I’d like to talk about who is the Holy Spirit, and what is His job?
Simply put the Holy Spirit plays two roles in our lives. First off the Holy Spirit is a person. The Holy Spirit is not an “ it” or force or power. The Holy Spirit is a living being. Second, the Holy Spirit is God. That is, the Holy Spirit is a Person – the third member of the Godhead. Remembering these two truths about the Person of the Holy Spirit answers a lot of questions as to who or what the Holy Spirit is.
The second part is a question, what does He do, what is His job? What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the believer? What did the Holy Spirit come into the world to do?
Jesus answered these very questions for His disciples in John 16: 5-15. It is part of the Upper Room Discourse, the discussion at the final meal Jesus shared with His disciples before Judas betrayed Him.
In this discourse, Jesus braced His disciples for life and ministry without the benefits of His physical presence with them. One comfort Jesus gives His disciples is the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had just rocked the disciples with this bad news in the Upper Room. Jesus knew that one of them ( Judas ) would betray him. And Peter would deny Him three times, but Jesus also knew this news would fill their hearts with a great deal of sorrow and disappointment for His disciples. His gift of the Holy Spirit was to help them as He does us today in three ways.
First the Holy Spirit helps (John 16: 5-7). The disciples just got the news that Jesus was going away, after they had given up everything to follow Jesus. What could Jesus say to comfort them? In verse 7 Jesus said “ Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”
How on earth could Jesus going away be an advantage? Remember that when Jesus was on earth He lived in a human body that could only be in one place at a time, but when Jesus departed and sent the Holy Spirit, He could be with every believer at every place and at every time! That’s exactly what He did on the day of Pentecost. Now every believer has the presence, power, and partnership of the Holy Spirit dwelling on the inside, and can expect Him to do great things in us, through us, and among us.
Second, the Holy Spirit Convicts (John 16: 8-11). The Holy Spirit comforts believers. At the same time, the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers. He confronts the world with its sin and error and seeks to lead the world to repentance, faith, and obedience.
Third, The Holy Spirit guides (John 16: 12-15). The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth (vv.12-13) The Lord had many things to say to the disciples during the Upper Room Discourse, but the disciples were not able to bear them. (No Holy Spirit yet). However, the Holy Spirit would fill in the unaddressed matters that the disciples could not handle. Jesus called Him “the Spirit of truth”. He does not speak on His own authority. But He speaks the things He has heard and declares them to us. The Holy Spirit also guides us to the Lord Jesus. The Spirit of truth points believers to the one who is the Truth. True believers join the Holy Spirit in glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ!
The question now is what is the Holy Spirit saying to you today? If He is convicting you of sin, agree with Him by turning from your sin and to Christ. Or are you a believer in need of guidance? Ask Him for He only speaks truth!
All Glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan