Loving God – Loving People
This week’s devotions were written by Francis Chan, who is a senior pastor in Southern California. As a follow-up to Pentecost Sunday, we’ll be considering who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in our lives.
These devotions are excerpts from Chan’s excellent book about the Holy Spirit, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. It is available through Amazon or wherever Christians books are sold.
The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is not an indistinct “power” or “thing.” I often hear people refer to the Spirit as an “it,” as if the Spirit is a thing or force that we can control or use. This distinction may seem subtle or trivial, but it is actually a very serious misunderstanding of the Spirit and His role in our lives. In John 14:17, we read that the Spirit “dwells with you and will be in you.”
This calls us to relationship with the Spirit, instead of allowing us to think we can treat the Spirit as a power to be harnessed in order to accomplish our own purposes. The Holy Spirit is a Person who has personal relationships with not only believers, as we have seen, but also with the Father and the Son. We see the Spirit working in conjunction with the Father and the Son multiple times throughout the Scriptures (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
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