After Jesus came in the form of a baby – that grew up to be a man, who lived out the Father’s heart and suffered and died for the sins of all the world over all the generations – He resurrected and left earth to go to heaven to prepare a place for us…but, He did not leave us alone.
John 14:16 says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (ESV)
Before you get saved there is always a pursuing of Jesus Christ, that ‘God-shaped’ hole we all have in our hearts that cannot be filled with anything but our Creator. We were made that way. Before you get saved, the Holy Spirit is working; there is a nudging and tugging within your heart and soul to accept the Lord as your Savior. That is the Holy Spirit prompting you – it is said that you cannot accept nor understand the things of God unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to you (1 Cor. 2:14). Once you get saved, you become a temple of the Holy Spirit. He now dwells inside of you and helps and guides you. This is part of the process of sanctification. This might all be quite a freaky thought and sometimes this is overwhelming, but thankfully we do not have to try and make sense of how it works or what happens inside of us. The Lord does that. Afterwards, as you grow closer and closer to the Lord, you are His servant and now the Holy Spirit can empower you or comes upon you as you are a witness for the Lord.
But how insane is that – we have God, in the Spirit of the trinity, literally with us! Not just with us, in us! This is truly a wonder and perhaps something you haven’t given much thought to yet.
I did a study earlier this year on some characteristics of the Holy Spirit and want to challenge you to do the same…what do we know about our Helper?
He is a person. As there is the trinity, God in three-persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is eternal, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is always there, always with us, He knows all things….
To take this further, we get to grow in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (cue well-known childhood song): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These might be taken for granted, especially as we always hear about them, but do you realize that these ‘fruits’ or characteristics CANNOT be produced out of our own self?! If not for God, through the Holy Spirit, these are for sure very uncommon to the natural man. Where else do you encounter these outside of the body of Christ? Thus, the Holy Spirit is also a giver of good gifts.
The Holy Spirit is our Helper!
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered, now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” – Romans 8:26-27 (NKJV)
Isn’t that incredible? The Holy Spirit guides and leads us in what to pray for and how to pray. In this way, brand new believers can be so spirit-filled and pray such amazing powerful prayers and be so on fire for the Lord, even though they might have never seen or heard believers do so before. The Holy Spirit is our instructor to live holy lives, pleasing to the Father. We weren’t left alone to navigate these sometimes really difficult waters, we were given the Spirit. A gift of Jesus to us as His children.
The Holy Spirit never testifies of Himself, but always points and directs to Jesus. Here in John, Jesus explained it to the disciples:
“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 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 depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” – John 16:5-15 (NKJV)
In John 16:3 we also see that the Holy Spirit only speaks what is from God the Father and God the Son: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (ESV)
In this we can tie it in with the Christmas story; the Holy Spirit points and leads to Jesus! He guides people to accepting Jesus and thereafter guides people to grow in their relationships with Jesus. We were given this amazing gift after Jesus left the earth. Overall we are just flooded and blessed with gifts all the time. God the Father gave His only Son to live amongst sinful men and to redeem them. Jesus Christ gave His life as a perfect sacrifice to die for the sin of all mankind. The Holy Spirit was given to us as Jesus left to go to heaven to prepare a place for us. We are so undeserving and only deserving of death and judgement, but by God’s grace, mercy, and long-suffering, we are now showered with goodness. What an insane thought! May your hearts be reminded of this, this coming festive season. May you just be in awe of all that we have been given. May you praise our Savior with renewed passion as you marvel at the Gift of God.
“And I will send you a Helper, the Holy Spirit, and He shall lead you in all truth…” – John 16:3 (ESV)
Some verses for you, if you want to further your research on the person of the Holy Spirit: John 14:16, Job 26:13, Zechariah 4:6, Acts 5:3, Hebrews 9:14, Luke 1:35, Psalm 139:7-8, 51, Ephesians 4:30, Nehemiah 9:20, Isaiah 63:10, Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 12:11, Romans 15:30, Revelation 2:7