Holy spirit

How can a Christian not believe in the Holy Spirit?

I recently observed that the least known person in the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. Lack of knowledge of the Holy Spirit could also be responsible for the lack of revival in churches around the world.

In 2009, Barna Group conducted a study which found that most Christians in America do not believe the Holy Spirit is a living entity. I also read an article this month in Leonardo Blair’s The Christian Post about a study from Arizona Christian University that showed that while a majority of self-identified American Christians believe God is almighty, omniscient and that he is the Creator of the universe, more than half reject a number of biblical teachings and principles, including the existence of the Holy Spirit.

It is not only in America that Christians are skeptical of the existence of the Holy Spirit; unfortunately, it is a worldwide phenomenon. A critical look at this will surely reveal that there is a fundamental flaw in our belief system. Is it really possible to believe the scriptures without believing the author? Can we truly believe that Jesus came in the flesh and died to save us from sin without believing in the divine person who miraculously brought about his incarnation?

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is universal and too precious to be overlooked by Christians. He is the author of the scripture, the illuminator and the applicator. He is the executive arm of the Trinity and activated the creation of the world by brooding on the surface of the water in Genesis 1: 2. Adam would not have been a living soul without the Holy Spirit (Genesis 2: 7). In the Old Testament He acted like the Spirit of God.

Jesus survived the temptation of the devil because he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and could not perform any miracles until he was anointed with the Holy Spirit on the day of his baptism (Matthew 4: 1). He claimed that the Holy Spirit was the one who anointed him (Luke 4:18). Jesus in His earthly ministry did all that He did by the power of the Holy Spirit. All of His miracles were done by the Holy Spirit. Even when he was not ready to take the road to Calvary, he received strength by the Holy Spirit. He was able to offer himself for the remission of sins by the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 9:14).

It is also important to note that without the Holy Spirit, the mortal body of Christ would have remained in the grave (Romans 8:11). If the Holy Spirit helped Jesus accomplish his earthly mission and we are his disciples, why do we doubt his existence?

We live in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, and if there is one person of the Trinity that we are supposed to know empirically, it is the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he assured his disciples that he would send them a comforter (John 16: 7-8). On the day of Pentecost, his promise was fulfilled and the disciples were empowered to spread the gospel to those who had not heard of Jesus. Ignorant men have become spiritual Giants through the transmission of the Holy Spirit.

It is appalling that the Holy Spirit does great works in our lives, but we do not know him and we do not recognize his works either. Ignorance is Christianity’s greatest challenge. How could anyone come to Christ without the convincing and converting power of the Holy Spirit? In the salvation of mankind, God the Father developed the concept, God the Son paid the price for our redemption, and God the Holy Spirit convinces and converts us. It is a mistake to recognize God the Father and the Son and to reject the Holy Spirit who is solely responsible in this present dispensation.

In the early church, the Holy Spirit was the administrator of the church, and nothing was done by the leaders of the church without his approval. When the church in Jerusalem wanted to write a letter to the church in Antioch, it recognized the Holy Spirit as the invisible overseer of the church: “It has pleased the Holy Spirit and us to ask you to do nothing more than those things that must be done ”(Acts 15:28). They couldn’t have written the letter if it hadn’t pleased the Holy Spirit.

If our churches today recognized the Holy Spirit as the way the early church recognized Him, there would never have been any singular doubt about the existence of the Holy Spirit. In the church in Antioch he spoke and sent Paul and Barnabas to the work he called them (Acts 13: 1-2).

I firmly believe he is speaking in our churches today, but we are too busy with so much activity that we have refused to hear him and pushed him into a state of oblivion. This neglect is responsible for doubts about the existence of the Holy Spirit. We must repent and make the study of the Holy Spirit compulsory in our churches because there is no Christianity without Him.

Oscar Amaechina is the President of Afri-Mission and Evangelism Network, Abuja, Nigeria. His call is to take the gospel where no one has preached or heard of Jesus. He is the author of the book The mystery of the cross revealed.