” After 48 years of being indwelt by Him, I realized that the Holy Spirit was my Friend.”
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On a recent Sunday Pastor Schaller spoke three messages on the Holy Spirit … in such a way and with such anointing, that it was to me as if I were meeting the Person of the Spirit for the first time. For over 40 years I have come to know Him, first as the Third Person of the Trinity, then over these many years, as Comforter, Standby, Intercessor, Guide, Spirit of Grace, Convicter of sin, and much more. But on that memorable day of messages regarding Who He is, what He’s like, what He does, what He has done already, I realized for the first time: “The Holy Spirit is my FRIEND!” Never leaving me, ever-present in me to provide for every need, always available to bring to remembrance any given promise that is required in a moment of crisis, so willing to comfort like no human being can, and ever-interceding for me – and for others sometimes through me when I don’t know how to pray. Now, just days after hearing these words of Life, I find myself thinking about my “new” Friend first thing in the morning, greeting Him as a very real and necessary Person in my life, then talking to Him and about Him throughout the day. “So, what is He like?”, someone might ask; or “What has He done? What does He do?”
“In the beginning … “
Throughout the Old Testament the Spirit was active, carrying out the desires of the Father. Click To Tweet
In Genesis 1:2 “the Spirit of God was … hovering, brooding over the face of the waters, when the earth was yet without form and an empty waste.”; He was waiting for God’s first command regarding earth’s formation. Then after the Lord created man in the image of God (v.26), the Spirit breathed into man’s nostrils the spirit of life, and man became a living being (Gen.2:7). Throughout the Old Testament He was active, carrying out the desires of the Father; and one exceptionally edifying example of His intervention in a man’s affairs is seen in Judges 6:34, where we read, “”The Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with Himself and took possession of him.” The context of this occurrence was Gideon facing an alliance of powerful enemies, and he was intimidated and unsettled and wanted God to make it clear that He would be with him and Israel, fighting for them. In the Spirit, and endued with His power, Gideon had the boldness to request the sign of the fleece, twice, and the Lord did exactly as he asked. Now, what about us, as adopted children of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, unlike great people of God in the Old Testament who at best could be endued with and empowered by Him?
We can have as much of the Spirit as we want.
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“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!” (John 3:34, Amplified) The Lord Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:20, ” … I in the Father, you in Me, and I in you.” In I John 4:17b we read, “As He is so are we in this world.” – now. We can be blessed and filled with as much of the Holy Spirit as we want. Through the abundant Grace of God – which is also boundless – we can avoid resisting, insulting, lying to, grieving, and quenching the Holy Spirit and, instead, be filled to overflowing with Him (Acts7:51; Heb.10:29; Acts 5:3; Eph.4:30; I Thess.5:19; Eph. 5:18; Acts 2:4; Eph.5:18, respectively). Being thus filled with Him, we can be led by Him (Rom.8:14), walk in Him (Gal.5:16), live according to Him (Rom.8:5), intercede with Him, and be helped by Him in our weakneses (v.26). What a Friend we have in this Third Person of the Trinity!
Avoid familiarity with the Holy Spirit by rehearsing the deeds He’s done for us on behalf of the Father.
The Word of God would be mere literature and not Life-imparting words if it weren't for the Holy Spirit breathing into the human spirits of the writers of the Bible. Click To Tweet
David treasured the Holy Spirit and was unwilling to live without His continual Presence: ” [Lord,] … take not Your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psa.51:11b) We, as regenerated, redeemed children of God, will never have to utter such a prayer; yet it is possible that we would lose the experience of the Spirit’s Presence because of sin, or because of familiarity with Who He is, or even because of Divine testing and capacity-enlargement. We can avoid familiarity with Who He is by rehearsing all that He has done and now does for us. In doing so we will see He does so much yet never demands recognition or glory for Himself. All He performs is for the Glory of the Father.
The Spirit and His work crop up all throughout the Old and New Testaments. In fact, the Word of God would be mere literature and not a Book of Life-imparting words if it weren’t for the Holy Spirit breathing into the human spirits of the writers of the Bible. God inspired them – breathed into them (II Tim.3:16) – by His Spirit as to what to write down. In Ezekiel 2:1-3:14 He beautifully worked in perfect unity with the Father to prepare the prophet for His mission to Israel (Ezek.3:1-3). In Revelation 2 and 3 He spoke to the seven churches, each one according to their condition and need, on behalf of the Father. Ephesians 3:5 tells us that He revealed the Mystery of Christ to the apostles and disciples when it was God’s time. Also, the Holy Spirit has sealed us for the day of redemption (Eph.4:30). He renewed and regenerated us, creating a brand new creation out of the old fallen one (Titus 3:5; II Cor.5:17). We’re reminded also that He had breathed Life into the first man to make him a living soul (Ge.2:7), and by Him also we become a quickened spirit (I Cor.15:45).
What the Spirit continues to perform for us …
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The ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit until the Rapture … we could write many and long posts on this topic! We will mention here only several aspects of this personal ministry to us: He purges our consciences of all dead works that we might serve the living God (Heb.9:14). Over and over again we find ourselves empowered and quickened by Him (Rom.8:11; Eph.3:16). He enlightens us as to the Treasures in the Word of God and helps us to understand its mysteries (Eph.1:17-21). This Spirit of Glory rests on us when we are suffering (I Peter 4:14), giving us Life (II Cor.3:6), and fulfilling His function as “Comforter, Helper, Strengthener, and Standby” (John 14:16, Ampl.).
Is it any wonder we call the Holy Spirit “Friend”?
It is the Holy Spirit Who is preparing us on earth to be the Lamb's wife in Heaven for all eternity! Click To Tweet
How could we not call the Holy Spirit our Friend? He functions in perfect unity, in Divine harmony, with the Father and with the Lord Jesus Christ: “For there are Three that bear witness in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these Three are One. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and blood; and these three are one.” (I John 5:7,8) This Spirit then is in perfect agreement with the One Who tells us that He calls us His friends, because He has made us to know all that He heard from the Father (John 15:15). Let us all then finish our course here on earth with joy, running the race with patience, fighting the good fight of faith, enjoying the Presence and ministry of this Faithful Member of the Trinity. He is of the same Eternal essence as the One Who will soon be our Bridegroom; in fact, it is He Who is preparing us on earth to be the Lamb’s wife in Heaven for all eternity!