Thursday 7th February 2019
Before we begin to consider the work of the Holy Spirit and the wonderful impact he can make in our lives it is important that we understand who he is. As Christians we believe in both the personality and the deity of the Holy Spirit. That is to say we believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and that he is God. We do not believe that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force because the Bible provides plenty of evidence for his personality. In John’s Gospel the pronouns used to refer to the Spirit may be understood to indicate personality, and we’re told that the Spirit is just like Jesus who is most certainly a person! Some great chapters to read on the personal activities of the Holy Spirit are found in John Chapters 14 to 16 and Acts 13.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14 v 26)
“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (John 15 v 26)
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. (John 16 v 13 – 15)
These verses make it perfectly clear that the Lord Jesus himself taught his disciples that the Holy Spirit teaches, reminds, testifies, guides, speaks, hears and tells. The Greek Word “Parakletos” translated here as “Counsellor” always refers to a person.
It is good to remind ourselves that the Holy Spirit who guides us and who comes alongside us to Counsel us and on a daily basis fills us to overflowing is not a force but a person – He Is just like Jesus in fact he is the presence of the Father.
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan
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