by Irene Baron  

Image of white dove against blue backgroundThe word trinity means three. The Holy Trinity consists of:

God the Father. The main part of the Trinity consists of God the Father who created all that exists. He is often called the Godhead. He is the only God. He uses other parts of himself to accomplish His goals for us. We cannot see Him.

God the Son. The second part of the Trinity God provided for us is God the Son. Through messenger angels, God dictated His Son’s name to the parents of Mary before Mary’s conception.  Jesus, Immanuel is the name given to Mary’s parents when they were told they would bring forth a female child to be named Mary and that she would be the mother of the Savior of mankind to be named Jesus, Immanuel. Jesus is the Son of God, but also God. He is the way God revealed Himself to us so that we could understand Him and see him.

When Jesus taught his disciples about their future with the Holy Spirit, He said:

     “… when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from thy Father,  the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He
     will testify of Me.” (John   15:26)

The Holy Spirit. The third part of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. Jesus described the Holy Spirit as the promise of His Father. It abides with you forever. Peter said:

     “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who
      are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39)

Paul referred to the Trinity when he said:

 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2Cor. 13:14)

In some religious books the Holy Spirit was called the Holy Ghost. Current Bible scholars suggest that Christians substitute “Spirit” for “Ghost” as the word ghost brings forth suggestions which are not appropriate for such a holy entity in today’s language.

The Holy Spirit is the way God has chosen to guide us and talk to us. We cannot see the Holy Spirit which Jesus called the Helper or Comforter.

The Book of John in the New Testament of the Holy Bible tells of the Holy Spirit.

 “And I will Pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever –  the Spirit of truth, whom 
 the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of me.” John 15:26

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16: 7-1

The Holy Spirit residing within our body has many duties to the Godhead.

Protection of the body in which the Holy Spirit dwells is common. This is told to us by the second of Paul's letters from Corinth to the Thessalonians. (2 Thess. 2:7) Through the Holy Spirit, the body is protected from harm in addition of helping others.  Since the body retains the Holy spirit, it is more holy and becomes a walking, living temple for the Spirit of God that dwells within us. Paul commanded in the name of Jesus Christ that we withdraw from those who walk disorderly and not as a Christian. If we remove ourselves from persons who do not follow the Ten Commandments, we will help protect ourselves. (Thess.3:5,6)

There are miraculous events in which lives are saved. We hear about them every day. Bless the Holy Spirit which resides in those saved persons. God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are alive and well. To help maintain our body for the Holy Spirit, we must try to keep it pure and clean. Resist junk food or food and drinks which are unhealthy. 
Our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. Paul addressed how we could help ourselves remain true to our Holy Spirit.

Finally, brethren whatever things are true, whatever things are whole, whatever things are jut, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things. (Philip.4:8)

In a court of law we are asked to swear to tell the truth on a Holy Bible. To a Christian, this is very serious business. The Holy Spirit within us provides what is called the Holy Seal. What we say and write should  the truth. Our testimony should be truth. Our verbal contact or signature is a seal, binding by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:30) Paul was trained in the law. He was annointed with the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:17 reads,

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians,

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Eph. 1:13-14)

  The Holy Spirit sanctifies and changes people. It makes them different from others in the world. Many who never thought they could do so become leaders, such as Moses when he was asked to complete a major task for God. .(2 Cor. 3:18)

Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit provides understanding of the BibleBy understanding the Bible, we are more  able to live a Christian life. We see spiritual truths. We can tell right from wrong. We can often tell truth from lies. Paul said we received the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Cor. 2:12)

There are many persons who think they don't know how to pray. The Holy Spirit living within us helps us to pray. The prayers to God by our Holy Spirit can be heard by God as it prays for us. Paul said:

 “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom. 8:26)

The favorite word for the Holy Spirit by Jesus was Helper. The Holy Spirit helps us achieve God's work. Through the Holy Spirit our work ethic will change. 

Our Sanctifier. The word sanctify means to set apart. The Holy Spirit helps turn us from sin. We are encouraged to seek God and all that God stands for. It works to make us holy and able to stand more perfect before God when we leave our earthly body.
          Jesus warned about the sin of Blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12:31). It is considered an unpardonable sin. Paul said:

”Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. (Eph. 4: 31-32)

God wants to dwell with His people. He does so through the Holy Spirit. We have a direct link to God through the Holy Spirit.

In my local church Coburn United Methodist, we use the promise of Joel and were asked to memorize it:

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; you sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28)



Towns, Elmer L. The Names of the HOLY SPIRIT.. Regal Books. Ventura, CA. 1994.

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