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Can someone explain the Holy Spirit?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
As hard as I try, I can't seem to comprehend the role of the Holy Spirit.

We always hear about God and Jesus, but the HS often seems forgotten. Is "He" the spirit of Jesus? The spirit of God? Does anyone pray to Him? What is His role?
post #2 of 10
A great question! And it took me a long time to figure it out. Well, I never was really confused by it, but I didn't really GET it until maybe the past 7 years. But I still am not good at articulating it to others(actually, I don't think I have ever tried), so I will let someone else explain it to you for now. I will say that they are 3 in one, and have all been here since the begining.
post #3 of 10
The Holy Spirit is God's presence at work in the world. IMO God is able to come to the world using the Holy Spirit. When you feel the presence of God or you feel God touching you it is His Holy Spirit.
This is how i understand it.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Jodie View Post

The Holy Spirit is God's presence at work in the world. IMO God is able to come to the world using the Holy Spirit. When you feel the presence of God or you feel God touching you it is His Holy Spirit.
This is how i understand it.

I also believe that the Holy spitit is what you feel when you feel touched. The Holy Spirit is there to guide us and to comfort us.

I believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings. Not all one person.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Jodie View Post

The Holy Spirit is God's presence at work in the world. IMO God is able to come to the world using the Holy Spirit. When you feel the presence of God or you feel God touching you it is His Holy Spirit.
This is how i understand it.

as well... I guess to put in feelings.... When I feel the holy spirit I have this allover sense of of calmness Some times I tingle or get goosebumps. I feel cleansed and warmth and just pure and happy. Its awesome.
post #6 of 10
The Holy Spirit is the third side of the trinity. In Catholic religions the trinity is 'three in one'. We believe in one God but in three forms. God is the Father. Jesus is the Savior. The Holy Spirit is the Bearer of Courage. Here is the Apostles Creed ...

Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and Earth
And in Jesus Christ
His only Son, Our Lord
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit
Born of the Virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
Was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day, he rose again
He ascended into Heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of God, the Father Almighty.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the Communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Amen.

The Holy Spirit is also referred to as the 'giver of life' and the spirit of truth. It is the Holy Spirit that appears during baptism. It is the Holy Spirit that is the forgiver of sins during the act of contrition. The Holy Spirit is associated with knowledge, and more importantly, wisdom.

The big day for the Holy Spirit is Pentecost which happens after Easter and after the Assension into heaven of Jesus Christ. Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit decended and gave the gift of tongues to the Apostles so they could go and preach God's word to all people and create the Catholic religion.

Every year teenaged Catholics (and older) become 'soldiers for Christ' by taking the sacrament of Confirmation. This is where they are again filled with the Holy Spirit and are strengthened to become adult members of the church.

Actually, the Holy Spirit is very important because it is the Holy Spirit that bestows strength so we can embrace a full religious life. I've read that the sins against the Holy Spirit (sins of obstinance, despair and presumption) are considered unpardonable.

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit,
Divine Spirit of light and love,
I consecrate to Thee my understanding,
heart, and will,
my whole being for time and eternity.
May my understanding be always submissive
to Thy heavenly inspirations,
and to the teaching of the Catholic Church,
of which Thou are the infallible guide;
may my heart be ever inflamed
with love of God and of my neighbor;
may my will
be ever conformed to the divine will;
and may my whole life
be a faithful imitation of the life
and virtues of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
to whom with the Father and Thee
be honour and glory forever. Amen.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by View Post

We believe in one God but in three forms


This is what I believe too.

I Am lutheran.

There has Never been a question as to holy trinity. I Have never thought about it.
Its just always Been taught that
It is one god in three forms.

My Pastor was just talking about this Last Week as a Matter of fact!

Good question!
post #8 of 10
The Holy Spirit was given to us to be our guide after Jesus ascended into heaven after his crucifixion. Since Jesus could no longer teach and guide us here on earth, God sent a replacement for him. Because now, Jesus sits at God's right hand in heaven and is there in body and in spirit.

This is why if any of you have ever heard born again Christians talk about accepting Christ as their savior, it's at that point that we are given the holy spirit to guide us so we can spiritually grow with God inside of us. The Holy Spirit gives us the "eyes" to see things God's way and to move in the direction in our spiritual life that God wants us to go. Because without God, we can do nothing right (on our own without his guidance) since we are all sinners.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your responses.

I knew the basics of the HS, and have known about the Trinity. I just could never really grasp His role.

I know exactly what some of you mean about being touched by God. I think I chalked it up to the hand of God, not the HS in particular, but that makes a whole lot of sense.
post #10 of 10

Interesting post.  I guess The Holy Spirit is what I most relate to. 

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