The Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit, Jesus’ Spirit, the Spirit of the LORD, the Third Person of the Triune God, is much more to me than a ghost or mystical vapor or “the spirit of the holy gods” or “the Great Spirit” or “the Great Mystery” or even “the Spirit in the Sky” (or “the Man Upstairs” – In my case, that would be my brother-in-law. My sister and he live upstairs from me. We live in a two-family house). I mean no disrespect, but those names describe something that is very far away, untouchable and impersonal to me. The Holy Spirit is Someone (a Person) with Whom I have a personal relationship. Just as God is my Father and I am His daughter and Jesus is my Savior who died for my sins, the Holy Spirit is my personal Life Coach.
(My favorite song about the Holy Spirit, believe it or not, is not a hymn. It is actually a song about the Holy Trinity, written in 1987, by Cliff Richard. I will share it throughout this blog post.)
When did the Holy Spirit come to stay?
When Jesus’ time on earth was completed, He spent forty days with His disciples after His resurrection. Before He ascended into heaven, He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the “promised Holy Spirit” (See Acts 2:33). Ten days later, at Pentecost, Jesus was overjoyed that it finally time to send the Gift of the Holy Spirit to His first disciples and to all His future disciples who would believe in Him through their testimony. The rest is His Story! (For more information about Pentecost, see my posts, see “Waiting to Get Fired Up!” and “Why Get so FIRED UP?” and “Holy Birthday Bothers and Sisters!)
“In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him Who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. And you also were included in Christ, when you heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:11-14).
Where do you see the Holy Spirit working? Why did Jesus send Him to us? How does the Holy Spirit work?
The Holy Spirit works inside every follower of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gives each follower of Jesus a new life and a new purpose in life. Jesus did not want to leave us alone. He gave us His Holy Spirit, from the Father, to live inside of us, not far away somewhere in the cosmos. The Holy Spirit personally teaches us, comforts us, counsels us, and gives us the strength and wisdom to live a life which is pleasing to God. He also gives us joy in the process and immeasurable joy at the “Finish Line” (See II Timothy 4:7-8). The Holy Spirit encourages us, even in our sufferings and helps us use our sufferings for the purpose of sharing in Christ’s sufferings, so that we may get to know Him better. It is only through our hardships that we can realize the Holy Spirit’s power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!
“In reply, Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again…I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.’” (John 3:3,5).
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (II Corinthians 5:16-17).
“But when the kindness and love of our God and Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7).
“As we gaze on Your Kingly brightness,
So our faces display Your likeness.
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your Story.
Shine on me. Shine on me.”
“And I [Jesus] will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby) that He may remain in you forever, the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him, nor know and recognize Him. But you know Him and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans – comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless – I will come [back] to you.” (John 14:16-18; The Amplified Bible).
This Sunday, June 8th, is Pentecost Sunday. Let us rejoice with hearts of gratitude and great joy and thank the Lord Jesus Christ for giving us the Holy Spirit, His Spirit of Grace and TRUTH.
But Wait! There’s more! Tune in to “A Person of Mystery (Season Finale – Part 2)”.