Meet The Holy Spirit
Friday, January 20th, 2017
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.“John 16:13
It is pertinent that we know how to introduce the Holy Spirit to someone. Most of us have heard so much of Him but yet find it difficult to describe the Holy Spirit as a Person. From the passage above, we can learn how Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit to His disciples.
The Scripture reveals three basic truths about the Holy Spirit.
I. He is all-powerful Gen 1:2
We see the effect and the power of His Presence at that mysterious and awesome moment of creation when “the earth was formless, empty and darkness covered the surface of the watery depth.” God the Holy Spirit drew life out of the chaotic earth and produced light and order through the Word. The creative power of the Holy Spirit in bringing the physical world in order was not God’s ultimate concern. God knew that the man that He would create would sin and become morally corrupt and spiritually dead. In His love and mercy, God through the Spirit “broods” over the lost person’s heart. However, the Holy Spirit will not enter and bring life out of death in one’s heart until the person believes by faith the righteous work that Jesus has accomplished through His baptism, death and resurrection.
II. He is all wise 1 Cor 2:10-11
The Holy Spirit is a Person. He possesses intellect. He “knows.” He knows “the deep things of God” or all there is to know about God. The Holy Spirit’s knowledge of God also includes all the divine truth that comes from God. The first requirement of a good teacher of the Word is not a charismatic personality or a good vocabulary or a winsome way with people but knowledge of the subject to be taught. The Holy Spirit opens our understanding to the meaning of the Scriptures and shows us howto apply to everyday living. The Holy Spirit is our live-in Teacher Who is ready to help us to understand and apply God’s Word everytime we read it. The Holy Spirit possesses emotion along with intellect. Paul warn us not to “grieve the Holy Spirit of God” Eph 4:30. Grieve is a manifestation of emotion. The Holy Spirit Who is one with God loves every believer Whom He indwells. He grieves when we fail to respond to His teaching and guidance by placing our faith on the Righteousness of God that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.
III. He is everywhere – present Ps 139:7-10
Surveillance cameras are common today. When we enter a bank, cameras watch us from the time we enter the bank and leave the premise. In this psalms we learn that the Holy Spirit observes us everywhere we go and is sensitive to our every thought and action. God’s children are constantly within the caring, loving circle of God’s concern because the Holy Spirit is “everywhere-present.” Despite our disobedience and rebellion, He continues to “own” us. If we try to run away from Him, He runs alongside us. If we attempt to hide from Him, He is waiting for us in our hiding place.
The beauty of it all lies in the truth that God never stops pursuing His children, wherever their wayward running may take them. He is like the loving Shepherd walking through the lonely, dangerous night in search for one lost sheep. When the Shepherd finds the sheep, He puts him on His shoulder and brings him home rejoicing.
Often we cannot sense God’s Presence in our lives because of the darkness of sin of unbelief which leads to shadow of worry and anxiety, the shades of suffering and death and the awful problems of disease and pain.
Dear beloved, let us remember that God came into the world in the Person of the Holy Spirit to provide a constant source of courage and strength. The Holy Spirit is all-powerful, all-wise and everywhere-present.
So what is there to fear when God has given us at NCCkl a brand new theme for 2017 to relish “His Fullness.”
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