To have a good understanding of God, it is vital that we know about the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit. As such the Holy Spirit is closely linked with God and what he does.
Note that in regard to the Holy Spirit and God’s people, see the second half of 17. Keys to God’s Interaction.
The earth [in the beginning] was barren, with no form of life; it was under a roaring ocean covered with darkness. But the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Genesis 1:2 CEV
The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit. As such one should bear in mind that when the Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit, it is in effect speaking of God himself. This is reflected by the Holy Spirit’s divine characteristics, spoken of later in this chapter.
[John, to believers:] The people who obey God’s commands live in God, and God lives in them. We know that God lives in us because of the Spirit God gave us. 1 John 3:24 NCV™
This verse links the Holy Spirit with God’s presence by teaching that because believers have God’s Spirit, God lives in them.
[Jesus, to his disciples:] Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, … Matthew 28:19 NET
[Paul, to believers:] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 NCV
[David, to God:] Where could I go to escape from your Spirit or from your sight? Psalms 139:7 CEV
Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself to God and cleansed our consciences from the useless things we had done. Now we can serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14b GW
[John, to believers:] God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one that is in the world [Satan]. 1 John 4:4b CEV
The description of the Holy Spirit as greater than Satan – “the one that is in the world” – shows the Spirit’s great power.
For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10 ISV
This speaks of the Holy Spirit searching out or finding out all things (cf. CEV, NCV, NLT).
[Paul, to believers:] But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. Romans 8:26b NCV™
The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow. Acts 9:31b CEV
[Paul, to believers:] But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:18 NET