Who is the Holy Spirit?
Who is the Holy Spirit? Oftentimes, people will refer to him as “it” effectively eliminating the personal nature of the counselor whom Jesus left behind for us. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will search the depths for us. Paul is telling us that the Holy Spirit will illuminate the things of God for us—he helps us understand Scripture and other truths.
In the Greek, the word used to describe him is parakletos (παρακλητος), and like we learned last week, a word in Greek doesn’t always have one meaning. The parakletos could be intercessor, advocate, counselor, or helper and the Holy Spirit is all of these. In fact, this word and concept are one of the reasons we call lawyers “counselor” because they are an advocate and intercessor for their clients.
This weekend we’ll explore the third person of the Trinity: parakletos. Who is he? What role does he play? Why is he so frequently overlooked or diminished?
I hope to see you here at church with us.