Week 7: Who is the Holy Spirit?

posted 18 Nov 2011, 04:03 by Peter Booth

Jesus on earth was “God with us.”   His followers could see him, talk to him and learn from him.  Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.  This restored our relationship with a holy God.  The Bible tells us how Jesus rose from the dead and spent time again with his followers.  But he did not stay on earth for long.  He said “I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper who will stay with you forever – the Spirit of truth.”

The Holy Spirit is mentioned right at the beginning of the Bible – watching over the creation of the world.  He is eternal, existing before time and space and matter.

When Jesus was baptised, the Holy Spirit came down on him like a dove.  Jesus had given up his divine glory and power to come to earth in the form of a human being.  He humbly received guidance and power of the Holy Spirit for his work.  A dove suggests peace and gentleness – God is not forcing his way into people’s lives, but we can willingly receive his peace and power to do his work.

The Holy Spirit is described as like the wind – invisible but with visible effects.

The Holy Spirit is described as like water springing up to give life, refreshment and joy.

The Holy Spirit is described as like fire – bringing energy and light, and burning away what is impure.

The Holy Spirit is a person.  Although he has no body, he has the identity and character of a person.  He loves, guides, helps.  Because he is God, he can be everywhere and close to each one of us.

He is a helper.  He helps us to understand the Bible, helps us to pray, and helps us to help others with God’s power.

The Holy Spirit makes us spiritually alive and can bring good fruit in our lives – love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

If we have received God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus, we can ask God our Father to give us the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said that God his Father would send his Spirit.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit are distinct and yet are all the one true God.  They are totally united in a relationship of love.

by Rod Lawrence

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