The Holy Spirit

Introduction

The Bible does not introduce God. Instead it begins with God. Probably it is a human tendency to introduce everybody properly. God, on the other hand, needs no introduction. Instead, the Bible begins with the focus on His active involvement in creation. And in the second verse, we read: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2b NIV). In modern terms, you can visualize a helicopter in mid-sea hovering above the waters. This is a very limited description but it can help you understand something about the active involvement of the Spirit of God in creation.

Today, what you need is not a detailed study about the Holy Spirit. Definitely, study is important. But the greater need is an experience of the Spirit of God hovering over you. Then, God can command light to shine forth in your darkness.

Yes, “Let there be light.”

The truth is that you have longed for light to shine in your darkness. You have tried to read the Bible more, pray more, depended on friends more and tried every spiritual discipline you know. Yet the darkness has intensified. Hope has diminished. Your life now seems to be formless and empty.

Yet, these are conditions where the mighty work of the Spirit of God is done. It was so in the beginning. It is so today.

You need to eagerly desire to have the Spirit of God move in your life. He is God. The Bible does not much explain Him. Jesus used wind to illustrate the Spirit’s work: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 NIV). From this you can know that you cannot expect to know everything about the Spirit of God. But you can experience Him.

It is when you are ready to allow the Spirit of God to move actively in your life that light breaks forth. It is then that you experience the call out of darkness into His wonderful light (Ref. 1 Peter 2:9). Just as the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and the power of the Most High overshadowed her (Ref. Luke 1:35) to bring forth Jesus, the light of this world; so also shall the Holy Spirit hover over your life to bring forth light.

The 59th chapter of Isaiah ends with the sure promise of God that the Spirit of God shall not depart from the children of God. And then the 60th chapter begins with a sudden burst: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (NIV). So, what are you waiting for? Pray that the Spirit of God will hover over you. Then the darkness of your life shall be conquered by the coming of light. The Spirit of God’s creative involvement in your life shall make it possible.

Do not ask how? That is impossible to explain. But you shall see light break forth in your life. No darkness can resist the power of the mighty strength of the Spirit of God. Only allow Him to blow in any direction He pleases.

In the following segments you’ll get to know more about how the Spirit of God helps you; especially to know God intimately.

  1. You Are Not Alone
  2. Our Teacher
  3. Our Helper in Prayer
  4. Our Guide
  5. A New Relationship
  6. The Promise
  7. The Spirit of God in the Life of Jesus
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The Holy Spirit

We cannot forget the Spirit of God during Christmas. Without the Spirit of God no Christmas is possible!

Usually we tend to celebrate all the lesser things during Christmas. While we forget to adore the loving Holy Spirit, gently yet full of power working the will of God and bringing it to fruition during the first Christmas.

As we look at Genesis Chapter 1, we find the Spirit of God hovering over the waters (verse 2). That was during the Creation. He was actively active when Adam, a perfect man, was formed out of the dust of the ground. But we find that Adam sinned and lost the glory of God that was his.

Now, during the first Christmas, we find the Holy Spirit again be actively active in bringing to birth Jesus, the perfect man, the last Adam (Ref. 1 Corinthians 15:45 NIV), who would restore the glory that was lost by the first man, Adam1. The end purpose of all this is declared by Paul: “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven” ( 1 Corinthians 15:49 NIV).

To make real the purposes of God, the Holy Spirit was actively active during the first Christmas, as He was active during Creation. It was the Holy Spirit of God who came upon Mary and overshadowed her with the power of God. Thus this virgin was given ability to conceive and give birth to Jesus (Ref. Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 2:35).

When Mary visits Elizabeth, and she greets her, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit (Ref. Luke 1:41). Thus John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth (Ref. Luke 1:15b). Zechariah, John’s father, is later filled with the Holy Spirit and he bursts into song proclaiming the future work of John the Baptist (Ref. Luke 1:67 to 79). The Holy Spirit was also upon Simeon. He was moved by the Spirit of God to go to the temple while Jesus was being presented there (Ref. Luke 2:25–27).

What does all this mean to us? The meaning of all this is plain and simple. It means that for us to experience Christmas in all its reality, we need the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He has to overshadow our lives for Jesus to be really born in our hearts. Jesus cannot be born in our hearts by human strength. Only the Spirit of God can create Him within us. Then we shall bear the likeness of Jesus. And that is true Christmas!

 


1¬†For a detailed comparison between Adam and Jesus, read Romans 5:12 to 21. 

 

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