When we study theology, we often study theology in a systematic way. This is where we look at certain truths, certain doctrines of the faith on their own as revealed in the scripture. It seems to me that we hear much less about the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit than we do of God the Father, or Christ His son.

Now, we as Christians beleive that the eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. It’s when we look at these distinct personal attributes that we tend to shy away from the Holy Spirit.

I was reading C.S. Lewis over the weekend for pleasure, I enjoy reading Lewis (though I do not agree with him all the time). While reading Mere Christianity I read this quote and thought it was poignant,

“Do not be worried or surprised if you find Him rather vague or more ‘shadowy’ in your mind than the Father or the Son. I think there is a reason for this. In the Christian life you are not usually looking at Him. He is always acting through you.” (175-176)

This truth is often referenced as we talk of the Holy Spirit as “Paraclete”, the helper, teacher, comforter, defender, the “one called alongside.” The title expresses the variety of ministries the Spirit performs by coming alongside us as Christians.

I often look back at instances and realize that God was somehow working through, around, in front, behind, and in me. The providence of God is a mysterious truth!

For more, read what Jesus teaches in John 14-16.

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