Welcome to “40 blogs with The Holy Spirit”
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog as we journey through our summer learning about, and listening to The Holy Spirit. There will be around 3 blog entries placed on this page each week, generally on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
We are taking our lead from a book written by RT Kendell “40 days with The Holy Spirit”. We invite you to learn with us during these summer months of June, July & August.
Lukas & Sarah Dewhirst
Blog 1 – The Holy Spirit is God
I have always known that the Holy Spirit is God, but rarely focused on the fact. In his book ‘40 Days with the Holy Spirit’, RT Kendall presses home this fact by using the phrase “Fully God”. The fact that the Father is God is accepted, God is God. In the same way the Son who has shown himself as Jesus is also God, scripture bears this out. “In the beginning was the Word (The Son), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) In the same way The Holy Spirit is also God. In Acts 5 when Ananias lied to The Holy Spirit, Peter said to him, “how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” (Acts 5:3-4) Jesus commanded us to baptise in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) We also see the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit together at Jesus’ baptism. Jesus the Son is baptised by John the baptist, The Father speaks and says “this is my Son in whom I am well pleased”, and the Spirit descends on Jesus in the form of a dove. We see equal honour and status given to God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
This truth causes me to wonder at what an amazing, kind, incarnational God we have. Not only did he come close to us in the person of Jesus, that would be incarnational enough for anyone! He went beyond that. The Son came and “dwelt amongst us” for a while, around 33 years in the person of Jesus – but the Holy Spirit, God, has been living in and through His church for 2000 years since the day of Pentecost recorded Him filling the early Church in Acts 2. God has chosen to live in us by his Holy Spirit. It is no wonder that Jesus said that it was to ‘our benefit’ or another version says ‘our advantage’ that he went away, because then the Holy Spirit, God, would come and live in us and be with us, which He has now done!
During this lockdown period, because of the lack of opportunities for the church to gather, I have once again been reminded of the wonderful truth that ‘God is always with His people’, wherever they are. This is possible because God the Holy Spirit lives in us as followers of Christ. Take some time today to thank God that your God, creator and redeemer is in you! You may be filled with Him continually. “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18)
Ask Him to fill you afresh today.