Audio & Notes: Who is the Holy Spirit

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Intro

  • Long before we know that the Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. We see His work all through the scriptures.
  • In the very beginning of creation, we see Him mentioned in Genesis 1:2, “…And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
  • We all know the famous scripture of John 1:1-3;14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
  • We celebrate the fact that Jesus was there in the beginning with God creating the universe. But we often leave out that the Holy Spirit was there as well hoovering over the face of the waters.
  • I’m not saying that people just disrespect or neglect the Holy Spirit on purpose. It’s just people don’t understand Him and who He is.
    • When you don’t understand a purpose of a thing, abuse is inevitable.
  • You see He is an ever-present person who doesn’t get any of the credit.
  • We talk about Jesus being selfless and my what He did I cannot express in words. We also talk about the Father loving us and sending His Only Son to die for us. And how even after we sinned and did evil things the Father loved us. But we never talk about the Holy Spirit in our salvation story.
  • We all know that after we get Jesus as our Lord and savior, The Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us. We all know that He is the one who convinces us of sin but do we know when the Father was planning our salvation that the Holy Spirit was there with Him.
  • You see from start to finish, of our salvation story, you see the Holy Spirit finger prints all over.
  • The purpose of this teaching is not to bring down the Father or the Son but to bring God the Holy Spirit up to the same level we hold the God the Father and God the Son.

His work

  • As we read in Genesis 1:2, we see the Holy Spirit was already there in the beginning.
  • Before any word of creation was spoken, the Holy Spirit was already there anticipating the word to be spoken and Him manifesting it.
  • That is part of the work of the Holy Spirit. To manifest what the words of the Father and the works of the Son.
  • In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, we see the distinct roles of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    • The Father oversees Operations – v6
      • He is over all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:6)
      • He set the offices in 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 and gave the grace.
    • The Son oversees Administrations – v5
      • Jesus appoints certain people to different offices (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:27-30).
    • The Holy Spirit oversees gifts (the manifestations) – v4
      • The Spirit give gifts to every person (v7).
    • The Father created the office and put grace on that office, the Jesus appoints the people to the office, and the Holy Spirit will equip that person with the correct spiritual gifts/tools for that person to fully function in that office.
    • The perfect example is Jesus.
      • In John 5:19, Jesus said the following, “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
      • See Jesus did as the Father who is overall instructed Him to do.
      • In John 14:12-18, Jesus tells us that the works, which are the Father’s, shall will do also. Then He proceeds to tell us that He will send us the Holy Spirit.
      • That shows us how the Trinity work perfectly together.
      • The Father who is overall gave Jesus the grace and the assignment to accomplish His task. The grace that the Father gave Jesus was according to the office that Jesus had appointed Himself which is that of High Priest, and Apostle (Hebrew 4:14; Hebrews 3:1). The Holy Spirit gave Jesus all the gifts so that He can function in His office.

How we interact with Him

  • John 14:15-18, ““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
  • So, our relationship with the Holy Spirit involves Him abiding in us and us knowing Him.
  • Abiding in us:
    • Abide – meno- to continue to be present & to be held, kept, continually.
    • My definition of abide is to be conscious of.
    • Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is for us to conscious of Him.
    • Not act oblivious to His presence and existence.
    • We are conscious of Him because one of His assignments is to teach us and to lead us into all truth (John 14:26).
    • When we are Holy Spirit conscious, we will be easily led by Him into all things that the God the Father has planned for us.
  • Knowing Him:
    • The word translated know is – ginōskō – it has a lot of means but one that sticks out to me is Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.
    • When Jesus says that the world doesn’t know Him, He is saying that the world isn’t intimate with Him. The world hasn’t bear itself to Him.
    • But for us who are believers, we know Him. Because we have been intimate with Him.
    • We have opened up ourselves to Him. We have let Him in to our deepest and darkest secrets. We have trusted Him with things that we would never have told anybody. We have told Him things that we will never tell another human. We have told Him these things because we are in love with Him.
    • That is what Jesus is telling us about the Holy Spirit.
    • When we are intimate with Him, He becomes intimate with us and He reveals to us the Father’s heart.
  • Those are the two important things we must understand about the Holy Spirit.
  • We need to be Holy Spirit conscious and we also need to be intimate with Him. Especially with our hearts.
  • We also need to be in awe of Him. Because we have God the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. He has become one with us.

Grieving/blaspheming the Holy Spirit

  • In Ephesians 4:30, Paul warns us against grieving the Holy Spirit.
  • This peace of scripture has been misused by so many to and the way it has been taught, it has led many to think that the Holy Spirit is very soft and very sensitive person.
  • This has been one of reasons why many think the Holy Spirit is not on the same level as the Father and the Son because He is weak and very sensitive.
  • Let us look at the scripture from different translation.

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (NKJV)

“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.” (MSG)

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” (NLT)

  • What the Holy Spirit through Paul is talking about is living a life that is pleasurable to Him.
  • Not taking Him for granted but acknowledging His work in us and in all that we do.
  • We grieve the Holy Spirit when we willfully go against His leading. We don’t lose our salvation because of it but we do heart His feelings.
  • Another misused scripture is Matthew 12:30-31. So, let us look at it from different translations and see what Jesus was communicating to us.

“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. “Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (NKJV)

“Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering. Because of this, I tell you that people will be forgiven any sin and blasphemy, but blaspheming the Ruach HaKodesh will not be forgiven. One can say something against the Son of Man and be forgiven; but whoever keeps on speaking against the Ruach HaKodesh will never be forgiven, neither in the ‘olam hazehnor in the ‘olam haba.” (CJB)

  • In the CJB it presents a distinct perspective. The way this scripture has been religious circles, is if you blasphemy Him one time then that’s it.
  • But what Jesus meant was if you keep on rejecting/blaspheming Him, then you won’t be forgiven.
  • So, it is not a one and done thing but a continuous rejection of who He is.

Conclusion

  • Today we spend more time with the Holy Spirit than the Father and the Son.
  • Both the Father and Jesus are in Heaven. Only the Holy Spirit is here on earth.
  • When we worship it is the Holy Spirit who moves amongst ourselves, it is Him who makes Jesus and the Father so real to us.
  • It is He who reveals to us Jesus and the Father. Without Him the Bible will be just a bunch of stories. He is the one who breathes life to it.
  • So, now I challenge you to begin to be mindful of the Holy Spirit. Don’t think of Him as a third wheel but as integral part of the trinity.

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