Baptists have a tendency to be afraid of the Holy Spirit. I can say this because I have been one for most of my life. There are exceptions, of course, but for the most part we shy away from this member of the Godhead.
This isn’t a post to discuss all the reasons behind that or why they may or may not be right. And, to be truthful, that is only my opinion and experience.
Nope, this is just a post to discuss some of the amazing and needful things the Holy Spirit does for us and why we can’t just forget the Spirit in order not to cross a sacred line.
If I’ve already offended you, I apologize. Not my intention. But the Spirit is helpful in our journey of faith. If we fail to teach, talk about, or respond to the Spirit, we miss much.
John 14 refers to the Spirit as our helper who is with us forever. He is also called the Spirit of Truth. He is not accessible to the world, only to those who follow Christ. And, He abides in us.
Romans 8 tells us that the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and intercedes for us in prayer. In fact, the Spirit knows how to intercede for us according to the will of God.
1 Corinthians 2 tells us that the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God and it is this Spirit which those in Christ have. We learn of God by the Spirit. In chapter 6 we find the Holy Spirit dwells in believers.
Galatians 5 tells us that we are to live in the Spirit, be led by the Spirit, in order to avoid sin. This same Spirit will produce in us fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.
Ephesians 1 tells us that the Holy Spirit seals us by promise. Nothing can take away our salvation. Ephesians 4 reiterates this point saying we are, “sealed for the day of redemption.” This chapter also speaks of the unity found in the Spirit within the body of Christ.
Ephesians 4, Romans 12, and 1 Corinthians 12 all speak about gifts the Spirit gives which enables believers to serve the Lord through the church.
The Holy Spirit is a part of the trinity. An equal partner with God and Christ. We cannot just set Him aside because we do not understand His works or fear a misinterpretation. To worship God, is to worship His entire being – Father, Son, Spirit.
I hope I’ve peaked your interest. There is much more to learn so get in the Word and do some searching.