Over the course of this semester I’ve been studying about the holy trinity. The following posts are not but my personal reflections birthed out from my study time. I’ve titled the series of posts as Holy Ruach. Hope you like them and please feel free to post your comment.
The theme of the Holy Spirit has been one that has always caught my attention. I am a spiritual person. I’ve always been inclined towards the mystical, towards that which cannot be described. I grew up “Plymouth brethren“. Being brethren meant I was supposed to attend every single Bible course the church offered, going to every single “good doctrine” conference out there, and spending the whole summer at Christian camp. I was well versed in religious issues, I knew by heart all the Sunday school Bible lessons, I could even point out the creative licenses unprepared Sunday school teachers took. I was taught to believe in what can be explained and rationalized through Scripture. That meant that the supernatural aspect and ministry of God was something that by no means was even mentioned at church much less taught. I remember hearing about stories of what, the elders and missionaries I knew at the time, they called charismatic revivals. They said supernatural things happened during those encounters. Every single person from my denomination said that those things could not be from God. They said that supernatural healing was a fraud and that a lot of people were being strayed away into doctrinal error. All I could think of was what the Bible said about the fact that God was, is and would be same (Heb. 13:8). If the Bible said that God never changes and that He is all-powerful, how come the elders of my congregation said that he couldn’t be in the business of healing people today? That aspect always drew my attention.
One day I heard that a revival would be taking place at a hotel near my house. So I decided to go and check it out with my own eyes. That day I had an experience with the Holy Spirit that changed my life forever. I was ruined forever. I realized that my Christian life rather than be fresh and vibrant was dry. Since that day forward I embraced myself on a spiritual journey to seek more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.
The third person of the trinity has to be, perhaps, the most mysterious yet at the same time the least taught within conservative churches. Since Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation we have a clear picture of who The Father is and what he does, we also have this incredible portrait about the Son and what He accomplished at the Cross on our behalf. The Spirit operates silently and through inexplicable means. The real problem lies in the fact that we want to understand what is supposed to be experienced. The work alongside the person of the Holy Spirit are spoken in Scripture, yet we always see him operate in the realm of the unseen, of the supernatural, and that which can not be seen much less explain troubles our minds, therefore we have decided not to speak about it.
Please do not take me wrong or out of context. I totally believe what the Bible says about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Holy Spirit is eternally proceeding from the Father and is given by Him and received by an individual at the moment of conversion (Lk 1:13, Jn 7:39, Acts 19:2, Rom. 8:15, Gal. 3:2). Receiving the Holy Spirit occurs by belief in Christ and results in the Spirit indwelling the individual (Romans 8:8-9). The purpose of the Spirit is to transform us into the likeness of Christ (2 Cor 3:18). He was sent with the purpose of teaching/revealing us what the Father says and will remind us what Jesus said when he was in the world (Jn.14:26) He guides us into good things (Jn. 16:13), by bearing witness to our heart he glorifies the Father (Jn. 16:14).