Summary: An overview of some characteristics of the Holy Spirit and His role for the believer.
Today, I would like to introduce you to the Holy Spirit. Now whenever that is said, people begin to get nervous. We often times have so many different ideas about the Holy Spirit that any discussion of the Holy Spirit becomes a nerve racking ordeal. Before I begin the introduction, however, I would like to dismiss some common misunderstandings about the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit is not an it.
Nowhere in Scripture is the Spirit of God treated as an inanimate object. He is given names. He is given a personality. He is given jobs. He is given functions. These are not qualities of an it, but of a living person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is not something, He is someone.
2. The Holy Spirit is not the force from Star Wars.
Many people view the Holy Spirit according to the description Obi-Wan Kenobie gives the force in the Star Wars movies. They see the Holy Spirit as “something” that controls your movements, but obeys your commands. They see the Holy Spirit as “something” that surrounds us and binds the galaxy together. Of course, Scripture says that binding creation together is Jesus’ job (Colossians 1:17).
3. The Holy Spirit does not make you act like an idiot.
Now, I don’t know everyone’s background, but I must say this: There are no cases in Scripture where the Holy Spirit comes upon a person and they begin doing things that would land them in an insane asylum. At Pentecost when people began speaking in tongues, it was for other people’s benefits. We see no case of hysterical laughter, or people needlessly running laps around a group of people. In fact, most of the time when someone was filled with the Holy Spirit, words of edification soon came from their mouth.
Now let me introduce you. It is not the easiest of introductions. God the Father we can understand better because we have seen fathers. God the Son we can better understand because we have seen sons. As soon as you say God the Holy Spirit, people begin saying, “Well, I don’t believe in ghosts or spirits.” I’ve never seen one before. So to begin the introduction I want you to begin thinking about the ministry that Jesus Christ did here on Earth. He taught the things of the Father. He explained the law. He showed people their sin. He brought comfort to those who believed.
THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES TODAY WHAT JESUS DID 2000 YEARS AGO.
(John 14:26) The role of the Holy Spirit is to remind you of the words of Jesus Christ. Have you ever been trying to decide if you could do something, and then a verse of Scripture came to mind and you knew exactly what to do or not to do? That is the Holy Spirit alive in you. In fact, the Holy Spirit has an advantage over Jesus when He was on Earth. It is better that we have the Holy Spirit today with us, than to have Jesus on earth. Now, I know that this sounds strange, but this is from Jesus’ mouth. “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7 (ESV).” While Jesus could be with a limited number of people at a time when He was in the flesh, the Holy Spirit can be with each of us, at all times. But His work is a continuation of the work of Jesus Christ.