The Holy Spirit

Probably the most common mistake a layman makes in referring to the Holy Spirit is to say “It.” The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and as such should always be spoken of as “He” or “Him.”

Because there is a deep mystery with reference to the triune God it is natural to ask: “How can God be three distinct persons and yet one God?” This side of eternity this question can never be completely answered. The finite mind is capable of grasping only aspects of spiritual truths which some day shall be plain.

Only as we study the Bible do we learn something of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. One of the simplest examples of his work is found in the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. Our Lord’s public ministry extended over a period of only three years. During that time he taught, preached and healed. His activities were all within a very limited geographical area and the work for which he came was centered primarily in the Cross of Calvary and his resurrection from the dead. It was only after these climatic events that the Gospel message was complete.

When Christ ascended to heaven the great redemptive act was complete, but the world did know the good news. From that point the Holy Spirit took over, working in and through men who had open minds and willing hearts and these men became flaming evangels to proclaim and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whereas our Lord’s work on this earth was geographically circumscribed, the work of the Holy Spirit is world-wide, taking of the things of Christ and making them clear to those anywhere who will hear and accept.

The fact of the Trinity is affirmed by our Lord in his command to go and make disciples of all nations, “baptizing them in the name of ...

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