We have heard about God the Son and God the Father in previous episodes. In this video, Pastor Ted Wilson talks about the Third Person of the Trinity. He is invisible but existent—God the Holy Spirit.
Our fifth fundamental belief says, “God the Eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in creation, incarnation, and redemption. He is as much a person as the Father and the Son are. He inspired the writers of the scriptures. The life of Christ with power. It attracts and convinces human beings; and those who respond he renews and transforms them into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be with his children always, he extends spiritual gifts to the church, strengthens it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the scriptures leads it into all truth. »
The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, leads us to repentance, and transforms our lives to be like Jesus. It also helps us understand the truth that God has revealed in the Bible.
“His job is to define and hold the truth. He dwells first in the heart as the Spirit of truth, and thus He becomes the Comforter. There is comfort and peace in the truth, but no true peace or comfort can be found in a lie…Through the scriptures the Holy Spirit speaks to the mind and imprints truth in the heart. Thus he exposes error and expels it from the soul” (Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 13).
Moreover, the Holy Spirit “striving” as Genesis 6:3 says: “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever…” He also “teaches” as in Luke 12:12: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what to say.” He convinces as John 16:8 notes: “And when he comes he will convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.” Furthermore, it inspires as 2 Peter 1:21 states: “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke, moved by the Holy Spirit.” Finally, it sanctifies as 1 Peter 1:2 states: “…the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.”
We see the activity and involvement of the Holy Spirit in some remarkable events in the Bible.
For example, He was active at Creation, “hovering above the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1,2).
Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5, “Truly I tell you, except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” He was referring to the need for water baptism and the Holy Spirit.
During the incarnation of Jesus, an angel said to Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; wherefore, too, this Saint who is to be born shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
Jesus recognized the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He said in Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; he sent me to heal broken hearts, to announce freedom to captives, and the opening of prison to those bound.”
Also, before his crucifixion, Jesus assured his disciples: “I have told you these things while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and remember all that I have said to you” (John 14:25, 26).
In Acts 10:38, Peter preached at the house of Cornelius saying, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power…”
In conclusion, we must receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by surrendering to Him and allowing Him to transform our lives. He was sent to teach us, guide us, comfort us, encourage us and transform us. However, the choice is ours to accept it. But Jesus warned us of the consequences of resisting the Holy Spirit.
With that, let’s hear the call made in Psalm 95 and repeated in Hebrews 4:7: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.
To learn more about the Holy Spirit, Pastor Wilson encourages you to visit adventist.org/holy-spirit.