Friday, November 16, 2012
There are so many different verses that teach us about the Holy Spirit. My favorites are where Jesus speaks of what the Spirit will do for us:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26 KJV)
He said a lot. Three years of teaching that men continue to study today, and will be doing so until His return. As we study, the Holy Spirit will keep Him on our mind, prodding us to remember.
The Spirit has another responsibility, too:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 KJV)
Since we’re speaking of God, who better to intercede for us? I know – the concept of the trinity is difficult for some. It was for me. I remember how difficult it was for my son. Yet we live with it all the time.
As a physical being, I am three in one – a child, a wife, a mother. Yet there is only one of me. Three specific responses and responsibilities in one. God, as a spirit (defined as such) and unconfined by physical limitation or law, is one – the ‘echod’ of the Shema – yet is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
There are some things we’re told to do that are directly involved with the Holy Spirit:
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (Ephesians 4:30-31 KJV)
We’re also told:
Quench not the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19 KJV)
I do believe that bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and speaking evil would certainly grieve anyone who loved us. It would just as certainly quench the ability to work with a person, wouldn’t it? Think about what happened to the Israelites when they turned their back on God. Is that what we should be doing? Rebelling?
The choice is ours. All we have to do is ask.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13 KJV)