Making Sense of the Holy Spirit
Introduction ... A spiritual continuum.
A mate of mine would regularly pass witty reflections. One such reflection often was a 'dose of the ghost' where he would make passing remarks to the work of the Holy Spirit. He could use this quip completely out of spiritual context, with great hilarity or perfectly and incisively placed to make a point about the real activity of the Holy Spirit in an individual's life.
The purpose of this SOULSENSE is really to canvas some of the Biblical witness to the Holy Spirit's personal work in a believer's life.
This is NOT a discussion of the trinity or a theological tome. This is a brief discussion about the Holy Spirit's activity in and amongst Christian believers.
Much opinion radiates around this (sadly) controversial Christian topic. The opinions can be helpfully expressed as a continuum of belief.
There is the one extreme of the continuum that claims the Holy Spirit does not even exist. At the other end of the spiritual continuum, the Holy Spirit is simply all a believer requires for their daily life. Both ends of this continuum are heresy.
I guess the continuum would look like this:
The Holy Spirit does not exist #..........>...........>..........>..........>...........>...........# Only need the Holy Spirit
If the Holy Spirit does not exist then there is no regeneration or conviction of sin and God is not riune. If I need only the Holy Spirit in my daily walk then I no longer need the Word/Jesus (see Hebs 1:2). Both these positions have hell's sulphur drenched fumes across them.
As always the truth will rest upon the continuum and not at its extremities.
The Holy Spirit in conversion
God is always the perfect gentleman and will force Himself on no man.
The Holy Spirit in daily living
It is impossible to regulate the actions and work of the Holy Spirit (seeJn 3:8 and 1 Cor 12;4-11 esp.v1, Hebs 2:4) for how could any man contain God? However I can choose to pray for, desire or ignore the spiritual gifts (cf 1 Cor 14:1). I can also quench the Holy Spirit's work in me (1Thess 5:19). Even worse still I can actually hurt the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30).
Receiving ongoing Holy Spirit blessings:
- Pray for the Holy Spirit's increasing presence as this is both an expression and response of faith, because He has already been shared with you (Lk 11:13, Jn 3:7-9, Hebs 11:6, James 1:6-7, Gal 3:2, Eph 5:18). God will not withhold His Holy Spirit from those who would ask for Him (Lk 11:13).
- Humble yourself before the Lord, because He is attracted to humility. (Ps 40:4,138:6, Is 66:2b). The 'emptier' I am of 'me', the more available 'space' there is for the Spirit of Truth and Holiness to come and indwell me.
- Be obedient, because spiritual receptivity is nourished in our willingness to do God’s will. (Jn 7:16-17).
To close where I began;
A 'dose of the ghost' really is the Holy Spirit at work in all believers, all the time.
I can reject, refuse and rebuke Him, and I can receive, revere and rejoice with Him.