We often have the impression of forgetting a member of the Trinity. We talk about God a lot, we focus on Jesus a lot, and we seem to ignore or overlook the Holy Spirit. This makes sense, because a spirit can be much more abstract and more difficult to grasp than Jesus as a man, or even God … but the Holy Spirit (or the Holy Spirit) is crucial to our Christian faith. .
If there was a word better used to summarize the role of the Holy Spirit, it would probably be “help”. In John 16: 7, Jesus said to his disciples: “it is to your advantage that I am going, because if I do not go, the Help will not come to you. But if I go, I’ll send it to you.“Other translations say” Advocate “instead of” Help, “but the intention and heart of the word in the original Greek is the same – Spirit moves and works on our behalf, helping us to come closer to the Father through Christ, defending us and speaking to us.
Alistair Begg recently wrote “Five Truths About the Holy Spirit” for Ligonier.org, and he shares several compelling and helpful thoughts that will help us better understand this neglected member of the Trinity.
Here are three things we need to remember from Begg’s article about the identity and importance of the Holy Spirit:
- “The Holy Spirit is a unique person and not just a power or an influence. ” I remember thinking as a child that the Holy Spirit looked more like a ghost than a real, concrete being, but this kind of thought can damage the way we relate to and interact with Spirit. . “We must understand that the Spirit of God, the third person of the Trinity, is personal,” writes Begg.
- “The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son. ” This is the most powerful and puzzling thing about the Trinity – each third is unique, but all three are united. “In theological terms,” Begg explains, “we say he is both co-equal and co-eternal. … Thus, the activity of the Spirit is never given to us in the Scriptures apart from the person and work of Christ or the eternal will of the Father.
- “The Spirit is the author of the scriptures. We read in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “all scripture is inspired of God” and in 2 Peter 1:21 that “men spoke from God as they were drawn by the Holy Spirit”. These verses illustrate the divine work of the Holy Spirit through men to record what we now know as the Bible – “it is a book that exists as a result of the expiration of the Holy Spirit,” Begg says.
The more I study the scriptures and discover who the Holy Spirit is, the less I think of him as an abstract or fickle ghost character and the more I come to see and believe him as a living, breathing, and in my own personal assistant and advocate. life and in the world around me. The Spirit has become much more real to me, much more powerful, vibrant and intimately close, and it is changing the way I live my faith day to day when I see and meet it as such.
In an article on Crosswalk.com titled “Why Believe The Holy Spirit Is A Person,” Tim Barnett explains that the Holy Spirit “has a will,” “has a spirit,” and “has emotions.” Barnett writes: “If the Holy Spirit has a deciding will (1 Cor. 12:11), a thinking spirit (Rom. 8:27), and feeling emotions (Eph. 4:30), how can anyone Can one rationally claim that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force?
The Holy Spirit, who is part of the Trinity with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, is as personal as it gets. He is as close to us as our breath, and He is alive and at work, defending us, helping us and bringing us closer to the heart of our Creator.
The best way I have found to grow in my relationship with the Holy Spirit is to read the scripture itself – I encourage you to read the many passages in the Bible that will help us all to know and understand the Saint better. -Spirit as seen at work.
The ministry of the Spirit, as Begg writes, “is both permanent and personal”. Let us not neglect it any longer.
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Publication date: May 12, 2017
Rachel Dawson is the editor-in-chief of Crosswalk.com.
Read our Prayer to the Holy Spirit to help guide and direct your thoughts in prayer and recognize His work in your life.