1999-04-13 - H: Holy Ghost
The Holy Alphabet Series
Romans 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him."
"Holy Ghost, is a true and co-eternal God, with the eternal Father and the Son, and is given to me, to make me through a true faith, partaker of Christ and all his benefits, to comfort me, and to abide nigh me for ever, Gen. 1:2, Is. 48:16, 1 Cor. 2:2-6, 6:19, Acts 5:3, 4, Gal. 4:6, 2 Cor. 1:22, Gal. 3:14, Acts 9:31, John 14:16, 1 Pet. 4:14, John 15:26." --Robert Port
There is a special relationship between Christ and His people. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give to them, eternal life..." (John 10:27, 28) As Christ is the shepherd, and believers His sheep, we are all united under Him by one Spirit. So the Church of Christ is one body and the unity, or the unifying element that unites us all together is the indwelling of the Spirit. Where the Spirit is, Christ is. (Ephesians 1:22, 23, 4:4-16)
This is deep stuff. It is theological in nature and many Christians have given up on theology thinking that it is only for Pastors and really smart Christians. This is not true. If you are a Christian, then Christian truth is for you. It is for you to understand and learn. And it is given to us by God so that we might be encouraged about the truth of our faith and our doubts might be abated.
The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is one area that causes confusion for many. We know that Christ has ascended to the Father. (John 6:62) We know that He has given us the Spirit as our helper here in our earthly lives. (Galatians 4:6) In the above quote by Port, he speaks of the Spirit making believers, "partakers of Christ and all His benefits." This is a special comfort for us and I would like to highlight just two ways in which this is true.
The Spirit produces boldness in the body of Christ. (Acts 4: 29-31) This passage in Acts is a powerful example of the work of the Spirit in believers. The Apostles were not bold, eloquent men in themselves, but "...filled with the Holy Spirit...", they spoke the word of God with boldness. If we rely on the help of the Spirit, He can produce the same boldness in us.
The Spirit provides for our needs. (Philippians 1:19) This was Paul's experience when he was in prison. The same Spirit today knows our needs and has an endless supply of provisions to help us. It is this help that many Christians experience throughout their lives. It is the help of the Spirit that has comforted and strengthened Christians in the severest circumstances from generation to generation. We too can trust and rely on the Spirit's help today for our needs.
"The Scriptures represent the Holy Spirit, not only as moving, and occasionally influencing, the saints, but as dwelling in them as his temple, his proper abode, and everlasting dwelling-place..." Jonathan Edwards
Soli Deo Gloria,