The doctrine of the Trinity should bring us delight! And this week, let’s consider the third truth that should satisfy us in God’s truth – God the Holy Spirit.
Over the last two weeks, we took a moment to consider the first and second persons of the Eternal & Holy Trinity. This week, let us consider the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and His precious work in us – that glorifies God.
The third person of the Trinity has many functions, roles, and activities. Jesus told His disciples that He would send the Spirit into the world to “convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:7-11). And so the Holy Spirit applies the truths of God to the minds of man, in order to convince them that they are sinners and are in need of salvation.
Once this happens, the Spirit takes up residence in our hearts forever, sealing us with the confirming, certifying, and assuring pledge of our eternal state as God’s children. Jesus Himself said that He would send the Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide (John 14:16), now look at this: the Greek word translated “Counselor” means “one who is called alongside!” So we have a personal relationship with the third person in the Trinity who guides us, convicts us, and also comforts us!
His within us enables us to understand and interpret God’s Word (John 16:13), by revealing to our minds the whole counsel of God as it relates to worship, doctrine, and Christian living. Without His guidance, we would fall all over the place and have no doctrinal foundation to stand on.
Another role of the Holy Spirit is to bless the church with gifts. 1 Corinthians 12 describes the spiritual gifts given to believers in order that we may function as the body of Christ on earth. And as He indwells us, He also help us bear fruit, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), so that we would glorify God in all that we do!
My dear friends, we often over look the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives, but the knowledge that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in our lives should bring us joy, comfort, peace, assurance, and the sense of being loved. He dwells with us forever, He will never leave or forsake us, and so let us give thanks for His precious gift.
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit would work in each of our hearts, as we long for COVID-19 to end, and for the Church to be joined together again, physically!