generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about threethousand souls were added to them.
- Acts 2:1-6,38-41 The Holy Spirit (the Helper, the Spirit of Truth) represents the Father and Son to us, andtestifies to us of Jesus.
“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 15:26The Holy Spirit represents Jesus’ presence to us in Jesus’ absence. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment to come, and guides us into all truth.
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.And when He has come,He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:of sin, because they donot believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, butyou cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide youinto 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.
- John 16:7-13The Holy Spirit is the active agent in the new birth, creating within us new desires andaspirations, new hopes, new thoughts and behaviors, and a new capacity for knowing Godand for influencing others for His kingdom. He changes our hearts, making us into newpeople who are able to prophesy or testify about God and His truth.
Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and beturned into another man...So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that Godgave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. When they came there to thehill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
- 1 Samuel 10:6, 9-10
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, hecannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he isold? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”Jesus answered, “Mostassuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
- John 3:3-5
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness andthe love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we havedone, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration andrenewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
- Titus 3:3-7