Holy Spirit – Part One
In the next four weeks, the Story will focus on the person of the Holy Spirit. Of course, the Holy Spirit has been in the Story all along and we have spoken of him often already – in Genesis 1:2, in the life of Moses and David, and of course in the life of Jesus.
This is an important chapter in the Story as many of Jesus’ disciples have found the Holy Spirit challenging and at many times have chosen to neglect him. For this reason, Francis Chan has called Holy Spirit “The Forgotten God”.
The word Trinity does not appear in the Bible. Yet we who follow Jesus believe that God is One and that God is Three: Father, Son and Spirit. The Athanasian Creed helps us work that out.
It is quite a common experience that a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit is often the last to develop in a disciple’s life.
So far, we have explored a relationship of salvation by faith in Jesus, and adoption into a family relationship with our Father. Now the Storyteller invites us to experience a moment-by-moment relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus saw the Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. Jesus told the disciples that they knew the Holy Spirit and that one day the Holy Spirit would be in them. (John 14:17) It is amazing that the plan of Jesus was to go back to heaven so that the Father could pour out his Spirit on his disciples. (John 7:37-39)
Indeed, this is the age of the Holy Spirit on earth! Why? One reason given is that we could do greater things than Jesus did (John 14:12). It is amazing that Jesus planned for God to take up residence in our earthly bodies by sending his Spirit.
So for the next month, we will explore what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Who he is. What he does. How he works in our lives. How we can cooperate with him and how we can stifle him. We will also talk about recognizing him and noticing his work in our lives.
I would like to start today with a listing of his scriptural names and character qualities:
A. The Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) – Holy
B. The Spirit of the Living God (2 Corinthians 3:3) – Living, active
C. The Spirit of truth (John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13, 1 John 4:6)
D. The Spirit of freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)
E. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17)
F. The Spirit of unity (Ephesians 4:1-6)
G. The Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29)
H. The Spirit of glory (1 Peter 4:14)
May we be filled afresh with the presence, power, gifts, character qualities and fruits of the Spirit.