The Holy Spirit: God With Us

It is far too easy for whatever reason for the Church to forget the 3rd person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a crucial part in our walk with Christ. Acts chapter 2 accounts when the Holy Spirit came on the Disciples as promised by Jesus. “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”

The Holy Spirit is not just for a few select or special people. It is for everyone.

That last part of the verse says, “All of them were filled…” Every last one of them had now a covering of the Holy Spirit on their lives. But the Holy Spirit didn’t just appear after Jesus ascended back into Heaven. We can see the Spirit mentioned multiple times in the Old Testament.

Genesis chapter 6 and 7 mention what they call “wind” or “breath” using the Hebrew word, “Ruach Elohim,” or Spirit of the Lord. God literally gives “breath” for things to live. He gives life. God gives purpose. Exodus chapter 31 we see the Lord talking to Moses to commission Bezalel to build the Tabernacle or the first temple for God and He, “…filled him with the Spirit of God…”

This term, “filled with the Spirit” is translated similar to as a cup is filled with liquid. Only used three times in the Old Testament, this phrase is connected with a distinct divine appointment of a specific person or people. Each use is for a purpose in fulfilling or expressing God’s mission. Deuteronomy 34:9 we read, “Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.”

There are many more account of the Holy Spirit ascending on people for specific purpose: to build, to lead, to guide, to bring good news, and spread it to many. But as we read in Acts, the Holy Spirit now that we have the atonement of Christ is for all believers. The desire is for everyone to experience the leading, guiding, building up, bringing of good news to spread to many. We don’t have to special or chosen to have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is already present.

So the question is, what is the Spirit doing in your life? What are you called to do in response?

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