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What exactly is the Holy Spirit?

February 1, 2008


The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit….

The Father, that’s of course God.  The Son, easy… Jesus. But what or who exactly is the Holy Spirit?  I read a pretty thorough, yet easy to understand, explaination of the Holy Spirit in the book “God is the Gospel” pgs (30-31).

When Jesus was raised and went back to heaven, he did not leave the disciples without his presence and power – his fellowship and help. He said to his disciples, “You know [the Spirit of truth] for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you” (John 14:17-18) In other words, when the Spirit comes, he will be the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit will be for us the presence and power of Christ himself.  The fellowship of Christ, promised in the gospel, happens by the Spirit’s presence in us.

The Holy Spirit is the down payment, a guarantee of the fullness of joy we will know in the perfected fellowship with the Father and the Son in the age to come.  What makes the gospel good news in the end is the enjoyment of the glory of God in Christ.  The Holy Spirit provides the present experience of that enjoyment.  Therefore the promise of the Spirit in the gospel is what makes it good news.

This makes it clearer to me what the Holy Spirit is.  It is the Spirit of Christ with us.  It allows us a taste of the perfect enjoyment of fellowship with God here on Earth by having fellowship with Christ’s Spirit.

May the Spirit of Christ dwell within you…

– DH

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