I am reading through George Wood’s new book and thought I’d blog it for you. About once a year, I like to read a book on the Holy Spirit, and so far, I’m liking this one.
Chapter 1 – Person of the Spirit.
Quotes of Note:
The HS brings creation out of chaos. “I would suggest to you that this also describes the work of the Spirit in your life and mine. Our life without God is chaos. The Spirit of God wants to create in us the personality of Jesus and to breathe into the formlessness and the void of our life the life of Jesus.” (page 36-37)
“If you read the Book of Acts carefully, you discover that time and again in the life of Jesus’ disciples, at critical junctures in their lives the text says, “They were filled with the Spirit.” That filling of the Spirit is a post-Pentecost filling. It is not the filling of Acts 2; it is a filling subsequent to that. The Spirit continued to fill the disciples at moments when they faced challenges they had never faced before, when a new level of power was called for in their personality that they had never needed before. With each new challenge comes a new demand for a fresh filling of the Spirit.” (Page 45)
The Holy Spirit is a person
- The HS is described with personal pronouns
- He has a name
- He has Intellect (1 Cor. 2:11), Feelings (Eph. 4:30), Will (1 Cor 12:11) and Actions.
- His Actions are:
- He speaks
- He intercedes for us
- He guides us into truth
- He reveals God’s Word to us
- He can be tested
- He can be lied to
- He can be grieved
- He can be resisted
- He can be insulted
- He can be blasphemed (and if you are worried that you’ve blasphemed, then you’ve proven that you haven’t)
The Holy Spirit is Divine, and bears the attributes of God:
- He is Eternal (Heb. 9:14)
- He is All-Knowing (John 14:26; 16:12, 13)
- He is all-powerful.
- He is present everywhere (Psalm 139:7-10)
- He does the works of God
- He is involved in creation
- He is involved in regeneration (Ps. 104:30)
- He is active in giving us the Scripture. “All scripture is God-breathed”
- He is involved in the resurrection from the dead (Rom. 8:11)
Symbols of the HS:
- Seal (like sealing a document, not the grey Sea World kind)
Four things are noted in the Book of Acts about the Spirit in our experience:
- He creates unity.
- He taps the potential in our life that no one or nothing else can reach
- He is always leading us in two dimensions simultaneously. He’s always leading us deeper into God and He’s always leading us out into the world.
- The HS is a Person, and therefore, we can resist Him, ignore Him or welcome Him.