• Matt Beaney

#546 (28/2/22) WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? HE IS A PERSON


Over the next 6-weeks, to support our mid-week 'Together' meetings on The Holy Spirit, we will be looking at the person of the Holy Spirit in our devotionals. I hope you find these helpful in deepening your relationship with God.


There is a danger of thinking of the Spirit as a power – an ‘it’ rather than a ‘He’. One can think of Him in terms of how He may help us to achieve more in our lives, which is true, but this a far from having a living, loving relationship with Him. The Spirit is often spoken of in metaphors as Gordon Fee has written,

‘We tend to think of the Spirit in non-personal terms and refer to him as “it.” Listen to our images: dove, wind, fire, water, oil. No wonder many regard the Spirit as a gray, oblong blur and find him so difficult to understand and to relate to.’

THERE IS A DANGER OF WANTING POWER RATHER THAN FRIENDSHIP

It’s not a friendship when one is in it for what the person can give you rather than aiming for a shared relationship. Gordon Fee has written,


‘Not only has the coming of Christ changed everything… so too has the coming of the Spirit. In dealing with the Spirit, we are dealing with none other than the personal presence of God.’

RESPONSE

In response, let’s take a moment to meditate and pray out of the following texts that speak of the deeper relationship that He wants to have with us.


‘And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. 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.’ (John 14:16-17)


‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15:13-15)


 

Please come and join us on Tuesday evenings in the church building (Werter Road) from 7:30 pm as we go through Dave Holden's Holy Spirit course together.








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