First Steps in Christ
LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
God exists in three Divine Persons: the Holy Spirit,
Father and Son. United as One they comprise the
Divine Trinity. The New Testament contains very
specific directions on how we must interact with the
* Do Not Grieve the Holy
* Do Not Quench the Holy Spirit
* Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
* Walk in the Holy Spirit
* Use Your Gift(s) from the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit plays a vital role every day in
our spiritual lives. As believers, the Holy Spirit
abides with us continually. At the moment of salvation,
God seals you with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4:30 (Page 1831)
"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
of God, by whom you were
sealed for the day
The Biblical writers consistently describe the Holy
Spirit as God. In Acts 28:25, Page 1757, Paul
quotes the prophet Isaiah and says that the Holy Spirit,
as God the Lord, spoke through Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8-13,
Page 1079). This same pattern of equating the Lord
God to the Holy Spirit can be seen in 2 Corinthians
3:17-18, Page 1807; Romans 8:9, Page 1768; 1 Corinthians
2:11, Page 1784; 12:3, Page 1796. The Bible also
equates lying to the Holy Spirit as lying to God (Acts
5:3, 4, Page 1707). Furthermore, He also displays
divine qualities: self-existence (Romans 8:2, Page 1768)
and omnipresence (Psalm 139:7ff., Page 992). The
Holy Spirit performs the works of God in creation
(Genesis 1:2, Page 1), resurrection (Romans 8:11, Page
1768), and conviction of sin (John 14:8ff., Page 1684).
In summary, the uniform testimony of Scripture indicates
that God exists in three divine Persons: Father, Son and
Now, turning to Ephesians 4:30, Page 1831, Paul declares
that we must be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit of
God. This verse teaches us that the
Holy Spirit has emotions, and He lives in personal
relationship with every believer. When you sin,
you grieve the Holy Spirit. He loves you and cares
for you, but with that love comes deep concern for you.
This verse describes the emotions of a Person: the Holy
Spirit. Just as the Father and Son are Persons, so
also is the Holy Spirit. As a Person, the Holy
Spirit has intelligence (1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Page
1784) and a will (1 Corinthians 2:11, Page 1784). He can
also be lied to, just as anyone may lie to a person
(Acts 5:3,5, Page 1707). Because He is a
Person, and not some ephemeral spirit, the Gospel of
John uses masculine personal pronouns ("He," "Him") to
describe the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-14, Page 1688;
15:26, Page 1687; 16:7-8, Page 1687). Furthermore,
He acts like a Person in our lives: He commands us (Acts
8:29, Page 1715), He teaches us (John 14:26, Page 1685;
1 Corinthians 2:13, Page 1784), He leads us (Romans
8:14, Page 1769), He testifies to us (Romans 8:16, Page
1769), He helps us with our weaknesses (Romans 8:26,
Page 1769), He intercedes for us (Romans 8:26, Page
1769), and He reveals the deep things of God to us (1
Corinthians 2:11-13, Page 1784). He now lives
Ephesians 5:18 (Page 1833)
"And do not get drunk with wine,
for that is dissipation, but be
filled with the Spirit"
The Holy Spirit seeks to
fill you. God contrasts drunkenness from wine
intoxication, resulting in a lack of control, with the
filling of the Holy Spirit that lets God take control of
your life for His benefit (Ephesians 5:18, Page 1832).
Just as a liquid fills a container, so also the Holy
Spirit moves to make every area of your life holy to
God. In other words, He sanctifies you by
producing the holiness of God within you.
His filling refers to the active power of the Holy
Spirit controlling your decisions to live to the glory
of God. As He fills your life, more and more of
your life shines to the glory of Jesus Christ. He
produces the power to change your life, one decision at
a time. Old patterns of sin no longer shackle you.
He tears off the bonds and sets you free to live as a
slave to God. God actually commands you to be
filled with the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 (Page 1851)
"Do not quench the Spirit."
The Holy Spirit seeks to burn like a fire in our lives.
