Hello from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma! I pray you have a good day. All glory to God, the Giver of all good things, the One who gives us hope “above the sun” in this life and the life to come.
Two weeks ago, my article was about some reasons to believe in God. Last week I focused on Jesus. Today I want to take a look at the role of the Holy Spirit, and some reasons why I believe we should obey Him the same way we obey God the Father and God the Son, all three are part of what some call the Trinity or the Godhead.
The Bible clearly says that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one, in complete unity. The Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13, Ephesians 1:13) is also referred to by several other names in the scriptures: Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11), Spirit of Christ (Romans 8: 9), Lord (2 Corinthians 3: 16-17), Spirit of his Son (of God) (Galatians 4: 6). The Bible describes the work of the Holy Spirit as our helper, counselor, comforter, guide, advocate, keeper, and intercede.
The authors of the Bible attribute to the Holy Spirit as well as to the Father and the Son the words written for us, not just the authors themselves (2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16, John 14:26 and John 12:49). You may have heard people say that they believe the words directly spoken by Jesus, but not the words of the New Testament writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, James and Jude. This would be a mistaken notion since all the words in the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit and are just as important to follow as those spoken by Jesus and the Father. This is why the apostle Paul exhorted the Christians in Ephesus “not to grieve the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 4:30). Simply put, Paul was giving instructions on the Christian life, dos and don’ts, and he wanted to remind these new Christians that willful disobedience to the word of God causes grief to the Spirit of God.
A similar instruction is given by Jesus concerning his own words: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do as I say? (Luke 6:46, John 14:15, 21, 23, 24).
In 1 John 5: 2-3, the author says that the will of God should be our priority: “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and by carrying out his commandments. In fact, this is the love of God: to keep his commandments.
As humans, we probably get along better with Jesus Christ than with God or His Holy Spirit simply because Jesus came to earth in human form, allowed himself to be tempted like us (Hebrews 4: 14-16 ). But it was Jesus who said: “I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going. If I do not go, the Counselor will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you ”(John 16: 7).
After Peter’s convincing sermon at a Jewish holiday known as Pentecost, he told a large audience of new believers that they must “repent and be baptized” in the name of Jesus Christ in order to receive the Lord. gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). Luke says that God added three thousand new believers to the Lord’s church that day, those who believed Peter’s message and were baptized (Acts 2:41, 47). During their engagement, the seal of the Holy Spirit was placed in them as a guarantee of their inheritance from heaven (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30).
As a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), God wants us to stay in tune with his Spirit (Galatians 5:25). By living by the Spirit, we “do not quench the fire of the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). May we all strive daily to listen and do the will of the Spirit of God. He is our number one weapon in spiritual warfare because he abides within and associates with every baptized believer.
Have a good week!
Barrett Vanlandingham is the Youth Minister at Fort Gibson Church of Christ. Contact him at (918) 478-2222 or email@example.com.