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26 Bible verses about the Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit? How can I receive Him? What does He do?
It is impossible to live a true Christian life as Jesus’ disciple without the Holy Spirit. Here is a selection of Bible verses about the Holy Spirit – His role, how we receive Him, how He can help us.
Bible verses about the promise of the Holy Spirit
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’” Acts 1:4-5.
“‘Go therefore and makes of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20.
Coming of the Holy Spirit
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4.
Receiving the Holy Spirit – Bible verses about the baptism of the Holy Spirit
“I indeed baptize you with water unto He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’” Matthew 3:11., but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13.
“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32.
The Holy Spirit – A seal
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30.
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Romans 8:14-17.
The Holy Spirit – The Helper and Spirit of truth
Jesus said this to His disciples not long before He was to leave them:
“‘If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.’” John 14:15-18.
“‘These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.’” John 14:25-26.
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” John 15:26.
“‘Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. … I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.’” John 16:7, 12-14.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, will remind us of God’s Word in our daily situations. Isn’t that a comfort? As humans, it’s easy for us to lose focus on what has eternal value in the busyness of life. The Holy Spirit can prompt us in the moment where we most need it – to not return evil for evil, or to cast all our cares on Him, for example.
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27.
The Holy Spirit – Power
“‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’” Acts 1:8.
Peter, who just days before was so weak and timid that he couldn’t manage to confess Jesus even though wanted to, was in a moment full of power when the Holy Spirit fell on him. Do you, also, have a good desire in your heart to live a pure life for Jesus? Do you long to say “No!” in temptation but just lack the power to? Pray for the Holy Spirit! He will give you power to resist like you’ve never experienced before!
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31.
Walk in the Spirit
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25.
After receiving the Spirit, it is apparent from this verse that there is a way for us to proceed on. Walking in the Spirit means being obedient to the Spirit.
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the. For the flesh against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” Galatians 5:16-17.
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the, you will live.” Romans 8:12-13.
“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion …’” Hebrews 3:7-8.
“Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19.
The result of walking in the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.
“… to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, unless otherwise specified. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.