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The Intriguing Nature and Work of the Holy Spirit

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Scriptures describe the nature and work of the Holy Spirit in so many ways. God's Word has Him present on its beginning pages. Gen 1:2 places Him at the beginning of time, when creation wasn't. He hovered over the face of the deep, dark, unending stretch of waters. We also see Him momentarily visible as he confirmed His oneness with the Lord Jesus Christ. He dawned on Christ at the launch of His public presence and ministry

The Bible shows us where and how we may stumble upon Him. He is not perceived only in visible, supernatural, sometimes literal ways society expects for Him to display Himself. His manifestations are mostly unseen. The Christian knows that the gut feelings and premonitions that warn him against danger or wrong turns in life are part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in His life. He is more than a simple voice of reason, more than timely instincts, more than a "sixth sense".

He is an Agent of Creation.
Gen 1:2 credits Him as one of the Triune God who caused (and causes) everything to be. Ezekiel 36:26 says He creates a new heart within us. The New Testament shows Him creating a new man in all of us, the spiritual one, the one that comes with being a child of God.

He is our Earnest.
The earnest of the Spirit is discussed in 2 Cor 1:22. Upon receiving the free gift of salvation and sonship through the sufficient sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God sets "His seal of ownership" upon us and puts "His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." 

Romans 8:16 says the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are indeed children of God. When we feel unable to live up, when we feel we've blown it all ,when we feel so defeated, so unworthy, when moments of self-doubt come, He will be there to assure us or our secure position in Christ.

In business terms, the "earnest", or "earnest money", or "deposit", comprises of a significant amount made to a seller showing a buyer's good faith and commitment to upholding and fulfilling  a transaction. The Holy Spirit in our lives is God's guarantee that His promise of eternal redemption and companionship in heaven will be fulfilled. We will not be refused, we will not be abandoned. We will not be rejected now, at the middle, or end of our lifetime. We will be with Him in paradise. Our absence from this world will be our presence with the Lord.

He is our Aid.
John 14:26 shares that the Holy Spirit acts as our aide.Today aides function as assistants to notable personalities. They support and work at providing all that their employers would need to perform his functions efficiently. The Holy Spirit is our aid. He teaches us into all truths. He reminds us of all truths we have learned. He guides us into all we need to know and remember.

He is our Comforter and Intercessor.
John 14:26 says the Spirit is our Comforter.  Romans 8:26 says the Holy Spirit shares in our infirmities. He helps us in our moments of weakness, in moments when we do not know how to pray for as we ought. He intercedes on our behalf, making prayers to the Father for us. He Himself groans and labours in prayer for us at great and unspeakable intensity.

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