Short primer on the Holy Spirit

I have been doing a lot of thinking, reading as of late about the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that Francis Chan is right on, that the Holy Spirit is the Forgotten God. What if we regained  a deeper sense of the Spirit’s work in the world in and through the church? I think for the most part the idea of the Holy Spirit bothers us, scares us, and maybe even confuses us. We have books on our shelves that are titled, the Purpose Driven Church, the Externally Focused Church, The Servant Drive Church, the Prayer Driven Church, the Missional Church, the Simple Church, etc., but where is the book(s) about the Spirit Driven Church? What would it even look like?
I have more reading and pondering to do, but for now here is short primer on the Holy Spirit:

One of the most amazing truths revealed throughout Scripture is God’s desire, promise, and fulfillment of his intention to live with His people. We see the first traces of this great truth in the Garden, where God walked with Adam. Then throughout history God desired relationship with us, and even dwelt among in the Israelites in the temple. At our baptism, God promises to come again to live with his people, only this time instead of a temple with priests and incense, we become the temples of the living God (1 Cor. 6:19). 

Here are some further thoughts with a whole of Scripture to consider just what the Holy Spirit, is/does in and through us!

·         Read together: Gen. 1:1-3;  Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 2:38-39; John 3:5; Titus 3:3-7; Matthew 1:18; Luke 11:13; John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Acts 1:16; 10:45; 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph 4:30; Gal. 5:19-23; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 3:26-28; Romans 8:10, 14-16, 18-27, 29; 2 Cor 3:17-18; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 16:7-15

·         This list of Scriptures is not exhaustive: But a couple of observations

o   The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the third person of the Trinity or the Godhead

§  The trinity is idea that God exists as a singular plurality, not many Gods but one God who manifests himself in three persons (Father, Son, and Spirit)

o   The Holy Spirit is/was active and present at creation

o   The Holy Spirit is active in recreation/restoring humanity and the earth (2 Cor 5:17; 2 Cor 3:17-18; Eph 1:13-14)

o   The Spirit also reminds us of the teachings of Christ (Jn 14)

o   In the book of Acts, the Spirit is present in almost every chapter, on every page, what might we say about the Spirit and the church?

§  That the two need each other

§  The book of Acts is about what God has done in and through Jesus Christ, and is continuing to do in and through Spirit through the church (Acts 1:8)

o   The Spirit gifts the church for good works for the good of the world (Eph 2:10; 1 Cor 12, 14)

o   The Spirit glorifies Jesus, or makes a big deal about Jesus, puts the spotlight on him (Jn 16:7-15)

o   The Spirit is presented as indwelling believers (Acts 2:38-39; Eph 1:13-14; 1 Cor 6:19; Rom 8:29) (1 Cor 2:12-16)

§  This is important because there are those who believe that Spirit only indwells the Word

§  This just isn’t true! The Spirit certainly uses the word (it is after all the sword of the Spirit Ephesians 6:17

§  While certain miraculous powers have ceased it is a mistake to limit the Spirit’s power to the confines of the pages of Scripture (1 Cor. 13:8-11)

o   He teaches those who belong to him, convicts us of our sinfulness, and sanctifies us for his service (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 3:3-5; Ephesians 2:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Peter 1:2).

o    He gives Christians joy, comfort, unity, love, etc. (Romans 5:5; 14:17; 15:13; Ephesians 4:3; Acts 9:31; Galatians 5:22-25; 1 Thessalonians 1:6).

·         If the Holy Spirit is so important, why then is He often neglected, overlooked, forgotten?

o   The Spirit is the power of God to live the abundant life Jesus has come to give us

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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