A lot of people have questions about the Holy Spirit. And I’m going to address some of them for you over the next few days.
I think it will help clarify our thinking, and encourage us for living.
First, is the Holy Spirit an “it” or a “who”?
The Holy Spirit is not some random impersonal force. In fact, the opposite is true. The Holy Spirit is a “who,” not an it. He is the third person of the Trinity. The Bible speaks of the oneness of God, but also that God reveals himself in three ways, in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
And get this. If you believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is in you! That’s right. The Person, power and presence of God is living within you. In John 14:17 Jesus tells his followers, “But you know [the Holy Spirit], for he lives with you and will be in you.” And as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
Tim Chester and Christopher de la Hoyde write, “However small or weak you may feel as a Christian, you have an exciting future ahead of you because God the Spirit himself lives in you in all his fullness.”
If that’s not a game-changer, I don’t know what is!
You are not alone. Your strength is not all there is. If you believe in Christ, God himself is working within you.
As you stride through life perhaps you feel uncertain, down or weak. But in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, your future has hope, purpose, power, and the friendship of God.
By Matthew Ruttan
–Today’s “Up!” is connected to my most recent podcast: “The Advocate: The Holy Spirit, Part 1 of 2.” Click here to listen. Enjoy!
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.