OK, that title should spark some debate. But, before I am branded as a heretic, let me explain.
In mainstream Protestant Christian churches, we believe in the doctrine of the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are the three “parts” of God. Each part has its own distinct personality and duties.
The Father, for example, is like, well, a father. He looks over us, protects us, guides our lives, nurtures our soul, etc. The Son is God in human form. Jesus Christ came as a man, lived as one of us, and took the penalty of death on our behalf so that we may have salvation, eternal live. The Holy Spirit, however, remains an enigma to many people.
I often times ask people to describe the Holy Spirit to me as if I didn’t already know anything about God or Christianity. Usually, it is a terrible struggle to do so. Why is that? Is the Holy Spirit undefinable? Or, is it that we don’t take the time to figure out what the Holy Spirit is, or does?
The Spirit of God, or the Holy Spirit, is mentioned over 600 times in the Scriptures. Given that there are 66 books in the Bible, that averages out to just under 10 mentions per book. However, the Holy Spirit is mentioned rarely in some books (Esther doesn’t even mention God), and other books mention Him quite a bit (The book of Acts is Spirit-filled!). So, it’s not fair to present that as a strict average. But, you see the point? The Holy Spirit, per the Bible, is supposed to be a HUGELY important aspect to our Christian lives.
Here are just a few things that the Holy Spirit does as part of the Trinity:
- He is the provider of all truth (John 16:13)
- Gives the ability to fluently speak another language (Acts 2)
- Gives us spiritual gifts like wisdom, preaching, teaching, and healing (1 Corinthians 12)
- He transforms our mind and body (Romans 12:2)
- He creates and sustains life (Genesis 2:7)
In essence, the Holy Spirit is the very power of God. He is the doer, the action verb! The Holy Spirit is God’s direct interaction with us and upon us. In fact, Jesus’ last words on this earth were:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8, NLT)
So, how do we fully harness the power of God through the Holy Spirit? In it’s simplest terms, we must first accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, for it is Jesus who sends the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
Once we’ve done this, we need to fully immerse ourselves in the Holy Spirit. Let the power of God flow through every part of our lives.
Do you want to find out more about how the Holy Spirit transforms us? Check out the Metamorphosis Conference that will be held in May 2012. It is an awesome place to discover the power of God. And check out some of the scriptures I mentioned above. It’s a great start on discovering the awesomeness of the Holy Spirit.