WHO ON EARTH IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? – TIM CHESTER AND CHRISTOPHER DE LA HOYDE

WHO ON EARTH IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

This book addresses the basic questions people ask of the Holy Spirit. So many Christians walk around confused in their knowledge of what it means to be “praying in the Spirit” (or is it the “Holy Ghost”?). What does it mean when we say the  “Spirit really helped me”, or that I’ve been “filled with the Spirit”? Is the Spirit a force or a person? And does one have to speak in tongues to evidence the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives? Or what about prophecy for today? Here is your opportunity to read what these authors have to say in answer to all of the above and more.

This book aims to reassure one, that as a Christian, the life you lead is being led by the Spirit, and also to be more aware of the Spirit’s work in your life. One can tell by your intimacy with the Father, conviction of sin, and serving others in love.

What I particularly liked about the book is that the subject of the Holy Spirit is framed within the greater context of the Trinity – or as it says “Tri-unity” of the three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Even when Jesus is telling the disciples that he will send the Holy Spirit, he says “I will come to you” and “we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:18, 23).

Another important function of the Holy Spirit, is that of giving us assurance of salvation. We are no longer orphans but able to call out “Abba Father” (Ephesians 2, Galatians 4 and John 17). Ephesians 1:13 says “when you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit”. How else can one explain the radical transformation in the disciples, who went from being doubting deserters of Jesus to his bold witnesses, ready to sacrifice their very lives? And he is doing that to this very day. 

Another wonderfully comforting aspect of the Holy Spirit’s work is how he makes Jesus always present in and among believers (Romans 5:5; 8:9-10). Just as Christ was “the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) in his earthly ministry, so he continues to dwell among us through the Holy Spirit’s ministry.  

Once we understand his ministry more clearly, we can rightfully defend the authentic work of sanctification in the church and in our lives, where God’s Spirit comes and resides (1 Corinthians 3:16,17). A Spirit-filled church is excited about the things of the Lord, encouraging one another with psalms and hymns and fire in their hearts, serving and loving one another and living out the good news of the gospel.

Therefore let us be humble and dependent, encouraged and expectant of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and others. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for clarification on this crucial subject. ENJOY!

By Zelda Davidson

1 Response

  1. Thanks Zelda. Timeous review after our passage on John 16 and the Holy Spirit! I would like to read further.

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