Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do?

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We see the oneness of the Trinity throughout Scripture. One place is in Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit plays an active role in the salvation process—both drawing people to the Son, Jesus, and sealing those who accept Jesus as Savior. “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).

However, this is only the beginning of His work. After salvation, the Holy Spirit continues to work in the Christian’s life from then on. The following are some of the things that the Holy Spirit does in the life of each believer:

  • The Holy Spirit gives us the power to be witnesses for Christ. (See Acts 1:8.)
  • The Holy Spirit witnesses to us who are saved on behalf of Christ. This means that the Holy Spirit continues to confirm in us our salvation. He continually points us to the Father and helps us feel secure in our relationship with God. (See Hebrews 10:15.)
  • The Holy Spirit teaches us and helps us remember what He taught us. (See 1 Corinthians 2:13 and John 14:26.)

God also uses His Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, comfort us, encourage us, grow us, and much more. The Holy Spirit is truly one of God's greatest gifts to His children!

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).