I overheard a conversation between a woman and man that made me think. The woman was telling the man about how much she enjoys her Sunday school class and inviting him to come. The man was quick to invite her to his church saying, “Well you can come visit us next door we catch the Holy Ghost over there too.”
There are many people that talk of the Holy Spirit as an “it” rather than a person. I know this is a controversial subject, but I thought I would just like to run something by you.
First look at the 5th chapter of the book of Acts for a minute. In the first part of the chapter we find a story about a couple that claimed to have sold some property and gave all the proceeds to the church. Now whether or not they needed to give it all to the church or not really wasn’t the point. The problem was they lied about the amount to begin with. I would like to bring your attention to the 3rd verse. Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? So we see here that the Holy Spirit is more than just a force or energy because Peter said they lied to him. I’m not sure, but I think you can only lie to a person not a force. Reading a little further in the story; Peter says, “You have not lied to men but to God.” Whoa! Now Peter’s saying that the Holy Spirit isn’t an “it” but God himself? When it comes to talking about God and the Trinity I know there is great mystery as there should be, but this seems to clearly be saying the Holy Spirit is in fact God himself.
I for one believe that when someone is born again the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within them. In fact he seals them until the day of redemption. If we “catch” the Spirit, it’s really we that have been caught and we’ll never be the same again. He takes over leadership in our lives and transforms us from that day forward. “He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.”
While there may be different times in life when the presence of the Spirit “feels” greater than others we are told to walk by faith not feelings. Jesus said, “he would ask the father and he would give them (us) another comforter-that he may abide with you for ever.” He went on to say he (The Spirit) was the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive…but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.” Jesus repeatedly refers to the Holy Spirit as “He” so I’m going to go with Jesus and see “Him” as a person rather than an “It.” As wonderful as it is to be energized and wound up about God’s presence we can be sure the Spirit of God is in us even in those times when we don’t necessarily feel it. Thank God for his promise of an abiding comforter.
Written by Louie