July 11 I Saturday
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
—1 Corinthians 2:11
We must never allow the Spirit’s personhood make us lose sight of His divinity. The Holy Spirit is not a servant or agent of God, but is God Himself, sharing the divine attributes of the Son and the Father.
In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing will be impossible” (NKJV). This speaks of an all-powerful Holy Spirit, sharing in the omnipotence of the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is also omniscient. The One who indwells us knows all there is to know and will never be taken by surprise. As His indwelling presence guides us in fulfilling the purposes of God, He will always be one step ahead of our circumstances.
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent. We can never be where the Holy Spirit is not. In fact, the farther a person tries to run or hide from God, the bigger they discover God to be! Jonah, for example, discovered that when he ran from God’s command, God was behind the ensuing events that had backed him into a corner and left him with little option but to get right with God.
The Holy Spirit is also called “the eternal Spirit” (Hebrews 9:14). One of the most important gifts of God is that as Christians we can begin to enjoy eternal life with Him here and now because of the indwelling Holy Spirit. This is not a gift from God, but a gift of God, because the gift is God Himself with whom we are eternally united.
The Holy Spirit’s actions also affirm His divinity. Genesis 1:2 says, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” The late British evangelist and preacher G. Campbell Morgan suggests in his book The Spirit of God, that in creation, the will of God was expressed in the Word of God but fulfilled in the Spirit of God. The Father expresses His mind and purpose in the Son, who is the “Word of God” (John 1:1), but it is the Spirit who implements it and brings it into being.
The Spirit is the one who regenerates and gives us new life in Christ. Paul tells us, “…He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11). Whenever God does something great, the Holy Spirit is active. Whether it is the creation of the world, the resurrection of Christ or the regeneration of a sinner, the Holy Spirit is God and His power in action.
Prayer: Almighty God, I am greatly blessed that You have chosen to share Your life with me through Your Spirit. Thank You for indwelling me and for all that You make possible.