Holy spirit

The Holy Spirit enlightens Jesus for us all

From the writings of Reverend Billy Graham

Q: I hear a lot of religious people talk about connecting to the spirit world, which sounds “scary,” but Christians themselves seem to place more emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is all so confusing. Is the Holy Spirit different from the spirit world, and if so, what does it do for mankind? – DI

A: The Holy Spirit – the Spirit of the living God – has been sent to help all who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. While many people struggle to understand such a mystery – the Three in One – the Holy Spirit is a great and wonderful gift from Almighty God. Jesus promised that he would send “help” so that Christians would not be alone in this world (John 16: 5-7).

A friend once said, “I need Jesus Christ for my eternal life and the Holy Spirit for my interior life. For those who believe in Jesus, his power can change a life, a marriage, a relationship, a church, and a world. Sadly, this power has been ignored, misunderstood, and misused. The Holy Spirit is not to be confused with the “spirit world”. He is a person who should not be feared but whom believers should embrace, because when someone gives his life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God comes to dwell in the believer with faith to trust and live for the Lord.

The Holy Spirit lights up people’s minds, makes us yearn for God, takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us. The most important thing that the Spirit of God does for mankind is to show sinners that Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14: 6). It is a wonderful reality.

(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Reverend Billy Graham.)