Wednesday, June 13, 2012

By the Spirit

Ever try to explain the Holy Spirit to somebody?  How did you do it?  The flames on Pentecost?  The dove at Jesus' baptism?  Those descriptions can sound pretty lame, not even close to what we want to express in the third Person of the Godhead.

By experience and through God's Word, we know that the Holy Spirit is more. Teacher, Promise, Comforter, Enlightener.
But even these fall short.

The Holy Spirit is not just some inclination, some whisper that teaches me, guides me, and helps me to understand.  He is all those things, but more.
The Holy Spirit is God's VERY POWER.

He embodies all of God's strength.
He provides the motive power by which God shapes the world from a creative idea. That's why He seems like wind--He supplies the motion for the work of God.

That's how He completes the Trinity.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Concept, Flesh, Work.
All Holy.

The Spirit gives life.--John 6:63
We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit.--1John 4:13
He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.--Romans 8:11

The Holy Spirit is the face of God inhabiting the world today.  Moses saw the Father.  Peter and Paul saw Jesus.  We see the Holy Spirit.  His voice speaks and His hand reaches out.  He brings more than a feeling.  Jesus sent Him with intention to fill us and walk with us along the way as Christ once walked with His disciples.  

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.--Zechariah 4:6


  1. Beautiful post... beautiful picture. Holy Spirit is wonderful.

  2. The Holy Spirit really is so much more than we can explain, yet you expressed Him so beautifully!

  3. It is hard to explain to an unbeliever, but as Sharon said, He is so much more than we can explain. We just faith...and give thanks for the Triune God who loves us.

  4. It's windy where I live, here in the American midwest, on the Great Plains. Watching the wheat bend under the influence of the wind always reminds me of the Holy Spirit.

    Thanks so much for linking to the The Sunday Community!