Thursday, 2 February 2017
Who is the Holy Spirit?
This month, I want to concentrate on the third member of the Trinity. Many people either don't know who he is or have incorrect ideas about him. Some folks don't believe he's a person at all.
The Holy Spirit is the companion who Christ sent to his disciples and to all who repent and surrender their lives to Jesus. In John 15:26 (KJV) Jesus told his disciples, "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:"
So the Holy Spirit is a comforter of believers but he's also a teacher. Christ said in John 16:13 (KJV), "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come."
Jesus was about to be arrested and sent to the cross so he told his shocked disciples about how he wouldn't leave them comfortless. The Holy Spirit would inhabit them and transform them. We saw an example of this when the day of Pentecost came. Peter, usually the one to stick his foot in his mouth, became a bold and powerful preacher of the gospel. Acts chapter two says that three-thousand people joined the disciples that day.
John also told his beloved believer friends how the Holy Spirit helps them to tell real Christians from phonies. In 1 John 4:6 (KJV) he wrote, "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
I'll be writing in greater detail about this third member of the Trinity in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Many Christians, deliberately or inadvertently, are blaspheming the Holy Spirit. I want everybody to know the truth about him, the Father, and the Son. For decades, bogus teachers misled me about the Trinity and their roles in our Christian walk. I don't want anybody making the same blasphemous and stupid mistakes which I once did.