What would life on earth be like without the Holy Spirit?
Have you ever considered what life on earth would be like without the Holy Spirit? After asking myself this question I dove into the Word of God to study Him, to get to know Him more intimately and to understand His “role” as the Third Person of the Trinity. By the end of just a few hours of studying about Him, I could not think of or mention Him without adding the word precious to His Name: the precious Holy Spirit, highly-valued, treasured … so treasured that the Bible gives specific instructions, even warnings, on how to and how not to treat Him. For example, do not lie to Him (Acts 5:3); do not resist Him (Acts 7:51); do not insult or outrage Him (Heb.10:29); do not grieve, offend, vex, or sadden Him (Eph.4:30); do not quench, suppress or subdue Him (I Thess.5:19); be conscious that the flesh will always oppose Him (Gal.5:17). This is the powerful Spirit of God that is spoken of in these passages, yet He also is called the Spirit of Grace (Zech.12:10), the Good Spirit of God (Neh.9:20), the Comforter (John 14:16), the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17), many more titles which reveal His ministry to us while we’re here on earth.The Precious Holy Spirit is the only member of the Trinity on earth. Click To Tweet
Let’s first consider the present location of each member of the Trinity. God the Father is in Heaven: “…our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name” (Matt.6:9). The Son of God is also in Heaven, at the Right Hand of the Father (Eph.2:6; Col.3:1; Heb.12:2). But God the Holy Spirit was sent to the earth, to inhabit each one who would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved (John 14:16,17,26; Titus 3:5). The Precious Holy Spirit, then, is the only member of the Trinity on earth.
Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What has He done, and what does He presently do?
The first mention of the Holy Spirit is in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible. When “The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep, The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.” (Gen.1:2) Reading to the end of this chapter, we see that the Holy Spirit was very much a part of the Creation process, executing the Plan designed in Eternity past by the Pre-Determinate Council of the Trinity (Acts 2:23).
Further on in the Old Testament, in chapters 6 and 7 of the book of Judges, we see an example of how the Spirit of God equips and enables His leaders and people to carry out His purposes. “The Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with Himself and took possession of him…” (Judges 6:34a). In chapter 7 we see that God indeed delivered the Midianites into the hand of Gideon (vv 14-25).
Zechariah 4:6,7 reveals how the Holy Spirit removes human obstacles: “…This … is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, … , Not by might,nor by power, but by My Spirit … says the Lord of hosts./ For who are you, O great mountain [of human obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel … you shall become a plain … “.
Next, we see that the Holy Spirit instructs God’s people and brings back to their remembrance all that the Lord has taught them: “You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and withheld not Your manna from them, and gave water for their thirst.” (Neh.9:20a)
The Holy Spirit gives LIFE: “The Spirit of God has made me, and the Breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 32:8) He also gives understanding (Job 33:4) When considered along with several other passages in the Bible, these 2 verses reveal amazing and comforting truth: The Lord Jesus Christ IS the Word of God (Rev.19:13). The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit (Eph.6:17) When we are born from Above through trusting in the Person and work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, we receive Him Who is the living Word of God into our hearts. Then as we take in the written and spoken Word the Holy Spirit breathes on It through the anointing and there is a “meeting” of the living Word that is already in us and the Word that is entering from the page or from the lips of one speaking it (Rom.10:17). And thus Light is given (Psa.119:130) and we “are changed from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”! (I Cor.3:18)
The Holy Spirit supernaturally translates God’s servants from one place to another.
Ezekiel declares in chapter 11 verse 24: “The Spirit of the Lord lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea…” We read in II Corinthians 12:1-6 that Paul was taken up into the third heaven by the Holy Spirit. In Acts 8:39, when Philip and the eunuch “came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord … caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more.” John writes in Revelation 1:10, “I was in the Spirit … and I heard a great Voice behind me like the calling of a trumpet …”.
The Holy Spirit comforts and encourages (John 14:16,26). He guides us (Acts 16:7; Rom.8:14; Gal.5:18; II Cor.3:16). It is by the Holy Spirit that God is able to inhabit believers (John 14:17; James 4:5). He also intercedes for us (Rom.8:26,27), helping us in our weaknesses and inabilities.
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body.” (I Cor.12:13)
The Holy Spirit brought to birth the Body of Christ and continues to add to it and build it up; this is the Church! Without this precious Member of the Trinity, we would have to maintain unity amongst ourselves, at best in the flesh and by a ton of good works. Instead the Lord provides Grace to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph.4:3) and actually does not leave us on our own with self-effort and human abilities and energy to carry out any of the Lord’s commands and desires!
The Spirit of God pours out God’s Love in our hearts so that our hope in God never leaves us disappointed or ashamed (Rom.5:5). He’s also the One Who changes us from glory to glory into the image of the Lord (II Cor.3:17), and where He is there is liberty (v.17)!
The Holy Spirit gives us power to be witnesses of God both to Him and to other people.
Without the Holy Spirit we would not have the power to be His witnesses on earth (Acts 1:8). And He Himself bears witness to our spirits that we are the sons of God: “And because you are sons, God has sent His Spirit into yours hearts … crying Abba! Father!” (Rom.8:15,16) How then could we ever fulfill the Great Commission without Him?!
The Father could not have left us without the Holy Spirit.
Without the Holy Spirit there would be no Bible, because it was He Who inspired men to write it! (II Tim.3:16; II Pet.1:21). Without Him, as we have mentioned above, there would be no Body of Christ on earth, thus, no dwelling place for God; because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the dwelling place of God on earth, individually and corporately. But here is a most astounding truth: without the Holy Spirit, we could not go to Heaven. We could have all of our sins paid for and buried with the Lord Jesus (Romans 6), and be forgiven of all of them, but Romans 8:11 would not have happened without the Spirit: “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal … bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.”
Would life for man on earth have even been possible without the Holy Spirit?
What can we conclude then? Life on earth as we know would be unimaginable, even impossible. When we go back to the creation of man, in Genesis 1:26, we read “God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, …”; and in chapter 2:7 it is written, “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.” (recall Job 32:8; 33:4) These are thoughts that merit meditation, and my hunch is that any of us who would do so would much less inclined to become familiar with the Person and the ministry of the Precious Holy Spirit.
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Luke 11:13 is amplified in its promise, potential and importance after considering the thoughts expressed in the paragraphs above: “If you then, evil as your are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” And let’s consider with that promise this one in John 3:34 – “For since He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God…, God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit!” This verse is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, but I John 4:17b tells us that “as He is, so are we in this world.”, right now! Furthermore, “He Who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” (Romans 8:32)
Father, how can we thank You for this precious gift You have given us so freely of Your Holy Spirit? Perhaps it is simply that we would habitually reckon on His continual Presence within us; receive abundant Grace to not grieve, quench, resist, sadden, insult, or lie to Him, and quickly rebound if we do, re-reckoning instantly on His filling; reverence His Invisible Person and Presence and be thankful for His incessant, multi-faceted ministry to us; and be mindful to be ever-thanking You, Father, for not leaving us on earth without this Great Comforter, Strengthener, Advocate, Guide, Teacher … the Precious Holy Spirit.