God understands the power of loneliness. In the Garden of Eden you might remember that God said many things were good, but there was one thing that was not good. Man was alone. Therefore, God created woman and gave her to the man. Why? God has never experienced loneliness. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all One. He has enough of His divine essence to go around because He inhabits all things. When God created man He wanted to allow us join in this union. Jesus even prays about this in John 17. He desires unity with us. How can this be accomplished?
After the Fall of Man it seemed as if God would never have the opportunity to become a perfect companion for man. God lays out the rules. Man breaks the rules. It’s hard to make that kind of a relationship work out! Therefore, He sent Jesus in the world (His only Begotten Son). After Jesus ascended to take His rightful throne, and become our great High Priest, He promised to send the Holy Spirit of God to be a companion for us always (John 14:25-27, 16:5-15).
It is God’s will that the Holy Spirit (inside of us) will help us to can gain comfort. He knows of our heartaches, troubles, trials, and struggles (Hebrews 4:15-16). He is tender, compassionate, understanding, merciful, and sympathetic of our weaknesses. He is our friend, and desires intimate fellowship with us. He wants to empower us to do good works! Why would He do this? Because, God is for you, not against you (Romans 5:8-11, 8:31-39).
Previously we have seen that He can leave us. He chooses to reside inside of the light, but if we allow ourselves to be consumed by darkness He will leave us. He did not come to dwell in unrighteousness. Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. When He comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16:7-11)
The passage listed above John 16 tells us that the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin! The Holy Spirit reveals the truth of the Gospel and brings people to God (Romans 3:10-18, 8:5-7, I Corinthians 2:14, II Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 4:18). The Holy Spirit makes use of the Bible to reach people with the powerful, life-saving message of the gospel. Then, after we are converted to Christ, buried in baptism, and sealed with the Holy Spirit, He continues to work alongside our conscience helping us to stay on the straight and narrow pathway.
God’s Holy Spirit, as we have noted in this series, works in several amazing ways. What He has done in the role of salvation, and what He continues to do for us on a daily basis, are worthy of praise! Where would we be without Him? Have a great week!
You are loved.
Dr. Ray Reynolds
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