“The Comforter has come, the Holy Ghost from heaven, the Father’s Promise given…”
The Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father. A promise is something to be desired. When a parent promises a child something, the child is happy. It is something that is wanted. And so it is with the Holy Spirit. God has promised the believer that He will give him the Holy Spirit. In Acts, we read “when the Holy Spirit is come upon you, you will receive power”. The man is weak and the Holy Spirit is given to him to make him strong. The Holy Spirit is the One who makes us pure and holy.
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. Jesus said, I will send you the Comforter. Why would He call Him the Comforter? I think the reason is because they were grieved that Jesus would not be physically present with them. Jesus was saying that the Spirit is Himself and He would comfort them because it was His Spirit. There was no need for them to be sad because He was with them. He said, “I will be with you even to the end of the age”. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is the Spirit of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is also the One in whom we are sealed until the day of redemption. Just as our life is hid with God in Christ so it is also in the Holy Spirit. He is also the Seal or the One who stamps the image of Christ in us.
“The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Power helpeth our infirmity in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Life ends our deadness in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom delivers us from ignorance in this holy art of prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Fire delivers us from coldness in prayer. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Might comes to our aid in our weakness as we pray” – Leonard Ravenhill.
The Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father – I love that, God has promised me His Holy Spirit. We can always say, Father, “fulfill your promise, give me Your Holy Spirit”.
The answer to this week’s question:
Nehemiah was the cupbearer of the King of Persia (Read Nehemiah Chapter 1).