The Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood member of the Trinity. There are all kinds of ideas out there about him and I used to have some of them. I believed he wasn’t God, rather an extension of God’s power, which made him an “it.” When I began learning more about the nature of God as Trinity, my eyes were opened to this mysterious third distinction of God. He’s still a mystery but we are given a lot of clues in the New Testament as to his nature and identity, which would be a good study.
I had to ask myself who he is to me, personally, in my life. Our relationship with God means we have a relationship with the Holy Spirit as well. For the most part, he points us to Truth, to Jesus and that’s good, because he is our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is the one who keeps me focused on Jesus – first in my heart. He keeps my conscience tender, tapping me on the shoulder when I do or say something I shouldn’t. He’s the one who is the light on my path through life. I’ve also started thinking of him as my “ghost” writer, my inspiration and muse. He doesn’t need special attention – when you pray to one, you pray to all because all are one. And he would only turn around and give any glory and attention we give him back to the Father.
One wonderful thing we learn in Acts 10:45 is the Holy Spirit is a gift. He is the third person of the Trinity, the one who was there at creation, the one who completes the divine circle and he is a gift to us. Most gifts lose their luster or are soon abandoned for something better, but he, if I may paraphrase the cliché, is the gift that never stops giving. He’s the one Jesus sent after his death to comfort, teach, guide and remind us of all Jesus did and all he is to us. How amazing to be given such a gift. May we never lose our wonder and awe at being his blessed recipients.