“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” John 14:16 (NLT2)
The Arrival of the Holy Spirit
Jesus is the Word of God; and for a brief time in history, He walked and dwelt among us.
He was all God and all man—all God because God is eternal and all man because He came in order to be the ultimate sacrifice for sin.
In the above passage in John, Jesus told His disciples that it was good for them that He was going away because if He did, the Holy Spirit would come and remind the world of everything He had taught.
Jesus did what He promised, God fulfilled His side of the bargain, and the Holy Spirit came to indwell those who believe in the Son of God.
Down through the ages, the Holy Spirit has been with us.
He indwells every believer from the moment of his confession and acceptance of the Son of God as Lord and Savior until the moment of his passing from this world into the next.
The Purpose of the Holy Spirit
His purpose is to guide and comfort in the same manner that Jesus did while He walked upon the earth. It is as if Jesus Himself continues to dwell within us throughout the duration of all time.
Because of the Holy Spirit’s constant guidance and His reminding us of Jesus’ teachings, we have the ability to know how we, the children of God, are to live our lives. Only by obeying Jesus’ commands can we please the Father, and only through the nudgings from the Holy Spirit can we recall all of Jesus’ commands. Such are the efficiencies of God the Father: He makes it possible!
Because the Holy Spirit works quietly in the background of our hearts and minds, He is not always as well-known as the Father and Son. It’s time we acknowledge Him as God as well. He is an integral part of the Holy Triune and is to be worshiped along with the other two. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!