Jesus was so evident in the book of John 10:30 that he and the Father was one, meaning that he was God. However, we are taught about the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. So, if Jesus claimed that he and the Father were one, was he also the same person as the Holy Spirit? Is Jesus the Holy Spirit?
Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are two distinct persons. There is nowhere that the Bible indicates that Jesus is the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as a helper who was to come after he had gone, implying they were two different people.
So, does the Bible say Jesus is the Holy Spirit? Did Jesus say he is the Holy Spirit? How does the Bible describe the Holy Spirit? What did Jesus say about the Holy Spirit? Why did Jesus need the Holy Spirit? Is the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit the same? Why do some Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is the blood of Jesus? Is Holy Spirit a person? Continue reading to get the answers to these questions and more.
Does the Bible say Jesus is the Holy Spirit?
The Bible does not say or even imply that Jesus is the Holy Spirit. Jesus portrays clearly through his teachings that he is different from the Spirit, who he terms as the helper. Jesus says in the gospel of John 15:26-27, “But when the helper comes, who I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness because you have been with me from the beginning.”
The scripture portrays Jesus and the Holy Spirit as two distinct persons with different missions and ministries on earth. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to act as a helper and testify of Jesus, while the ministry of Jesus is to save humanity.
Additionally, the Bible portrays a close relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9-10 says, “But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
Did Jesus say he is the Holy Spirit?
Jesus was clear that he and the Holy Spirit were different people. He says in the book of John 14:25-26 that “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all the things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Additionally, Jesus says in the book of John 15:26-27 that the Holy Spirit will come to bear witness of him once he is gone. This indicates that He is not the Holy Spirit. Jesus also said in the gospel of John 16:7-5 that it is for our advantage that he goes away so that the Holy Spirit, our helper, can come. Therefore, Jesus mentions God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three distinct persons.
How does the Bible describe the Holy Spirit?
The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity. The Bible indicates that the Spirit was God was present from the time of creation. Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Additionally, the Bible in the book of 1st Corinthians 6:19 indicates that our bodies are the temples of God because of the Holy Spirit within us. The gospel of John 3:5 is clear that for one to see heaven, one must be born of water and the Spirit.
What did Jesus say about the Holy Spirit?
As mentioned above, Jesus was clear that the Holy Spirit is our helper who will come to bear witness to him. He noted that it would only be possible for the Holy Spirit to come if he goes. As stated earlier, Christ told his disciples that he had to go before he could send the Holy Spirit to us. Jesus also taught about the Spirit in John 16:14-15, “The Spirit will bring glory to me by taking my message and telling it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine. That is why I have said that the Spirit takes my message and tells it to you.”
Why did Jesus need the Holy Spirit?
Bible scholars and readers note that Jesus needed the Holy Spirit to get the grace and power to lead a perfectly sinless life. God had bestowed on Jesus the hard task of dying to save humanity. Christ needs the Holy Spirit to sustain and empower him to fulfilling this will till the point of death through crucifixion.
Additionally, as accounted in the book of Mathew 4:1, Jesus needed the Holy Spirit to overcome the temptations he faced in the wilderness. So, it is clear that the Spirit was a core part of Jesus’ ministry. He led him, guided him, and helped him fulfill the will of God on earth. That is why Jesus says the Holy Spirit will witness him when he is gone.
How is Jesus different from the Holy Spirit?
The Bible makes a clear distinction between Jesus and the Holy Spirit. First, the book of Luke 4:1 notes that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, throughout the New Testament, describes the Holy Spirit as the helper. Therefore, Jesus couldn’t be full of himself.
Additionally, the Holy Spirit and Jesus differ in their ministry. The ministry of Jesus revolved around bringing more souls to Christ and dying for us to pay the price of our sins. However, Jesus notes that the ministry of the Holy Spirit involves being our helper and guiding us. He also says that the Holy Spirit will come after he has gone to bear witness of him.
John 16:13-16 reads, “But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own initiative, but whatever he hears, he will speak, and he will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify me, for he will take of mine and will disclose it to you. All the things the Father has are mine; therefore, I said that he takes of mine and will disclose it to you.”
Is the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit the same?
Theologians note that the Spirit of Christ is the same as the Holy Spirit. Evangelist Don Stewart notes that Paul uses the term ‘Spirit of Christ’ to refer to the Holy Spirit. The term Spirit of Christ is mentioned in Philippians 1:19, “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” In most instances, when Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit in the Bible, he called him a helper.
To know that the Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit, theologian Don Stewart notes that we need to examine the nature of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit would come as a helper and will witness him. Therefore, Don Stewart concludes that the reason why the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Jesus is that Jesus sent him to testify to the world of Jesus’ deeds. However, Don Stewart is keen enough and emphasizes that the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Jesus Christ.
Why do some Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is the blood of Jesus?
Christians who believe that the Holy Spirit is the blood of Jesus get this idea from the book of Hebrews 9:14, “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.” They, therefore, believe that the Holy Spirit is the one that cleansed our robes and made them white.
Is Holy Spirit a person?
The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as a person. Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” The book of 1st Corinthians 12:4-7 says that the Holy Spirit has a will. He fellowships with believers, and his voice guides us (2nd Corinthians 13:14). Therefore, it is clear that just as the Father and the Son are persons, so is the Spirit.
Theologian Don Stewart notes that Jesus was a person because he had the characteristics of a person. He notes that the scripture portrays the Holy Spirit as a person who has a mind, thinks, and is emotional. Romans 8:27 says, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” The scripture also warns us against grieving the Holy Spirit, meaning that he is an emotional being.
Another human characteristic that the Holy Spirit possesses is that he can teach. 1st Corinthians 2:13 reads, “And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.” The Holy Spirit guides us and comforts us.