The Spirit of God is His power by which He achieves all His purposes. By His Spirit, God: Created all things (Genesis 1:1-2, Psalms 33:6, Revelation 4:11) Gives life to all creatures (Psalms 104:30, Job 34:14-15) Communicated His purpose through His prophets (2 Timothy 3:16, Deuteronomy 18:18, Numbers 12:6-7) Empowers and equips His angels to carry out His purposes (Psalms 104:4, Psalms 103:20) Revealed His character through: His inspired revelation in both Old and New Testaments (2 Peter 1:19-21) His work with Israel (Isaiah 63:7-14) His Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:9, Acts 10:38) This description of God’s Spirit occurs almost exclusively in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit directed particularly to His work of salvation in Jesus, which may be described as “the new creation in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 6:15, 2 Cor 5:17). Although sometimes referred to in a personal sense, the Holy Spirit is not a person, but rather is God’s power active through His Son, His apostles and His prophets in the first century, and through continuing angelic ministration (Acts 10:38, Ephesians 3:5, 1 Corinthians 14:29-30, Isaiah 63:9-10).
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Author: Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Keywords: Holy Ghost
Source: Matthew G. Easton, Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
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