Spirit: genius, purpose, soul, atmosphere, essence, attitude, ghost, supernatural being, something that can break, capturing the intent, fire. It is amazing how one word can encompass so much. It can have positive and negative connotations. And there is a reason why we call God’s Spirit the Holy Spirit; there are many spirits in the world, some who serve God, and some who do not. So with so much surrounding “spirit” how do we know God’s Spirit and what a relationship with Him looks like? Paul, Peter, and John all contribute to this conversation.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul makes it clear that the Spirit is in the business of sanctification – scouring us to set apart for God’s work, not the world’s filth. And this gift from God is huge – the Spirit bears witness that God chose us, gives us aid and power. It is a privilege for God to distinguish people in such a way! Paul continues in 2 Thessalonians by showing that we are like the first ripe fruits, chosen to be saved through sanctification in the Spirit and belief in the truth.
Peter also distinguishes the Holy Spirit as sanctifying us. I’m beginning to see a theme…even the people in the Old Testament were guided by the Spirit to see ahead to Christ’s arrival.
“12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,things into which angels long to look.”
And John wrote in 1 John of how we know we are in God. Are we obeying Him? We find assurance through His Spirit who lives in us. He continues by asking how do we know God’s Spirit from a bad spirit? How do they respond to Jesus?
Sanctified. Set apart. It is an on-going process of interaction, daily struggle, God at work. And I find it funny that the Holy Spirit is the member of the Trinity I focus on the least. But it is the Spirit of Christ, the power from God, the Helper, the friend, the guide who coaches us every step of the way.
God, thank You for Your Spirit, and all that You do in my life and heart that I will never. It’s breathtaking how far You go to challenge us. And there is a whole world out there I do not think about, do not acknowledge. So God, thank You for time to better get to know Your Spirit, and how deeply You involve Yourself in my life. Please help me lean on You, not on my own strength. Because sick people need help, and I know I am not whole yet. It’s an adventure. Thank You for today. Amen.