Our Pastor has been doing a series on the Holy Spirit and it has been really good.
I am sure it is stretching him, as he shares from his heart and with great intention for us to understand.
So often people say, “yes I believe in God, and in Jesus.”
But what do they do with the Holy Spirit the third part of the trinity?
Dictionary.com says the word trinity is: the union of three persons (father, son and holy spirit) in one God head, or threefold personality of the Divine being. A group of three.
The Bible says a few things about the Holy Spirit. It is mentioned 111 times. That to me is no accident.
It is in both Old and New testament because the trinity was present in both ‘times’.
Psalm 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Isaiah 63:10 (Old Testament) But they rebelled, and grieved his Holy Spirit.
Mary was told in Luke 1:35
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most high shall overshadow you.”
In Luke again 1:41 and then 1:67 Elizabeth and her husband Zecharias were both filled with the Holy Spirit when they realized the truth about Jesus and in fact, the baby Elizabeth was carrying jumped upon hearing ‘of Mary’s visit’ to them.
Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby moved within her (some versions said the baby jumped). The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth.
During the duration of Jesus ministry, he often would mention the Holy Spirit for he knew; their ministry would be different.
When he was explaining the news that the time was nearing for him to leave the followers, he didn’t leave them with out hope.
Jesus said in John 14:26-27 the message version.
“I am telling you these things while I am still living with you.
The friend, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you.
He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I am leaving you well and whole.
That is my parting gift to you. Peace.
I don’t leave you the way you are used to being left, feeling abandoned, bereft.
So don’t be upset and don’t be distraught.
It is very clear to me that the Holy Spirit is part of the package the believer receives upon receiving Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is a helper. He is comfort. There are so many references for us to look up.
Romans 15: 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It was very common to make reference to the Holy Spirit, because it is a very important part of the ‘three in one’ trinity concept.
Often times in a salutation or beginning of a ‘talk’ it would begin like this.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
It was an opening sentence. A line very similar to what our Pastor would say in the beginning of his message.
Then in the final close of the talk as it was written in Jude 1:20 almost the last book of the Bible
Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you pray.
It is encouragement. It is exhortation to do good. To keep walking and trusting in the process.
Do you get the importance yet? God wanted us to know the Holy Spirit is our help, 111 times.
He didn’t want us to miss the encouragement given to us through the Holy Spirit.
A very important part of the trinity. Three in One. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Do you believe in the power of the Holy Spirit’s impact on you?
I challenge you to look the versus up and think on these things.