“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him; the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.”
Isaiah 11: 2
John 15: 26 to 16: 15
Following on from Monday and Wednesday looking at God the Father and God the Son today we look at God the Holy Spirit. All of this with the aim of getting to know God and enabling us to walk in a relationship with Him, in His peace.
Our verse in Isaiah details the character of the Holy Spirit that we also see present in God’s throne room (Revelation 4: 5). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and so knows the mind and truth of God and is God (1 Corinthians 2: 6-16). He is the Spirit of Jesus Christ as a member of the Triune God (Philippians 1: 19 & Galatians 4: 6). The Holy Spirit is called the ‘Comforter,’ ‘Advocate’ and the ‘Spirit of Truth.’ The physical, earthly Jesus left this world to return to His rightful place of majesty and to allow us to receive the Holy Spirit enabling the Church to become His body and agent of reconciliation. This incredible truth means that as we place our trust in God through Jesus the Holy Spirit comes and lives within us, joining with our spirits; we become His temple (John 14: 15-17; 1 Corinthians 3: 16).
The Holy Spirit will always point us towards the truth, to Jesus Christ. He takes from the Father and makes this knowledge known to us (John 15: 12-15) so that we have the mind of Christ, He enables us to think like Jesus (1 Corinthians 2: 16). This is God’s work of sanctification that changes us, bit by bit, into the likeness of Jesus; becoming who we were always meant to be. The Holy Spirit completes this work in us through a threefold ministry: He convicts us of our sin (our rebellion against God and living for ourselves); He convicts us of righteousness (the need to be right with God through Jesus); and He tells us of judgement (the truth that without Jesus we stand under judgement before God), (John 15: 8-11).
We can know God through Jesus, we can know Jesus through the Holy Spirit; even knowing the mind of God! The Holy Spirit is the person of God who empowers us to live in the way of Jesus the way of peace. We are unable to live in our own strength; we are unable to make ourselves righteous before God. The Holy Spirit empowers the former and Jesus ensures the latter – how extraordinarily wonderful is this reality!
To Ponder: What areas in your life with the Lord do you feel the need for God’s help? Consider the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 4-11), His character and ministry of guidance and empowering and with His help pray (Romans 8: 26).
Prayer: O King enthroned on High, Comforter and Spirit of Truth, you that are in all places and fill all things, the treasury of blessings and giver of life, come and dwell with us, cleanse us from every stain and save our souls, O Gracious One. Amen
Praise: Holy Spirit Living Breath of God
Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nbMfLQd2P4
Spirit of the Living God
Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06h3J5FYn-I
Shine Jesus Shine
Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OIwSQmyCg4
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.