The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is solidly presented in the Bible. We find Him present in both the Old and New Testaments (see Psalm 51:11, Joel 2:28-29, John 14:25). He is often referred to as the third person of the Trinity. This in no way is to be perceived as a diminutive reference, for He too is totally a part of the Godhead.
We often think of His works in our lives from a perspective of positive actions. The Scriptures give us ample proof the Holy Spirit is at work in us. We are told He:
- Regenerates us (John 3:5-8)
- Seals us (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30)
- Guides us (John 16:13)
- Convicts us (John 16:8)
- Empowers us (Romans 15:19)
…and much more.
Some strong cautions are also laid out for us in the doctrines we embrace. We must be submissive to His leadership, but we are also given at least four strong admonitions regarding what we must not do in our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
- Don’t resist Him (Acts 7:51)…saying no to His direction
- Don’t grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30)
- Don’t quench Him (I Thessalonians 5:19)
- Don’t blaspheme Him (Mark 3:28-29)
As we send missionaries out to the nations we must know the Holy Spirit in us will also live in the hearts of every person who comes to Christ. We can go forward in confidence that He will give every believer the same level of care. But, we must not forget to give a fair warning to all to avoid those actions against the Holy Spirit that hinder and potentially break our relationship with God.