He indwells every Christian (Romans 5:5, Page 1764; 8:9,
Page 1768; 1 Corinthians 3:16, Page 1785; 6:19, Page
1788) and performs a variety of ministries in our lives.
God cautions us against quenching His activity. To
quench means to stop. When applied to fires, it
means you take away the fuel from the fire.
Spiritually, God encourages us to do nothing to stop the
activity of the Holy Spirit. It also means that
you must make a conscious decision to submit yourself to
the leading of the Holy Spirit. He provides
unlimited power for living, and burns in our lives.
Galatians 5:16 (Page 1825)
"But I say, walk by the Spirit;
and you will not carry out
desire of the flesh."
God uses the most common Greek word for "walk" right
here to describe how we relate to the Holy Spirit.
Just as we walk around, so also we walk in the Holy
Spirit. In other words, we carry out all of life's
activities by the power of the Holy Spirit. He
becomes an absolutely essential part of everything we do
everyday. In this same passage, the Holy Spirit
leads us to overcome the desire of the flesh, which
opposes the Holy Spirit's work in our lives. When
we walk in the Holy Spirit, we see Him produce spiritual
fruit in our lives. That fruit includes love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, Page 1825).
He removes from your life immorality, impurity,
sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife,
jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions,
factions, envying, drunkenness and carousing (Galatians
5:19-20, Page 1825).
Galatians 5:25 (Page 1826)
"If we live by the Spirit, let us
also walk by the Spirit."
In this verse, God uses a different Greek word for
"walk." Here God draws attention to walking in
rank or formation with others. Consider a marching
band. Every band member must turn at the right
time or else the band falls into disarray. Walking
in rank with others allows you to stay in place with all
of them and walk as a cohesive whole. The Holy
Spirit allows you to walk in rank with the whole body of
Jesus Christ. God has a place for you and the Holy
Spirit helps you to stay in just the right place and
make all the right moves. In the passage, the Holy
Spirit keeps you from being boastful, challenging one
another, and envying one another. Notice all three
of those problems arise in the context of relationships.
Count upon the Holy Spirit in your life to keep you in
line with other believers and be a blessing to the whole
body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:4 (Page 1796)
"Now there are varieties of gifts,
but the same Spirit."
The Holy Spirit blessed you with at least one
spiritual gift for building up the church the instant
you were born again. He intends to use that gift
within you for His purposes, and everyone you touch with
your gift will benefit from God's ministry through you.
The Holy Spirit gives the gifts just as He wishes, and
then He empowers us to use those gifts. See the
total picture here.
Every believer, including you, has been given a
spiritual gift and no two believers are identical.
In fact, the same spiritual gift, like teaching, will
produce different effects and yield different ministries
in different believers. Yet, although each of us
differs from other believers, making each of us unique,
the Holy Spirit of God unifies us into one total body.
Therefore, just as the human body has different members
that produce sight, touch, smell, and all the other
functions, so also the Holy Spirit produces essential
spiritual functions through different people using
different gifts to benefit the entire body. Ever
notice that your whole body benefits from sight?
If not, try walking into a wall and see which part of
you hurts first.
The Holy Spirit produces unity in diversity among
believers in the church. Through His ministry of
gifts, and His essential unity, we rejoice and suffer
with other members of the Body of Christ. You can
check out several lists of gifts in Romans 12:3-8, Page
1775; 1 Corinthians 128-10, Page 1796; 1 Peter 4:10,11,
Page 1898; Ephesians 4:7-16, Page 1830. Although
you may have natural talents, do not jump to the
conclusion that your talents equal your spiritual gifts.
Only time, prayer, ministry, and effort will illumine
the spiritual gifts in you. Seek your gift and God
will bless others through you. You see, the Holy
Spirit performs the work of ministry through the saints
using their gifts. People, not just pastors and
missionaries, minister to the church, and you must
perform an essential ministry. You already have
your gift, so seek to use it.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Is the Holy Spirit God?
the Holy Spirit a Person?
When does someone receive the Holy
What must you do to receive
What does the Holy Spirit do for
What does it mean to walk in the Holy