The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. There is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon certain people for a period of time.  We saw many examples of this in Judges where the Spirit of the LORD came Othniel (3:10), Gideon (6:34), Jephthah (11:29), and Samson (14:6, 19; 15:14).  The Spirit of the Lord could also depart from people (16:20).  We will continue to see the Holy Spirit come upon people and depart from them in the Old Testament.

In the New Testament, Jesus tells his followers that he will be leaving, but promises that God the Father will send them a Helper/Counselor, the Holy Spirit who will be with them/us forever (John 14:16).  (I take that to mean FOREVER.)

In Acts 1:8, the risen Lord Jesus says these words before ascending to heaven, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The word Jesus used for “power” comes from the Greek word dunamis. This word entered our English language when Alfred Nobel made the discovery that would become his fortune. Nobel discovered a power that was stronger than anything the world had known up to that point. He asked a friend, a Greek scholar, what the word was for explosive power in the Greek language. The word was dunamis, which we know as “dynamite.”(Excerpt from Greg Laurie devotional.)

In Acts chapter 2, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon Christ’s followers.  Peter under the influence of the HS said to the unbelievers who were in their midst, Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off [that’s us!], everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

When you, by faith, received Jesus into your heart, you received the Holy Spirit who has sealed you for eternal life.  Paul writes in Ephesians 1:13 In him [Jesus] you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  

1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” and check out 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”   

We have been sanctified by the Spirit (2 Thess. 2:13). We are told not to grieve the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) and not to quench the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19). 

We are commanded to walk, be led, and live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 18, 25). The Spirit also functions as fruit-producer in our lives. When He indwells us, He begins the work of harvesting His fruit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Another of the Holy Spirit’s roles is that of gift-giver. First Corinthians 12, Romans 4, and Ephesians 4, and describe the spiritual gifts given to believers in order that we may function as the body of Christ on earth. 

Having the Holy Spirit’s power (dunamis) even greater than Nobel’s dynamite in our lives and He never leaves us. 

The knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives, that He performs all these miraculous functions, that He dwells with us forever and will never leave or forsake us is cause for great joy and comfort. Thank God for this precious Gift – the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives!

So . . . are we going to just sit home, fat and happy, knowing that we have salvation and the Holy Spirit living in us? Or are we going to do something for God’s kingdom? I am hoping to challenge you by striking a match to the dynamite that in you. 

Let’s look again at Acts 1:8 (Remember, this is Jesus talking), “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

With God’s power and Spirit, we are commanded to be His witnesses in Jerusalem (Houston area), Judea (Texas), Samaria (United States) and to the end of the earth (the world).  Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.

The disciples who were for the most part not wealthy or highly educated, took Jesus’ Great Commission and “turned the world upside down,” (Acts 17:6).  What can we do to turn our world upside down for Christ?

Mary



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