What Does the Holy Spirit Do?


Quick Answer

In Christian belief, the Holy Spirit lives within believers of Christ and enables them to live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus. As the third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the part of God that dwells on earth, acting as a daily influence on Christians.

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The Holy Spirit is mentioned repeatedly throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The first reference is in Genesis 1:2, where the Spirit of God is mentioned as hovering above the waters. However, Holy Spirit's presence is mentioned most often by the apostle Paul. According to Paul in the New Testament, the role of the Holy Spirit is as a helper or enabler, teacher, witness and guide.

According to the Christian faith, Jesus sends His Holy Spirit to His followers so that they grow and change into the righteous people of God and have the qualities needed to lead others back to Him. The Holy Spirit is one-third of the Holy Trinity yet also has His own characteristics. He has intellect, emotion and a will. He performs miracles, convinces and restrains; He commands and directs people. He can be prayed to and asked to intercede on a person's behalf, and He also gives believers gifts. Some of these gifts include love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness and self-control. This list of gifts is known as the fruits of the spirit and is found in Galatians 5: 22-23.

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