BEING FILLED AND STRENGTHENED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
You and I were designed to livedependenton someone else’s power. We were not created to live dependentonly on our own intellect, abilities or skills, but to be lled and dependent on the power and grace of someone whowould live inside of us. That’s why Christ said it was to the advantage of the disciple that He go away. He would sendHis Spirit who would live within us.
“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has lled your heart. “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:5-7)I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth,whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abideswith you and will be in you. (John 14:16,17)
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
He is the 3rdPERSONof the Trinity, distinct from but coequal with God the Father and God the Son.
While a complete understanding of the Trinity dees our full understanding, it is solidly revealed inscripture, and its belief is essential to the claims and power of salvation through Jesus’ sacrice on thecross.
It is actually encouraging, inspiring and comforting to know that our simple minds cannot truly grasp thebeauty, power and essential nature of our triune God, the creator of all things!
The Holy Spirit lives in Christ’s followers glorifying Jesus: guiding, correcting, and interceding on ourbehalf.We became believers through the Holy Spiritconvictingus of our sin and revealing Jesus Christ to us. He causedus to be born again.
And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8) Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdomof God. That which is born of the esh is esh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus isLord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12:2-3)