UV 2762/10000 The Multidimensional Role of the Spirit
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14 v 26
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity performs three roles or functions in our spiritual lives. The Holy Spirit is the greatest Comforter and the greatest Advocate. He is also the greatest Teacher. He not only teaches us all aspects of the eternal truths that we need to learn but also reminds us in a timely manner about what we need to recall at a particular moment in our lives. He reminds us of the teachings of Jesus in the very matter or situation we are confronting in real time. He is gentle and speaks to us in whispers. Hence, we need to quieten ourselves and be sensitive and responsive or we would miss hearing His voice. The Holy Spirit is highly sensitive and can be grieved or hurt by our words, actions or attitudes. The fear or reverence for the Lord will keep us from grieving the Holy Spirit and instead cause Him to rejoice by reflecting the attitudes and choices of Jesus in our lives. He is the one who overshadows us with the presence and the power of the Almighty God. When He covers us and fills us, we shall not be barren or fruitless. He is the Conceiver for it is of His power that the God child Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb.
The Holy Spirit is the convicting Spirit.. The Holy Spirit is the One who enables a person to recognize that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour. We receive power not just to believe but we also receive the power to be effective witnesses of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us boldness and words to speak to defend our faith. He is the greatest Apologist. The Holy Spirit is the “Shekinah” or the indwelling glory of God in us. He is the One who fills us with hope and faith. He is the deposit of the Immanuel and the seal of His approval. The Holy Spirit is sent to us by Jesus when we pray asking for Him.
The Holy Spirit is the One who sows the seed of the fruit of the Spirit in us- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. He is the One who imparts spiritual wisdom and the in depth knowledge of all the dimensions of the love fo Jesus and enables us to grow to His very stature. He is the One who sanctifies us, refines us, purifies us. He is the imparter of spiritual gifts that enable us to fulfil the vision and calling we receive from the Lord. The Holy Spirit is also the One who gives us the spirit of intercession for others for He groans in sounds that words cannot express. The Holy Spirit is the One who makes us aware of the kingdom of God or the on-going rule of God in our lives and fills us with His righteousness, peace and joy.
Prateep V Philip