You may have heard people talking about the Holy Spirit before, but are not sure what (or who) it is. The Holy Spirit is a mystery, and part of the Godhead. We haven’t spoken, yet, about the Godhead, otherwise known as “The Trinity”. The Trinity basically describes our understanding of the way that God exists. Contrary to what some religions teach, Christianity is not poly-theistic, but mono-theistic. This means Christians believe in One Single God, who created the Heavens and the earth, but Christians believe that He exists in three forms. This is hard to wrap our minds around because we are finite human beings with very finite brains. To gain a little understanding we can perhaps take a physical object and use it to consider the spiritual reality of the Trinity. Let’s look at water…it can exist as a gas, as a liquid, or as a solid, but it’s still water. Of course, the Godhead is not physical, but spiritual, and a lot more complex than water, but this is just an idea of a way to think about the Godhead (Trinity), also called the Triune God.
The members of the Godhead are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are three distinct members, and yet they are One, separate and yet completely joined together. Again, it’s hard to wrap our minds around. God the Father is that part of God who exists in infinity and is very difficult for us to really relate. He is outside of Time and Space, He even created Time and Space, He is HUGE, and He is omniscient, and omnipotent, meaning God is all-seeing and all knowing. Of course, the Son and the Holy Spirit are also omniscient and omnipotent. God the Son is Jesus. He is the Logos of God, the Word of God, the “Revelatory thought” of God wrapped into the likeness of human flesh (human flesh without the sin nature). The Bible tells us that all things exist FROM God the Father and through God the Son. I know…this is hard to wrap our tiny minds around….
1st Corinthians 8:6: yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
Honestly, we could probably spend an eternity trying to grasp the Godhead and still not scratch the surface of all that there is to learn about Him.
Jesus is the part of God that we can totally identify with because He walked the earth in human flesh. In the Garden of Eden, mankind was able to walk alongside God the Father, in the flesh, without burning up, because in the Garden of Eden, mankind’s flesh was “different”, perfected, “not mortal” so to speak. But after the Fall of man, we could no longer walk with God because our imperfect, sin-filled flesh would burn up. But, God came into the world as God the Son, and then we had the ability to walk alongside God again, even in our fallen flesh. Jesus basically reconnected us to the Father, as a type of “bridge”.
The Holy Spirit is the part of God that is totally unseen and unites the Godhead to one another. The Bible describes Holy Spirit as like the wind. You can’t see Him, but You know He’s there. The Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit, has been present on the earth for millennia (since the beginning). It’s the Love that emanates from God’s Spirit, even unseen, that causes the flowers to bloom, the sun to warm the earth, and people to have the ability to love one another. God is LOVE..and His Spirit emanates LOVE all throughout the earth. If God’s Holy Spirit was not on the earth, it would be a dark, depressing place, devoid of REAL LIFE. Even people who do not believe in God, the Creator, benefit from the Love of God that is on the earth through God’s Holy Spirit.
God’s Spirit has always been active upon the earth. After the Fall, and prior to Jesus’ Sacrifice on the Cross, God’s Spirit would occasionally “come upon” people (Like Mary, when she was made pregnant via the Holy Spirit), but God’s Spirit did not indwell people literally or permanently. This is because God’s Spirit cannot dwell in sin, and there is sin in our flesh. It’s just a fact that we must understand. But, once our sins were forgiven through the Sacrifice of Jesus (God the Son), this enabled God’s Holy Spirit to literally indwell the body of Believers. This doesn’t mean that a Believer is “possessed” by Jesus, but that Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, takes up residence in our hearts…..LITERALLY. It’s really an AWESOME Gift, that God bestows on the Believer. God’s Spirit gives LIFE, so all those who have His Spirit indwelling them experience ABUNDANT LIFE. God’s Spirit “quickens” (gives life to) our mortal bodies.
The Bible lists nine fruits of the Spirit. Of course, the minute you repent of all sin (as best you can), believe that Jesus died to free you from sin, and ask Jesus to dwell within your heart, you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s “job” is to guide the believer, to teach the believer about Jesus and all truth, to show the believer his or her sin, to help the believer repent of sin and move away from it, to comfort the believer, and to help the believer produce “fruit”. The fruit that the Holy Spirit helps a person produce includes the following…
This is not to say that a believer in Christ IMMEDIATELY produces all of this “fruit”, but that should be a continuing process over the life of a believer. The fruit above runs counter intuitive to human nature, which is by-nature, selfish and inwardly focused. But the Holy Spirit empowers the Believer to focus on others and not on self. The Spirit is the life that unites Father and Son. The Spirit plays the same role in the body of Christ (community of believing Christians). When the Holy Spirit is operating in a group of people, He unites them in love.
The Holy Spirit connects the believer to God the Father and Jesus the Son, and to one another, all united IN LOVE.
- The Spirit is our guarantee and deposit of the future resurrection (2 Cor. 1:22; 2 Cor. 5:5).
- The Spirit seals us unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
- The Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
- The Spirit quickens our mortal bodies (Rom. 8:11).
- The Spirit reveals the deep things of God to us (1 Cor. 2:10).
- The Spirit reveals what has been given to us from God (1 Cor. 2:12).
- The Spirit dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14; John 14:17).
- The Spirit speaks to, in, and through us (1 Cor. 12:3; 1 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 2:11; Heb 3:7; Matt. 10:20; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19; 11:12, 28; 13:2; 16:6,7; 21:4,11).
- The Spirit is the agent by which we are baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).