As we explored earlier in our study, we worship one God in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or what we can call the triune God. Today we specifically focus on the idea that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is Lord and fully God.
I Believe the Holy Spirit is Lord
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
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The Holy Spirit is God
Through Christ, we can enter into the glory, or presence, of God. As we noted yesterday, we are being transformed by the Spirit into the image of Christ. In the following passage from 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul specifically says the Spirit is the Lord, or God. The Holy Spirit is the Lord who alone can bring about new life in us:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17–18)
Only God can free us from the power of sin. Romans 8:1–2 in the New Living Translation says, “So there is now no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Therefore, the life-giving Spirit is to be worshipped as the Lord God. We confess that the Holy Spirit is fully God.
As Lord, the Holy Spirit is the Helper and Spirit of Truth
Before Jesus was crucified, He told His followers that it was to their advantage that He left them (John 16:7). How could Jesus say such a thing? How wonderful it must have been to be able to sit down at the feet of Jesus, to hear His words and watch Him minister to those around Him. And yet that is exactly what Jesus says; it is good for those disciples, and for us, that Jesus ultimately ascended and left earth because then Jesus would send another Advocate, or Helper, the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is here, dwelling with us, dwelling in us. In fact, Scripture tells us that the very Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside us (Romans 8:11). What an incredible promise! It is worth repeating: the very Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside you!
Jesus also said the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus has said. In fact, Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Spirit of truth (John 15:26). Ponder that for a moment: the Holy Spirit, who is fully God, is living inside of us, reminding us of the truth.
What truth do you need the Holy Spirit to remind you of today?
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