It’s hard for us to wrap our minds around the Holy Spirit. He’s the mysterious one in the Trinity (John 3:8). He’s a he not an it (John 14). He is not like the force from Star Wars or some cosmic, cloudy presence. He’s a person and, at the same time, he is the Spirit (Gen. 1, John 4). He is so mighty that he raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 8:11). He is so powerful that he transforms our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Eze. 36:26). He gives life to the dead (Eze. 37). He’s so personal that he convicts individuals of sin (John 16:8). He’s the Holy Spirit. He’s the person of the Trinity who lives inside of us. I’m not exactly sure what that looks like, but he’s in us. He wages war against our flesh. His job, his main job, it seems, is to make us holy. Our sanctification rests on him by grace. We hear Bob talk about the gospel waltz, he says, “Repent, believe and fight!” I’m realizing that the Holy Spirit is involved in enabling us to do each of those steps.
But, here’s what seems odd to me about the Holy Spirit: Jesus told his own disciples that it was better for them that he go away so that the Holy Spirit could be breathed into them (John 16:7-15). Are you serious? It is hard for me to believe that the spiritual presence of the Holy Spirit inside of me is better than the physical presence of Jesus beside me. But, these are Jesus’ words!
And, there’s evidence, not that Jesus needs evidence since his word is most authoritative. But, think about it. How many times, when Jesus was with the disciples, do we see how clueless they seem? They are so faithless sometimes.
Remember? Right after Jesus feeds five thousand one day and then four thousand people another with bread which he miraculously multiplied, the disciples have an argument about who was supposed to buy bread for their little trip across the lake. Guys! You are WITH the Bread of Life who just fed nine thousand people (Mark 8). Really?
And, how many times does scripture say that the disciples “didn’t understand” things. It seems throughout the entire three-ish years they were with Jesus, the disciples were somewhat of a disaster as it relates to quantifiable ministry. Yet, in Acts, there’s a monster comeback! The disciples are preaching, healing, evangelizing, everything! And, why? Maybe they have more faith now. That’s possible. Maybe they are growing as believers. That’s probably true. And, maybe it’s because of the power and authority of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is mysterious. I know that his presence is sure in the children of God –and that’s me! I know that the Lord Jesus sent him because it was to our advantage to have him indwelling us. I pray for help to believe this and the humility to comprehend it.
Posted: 7.14.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: