1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own
The Spirit is holy. I know that seems obvious from the name Holy Spirit, but don’t gloss over it. We’re warned in Scripture not to believe every spirit, in fact to only trust the Holy Spirit, which is why God sent Him to live in us. Holy means “set apart” or “sacred,” so while there are other spirits that exist, the one true God is the Holy one.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:1-4
If He’s Holy, and He lives in you, then you are a temple. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He lives in you, speaks to you, guides you, prompts you, comforts you, and empowers you. You have the power to overcome anything that you face because you walk in the Spirit. Embrace that and be confident that God is always with you. Don’t ever doubt His presence.
- Do you treat your body as the dwelling place for a completely holy God? Are there any sins you need to repent of, as they have abused His holy sanctuary?
1 Corinthians 2:10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
In discussion of the Holy Spirit, we can’t glance over the fact that He is God, as though everyone knows this. Understanding God is so complex that we can’t make any assumptions.
The Holy Spirit isn’t a force, but a relational being, part of the Trinity- One God who eternally exists as three distinct persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – who are each fully and equally God and in eternal relation with each other. The Bible equally declares Father, Son, and Spirit to be God. None are more important than the other, though each person of the Trinitarian God serves a specific purpose and has a specific role.
“Persons” does not mean human beings. Only Jesus became human. Person means that each member of the Trinity thinks, acts, feels, speaks, and relates because they are persons and not impersonal forces. We can’t control the Holy Spirit because He has His own will. We can’t fool Him or hide from Him because He possesses all of the characteristics of God- omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, etc.
The Holy Spirit will never act contradictory to God because He is God. He won’t lead us in any way that would go against God’s will, because it’s His will.
- Do you ever fall into the trap of seeing the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force instead of a person? How have you tried to “harness” Him instead of having a relationship with Him?
- Do you treat the Holy Spirit as God, or do you treat Him as lesser than the other two persons of the Godhead? How can ensure to treat Him as such?
“Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor?” Isaiah 40:13
Understanding the Holy Spirit completely may not be possible, but we’re going to get to know Him a bit more and since the Bible does say a lot about Him, there’s quite a bit we can find out.
The first thing to establish is that the Holy Spirit is not an “it.” He is not a power to be harnessed or an impersonal force. He is a relational being. The Holy Spirit is one person of the Trinity, One God who eternally exists as three distinct persons – father, son, holy spirit – who are each fully and equally God and in eternal relation with each other. Persons does not mean human beings. Only Jesus became human. Person means that each member of the trinity thinks, acts, feels, speaks, and relates because they are persons and not impersonal forces.
We are all susceptible to falling into the trap of trying to harness the power of some force that we refer to as the Holy Spirit rather than being in relationship with him as God. Without a good understanding of who He is, we will ignore the Spirit while trying to relate to the Father and the Son. That’s like trying to be in a relationship with some of the people who live in your home while ignoring others. No one thrives in that scenario.
The Holy Spirit is not some feeling that we get on Sunday morning, or a ghost, or something that makes us shake and shiver. He is a personal, relational being with whom we can communicate, find comfort, and abide.