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The Agency of the Holy Spirit

The Agency of the Holy Spirit

(A ‘Top Ten’ list, plus two, by Joel Solliday)

The Holy Spirit is…

    1. A Free Agent! We cannot contain the Holy Spirit nor do our expectations control Him. Jesus said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8). And He freely distributes spiritual gifts “as he wills” (1 Corinthians 12:11).

    2. An Agent of God’s Love, which He pours out in our hearts “through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5).

    3. An Agent of Life! Paul wrote, “…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6). This includes eternal life: “The one who sows to please the Sprit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8). The Christ child growing inside the virgin Mary came “through the holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18).

    4. An Agent of Liberty! Paul wrote, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17). He makes us free as the wind (John 3:8).

    5. An Agent of Growth! The fruit of the Spirit, listed in Galatians 5:22-23 (“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”), require growth. The Holy Spirit makes witnesses (Acts 1:8) and is the real reason the early church grew, despite many obstacles and struggles. This includes numerical growth (Acts 9:31).

    6. An Agent of Leadership. The Spirit was involved in Moses’ delegation of authority (Numbers 11:17). He came upon David mightily at his anointing as a leader (1 Samuel 16:13). He ordains elders (Acts 20:28). Paul adds, “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).

    7. An Agent of Truth. Jesus promised, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13). But He hates lies. When Ananias and Sapphira “lied to the Holy Spirit” (Acts 5:3), they died on the spot.

    8. An Agent of Conviction! Jesus said of the Spirit, “When he comes, he will convict the world with guilt with regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8). His work in us is vital, but not always fun.

    9. An Agent of Prayer. When words fail in prayer, “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26). Elsewhere, Paul wrote, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” (Ephesians 6:18).

    10. An Agent of Strength! Zechariah put it best; “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6). Later, Luke credited the Holy Spirit for strengthening and encouraging the early church (Acts 9:31). Paul added, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness…” (Romans 8:26).

    11. An Agent of Unity. Paul referred to “the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3) as something we must maintain (rather than create). He advised, “…stand firm in one spirit.” (Philippians 1:27). His instrument for uniting us is baptism: “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

    12. A Powerful Agent of Hope. Paul wrote; “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).

And that’s the short list!

 

Photo Credit

Baptism. Retrieved on September 3, 2012

 

The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.
  • Claire

    Wow! What a way to begin the workweek. Thank you, Joel, for this reminder of the gift of God’s Spirit.