The Holy Spirit, for me at least, is very mysterious and hard to comprehend. What is the Holy Spirit? Where is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? For as long as I can remember, I have learned about the Trinity, God is three in one. Part of that triumvirate is the Holy Spirit.
So who/what is the Holy Spirit? It reminds me a bit of cartoons when the character has the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other shoulder. One politicking for the character to make good choices; the other conniving to get the character to make a poor choice. I think of the Holy Spirit as that good side of our conscience, the angel on the one shoulder, the voice of God speaking into my thoughts and heart. I’m sure we all experience this on a regular basis if we choose to listen.
Sometimes, we hear the Holy Spirit through someone else working as His agent. It happened again to me very recently when I was asked about joining some of the men from our church in forming a men’s Bible study group. On that particular day, I hadn’t set out to add one more thing to my schedule. But I was interested in checking it out. We met this past Sunday for the first time, and going into it, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was still moved to be a part of it. Now, after having met for the first time, and I know that I am looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.
At a time when I need faith the most, and at a time when my faith has been wavering due to just a large number of things, I think a group of people based in my church family is just what I need. I believe the Holy Spirit brought all of this together for me, and for the rest of this group, so we can all learn from each other and grow together. By the way, next meeting is Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Fireside Room, to any men who want to join. No obligations, no preparation, no worries, no judging of your Biblical knowledge.
Q53. What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?
- First, He as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God.1 Second, He has been given to me personally,2 so that, by true faith, He makes me share in Christ and all His blessings,3 comforts me,4 and remains with me forever.5
1 Gen. 1:1, 2; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3, 4.
2 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; Gal. 4:6.
3 Gal. 3:14.
4 John 15:26; Acts 9:31.
5 John 14:16, 17; 1 Pet. 4:14.