By far the most misunderstood entity within the Godhead is the Spirit. It can be difficult to properly understand the role of the Holy Spirit when one looks a verses out of context, or comes to the text with preconceived notions. The Spirit is not just talked about in the New Testament. In fact, we find the very first mention of Him in Genesis 1:2, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” One of the next times we find the Spirit being discussed in Genesis, it is about the miraculous powers that Joseph could perform by interpretation of dreams. “So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God” (Genesis 41:37-38). Notice that the Spirit of God was present at creation (as was Jesus) and was credited to give miraculous abilities to men to bring glory to God. This is very similar to the purpose of the “comforter” being sent by Christ as discussed in John 16:5ff.
When the “comforter” or “helper” was discussed by Jesus (John 16:12-14), notice that the Spirit is called a “He”. This is not the only instance in which we find this male article being utilized to describe the Holy Spirit, and thus we need to remember that we should know He is not just a force or entity, but is a person as much as the Father or Son.
The main focus of the Spirit’s work was bringing about the revelation of the word of God. 2 Peter 1:20-21, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” David records in 2 Samuel 23:2, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.” It is no surprise then that when we read about the armor of God, the only offensive weapon listed is the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
The Holy Spirit of God is for certain a part of the expression of Deity. He has been with the Father and Son since before the beginning and will continue to be with them forever. He has been seen to have a place at creation, bringing about miraculous abilities to glorify God, and to secure the transmission of the infallible Word of God to reach the world with the gospel. Let us never neglect the important part the Spirit has played in the plan of redemption for all of mankind.