Names of God Day 3: The Holy Spirit
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16-17, ESV)
It seems that if there is one member of the Godhead (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) that tends to get overlooked, it’s the Holy Spirit. But when we stop and consider how incredible it is that God gave us His Spirit to live in us, it should cause our hearts to have a greater understanding of who He is and a deeper appreciation for His Spirit.
There should be no question in our minds that the Holy Spirit is God; this is made clear several times in Scripture. One example is in Acts 5, when Peter equated God and His Spirit as he confronted two people who had deceived and lied. He explained that they’d lied to the Holy Spirit and had therefore lied to God (vv.3-4). It’s so important for us to understand this because it means that when God gave us His Holy Spirit to live inside of us, God Himself was coming to live inside of us.
Jesus promised this to His disciples:
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth… he dwells with you and will be in you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:16-17,26).
The gift of the Holy Spirit, which we receive when we trust Christ as our Savior, is confirmed in other places in Scripture…
“In him [Christ] you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Aren’t these incredible promises? The Holy Spirit is our Helper, He is with us forever, and He is the guarantee of our salvation and future inheritance. God is so gracious to give us such wonderful hope through His Holy Spirit.
The Spirit also does very specific things in our lives—like being our Helper, as we read earlier. While that may sound simple, we should take a moment to dwell on that…
After Christ died and was raised to life again, He left the earth and ascended back to heaven. But instead of leaving us with only the memory of Him, God gave us His actual presence to help us—to help us remember Christ, His example, His teaching—so we can live in obedience to Him. This matters because, as Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
The Holy Spirit is also our comforter, and He intercedes for us before God.
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).
When we have no words to pray to God, He is there. When we don’t know the will of God, He is there. God desires that we live in peace with Him and in obedience to His Word; His Spirit helps us do these very things.
The Spirit also convicts us. As sinful people, we don’t always live like we should. But with the help of God’s indwelling Spirit, we can live in a way that glorifies God—the one who paid the price to make us His own.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Are we living like we belong to God or like we are our own? In step with God’s Spirit or for selfish pleasure? This is God’s command to anyone who has chosen Christ:
“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh… The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-17,22-25).
I hope, even in some small way, you’ve come to appreciate the Holy Spirit more through these truths from God’s Word. Let’s thank God for the help He has given through His indwelling Spirit and seek to live more in step with Him each day.