John 19-Acts 3 - More thoughts about the Holy Spirit...

     I think the timing of the reading about the Holy Spirit, has been God divine for me!  I am in school right now and the topic I am studying is all about the Triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The writers of my school reading talk about how Western Christians don't really know what to do with the knowledge of the Holy Spirit.  We have a pretty good grasp of what God has revealed of himself from the Old Testament, what he has revealed of himself through Jesus in the New Testament, but we get a little foggy on how he has revealed himself through the Holy Spirit.

I guess that is why I perked up when I read, Acts1:2 & 4 this week,
 "I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen."(1:2)
"On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." (1:4)
I love how my footnote reminded me that Jesus explained that his coming inaugurated the kingdom of God.  Remember Jesus saying that? "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."  (Matt. 4:17, Mark 1:15). But then, one may think, did it (is he kingdom of God) go far away again because Jesus went to sit at the right hand of his Father?  Nope! My footnote goes on to say, God's kingdom would remain in the hearts of all believers through the presence of the Holy Spirit (part of the one Triune God).  His kingdom has come!! Even though it will be completely fulfilled when he comes back again, his kingdom has already come into the heart of every believer!
     Actually, despite what my school reading says, I think we know more about the Holy Spirit than we think we do!  From the gospels, we just finished reading and more in Acts, we know that the Holy Spirit:
  • comforts and encourages us (Acts 9:31)
  • guides us in the truth (John 16:13)
  • reminds us of the words of Jesus (John 14:26)
  • give us the right words when we talk to others about Him (Luke 12:12)
  • fills us with power (Acts 1:8)
It's good that the physical form of the Triune God left so that the Holy Spirit could indwell all believers. It was God's plan, from the beginning, to include us in the joy of sharing Jesus with others, by living in us!  No wonder the disciples, when Jesus was taken up to heaven, left the hillside filled with joy! (Lule 24:52) They were eager to get to work with the Holy Spirit going with them every step of the way!  Here’s a question to ponder, are you as eager as they were? 


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