1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Romans 8:26-30, Ephesians 1:13-14
God the Father, God the Son, and that other guy who does some stuff… If we’re honest, that’s often how we think of the Holy Spirit. We don’t understand the Spirit’s work, so we don’t consider His work often enough. Oh, how misguided we are in this. Consider first what we see of the Spirit in these verses, keeping in mind that this is but a fragment of who He is and what He does.
The Spirit searches the depths of God and knows the thoughts of God—the same God of whom the Bible says His knowledge is too wonderful for us and no one can be His counselor. But the Spirit knows the wisdom and complexity and infinity of God’s mind, motives, movements.
Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything,
even the depths of God (1 Corinthians 2:10).
This same Spirit is the power and clarity of God’s Word. The reason Scripture is living and active is because the Spirit communicates it to a believer’s soul. The spiritual person, the one who is in Christ and in whom the Spirit dwells, can “evaluate everything” (v.15). That means, in part, that we have eyes to see and ears to hear what Scripture says, and also a mind to understand it. Through this knowledge we can evaluate everything else we see and hear according to what the Spirit has spoken to us.
Lest you think the Spirit offers only distant knowledge or impersonal communication, consider what Romans tells us: He helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (8:26). This means when we are unable to pray, lacking words to communicate with God, the Spirit who knows the mind of God takes our yearnings and carries them to God on our behalf.
The Spirit is more, even, than what we have seen in these verses. Ephesians 1 tells us that we are “sealed by the Holy Spirit” in Christ, and that the Spirit is a “down payment of our inheritance” (vv.13-14). This is what every believer in Christ Jesus is because we have the Spirit dwelling within us: We are sealed and guaranteed. Our place as firstborn in God’s family is guaranteed. The promise of glory is locked in because we carry the Spirit within us.
In these four truths (and there are so many more throughout God’s Word) we see the Spirit woven into every aspect of our faith and Christian life, imparting to us the wisdom of God, and interceding on our behalf before the Father. He is God indwelling us, sealing our faith, and guaranteeing the promise of eternal life with Jesus. No longer can we overlook or underplay the Holy Spirit.
Written by Barnabas Piper