The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Godhead (Trinity) is often, in the Church, the least talked about of the three. And yet, it is by the Spirit that the thoughts of the Father, spoken into existence by the Son, are carried out. The Spirit is the One Who dwells within the believer, and via the Spirit the Father and the Son come to abide in us as well (John 14:23). The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force — not an “it” — but a Person, with emotions and desires in oneness with the other two Persons of the Godhead.
In Hebrew, the word we translate as “Spirit” is ruach, and in Greek, pneuma — the breath, the wind.
We see Him at the very beginning of the Creation: “ And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved [fluttered, as a breeze] upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). We see the Spirit as the One Who moves (like wind) to bring forth the thought of the Father, which has been spoken by the Son.
As the Breath of God, it was the Spirit, Who, when man had been formed from the dust of the earth, “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). He breathed into man of His own substance a spirit which carried the imprint of God’s nature and Spirit — the “let us make man in our image, after our likeness” of Genesis 1:26.
As the Wind of God, He came to the 120 disciples in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost, filled the house with His manifest Presence, and also filled each believer there individually with His Presence. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. … And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit …” (Acts 2:2, 4). And so it should be in our corporate worship gatherings today as well — each of us personally full of the Spirit, and His tangible Presence also filling the atmosphere of the place where we are gathered.
In coming posts, we will take a look at various functions of the Holy Spirit. We will see what happens when the Breath of heaven blows upon the Church. If the Church is to be the powerful agent to advance God’s Kingdom in the earth that we are meant to be, we must eagerly embrace the work of the Holy Spirit among us.