“We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
The relationship Christians and some non-Christians have with the Holy Spirit is an interesting one. On one hand, the entire New testament scriptures speak about Him constantly, on the other hand, many modern Christians are apathetic at best, afraid and unwelcoming of Him at worst.
The verse in Acts of the Apostles was actually a statement made by some early believers who Apostle Paul had met on his missionary journeys. They had believed in the Messiah through the preachings of John the Baptist, but didn’t know about the promises that Jesus made about the indwelling Spirit and the power that was to come on those who believed in Him. When Paul gave them the 411, they immediately received the Holy Spirit who had now been made available to believers in Christ everywhere.
In the New testament, the Holy Spirit is present in every meeting. The early Christians were taught to walk by the Spirit, not grieve the Holy Spirit, be led by the Spirit, receive power from the Spirit; and on many occasions it was said that they acted when the Holy Spirit told them to.
Christ Jesus in his departing speech told his disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. He also told them this seemingly surprising statement:
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Amazing! Better the Holy Spirit with us than Jesus living among us.
So why are you afraid of the Holy Spirit?
I think the answer lies in how we as flawed humans are prone to excesses. There is opportunity for misuse and abuse of things that we do not fully understand.
I remember a group of young men, mostly in their teens at the time had gathered to hear about the Holy Spirit. Around the table I asked everyone to share what they knew about the Holy Spirit. Some called Him an “it”. I heard all kinds of humorous thoughts about Him, but that didn’t stop God from making Himself known in our midst.
I remember sharing about Him briefly and encouraged them to believe in whom God had already sent for their good. When we all held hands to pray, something akin to the first experience of the early disciples in the upper room happened. They within seconds or a minute or something, ALL began to speak in tongues and pray out loud to God, having been filled with His Holy Spirit!
I am usually emotional when I remember that day because it reminds of how eager God is to reveal Himself to thirsty hearts and souls.
The Holy Spirit is the other Person of the trinity spoken about in the Bible. He is God. He is a Living Person. He is a Spirit and cannot be contained. He is Love. He is our Helper and Comforter. So why would you or I be afraid of Him? We shouldn’t be. After all, He was who our Lord Jesus promised us.
Not only does God want His Spirit to dwell in us, but also He wants us to walk in His power through His Spirit as said in Joel 2:28:
“And afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”
This is not weird. Different, yes, but not freaky or weird. Please say yes to Him today.
This wouldn’t be the last post I’ll write about the Holy Spirit. I do hope I can shed more light about Him even if a little.