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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 31 May

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity or godhead. Is it any wonder that Christians are often accused of being polytheists – worshipping more then one God. We talk about God the Father. We talk about God the Son. And now we talk about God the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is personal and enables God’s people to have fellowship with each other. An impersonal force could not do that. The Holy Spirit has a number of roles within the trinity. He continually focuses our attention on the other two members of the trinity – the Father and the Son.

When Jesus said He would send another Counselor to His followers, it was the Holy Spirit He had in mind. And so God sent the Spirit to enable Jesus’ followers to speak of Him – whether that speaking would take place in the home or as they walked along a dusty road or were hauled before the politicians of the day – it is the Holy Spirit who would enable them to speak of Jesus.

The Spirit is given the task of making God’s people more like Jesus. In one sense we are already like Jesus when we accepted what Jesus did for us on the cross. In another sense it will take a lifetime of sanctifying work as the Spirit re-creates us to be like Jesus. Perhaps there are areas in our lives that we are presently stopping the Spirit from working in? Do we need to repent and humble ourselves as the Spirit shapes us to be like Jesus?

What do you know of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?