“May the force be with you!” is what warriors wish to each other in Star Wars, the famous film and series about warriors in a galaxy, far, far away. It’s a power that can help them fight the dark side. Can we talk about the Holy Spirit in the same way, as a neutral force or power which can help you in the days of trouble? Or is the Holy Spirit more than that?
He is God and holy
The word “holy” indicates that we are dealing with God Himself if we talk about the “Holy Spirit”. The Bible says He is the third Person in the Godhead (Matthew 3: 16 – 17; 12: 28; 28: 19) and also that the Holy Spirit lives in believers and they are therefore holy temples of God (1 Corinthians 3: 16 – 17; 6: 19 – 20). He also helps believers pray to God (Romans 8: 14, 16, 26, 27).
He is the Spirit of the promise
Jesus Christ has promised the coming of the Holy Spirit. He says that the Holy Spirit (John 14: 26) would be sent by God the Father at His request following His departure from earth. The Holy Spirit has come in Jesus’ Name (John 14: 16, 26) and He will be with the believers until the return of the Jesus.
He can be lied to and saddened
Unfortunately, it is possible for us sinful humans to lie to the Holy Spirit and grieve Him (Acts 5: 3, Ephesians 4: 30). Only from a person can those things be said. The Holy Spirit is thus not an influence but an individual person, just like God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. He is not a neutral person. The Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit with a male pronoun (John 14: 26; 15: 26; 16: 8; 13 – 14).
He helps us and glorifies Christ
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter (John 14: 16, 25, 15: 26, 16: 7). He gives us strength and assistance in life as a Christian with gifts for the benefit of the church and the world. The Holy Spirit teaches us about Christ and He glorifies Him. The central work of the Holy Spirit is thus to point to Jesus Christ. He figures Himself away to draw all attention to Him and gives us people faith and connection with Christ. The Holy Spirit can be compared to a spotlight that illuminates a building. He focuses on Christ.
Some questions to reflect on
The Holy Spirit is a Person, God Himself, Who guides you in life and beyond your life. He is more than a power and all you need to stay in connection with Jesus Christ. In what ways have you personally experienced the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life? And does your life centers around yourself or do you show Christ through your words and actions?
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13: 14).
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