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May 1, 2024

The Holy Spirit: Who is He? (Afterglow)

Passage: Luke 11:9-13
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During our Christian journey, we often emphasize what the Holy Spirit does for us, but how often do we pause to consider who He is? It's like receiving an extravagant Christmas gift but never acknowledging the giver. We might even find ourselves like children, continually asking for more while overlooking the essence of the gift. Luke 11:9-13 reminds us that the ultimate gift is the Holy Spirit, given freely by our Heavenly Father to those who ask. Just as a smartphone offers various functionalities through its apps, the Holy Spirit provides multifaceted blessings: communication through prayer, guidance, and discernment, joy, and wisdom.  However, without the phone the apps are useless and without knowing who the Holy Spirit is we cannot fully utilize His gifts.

But who is the Holy Spirit? He's the third person of the Trinity, equally God with the Father and the Son. In comprehending His nature, we understand the divine attributes shared by all three: omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and eternality. Isaiah 40:13-14 and 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 reveal His omniscience, knowing the deep things of God. His omnipotence, seen in Matthew 19:26 and Acts 1:8, empowers believers for the impossible. His omnipresence is testified in Jeremiah 23:24 and Psalms 139:7-8. And His eternality is affirmed in Psalms 90:2 and Hebrews 9:14.

Understanding the divine order clarifies the Holy Spirit's role. Though equal, there's a hierarchy: the Father sends the Son and the Spirit. John 15:26 shows the Holy Spirit being sent by the Father. This order reflects distinct roles in salvation: the Father plans, the Son accomplishes, and the Spirit applies. John 17:3 emphasizes knowing God and Jesus as eternal life, and it's the Holy Spirit who reveals Christ to us. In the illustration of a car journey, the Father owns the car, the Son drives, and the Holy Spirit guides.

Knowing the Holy Spirit's role is crucial. It deepens our reverence, understanding He's a person, not just a force (Acts 5:1-11). Knowing His character aids in discernment of His work. Recognizing His role in convicting and comforting us helps us navigate life. This knowledge leads to a greater reliance on Him in prayer, worship, understanding Scripture, and empowerment for Christian living.

So, how should we pray in light of this study? Firstly, pray for a desire for the Giver more than the gifts. Then, pray for a deeper understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and His role in our lives. Pray to rely more on Him to lead, guide, and empower us in our Christian walk. As we seek to know Him better, may we experience the fullness of His presence and power in our lives.

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Keywords: Holy Spirit, Trinity, God's attributes, divine order, salvation, reverence, reliance, prayer, empowerment, Christian living, Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, Allen Victor.


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