The Holy Spirit is possibly the member of the Trinity that is the most misunderstood and the least talked about.

We have a clear understanding from scripture that the Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us the Spirit of God existed before the creation of World. To understand the Godhead, it is important to separate the functions of the Godhead. Jesus came to redeem us and reconcile us to God, by His death, burial and resurrection, providing eternal security to those who believe in Him. So what is the role of the Holy Spirit?

In John 16:5, Jesus tells His disciples, “But now I am going to him who sent me, ... 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 go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: ….. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

In this passage, Jesus explains the role of the Holy Spirit. Many people do not talk about the Holy Spirit, associating it with some unusual behaviors, such as speaking in tongues. We spend most of our time talking, preaching and reading about Jesus, but let’s remember that Jesus is not on earth with us at present, but is seated with the Father in heaven. He said that it was to our advantage that He depart, going back to the One Who sent him so that He (Christ) could send us the Helper. It is the Helper, the Holy Spirit, the member of the deity that is currently with us, and dwells within us. Jesus lived with the people, but the Holy Spirit lives within the person.

Jesus came to fulfill his role as our Savior, and now the Holy Spirit’s job is to help Jesus’ followers carry on with the message of Christ and advance the kingdom of God here on earth. Acts 1:8 tells us that the disciples would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them and they would be witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but also to the ends of the earth. And after they received the Holy Spirit, the evidence of that presence in them caused a movement to begin.

It is impossible for a believer to fully experience the fullness of God and successfully live for Christ, without the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, one cannot interpret the Word of God properly, cannot serve God effectively, nor discern things clearly. Many have been baptized in the water, but not in the Spirit.

John’s response in Luke 3:16 is amazing and to the point—”I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Clearly, there are two kinds of baptism—one by water and the other by the Holy Spirit. Immersed is also a term used to define Baptism. We are called to be obedient to all these forms of baptism.

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Erick Kalenga is pastor at

His Village Church in Culpeper.

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