Good morning again class. I promise I will stop calling you that after this chapter is finished. Today’s post is going to continue where we left off in Chapter 3 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God.
Before we continue though, I want to recap what we learned from the last post.
The Holy Spirit is a Person, is God, and has His own mind and prays. I don’t know about you, but that was a lot to think about. Did you come away a different person? If you would like, stop here and read the last post.
Here is some more about the Holy Spirit that will make you think as well.
The Holy Spirit has Emotions.
In the Bible, it tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Isa. 63:10; Eph. 4:30). But what does that really mean? God has feelings? When is the Spirit grieved?
God Himself created feelings. Feelings can be misused and abused, but the purpose of feelings came from God. Mr Chan poses a great question here. Since He created emotions, why is it difficult to believe that He Himself has emotions?
The Holy Spirit is grieved when there is a break in relationship, whether it be relationship with God or relationship with other people. When we are dis-unified, unloving, hateful, jealous, etc., that is when we grieve the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit has His own desires and will.
In 1 Corinthians we read that the gifts of the Spirit are “empowered by one and and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (12:11) This reminds us that God is in control. It also should tell us that we don’t get to choose which gifts we are given, and we don’t get to choose what He intends for us or for the church. The Spirit is the one that has a plan for our lives, and a plan for the church. The church would include the one we attend and the worldwide body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.
What does that actually mean? Basically it means that the Spirit is all-powerful, present everywhere, and all-knowing. Examples of the above can be found in Zech. 4:6, Ps. 139:7-8, and 1 Cor. 2:10b
We are going to stop right there and let what I previously wrote sink in. This chapter is such and important chapter that I don’t want anything to be passed over. The next post will finish Chapter 3. It should be exciting so stay tuned.
Again, I want to leave you with some questions.
- Have you grieved the Holy Spirit lately? If so, how do you plan on making that situation better?
- Do you trust that the Holy Spirit is in control of your life? If not, why not?
Until next time readers, God Bless!
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