Yesterday, we asked two questions.
The first of these is, WHO is the Holy Spirit?
The Greek word for this is pneuma, which is used for “wind,” “breath” or “spirit.” When the Greeks talked about the body’s “soul” or “pneuma,” they were talking about the difference between a corpse and a live person.
When the New Testament writers use the word pneuma, they’re using it to explain the third person of the God-Head. In all cases The Spirit is not an “it,” but a live being. The person of the Trinity. Father, Son and Spirit – all the same. All equal.
The next question is, WHAT Does the Spirit do?
Let’s review the various job descriptions we’ve talked about thus far. God’s job description is Daddy. Our Father. Jesus Christ is the deliverer, who sees us not for what we are but, but for what we will be through Him.
The Holy Spirit is the Christian’s dynamite. Our power.
See, too many people get the idea that Christianity is wimpy or weak. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Prior to the Holy Spirit, the Disciples were cowering in fear. They had seen Jesus crucified about 40 days earlier, and they had been hiding ever since.
But the Holy Spirit changed everything. Here’s how:
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
We’re not talking about some weak wind. This wind was violent!
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Everything changed for the disciples in that moment. And they did something that was impossible for them just prior to this.
TOMORROW, WE’LL SEE THE HOLY SPIRIT’S POWER AT WORK.