Over the years, phrases can become part of our vocabulary to the point that we don’t stop to think about what we’re saying. Phrases like ‘The Holy Spirit moved in power’, ‘…the Spirit fell on me…’ – legitimate phrases that describe a particular experience of course, but it’s easy to see how we can fall into the trap of thinking of the Holy Spirit as more as a force than a part of the Godhead.
The Holy Spirit is not an ‘it’, nor is he a force that gives you special powers and turns you into some kind of Christian superhero.
When Jesus was explaining to his disciples that he was going to leave but that the Holy Spirit would come, He said he was going to ask the Father to send ‘another helper’. (John 14:16)
Another Helper. Someone like me.
That word has many meanings – advocate, comforter, intercessor, counsellor, strengthener – all of which describe exactly what Jesus was to his disciples. Jesus was a real person. The Holy Spirit is a real person.
Jesus also said “The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (vs17)
He is a person. We know this because He has the characteristics of a person, not merely an impersonal energy – e.g. he can have joy (Romans 14:17), he can be upset (Eph 4:20), he thinks (1 Cor 2:10).
Throughout this series we will learn more about who He is, and the impact He can have on our lives if we let Him. Let us be prayerful and open, and let us ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to experience Him in greater measure.