The Holy Spirit
Back to Basics: The Holy Spirit
Whenever we speak of the Holy Spirit, we’re referring to the third person in the Trinity. He is not an “it” but a HE, just like the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is often the most misunderstood of the three. Perhaps our Scripture references will help to shed light on this divine person.
John 14:26—But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 15:26—When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.
Advocate is the word: paraclete which is now more closely recognized by this well-known Name and refers to One sent who comes along side to help
A very important part of His ministry is to provide the right understanding of what Jesus had taught…He was sent to verify who Jesus was, be a powerful ally to the Christian Believer and remind everyone of what Jesus actually taught
One of the reasons Christians can read the bible and gain understanding is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who guided the writers of the bible and will enlighten us as to what the Scriptures mean and how they apply to our lives
A true witness about who Jesus is and was cannot be offered unless you have an intimate relationship with Him and the Holy Spirit came from heaven, having had a close connection with the Son and His testimony here is based upon the truth He knew concerning the One who came to be our Savior
Ephesians 4:30—And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Grieve—to be sorrowful, be hurt as in the loss of someone we love; the Holy Spirit has feelings and can be literally made “sick to His stomach” when He sees Christians become involved in sin and straying from the path of righteousness
Sealed—engraved object used to make a mark, denoting ownership, approval or closure…sealing signified at least 4 results: 1) finished transactions; 2) sign of ownership; 3) bond of security such as sealing of lion’s den in Daniel or Jesus’ tomb when He was buried; or 4) authenticity or identification
If your life doesn’t bear the influence of the Holy Spirit’s presence, you might need to question if you really belong to the Lord, because He is actually the “down payment” on the promise of eternal life, just like earnest money is paid to secure a contract on purchasing a house
Just as a person can lose their salvation by forsaking the truth concerning Jesus, we can drive the Holy Spirit out of our life by returning to a sinful lifestyle, rather than living holy lives like sons and daughters of God
2 Timothy 1:14—Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Guard—doesn’t refer to simply keeping something as a possession but to keep it secure, which is a military term about the soldier who is on watch while others sleep, and is accountable for his own life and the lives of all the others who are entrusted to his watch care
Good deposit—speaks of the gospel message or Good News which was given to Paul and passed on to Timothy to preach throughout the world…this would follow the pattern of entrusting something valuable to someone who would take care of it, prior to the establishment of banks
Help of the Holy Spirit—how comforting to know this isn’t accomplished by our own abilities, it is God at work in and through us to see that His will is accomplished on earth, just as it is in heaven
We should always remember that when God calls us, He enables us to fulfill His will and plans…He takes up residency when we are baptized (Acts 2:38) according to God’s promise, this isn’t something we have to pray about or beg God to give us
Romans 8:26—In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Whatever we may face, the promise is that the Holy Spirit provides us with more than enough resources to sustain us in and through those times but what seems to be the focus of our weakness is apparently our prayer life
This does not infer we don’t know HOW to pray, it points out that we may not know quite what to pray for…this is peering into the unseen, spiritual realm where a great Person and divine forces are at work on our behalf and even if we cannot understand it all…there is tremendous encouragement in the Holy Spirit offering a “wordless groan” which may be the most spiritual prayer that can be offered
We should not think this is speaking of some spiritual “prayer language” but says God hears what is in our hearts, even when it is never communicated by our lips…the Holy Spirit knows and speaks perfectly for us to the Father
When we don’t know what we want to ask, the Holy Spirit knows and will present our needs to Jesus who will present it to the Father … remember we pray in Jesus’ name
There is no doubt that in the church a life filled with the Holy Spirit should be the norm. The filling of the Holy Spirit was a requirement for serving in the Lord’s Kingdom and it happened at Pentecost. (Acts 2) Without a life full of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to build the body of Christ, and we end up limiting God’s work in our lives and in this world.