Today we are going to take a quick snap shot on who the Holy Spirit is.
We know that He is part of the Godhead. Third person in the Trinity.
How do we know He is a person:
– He has intelligence ( I Corinthians 2:10-13)
– He has feelings (Ephesians 4:30)
– He has a will (I Corinthians 2:11; Acts 16:6-12)
– He prays (Romans 8:26)
– He does miracles (Acts 8:39)
– He can be lied to (Acts 5:3)
– He can be insulted (Hebrews 10:29)
– He teaches and directs (John 14:26; Acts 8:29)
The Holy Spirit has been present since the beginning of time. (Genesis 1:1-2)
And then throughout scripture He has been symbolized as:
– a dove (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32)
This symbol communicates beauty, gentleness and peace
– fire (Exodus 3:2; I Peter 1:7; Leviticus 10:2; Acts 2)
This symbol represents the Lord’s presence, purification, judgement & baptism
– wind (Acts 2:4; John 3:8)
This symbol communicates the Holy Spirit is powerful, invisible, immaterial
– water (John 7:37-39)
As fresh water is need to keep the physical life, the living water of the Holy
Spirit is needed for spiritual life
What I want to express here today, the Holy Spirit unites all believers into one body and the church grows through preaching Jesus Christ. We live and work by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is God within us who brings joy of salvation; perseverance in the face of persecution; and the love that transcends cultural differences within the church.
Let us be encouraged by the presence and the workings of the Holy Spirit. He is not to be feared. We need Him everyday of our lives. We cannot do the work that God has called us to without Him in our life.