I was looking into the Holy Spirit about two weeks ago because I got a book on it and it bored me and I couldn’t read it. Basically, I accidentally started investigating the Spirit because I started randomly reading Corinthians, and I found the following:
…these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. – 1 Cor 2:10-12
It pretty much blew my mind to think of things in this context, which I believe is true, but for some reason it’s taken me 23 years to understand in this fashion: Since we are made in God’s image we are the same basic formatting as he is, one could say. Which means that in the same way we have a spirit, HE has a Spirit. The difference is that he can send his Spirit to commune (Verb, second meaning – to communicate intimately) with us. I didn’t know that there was anyone that could take a soul/spirit out of a living being without killing it aside from a Dementor, and they don’t exist. So this is very cool to me. Then I continued reading and found this:
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” – John 16:13-15
There are some things that I know I don’t really think about when it comes to the Holy Spirit, for instance, I don’t think about what it wears, whether it’s allergic to shellfish, if it has flat feet, does it like canopy beds, if Scooby-Doo were real would it make a visit and lasting impression on the always hungry crime spotting pooch? I also don’t ask about where it’s intel comes from. But now that I think about it, there have been many times I have seen people being “led by the spirit” that have done things that I think were really not of the spirit at all. And I know that I get confused and overwhelmed with all the thoughts that come at me, and sometimes I can’t tell what is the truth and what is just filling up the silence. So I find it really comforting to know that whatever the Holy Spirit is telling me is from the Father and the Son, and so if I want to find confirmation I can look to their word.
And back in connection to that lovely verse from Corinthians, I found this one:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
While we know that what Christ gives us is pure grace and mercy, more than we could ever hope for, it’s hard sometimes to remember things in the correct perspective. He did not give to us as the world would give to us, because He is not of the world. So everything that we do, every little sin that we commit, ever attempt at being better so we deserve what we already have is in vain. He already gave to us his peace, his Spirit, his everlasting and unfailing love. So instead of focusing on what we’ve done in the past and how to fix it, what we should be focusing on is making an effort to obtain the praise that comes from our only God (John 5:44). Not praise that we be glorified, no, but if God decided to turn to me just once and say “That was well done, you’re definitely my girl and I’m proud of you. Now go take out the trash…” I’m pretty sure I’d be able to die happily, because I would know that I had done good work for my Father.
I’ll try to get a real article on here tomorrow, something that is less random and a little more connected. I’ve just got too many things buzzing through my head right now to really write anything down.