Summary: The Holy Spirit is what gives us our power as Christians. Are we "filled" with the spirit to do God’s Work?
IS YOUR TANK FULL?
There are 2 important events that take place in the bible concerning the
life of a Christian. The first, of course is the death of Christ for our sins and His
resurrection after 3 days in the grave. But many people may not realize what the
second event is. We concentrate so much on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross,
and His triumph over death for our sins, that we may not realize the importance
of this second event. Now I’m not trying to downgrade the importance of the
sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf, because without this glorious gift from
God, the second event would never have taken place. Christ died for us so that
we can have eternal life. He was nailed to a cross, and shed his blood for our
sins so that we may have eternal life. When we ask Jesus into our lives, and
ask for forgiveness for our sins, we are born into the body of Christ, becoming
one with our Lord. This is the joy that we have as believers, but without the
second event, the second gift from God, this joy would never do any good. The
second event, or gift, is the coming of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we
would be useless as Christians. It is both the sacrifice at the cross and the
coming of the Holy Spirit that defines our lives as Christians. The Methodist
church recognizes this. The symbol for our churches is the cross and the flame.
You cannot have one without the other. Yet as important as the Spirit is, He is
one of the most misunderstood beings of the trinity. Often we don’t even
associate the spirit as a being, or person like we do with the Father and Jesus.
To many, the work, the person and the ministry of the Holy Spirit are a mystery.
He has been referred to “IT” and the Holy Ghost. The other 2 members of the
trinity are much easier to understand. We have little problem relating to God,
our heavenly father. It is easy to understand the concept of a father since all of
us have had one. He is the person in charge, making the important decisions.
He is the one who cares for his family and provides for them. Jesus is not
difficult to identify with, because He was human. He had a mother and father,
just like we do. He was a flesh and blood person just as we are. And His
sacrifice for us draws us close to Him and gives us a special bond. But what
about the Holy Spirit? For a long time, I envisioned the Holy Spirit, or Holy
Ghost as we used to call him, as some mystical “thing” that I knew little about
and thought that only existed after Christ ascended into heaven. But the Spirit is
God, just as much as Jesus is and the Father is. A.W. Tozer in his book “The
counselor” says this: “Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A
PERSON, He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy, He is not
the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of
cold weather. Actually, the Holy spirit is not the personification of
anything........He has individuality. He is one being and not another. He has will
and intelligence, He has hearing, He has knowledge and sympathy and ability