The Holy Spirit tends to be the least understood of the part of the tripartate nature of God. Those of us that were nurtured in the charismatic movement often think of tongues of fire and speaking in tongues, manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s presence.
However the Holy Spirit is far more than a few showy effects that are meant to convince us that God is with us. The Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of our loving God “the seal of our inheritance”, counsellor, comforter, revealer of truth.
I believe it is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our world to bring us out of hiding and help us to confront those parts of our lives that are still distorted and disconnected from God. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that reveals the sin still hidden within us, draws us to repentance and and brings about the transformation that will reveal God’s image deep within us.
It is, I believe, the Holy Spirit that is the ongoing revelation of God in our lives and our world, helping us to understand mysteries about God that have been hidden earlier in our life and often even earlier in the history of the world. As counsellor the Holy Spirit instructs us in the ways of truth (like making us aware of issues of slavery in cell phone production that I mentioned in my last post) and helps us to turn our lives around to live more authentically as God’s representatives in the world as it is today.