What is the Holy Ghost? Is he the “third person of a triune Godhead” like the church world teaches? Or is he a spirit? If he is a spirit, then whose spirit is he? What is the gift of the Holy Ghost? If the gift of the Holy Ghost is something one should have, then what must one do to receive his own gift of the Holy Ghost?
These are some of the most important questions one could ever ask God’s word. So, let us ask: What does God’s word say about the Holy Ghost? We will take our time and allow God’s word to thoroughly preach the Holy Ghost to us: And it may take a few writings to complete our study of the Holy Ghost.
What is the Holy Ghost? “Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” John 4:24. Paul has told us: “There is One Body and ‘“One Spirit”’ and ye are called in One hope of your Calling. One Lord, One Faith, and one baptism. One God who is above all, through all and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well “God is a Spirit”’ and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth.” John 4:24
So, if the Lord is that spirit, as John said; and if God is a spirit as Jesus said; and if, as Paul said, “There is One Spirit,” then David must have been right when he said in Psalms 100: “Know ye that “the Lord he is God.”
Therefore, knowing that the “Lord he is God,” we must admit and confess that Jesus Christ is, as Peter said in Acts 2:36, “both Lord (God) and Christ.” David’s Lord God was his Shepherd; Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; and the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the Sheep.”
If one is willing to take their word for it, the Prophets and Apostles will fully assure one that Jesus Christ was “David’s Good Shepherd, the Lord his God” as well as “Christ, the Lamb of God.”
And if one can be instructed by David, “Know ye that the Lord he is God,” Peter’s giving Jesus Christ all the glory and honor that is due him as “both Lord (God) and Christ” will indeed “prick one’s heart” as it did 3,000 devout Jews out of every nation under heaven on the Day of Pentecost.
And all it takes is a little “prick in one’s heart” by the good news (gospel) that “Jesus Christ is both Lord God and Christ,” and the Holy Ghost of Jesus will enter that little “pricked opening” and write his law on the fleshly tables of one’s heart.
Please keep in mind: “For there are three that bear record in heaven: The Father, The Word (Son) and The Holy Ghost. And these three are “one.”
Pete Rowe is pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ in Baxter.