The Pastor's Pen

 

The Holy Spirit Makes

the Father and the Son Known

     Even though Jesus Christ the Son has made the Father known, we are still dependent upon the Holy Spirit to perceive how the Son does this.  The Son has ascended back to His Father, so that now the Holy Spirit is the Person in the Godhead through Whom we know God and walk with God.  This is not bypassing the Son! 

Without question, the Son is the way, the truth, and the life; no man knows the Father except by the Son (cf. John 14:6).  But it is by the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit that we know the Son!  Paul emphasized this when he wrote, “For through [Christ the Son] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18).  This is clearly stated, isn’t it?  Without the Spirit of God you have no access to the Father, even though that access is through the Son.  How important, then, is the ministry of the Holy Spirit!

         It is the Holy Spirit who brings us into an intimate relationship with the Father and Son.  The Holy Spirit is the author of the new birth (cf. John 3:1-8).  Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of truth” Who would guide us into truth (John 16:13).  The Holy Spirit leads those who belong to Christ (cf. Romans 8:14) and it is by the Spirit that we put to death the deeds of the flesh (cf. Romans 8:13).  The Holy Spirit has been sent forth into our hearts to be the Spirit of adoption, enabling us as the children of God to know Him as “Abba, Father” (cf. Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6).  The Spirit Himself even prays for us when we do not know how to pray – and His prayers are always according to the will of the Father (cf. Romans 8:26-27)!

         The Holy Spirit is the One Who works in the hearts of sinners, convincing them of sin, and righteousness, and judgment (cf. John 16:8-11).  It is the Holy Spirit who gives power to the preaching of the gospel and confidence to those who have believed its message (cf. 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5).  It is by the Spirit that the promise of the New Covenant is performed in sinners as God writes His laws upon their hearts (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:3-6).  The Spirit is the One who removes the veil from the heart so that the sinner can see Christ and be ever changed from glory to glory (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:14-18).

         Were it not for the role of the Holy Spirit, we would be without a Bible!  It was his work to remind the apostles of what Christ had said to them so it could be written down (cf. John 14:26).  It was the Holy Spirit Who inspired the words written by the Old Testament and New Testament writers, moving them in their thoughts and guarding their words (cf. 2 Peter 1:21).

(Taken from God in Three Persons by Pastor Michael Williams.)