Sunday, 31 May 2009

The Holy Spirit.

Today, many churches celebrate Pentecost which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. You can read about it in Acts 2.

The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in shapes of flames which touched each person there. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to preach in many languages.

So, who is the Holy Spirit?

We are taught about God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit …. He doesn’t seem to have a title or description.

St Hilary of Poitiers, a Bishop in the 3rd Century AD, described the Holy Spirit as “the Gift”.

He is the gift given to us by God after Jesus ascended into Heaven.

He is the very Spirit of God, God Himself, come back to us on earth to dwell within us and to help us in our Christian life.

That’s why He is sometimes referred to as the Helper, the Counselor, God’s own Being living within us.

Can you imagine that?

God. Living within us. Guiding us. Helping us. Teaching us. Advising us when to speak and when to remain silent. What to say and what to do.

Isn’t that wonderful? Or is it too difficult to imagine or believe?

Isn’t it a tragedy that in this day and age, when many are too willing to believe that the devil can possess an individual unwillingly and reap havoc in their lives; yet … they find it difficult to understand that the Spirit of God is willing to abide within us and lead us to an eternal better life in Heaven.

But only if we ask Him to.

Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit.

3 comments:

  1. Yeah this is so true.. The Spirit is a testimony in itself of the awesome grace and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. And it's a shame because many are not living in this awesome presence, but rather according to their flesh.

    Dan

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  2. Hi Dan,

    The problem is that many people just do not understand the Holy Spirit. They are taught about God and Jesus but the Holy Spirit is somewhat missed in their religious education.

    Our Christian teachers have a lot to answer for.

    Today's sermon in church was the first time a priest tried to explain about the Holy Spirit.

    Vic M

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  3. Yeah that's a shame. Your right because when I talk to unbelievers about the Holy Spirit, they are like "huh"? Lol. Just like when Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again of the Spirit. It's so frustrating to know that we have the Spirit, but other people are just walking by their flesh and they don't even realize it.

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