May the Force be with you [?]
The Star Wars franchise has entertained us for many years. The space saga explores good and evil, the consequences of allowing the “dark side” of the force to control someone, and inspiring stories of courage and self-sacrifice.
Unfortunately, the fictional idea of an impersonal force has influenced how some view the Holy Spirit. This concept is a huge mistake.
The Holy Spirit is NOT an IT or an “impersonal “force” - He has life (Romans 8:2).
The Holy Spirit is one Person of our triune God and as such IS God (Matthew 28:19).
The Holy Spirit has all the attributes of God:
- Eternal (Hebrews 9:14)
- Present Everywhere (Psalms 139:7-8)
- All knowing (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
- All powerful (Job 33:4)
The Holy Spirit is a Person who has:
- Intellect - He has knowledge, understanding and wisdom (Isaiah 11:2)
- Emotion - He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30)
- Will - He gives spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:11) and commands (Acts 8:29)
The Holy Spirit ministers to us:
- Gives believers in Christ a new holy nature (2 Thess. 2:13)
- Empowers God’s people (Zechariah 4:6) and our witnessing (sharing our faith with others) (Acts 1:8)
- Produces the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Comforts us (John 14:26)
- Guides u s (Romans 8:14)
- Teaches us (John 16:13)
- Gives wisdom and spiritual insights (Ephesians 1:17)
You cannot have a relationship with a force. But if you are a believer, you do have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Corinthians 2:12
One way to illustrate this relationship is a legal analogy:
Partnership: (n.) a contractual relationship between two or more persons working together for a common purpose.
A partnership requires persons. This agreement is a voluntary, cooperative endeavor in which all parties dedicate their money, possessions, labor, and skill to achieve their goal. Both sides bring something to the table. The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities, intercedes for us, gives us wisdom, guidance and power, and seals the deal with Himself. We must seek God’s will, turn control of our lives over to the Holy Spirit, and cooperate with His work in our lives. Just as God did not force us to trust in Him for our salvation, neither does He force us to choose to partner with Him and cooperate in our daily process of transformation so that we may conform to the likeness of Christ.
For more information about how to do this, please download the booklet “The Role of the Holy Spirit.”