References to: Holy Spirit
This interview was originally done for the video series titled You’re Included. The technical quality was not sufficient for it to be included in that series, but we have been able to transcribe the interview.
Mike Morrison: You mentioned that Jesus was the Messiah, which means “The Anointed One.” That made me think – anointed with what? The name “Messiah” is reminding us of the role of the Spirit, the importance of the Spirit and who this person is. How does this help us in our Christian walk?
Jesus said it, so it’s true—and the obedient disciple in me accepts it. But hasn’t always understood it. What is it about the Master’s departure that is expedient for his followers? Perhaps that’s why he reinforces the concept by assuring us that it’s true—because he knew we’d have difficulty with it at times. I sure have!
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The night Jesus was arrested, one of the things he talked about with his disciples was the Holy Spirit. He referred to the Holy Spirit with a word that was translated into Greek as parakletos, a word that conveyed the sense of "advocate," "friend" or "supporter." Parakletos was the word used for a person who would stand beside you in court to support you and your cause, to speak up for you, to hearten you.
Who’s dat?" This is the repeated question of my 1-year-old as she points at people and clutches her favorite book, Who Am I? Meanwhile, my 3-year-old is constantly asking her friends, "What are your mum and dad’s names?"
At a very young age, humans start their quest to understand the identity of others and the relationships between themselves and others.
The Holy Spirit was an essential part of Jesus’ ministry. Not only was Jesus enlivened by the Spirit, Jesus also taught his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be an essential part of their ministry.
1. When and how did the Holy Spirit begin the life of Jesus? Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35. What did the Holy Spirit do to Jesus at the beginning of his ministry? Luke 3:22; John 1:32-33.
Christians believe in one God whose being is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We do not worship an undifferentiated, monad God, and we do not worship three Gods or three Beings. Rather, we worship the one God who is eternally triune within himself in three eternal and co-equal Persons.1 Each of the three Persons is distinct from the other two Persons of the Godhead, and each is God, but there are not three Gods, but only one Being called God whom Christians worship.
you sometimes feel that God is absent from your life?
The Holy Spirit can change that for you.
The New Testament writers insisted that Christians living in their day were experiencing God’s living presence. But is he present for us today? If so, how is he present?
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has always been part of the Triune God. Now, as the Spirit lives in human beings, the Spirit is the life of God among us. The Spirit was there at the beginning (Genesis 1:2-3, 2:7). In the Old Testament the Spirit led people for special tasks: in particular, various prophets, priests and kings of Israel were gifted by the Spirit. The Old Testament looked for the day when the Spirit would be widely available (Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:31-34) — when the Messiah came (Isaiah 11:1-16; 61:1-11; Joel 2:28-32).
Christians sometimes wonder whether they have been given God’s Holy Spirit. What are some guidelines we can use in trying to understand our own spiritual state? Since the Holy Spirit is spirit, we cannot feel, touch or sense the Spirit in the way that we might discern a physical object. We can’t talk about having the Spirit in those terms.