We all enjoy a ball game when there is a lot of team spirit. Team spirit is unity of purpose and loyalty. It causes us to work hard for the team. And that work may involve cheering in the stands or playing on the field! But the Holy Spirit is not simply loyalty to God. The Holy Spirit is a person not a thing. And so we should never refer to the Holy Spirit as “it.”
A long time ago, a man in the church lied to the apostle Peter. And Peter responded, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” (Acts 5:3). Now you don’t lie to an “it.” You lie to a “person.” And this is the point. The Holy Spirit is a person.
But Peter went on to tell Ananias, “You have not lied to men, but to God” (Acts 5:4). You see, this lie spoken to the Holy Spirit was a lie spoken to God! The Holy Spirit is not only a person. The Holy Spirit is God. This is important! “God is love” (1 John 4:16). And those who have experienced God’s love can say, “The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5). Has God’s love been poured out in your heart through the Holy Spirit?
Today’s podcast helps you with “Your Relationship with the Holy Spirit.“