The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Holy Trinity, was sent into the world by Christ upon His return to Heaven, to “…convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement:” (John 16:7-11). There is a wonderful analogy comparing the Holy Trinity to the sun that I read recently. The great energy of the sun, although unseen, provides everything to keep the sun burning and providing light and heat to our planet. The sun itself is visible, while the rays are invisible but felt through the warmth they provide and the effects they have on life. Similarly, Yahweh, our Heavenly Father, is the invisible energy and power behind the scenes. We don’t see Him, but we see His Son, just as we see the sun shining down on us. The Son declares the Father, and the Holy Spirit declares the Son, making Jesus real to us, because, like the rays of the sun…although invisible, the Holy Spirit brings us the blessings of the Son of God, which are felt like the warmth of sunlight upon us. “For there are three that bear witness in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)
The conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit leads us to recognize that Jesus is truly the only begotten Son of God; that He was crucified for our sins, died on a cross, and was resurrected so that we might obtain eternal life. The Holy Spirit leads us to accept the righteousness of God and know that He will one day judge the world by His holy standards.
When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, our life begins to change in many ways. Some changes may not be as obvious as others, but God has begun the sanctification process within us, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, making us into a new creation that He can use to share His Word and bring glory and honor to His name. The Holy Spirit comes in and makes His home within us (Rom. 8:9), helping us draw closer to God. Many of our old habits become less appealing to us, and we look for new ways to fill the void created when we leave them behind. Whatever the changes, as we allow ourselves to be molded by God as a potter molds a lump of clay into a beautiful urn or vase, we begin to emerge into a creation that is pleasing to God, filled with His Holy Spirit.
We don’t suddenly have all the answers, and we will never be perfect on our own, but just as Jesus promised His disciples before ascending to Heaven, we have been given a Comforter and Guide called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Paraclete (Greek ‘Parakletos’), meaning Comforter, Counselor, or Advocate (John 14:16,26; 15:26). And we learn in John 16:13 (NKJV) that He is our Guide: “However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak on His own authority; but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to discern the truth of God’s Word and turn from the wickedness of the world around us.
It is through the Holy Spirit that we are declared the children of God (Rom. 8:12-17), and our bodies become a temple in which He dwells (1 Cor. 6:19). He helps us when we are weak, interceding for us in accordance with our Father’s will, with “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit is also a giver of gifts, providing us with spiritual gifts with which to serve God and unite us together as the body of Christ. (1 Cor 12) We then begin to bear the good fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-26). Our continued growth and bearing of spiritual fruit will continue, with the help of the Holy Spirit, until we are called Home to be with our LORD and Savior.
The Holy Spirit stays in constant contact with our own spirit and knows the thoughts of man and God. He is our go-between so that we can maintain an unbroken bond with our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. This precious gift from God will never leave us nor forsake us, and when we recognize the significance of this, it should fill us with great joy and peace, because we have been blessed with an eternal Comforter.
Grace and blessings on your path,