Summary: The works of the Spirit proclaim his personality. The Holy Spirit is our guide that sometimes forbids certain actions. God’s Spirit can suffer slights and injuries. The Holy Spirit can be lied to.
THE SPIRIT’S PERSONALITY
In many Christian circles the Holy Spirit is either neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood. The One given, to unite the body of Christ is the center of controversy … So often Christian work is so rigidly programmed that it seems we need no longer depend on Him -- yet Jesus said, "Without Me you can do nothing. "
The late Dr. A. W. Tozer, author and preacher, said, "If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference ."
As we mentioned last week, some people have the notion that God’s Holy Spirit is a glorified “it.” Neither is he this mysterious and nebulous influence that somehow affects the life of a Christian.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person that works in conjunction with God and Christ. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son.
Before his death, Jesus advised his disciples, “These things have I spoken unto you, while yet abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. ”
The works of the Spirit proclaim his personality. God’s Spirit speaks and teaches as John 16:3 NASB records, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
The Holy Spirit is also our guide as we see in John 16:12-13 CEV which reads, “I have much more to say to you, but right now it would be more than you could understand. The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn't speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen.”
We also learn that the Holy Spirit is our guide that sometimes forbids certain actions. Notice Acts 16:6-7 CEV, “Paul and his friends went through Phrygia and Galatia, but the Holy Spirit would not let them preach in Asia. After they arrived in Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not let them.”
Another aspect of the Holy Spirit is that he searches. 1 Corinthians 2:10 CEV reads, “God's Spirit has shown you everything. His Spirit finds out everything, even what is deep in the mind of God.” When our minds are in tune with the Spirit’s mind we can better understand the deeper matters of God’s will for us. Romans 8:27 reads, “All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God's people.”
I cannot know everything that is going on in your personality but God does through the workings of his Holy Spirit. God is concerned about the trials we continually face. For non-believers, this is often difficult to understand and quite frankly we too do not always understand.