The Holy Spirit is the very spirit of God. He is a member of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and lives on the earth today residing in the hearts of every Christian. The Holy Spirit is often looked at as a type of force, or spiritual power and is many times referred to as an “it”. The truth of the matter is that the Holy Spirit just like Jesus or God is a person of the Godhead and therefore should be reverenced just the same.
In fact the Holy Spirit just like Christ wants a relationship with us, He wants us to spend time with Him, and listen to Him. When we become more aware of who the Holy Spirit is, and the fact that we should as Christians make it our mission to talk to Him, and develop a very close relationship with the Holy Spirit we are able to hear from Him, recognize his leading in our lives and we become a more effective instrument that God can use.
Clarification on the Godhead
The concept of 3 separate people being 1 person can be a bit overwhelming and can be a bit hard to understand but consider the following illustration.
A woman can be 3 different people (Wife, Mother, Daughter), she is 3 different people that serves 3 different functions but she is still just one person. In the same way there is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, each of these persons serves a different purpose but it is all the same person.
When considering the functions of the Godhead, we are able to see that God is the facilitator, He is the “man with the plan” so to speak. Jesus Christ is like the administrator, He ensures that God’s plans are carried out, and the Holy Spirit manifests or brings into existence these plans.
An Example would be God planed the entire universe, Jesus spoke this plan and the Holy Spirit manifested these spoken words into existence.
What does the Holy Spirit do?
The Holy Spirit has many purposes in our lives, He has been given to us in order to:
- Bring revelation of God’s Word.- Speak to us on behalf of Jesus Christ.
- Comfort us in Hard times.
- Build our faith.
- Help us to distinguish right from wrong in God’s eyes.
- Empower us to do things outside of our normal abilities through faith.
- Brings us Joy and Peace.
- Speak in tongues.
- Give us direction for our lives according to the will of God.
- Intercede on our behalf to the Father.
- Receive and Operate in our Spiritual Gift.
We know from the Word of God that when Jesus Christ came to the earth, He was given the Holy Spirit and it was only after He had received the Holy Spirit and went through the 40 days of temptation in the desert that He began His ministry.(See Matthew 3,4) This shows us that the Holy Spirit is necessary in order to truly know, understand and fully operate in the Word of God.
Christianity is about living a life that goes against the flow of the rest of the world. We face resistance, persecution and may hard and trying times because of our faith and with the Holy Spirit these obstacles become a whole lot easier for us to face and overcome. We can see an example of this in the Word of God in Mark 6:45-51
“ Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.
In the Scripture above we see that Jesus sent His disciples in a boat ahead of Him to the other side, however while rowing the wind became so strong that they were straining to row. Jesus saw that they were having trouble, but waited until the 4th watch of the night in order to go to them. When He came to them, He would have passed by and beat them to the other side, but they called out to Him and He stopped and got into the boat.
After Jesus got into the boat the wind died down and they were able to make it to the other side with a whole lot less effort. Jesus in this situation was trying to get the disciples to understand that when they try to do the will of God in their own power it is almost impossible, but if you only call on Jesus He will help to make doing the will of God a whole lot easier.
In that day Jesus Christ was still on the earth but when Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to us; the same spirit He had when He had been on the earth, which means that today if we would only call on the Holy Spirit to help us do the will of God things would go a whole lot smoother.
Not too long ago I had the privilege of attending a seminar with John Bevere, who talked about the Holy Spirit and really delivered a strong, powerful message on the Holy Spirit, which inspired me to write this post today. While I was there I picked up his book “The Holy Spirit” and what an incredible eye opening blessing it has been. If getting to know the person of the Holy Spirit is your goal, as it should be with every Christian I would strongly recommend this book.