Definition and meaning.
There has been a controversy on the definition of the Holy Spirit, some people explain Him as a person basing on the fact that He(Holy Spirit) has qualities that distinguish Him as a person.For instance ,He can pray ,teach,testify ,communicate etc.Others think that the Holy Spirit from the word spirit is a force that drives people to do some extraordinary things in life.
However, the Holy is the third representation of God in Trinity. He has been there since the beginning. During the creation and during the Old Testament dispensation, the Holy Ghost power has been in operation although he was not evident to everyone, God was revealing His power to His chosen and anointed one and to them, the Spirit was manifested enabling them to do great things. For instance, in Judges 14:6 (Samson) and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion asunder as one tear a kid: and he had nothing in his hand.but he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. Also, the Holy Spirit has been manifested in the life of Jesus Christ all through His life of ministry on earth. Matthew 3: 16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him.
In addition to that, the disciples of Jesus had no idea of the Holy Spirit, even after Jesus promised them of a helper they could not know who really the helper was and the form he was to take. Holy Spirit is the one who gives believers power to manifest Gods given authority and that’s why Jesus told the disciples in Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth. After the day of Pentecost, the Helper (Holy Ghost) is seen now in operation, giving the disciples courage and power to defend the faith.
Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is an unsearchable phenomenon, just like God Himself, He is unique, unexplainable, untouchable (intangible) and divine. For you to understand Him you must first desire to have Him in your life. He teaches deep and secret things of the Kingdom of God, He also reveals the hidden secrets of the Satanic kingdom.
In conjunction with that, there has been confusion brought about by different theologists concerning who should be spirit filled and who should speak in new tongues, whereas the bible is clear in Mark 16:17.and these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons: they will speak in new tongues..Holy Spirit is for everyone who believes the same to speak in new tongues. He is not for a particular group of people, no not but for every Christian who believes in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. However, we have to note the fact that SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES IS NOT A SIGN THAT ONE IS SPIRIT FILLED BUT YOU CAN NOT BE SPIRIT FILLED AND FAIL TO SPEAK IN NEW TONGUES.
Basically, there is no formula for one to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, what you need is just a desire for the Holy Spirit. Yearn for Him and eagerly live rightly with God waiting for the outpour of His Spirit.
THE WORK OF HOLY SPIRIT
According to Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of God. The Holy Spirit does a lot of work to the body of Christ and to a believer and all this is shown by the above attributes of the Holy Spirit. The Bible talks about the seven Spirit.Revelation 1:4,2:8,4:5, 5:6.Isaiah 11:2.
1.The Spirit of God.
Gives us the power to reign and have dominion.
2.The Spirit of wisdom.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
Proverbs 4: 7, 3:13-14.
3.The Spirit of understanding.
Brings light in our lives and the kingdom of God is easily revealed to us.
Ephesians 1:8,1Chronicles 12:32.
4.The Spirit of counsel.
Gives us direction on our daily life as believers.
Jeremiah 23:22, Proverbs 15:22.
5.The Spirit of Might.
Enables us to do extraordinary things in the kingdom of God.
Romans 3:20, Ephesians 3:10Philippians 4:13.
6.The Spirit of knowledge.
Helps us understand the deep secrets of the kingdom of God and also the satanic kingdom is exposed to believers
Genesis 2:9, Hosea 4:6, John 8:12.
7.The spirit of the fear of God.
Gives us the grace to honor God in our daily life and shun away from evil.
In conclusion, we as believers, let us have the desire to be spirit-filled,(to enter the brewery of God). Because when you are spirit filled and able to speak in new tongues you are safer. The devil does not understand or interpret tongues, we confuse him when we pray in tongues. Again the devil does not know everything, we alert him about our future when we pray in the common dialect. Let us desire the Holy Ghost fire if we want to go far as believers and if we want to do exploits in the kingdom of God. HAVE FAITH IN GOD AND IN THE TRINITY.
Scripture from the King James Version.