Although I have experienced the Holy Spirit’s goodness, power and witness in my life, I can’t fully grasp and explain everything about Him. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d want a fully explainable and predictable God. There’s adventure, curiosity, and beauty in His mystery, especially when realizing God’s character is steeped in truth and love.
I can imagine the character Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story saying of God’s Spirit: “He’s to infinity and BEYOND!”
After all, He is Co-Creator of the world and of people.
As a student who is dependent upon the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I approach this subject carefully and in awe.
Why study the Holy Spirit?
Herbert Lockyer writes, “It is imperative to grasp the truth of the Spirit for many reasons,” [mainly]:
- Because it is a neglected doctrine
- Because it is a misunderstood doctrine
- Because it is a perverted doctrine
- Because it is a Scriptural doctrine
- Because it is a practical doctrine
Realizing that God’s Spirit can never be contained, or placed in a neatly labeled box, my next few posts will be a simple summary of the Holy Spirit’s characteristics and ministry from a biblical view. For a more in depth study, I recommend Herbert Lockyer’s excerpt “The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit” from All the Doctrines of the Bible.
Tony Evans book, The Promise, is also enlightening. Tony writes:
To talk about a relationship with the Holy Spirit is at the same time to talk about a relationship with the Father and the Son. Yet, because the Spirit is a distinct Person in the Godhead with a distinct ministry, we also benefit from His unique ministry . . . . The vast resources of the Spirit are for every individual within the church.”
What is your understanding and relationship concerning the Holy Spirit?
Have a wonderful week!