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How do YOU explain the Holy Spirit to people?

How do you explain the Holy Spirit to people? At bible study last night we were studying on the Holy Spirit and one of the gals asked "Is the Holy Spirit a "He" or an "it"?" She went on to say that she knows God lives inside her, but found it weird to call the Holy Spirit a "He". Then another gal said she has trouble explaining to people, because she believes she has the Holy Spirit because the Bible say so, and she said they reply "well I could of written the bible" (no they couldn't lol but we are talking unbelievers here). I don't personally think it can be explained to non-believers because IMO it's the Holy Spirit that draws people to salvation so unless He is drawing them, they cannot receive or perceive Him. So....How do you explain it? How do you know you have the Holy Spirit?
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Old 24th September 2010, 01:08 PM
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To me, the Holy Spirit is just that: God's spirit, His essence, His presence. I don't find it confusing or weird at all to call God a "He", though we need to bear in mind that He's not bound by any human definition of gender. A person can know they have the Holy Spirit if they're saved.

Romans 8:9 And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
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I'd say the most appropriate pronoun for the Holy Spirit is he. The Holy Spirit is definitely the most mysterious member of the Trinity. I don't know if you can explain him in just a few sentences. I think you come to understand the Spirit through study and prayer.
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Originally Posted by memoriesbymichelle View Post
How do YOU explain the Holy Spirit to people?
It might be better if you don't. We have to reduce something and break it down in order to understand it. By explaining God, you attempt to reduce Him (conceptually) until He is small enough to fit in our minds...you can't do that.
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Originally Posted by Command0182 View Post
It might be better if you don't. We have to reduce something and break it down in order to understand it. By explaining God, you attempt to reduce Him (conceptually) until He is small enough to fit in our minds...you can't do that.
Interesting thought, but .....what if someone asks you? would you just say "It's better if I don't explain it to you"?
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Also...How do you KNOW you have the Holy Spirit?
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I think the Holy Spirit is more femminine than masculine but i don't really assign it a gender.
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God living in and with us.
"The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you." (John 14:17)

He gives us understanding, comfort and shows us the truth. He is Jesus with us in spirit. He is the life in us now we have died (along with Christ) to the world.

How do you know He is in you?: You know Jesus Christ.

An everyday consequence of this might be if we have looked to Christ (who died for our sins) to save us, and then when we read or hear the word of God we have spiritual understanding of some of it. First hand experience of what they're talking about, grace, love, etc. Because we've experienced that from Him.

Though there might be other ways. Sometimes we go through a time when our personal relationship with Him isn't that close, but it doesn't mean we are not saved or we don't have the Spirit.
"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8)
Was answering how does one know? But it's a faith issue. Are you saved? Then He is in you.
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Also...How do you KNOW you have the Holy Spirit?
That's the problem, you'll probably get a different answer depend on which group you ask.

EO Church teaches we receive the Holy Spirit at baptism.
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I think that the first time you accept Christ as your savior, you will feel something that you have never felt before. It is a feeling that is both comforting and exciting..........

Really though, its a sensory experience. Not in the sense that you can see, hear, touch, feel through your body, or taste. No, it is a sense all on its own.

It is impossible to describe to someone who hasn't been saved, who hasn't accepted Christ, and yet SO easy to talk about with someone who has, much like trying to explain to someone how chicken tastes if they've never tasted it before.. It astounds me how much i can relate to a complete stranger if we talk about when we first accepted Christ.

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