The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

The book of Acts refers to the Holy Spirit in a number of occasions. The Holy Spirit is mentioned in Acts 1:2, 1:5, 1:15, 2:4, 5:3, 5:32, 6:3, 6:5, 6:10, 8:16, 8:17, 8:19, 10:19, 10:44, 10:45, 11:15, 11:16, 11:24, 13:2, 13:4, 13:9, 13:52, 15:8, 15:28, 16:6, 16:7, 19:1, 19:6, 20:22, 20:23, 20:28, 21:4, and 21:11. Given the amount of references to the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts, I will concentrate on what is said about the Holy Spirit in chapter 13 specifically.

The Holy Spirit is mentioned four separate times in chapter 13 of the book of Acts. First, the Holy Spirit communicated with the believers on who He wants sent out to spread the gospel. The Holy Spirit convened in the worship time of the believers and called Paul and Barnabas to do the work of the Lord (13:2). Soon after, Paul and Barnabas went out. Luke says that they were “sent on their way by the Holy Spirit” (13:4).

Once Paul and Barnabas are on their journey we see the Holy Spirit give Paul guidance and wisdom to deal with Elymas (13:9). At the end of chapter 13, we see the Holy Spirit again. Luke tells us that the disciples were “filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (13:52).

From the synopsis of the Holy Spirit in just chapter 13 we are able to see the pattern and role that the Holy Spirit played throughout the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit was and is a guide to those who follow Christ. Sometimes God calls certain people to do certain things and many times this calling is communicated through the Holy Spirit. Also, the Holy Spirit is a guide for those who submit themselves to Him. The Holy Spirit works through the disciples throughout the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit also works in them to mold them into the people they need to be for God. Lastly, the Holy Spirit is mentioned with joy. The Holy Spirit gives power to those that it dwells in. The power is from God and the close relationship that it represents should be something that brings joy to any believer.

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