~ The Third Person of the Trinity Performs Many Roles ~
Advocates (He pleads for us) ~ Jesus Christ said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth” (John 14:16-17a NLT).
Baptizes (He unites us to Christ) ~ “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Comforts (He cheers us) ~ Jesus Christ said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16 KJV). Notice that all three members of the Trinity are seen in this verse.
Convicts (He alarms us) ~ “And when He [The Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).
Directs (He guides us) ~ “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:140.
Earnest (He assures us) ~ “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Enlightens (He reveals to us) ~ “Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true (is realized) in Him and in you, because the darkness (moral blindness) is clearing away and the true Light (the revelation of God in Christ) is already shining” (1 John 2:8 Amplified).
Fulfills (He enriches us) ~ “Don't drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of Him” (Ephesians 5:18 The Message).
Fruit Bearing (through us) ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Guides (He leads us) ~ Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).
Glorifies (through us) ~ “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified” (1 Peter 4:14).
Helper (He enables us) ~ “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
Holy Spirit (He sets us apart) ~ “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God's own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin)” (Ephesians 4:30).
Indwells (He occupies us) ~ “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Illuminates (He reveals to us) ~ Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).
Joy (He gladdens us) ~ “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
King (He rules in us) ~ “The Lord is the Spirit who gives them life, and where he is there is freedom [from trying to be saved by keeping the laws of God]” (2 Corinthians 3:17 TLB).
Liberator (He frees us) ~ “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
Marks (He marks that we are God’s) ~ “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
New Nature (He imparts the Divine nature in us) ~ “Men can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven” (John 3:6 TLB).
Oil (He brings gladness to us) ~ “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Psalm 45:7). comment: While this Psalm is addressing The Messiah, Jesus Christ, the principle applies to all those who are truly children of God.
Power (He strengthens us) ~ “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).
Quiets Our Fears (and gives us peace) ~ “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15-16).
Renews (He invigorates us) ~ “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Searches (He investigates) ~ “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10).
Sanctifies (He separates us) ~ “That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:16).
Teaches (He instructs us) ~ Jesus Christ said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26).
Truth (as the Spirit of Truth He equips us) ~ Jesus Christ said, “However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).
Understanding (He provides discernment to us) ~ “But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth” (1 John 2:20 NLT).
Victory (He enables us to overcome) ~ “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Witness (He establishes us) ~ “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).
Well Doing (He produces through us) ~ “He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:8b-9).
X (He operates invisibly in the background and does not draw attention to Himself) ~ The Spirit of God seeks anonymity as He functions—instead of notoriety or worship He wants all glory to go the Son of God. Jesus Christ said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:13-14).
Yielding (He shows the path to obedience) ~ “That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don't give it the time of day. Don't even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you've been raised from the dead!—into God's way of doing things. Sin can't tell you how to live. After all, you're not living under that old tyranny any longer. You're living in the freedom of God” (Romans 6:12-14 The Message).
Zeal (He inspires us) ~ “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18, quoting Joel 2:28-29).
a concise summary: Jesus Christ said, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you” (John 14:16-17, Amplified).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW