he Holy Spirit is the person of the trinity that remained behind to comfort, protect, guide, and prepare each of God’s chosen for the journey on earth and eternity with the Father. When we accept Christ Jesus as Savior and as Lord, the Spirit indwells us. We can be certain that everything we know and recognize about God comes from the Holy Spirit.
Conversely, we can be assured that any feelings that God is not real, or that God is bad, and following Him is wrong, is a lie and not coming from the Spirit of God! Jesus promised to send His Spirit once He ascended back to the Father. Acts 2 tells the story. Prior to that, God was selective to whom He would share His spirit. It was a transactional experience and usually limited to Prophets, Priests, and Kings.
After the resurrection, God gave all that came into relationship with Him the Holy Spirit. It was a natural next step, as we are now part of His nation of priests. God’s intention since the call of Abraham was to raise a nation of priests to share his message of reconciliation with all parts of the world. We are therefore a part of those whom Christ called in Matthew 28:18-20.
”Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We will be spending the next several days looking at God’s Holy Spirit. What it means to us and how we are to embrace God’s gift, call, and unique design for our lives. For today, suffice it to say that God gave us His Spirit in a purposeful way for a specific call in our lives. He did not open up a “spiritual treasure box” and say “Good job boys and girls now pick a prize!”
God gave us His Spirit for His purpose; to seek and to save that which is Lost! How the Spirit manifests in each person is intentionally different as we all have different roles to play in God’s master plan. We simply need to have faith that God is preparing us to do our part of His plan, and that that plan will change lives! Like a theater troop, we act as an ensemble building a family that ultimately honors and glorifies God.
God Bless You
Now, dear brothers and sisters,[a] regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[b]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[c] 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[d] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.