The most overlooked and underappreciated person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. We always hear about God (Father) and Jesus (Son) but less so concerning the Advocate. It’s fundamental to understand that all three entities exist as one. Each has a specific role but they work in conjunction and are to be wholly identified and revered as Lord.
The Spirit is not an “it” as He has the characteristics of a living being such as mind and emotions. The Holy Spirit is more than worthy of our worship as He gives counsel, reminders, conviction, power and revelation. Yes, He even gets sad and grieves when we sin. There are over 100 references to Him in the New Testament so we should not diminish His importance by depersonalization.
In fact, the very first verses of the Bible in the Old Testament present the Spirit to us.
Genesis 1-1:2. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
It is interesting to know that the unforgivable sin is blasphemy of the Spirit. In Mark, Jesus’ critics accuse Him of using powers of the devil to heal people. Even as witnesses to the miracles, their stubborn hearts were wickedly rejecting the Son of God. Lest we forget, that this is the same Spirit which raised Him from the grave.
Mark 3:28-29.“Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”
Jesus not only died to prove that death could be conquered but to send us His Spirit. If He remained in the flesh then we would be unable to receive this precious God-given reward. This monumental event was the culmination of the Holy Spirit which allowed Him to permanently in-dwell those who accepted Jesus. Before that time, the Spirit was available to the prophets and a few others but for specific purposes and gifts.
Prior to His Crucifixion, He told everyone to anticipate the coming of the Spirit.
John 14-16:19. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—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. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
Luke 24:49. “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
True to His word, the Holy Spirit was sent at Pentecost which marks 50 days after Jesus’ Resurrection.
Acts 2-1:8. When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
At this point, some people started to ridicule them and say they had too much wine. Upon hearing this, Peter (one of Jesus’ closest disciples) addressed the crowd and their speculation.
Act 2-15:21. “These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
The Spirit also delivers fruits and gifts to enable us to further us and His Kingdom. It is recommended to accept the Baptism of the Holy Spirit so that He can be fully activated in your life.
Through the infinite grace of God, He presents His Holy Spirit which we so desperately need. We become sensitized so that we are matured and drawn into closer fellowship. Our Maker wants nothing more than to deepen our relationship with Him. The Spirit creates a hunger for the Word of God and provides discernment so that we can be transformed by what is read. He leads us in prayer which will be effective in connecting with our Father.
1 Corinthians 2:10. These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
As we surrender, the Spirit will convict us in the ways that we should (not) go. He establishes our priorities and enables us to meet them with abundant energy, joy focus, perseverance and so on. If we let Him take over, stress levels greatly diminish because our God is greater than anything we will ever face. He lovingly corrects us so that the heart, mind and body are in harmonious unity with His holy will. We are rendered helpless if we choose to deny the Spirit because He is everywhere. We were created for His good pleasure and not to do our own thing which is why we get ourselves into a lot of heartache and trouble. It is through a personal, intimate relationship with God that we put to death the deeds of the flesh.
A quick personal testimony regarding the power of the Spirit. When I was 10, I received a prompting to check up on my half-brother (around 1 years old) who had been playing in the bedroom. At the time, I was in the kitchen making some food and my dad was in the living room. Everything was peaceful but I suddenly stopped and got this strong urge to see him. So I walked over to where he was and my jaw dropped. He had the loose cords that draw the blinds around his neck and was walking forward in attempt to free himself. If I had arrived a few seconds later, he could have died from strangulation. For days after, he still had the marks around his neck from the pressure.
THANK GOD for His voice.