#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.’