“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.” – John 15:26

 

INTRODUCTION

Last Sunday 24th May was Pentecost Sunday – the day we celebrate the out pouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.

The Holy Spirit is one of the most popular terms that float around in Christian discourse. Even among believers, some regard Him as a mere force, just like the wind. Some see Him as a status symbol whose name they can drop to curry favors from other believers. Views conflict about His personality, role, and functions. There is agitation about His fruit and His dwelling. He has been equated with the human conscience. This view, by implication, makes Him present in every human being, not just believers. It also translates man’s conscious to the level of the Holy Spirit, a view that the Bible will itself reveal to be patently false.

There is no need for there to be any controversy about the Holy Spirit. Though largely invisible, His presence has never been in doubt. In this series, we will explore different aspects of the Holy Spirit that are crucial for the salvation of man; essential for our Christian growth and development; necessary for church sanctity and edification; and prepares us for a life of usefulness here on earth, as well as fitness for heaven. Over the next few editions, we will examine who He is, what He does, how He operates, and explore the important details the Bible gives about Him. Jumping ahead of these Biblical conclusions, I can say categorically that the Holy Spirit is not a mere force. He is alive and vibrant.

 

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

There are spirits and there are spirits, but the Holy Spirit is distinct and unique from every other Spirit. Jesus gives an apt description of Him in our key text. He calls the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, and testifies about Him.” In that brief description, we see the Holy Spirit as having a connection with both God the Father, and God the Son. But just what exactly is this connection? Is it close? Is it distant? Are they mere acquaintances or do they have a deeper relationship?

The Holy Spirit is many things, but He is most importantly the third person in the Trinity. He is one with God the Father and God the Son. He is in fact God the Spirit, the crucial third Person in that God triangle that, though three, are One in mind and purpose. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s how the Bible uses different names and attributes to describe the Holy Spirit and explain His divine relationship with God the Father, and God the Son.

 

  1. HE IS GOD’S SPIRIT

“These are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. “ – 1 Corinthians 2:10

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? – 1 Corinthians 3:16

“Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:8

 

  1. HE IS GOD THE FATHER

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:22

 

  1. HE IS LORD, GOD THE SON

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18

 

  1. HE IS GOD THE SPIRIT

God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24

This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. – 1 John 4:13

 

  1. HE WORKS IN TANDEM WITH GOD THE FATHER AND GOD THE SON

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 28:19

“For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:21

 

  1. HE HAS THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

OMNIPOTENT: “The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. – Luke 1:35.

OMNIPRESENT: “Where can I go from your Spirit??Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. – Psalm 139:7-10.

ETERNAL: “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”- Hebrews 9:14.

HAS A WILL:        “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.” – 1 Corinthians 12:11.

LOVES: “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” – Romans 15:30.

SPEAKS “The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” – Acts 8:29

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” – Acts 13:2

 

DEDUCTIONS FROM BIBLICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Contrary to conflicting views that many people hold about who the Holy Spirit is, the above Bible texts reveal Him to be the living third Person in the Trinity. He is eternal. He is Lord. He is fully God. He works with same purpose as God the Father and God the Son. He works through human beings and in fact dwells in those who have accepted Christ Jesus as Saviour and Lord.     He connects us with God. Jesus called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth” in our key text. He also said “the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” – John 14:17.

The Holy Spirit is alive and that is a fact! He is fully God and a Spirit. It is not fiction that He is unique and distinct from every other kind of spirit. The apostle Paul explained that “the person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 2:14.

The Bible has explained that the Holy Spirits exists and given sufficient explanation of how He does. But it requires accepting Him to be able to know Him. It is unwise to speak unguardedly about His existence, for Jesus cautioned: “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” – Matthew 12:32. He is alive and eternal, working in close connection with God the Father and God the Son to connect more people to them.

Marcus Wells gives us a beautiful summary of the Holy Spirit in his 19th century classical hymn, Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide. We will explore these grand themes in more details over the coming weeks.

 

Holy Spirit, faithful Guide, ever near the Christian’s side;

Gently lead us by the hand, pilgrims in a desert land.

Weary souls fore’er rejoice, while they hear that sweetest voice,

Whispering softly, “Wanderer, come, follow Me, I’ll guide thee home.”

 

Ever present, truest Friend, ever near Thine aid to lend,

Leave us not to doubt and fear, groping on in darkness drear.

When the storms are raging sore, hearts grow faint and hopes give o’er.

Whispering softly, “Wanderer, come, follow Me, I’ll guide thee home.”

 

When our days of toil cease, waiting still for sweet release,

Nothing left but heaven and prayer, wondering if our names are there;

Wading deep the dismal flood, pleading naught but Jesus’ blood,

Whispering softly, “Wanderer, come, follow Me, I’ll guide thee home.”

 

Think about this: John Nelson Darby, the 19th Century English clergyman stated succinctly that “the presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.” He is therefore not to be regarded as a passing fancy, but to be accepted as an indwelling Presence. Stay Blessed!

 

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