come down on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2 details what happened on the day of Pentecost: Verses 2-4 tells us, "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance."
According to Reverend Michael Hammond, in his book 'The Power Realm: A study in the Holy Spirit', the Holy Spirit is not a 'what' or 'it' but a person.
"Many people mistakenly think of the Holy Spirit as an intangible indefinite influence. Some even refer to Him as 'it'. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Holy Spirit is a person, the third member of the Trinity. He puts forward the notion that bodily form is not necessary for personality. "The essence of personality is intellect, sensibility, and will and the Holy Spirit has all of these. He has intellect because He is able to reason, judge, and understand. He has sensibility, for He is able to feel and He has will for He has the power of determining and acting."
Evangelist at the International Evangelical Mission Church of God in Race Track, Clarendon, Eric Graham, sought to explain why Jesus sent the Holy Ghost.
"Jesus said my Father will send to you a Comforter to keep you and reveal all things to you. Don't look for the Lord to reveal to you in a loud tone of voice, the Spirit will speak to you reasonably and bid you to move or give you revelations or instructions as is prompted by the Lord."
Graham said the Holy Ghost is essential because it takes care of the individual like it took care of Daniel in the lion's den. "The Bible says it leads you into all truth. You are discerned by the Holy Ghost, you speak in tongues by the Holy Ghost, you pray in the Holy Ghost, you touch people and they are healed by the Holy Ghost.
"As Christians, it is important that we understand the Holy Ghost and His purpose if we are to remain children as the one true and living God who puts us on this earth to serve him," he said.