God’s Holy Spirit

As God gave His Son for all mankind He gives His Holy Spirit to those who ask. Believing that He will is faith in a loving God. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NASB)

How special we are who believe, God is our Father.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13 NASB)

Jesus’ disciples were told to wait.

After the third appointed Feast, First Fruits, coinciding with Jesus’ resurrection, seven weeks (49 days) were to be fulfilled before the next one of God’s appointments. Called the Feast of Weeks it was to be celebrated on the 50th day, our day of remembrance called Pentecost. The second chapter of Acts should be familiar to all of us. Jesus prophesied what would happen that day. “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NASB)

They were to wait for the power to witness.

The disciples had already received the Holy Spirit. “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.'” (John 21-23 NASB) What an awesome responsibility comes with receiving the Holy Spirit. It is not often that we think about forgiveness in these terms.

What I know about the Holy Spirit.

Everything I have learned has been by the Holy Spirit pointing me to Christ. “Look at Him.” It is not by watching the the demonstrations of men. There is much vain-glory, foolishness and deceit found in men, but none in Christ. The antics of men are pitied as they try to imitate the presence of God’s Spirit. God looks for those who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. If we have asked, believe and then the Holy Spirit will lead by pointing to Jesus revealing the Father.

“And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” (Acts 5:32 NASB)