by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday June 8, 2005
God’s Spirit: An Absolute Essential
Just how necessary is the Holy Spirit for living a God-pleasing life? Look at the disciples. Jesus told them to wait in
Just who is the Holy Spirit? He is called the third person of the Trinity, the other two members being God the Father and God the Son. Like them, He is fully God. Some Christians mistakenly think of the Spirit as a force or a power, but Scripture reveals that He is a person—someone we can get to know. He is also the promise of the Father. God pledged to send the Holy Spirit as a helper to every single person in His family. Called the Spirit of Truth (John 14:16-17), He is charged with transforming us into the image of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is also a gift to every Christian. At the moment of salvation, He is sent to live within each believer, sealing him or her as a child of God. (Ephesians 1:13) We do not have to pray to receive Him, nor can we work to get Him.
Settle in your mind once and for all that within you is a divine Person—a gift promised and given to you by God on your spiritual "birth" day. By getting to know the Holy Spirit better and listening carefully to what He says through Scripture, you will be able to please the Father. (Colossians 1:10)
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