The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Posted by donna on December 1, 2016

Manger.PNGChristmas is my favourite time of year.  Ever since early childhood, the anticipation of Christmas has been somewhat overwhelming. The thought of gifts and presents had something to do with the anticipation, but it was much more than that. It was the sounds, sights and smell of the season.  It was my keenness to be with extended family. It was Christmas concerts, with the memory of bags of candies being placed in my eager hand as I made my way out the door. It was simply a joyous feeling and it remains that way to this day.

Yet, above all else, it was the story of the birth of Jesus that impacted me the greatest. Even when I wasn’t faithful as a teen, the message of Jesus was truly overwhelming to me. God in the flesh. The incarnation. The walking, talking Jesus.  The very image of God and Man without sin. Such a glorious truth.

My focus at Christmas did not centre on Christ’s death because that would bring a sadness, which I found disturbing. Yet, it was the incarnate God with us Who came to die. Jesus came as a babe in the manger.  He came to be a sacrificial offering, to die in our place.  From the cradle, to the cross, to the grave to the empty tomb is what Christmas is about.  Christmas is the message of Salvation.  By faith we receive rebirth by the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is Christ’s gift to the believer.

In my recent blog, I shared about the workings of the Holy Spirit.  He is a person with a distinct and unique personality. He is not a corporeal body, or rather, He is not matter, but He is spirit.

To understand this, we must think of our own creation. We are matter, made from dust (Genesis 2:7) but we were given a soul. As such, we are made with the ability to be invaded or penetrated by the Spirit or the non-corporeal. The Spirit is such that, not being matter, can penetrate that which is not matter, namely the soul or spirit and mind of mankind. (John 16:5-15)

As a Person, the Spirit can be known.  He can enter a relationship, He can speak, He can act, He can give and He can take away.   The Spirit can feel and He can be happy or grieved. When we treat the Holy Spirit as if He were only an influence or force, then we fail to have a relationship with Him, even though He has sealed us in Christ for all of eternity as children of God.

It would be unthinkable or callous to receive a Christmas Gift and never open it, or to set it aside and never make full use of the gift. God gave us, through Jesus, the gift of the Person of the Holy Spirit.   Let us be open to all the Spirit’s work within us to the glory of Christ Jesus! I still find it overwhelming, don’t you?

Merry Christmas!

Willem Fietje

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