In the last post (Part I), we explored how Jesus said, that “…no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5). Let us explore the referenced scripture further, including a look at “the Spirit”.
In John 3:3-8, Jesus did not provide any additional, specific details regarding the Holy Spirit, other than that we must be “born of … the Spirit”. However, later on, Jesus said the following about the Holy Spirit:
- It was for our good that He (Jesus) went away, for unless He did so the Holy Spirit would not come to us (John 16:7)
- The Holy Spirit is the “Counselor” who will teach us all things and will remind us of everything Jesus said to us (John 14:26)
- The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of truth” who will guide us into all truth (John 16:13)
- Our Father in heaven will “give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:13)
- Jesus instructed the disciples that He was going to send them what the Father had promised, and to “stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). It is generally agreed that this refers to when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples at Pentecost (read Acts 2).
When first read, John 3:3-8 may appear a bit mysterious with regard to the Spirit. However, as we can see from the above scriptures, Jesus later explained further. He made it very clear how important, and powerful, the Spirit is.
My Journey with the Holy Spirit
Honestly, until the past year, I neglected the Holy Spirit. I did not give this much thought or attention in my walk with God. Oh yes, I read the scriptures in the bible about the Holy Spirit, and believed this Spirit is a gift from God, a part of God, is God, the Comforter, the Counselor. Yet, I chose to keep my distance from something that I really did not understand. How often do we do that in life? More importantly, how often do we do that with God’s Holy Word? Just stay in our comfort zone, reading the scriptures we feel comfortable understanding, where we feel capable, smart, in control, and pretty darn good about ourselves? Where we are not challenged to venture out, in faith, in childlike trust, into scripture that we do not understand, where we must humbly ask God to show us, lead us…or change us?
My understanding of the Holy Spirit has changed since I took what Jesus said, and, in faith, sought out a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said it is the Holy Spirit who will teach us all things, and I NEED TO BE TAUGHT. Jesus said it is the Holy Spirit who reminds us of all that He said, and WHAT JESUS SAID IS WHAT I WANT TO ALWAYS BE REMEMBERING AND MEDITATING ON. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, and INTO THE TRUTH IS EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO BE GUIDED! Jesus said the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him, so let our prayer be:
Come Holy Spirit, come!
Teach me, Holy Spirit, teach me!
Guide me, Holy Spirit, guide me!
Remind me of what Jesus said!
If Jesus Said It, That Is Good Enough For Me!
Jesus said that no one can see or enter the kingdom of God unless born again of water and the Spirit. That is good enough for me. In faith, I was water baptized on July 29, 2002, became a disciple of Christ, and now claim God’s promises to me as revealed in the Bible. God’s power in my life, His Holy Spirit, has changed me, and continues to transform me with ever-increasing glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). I am comfortable with some mystery regarding exactly how the Spirit comes and works in my life. I trust God will continue to make more clear to me this part of my journey with Him, as He sees fit. I am okay with relying on what Jesus said. His words are all I need.