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The Underestimated Holy Spirit

on February 6, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I know something about me… I underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit. My first step towards Christianity as a Protestant was my belief in Jesus. I was still not quite right with God, but I was headed in the right direction. At that time, I believed that God was a very unkind God (the Old Testament was my proof—He wasn’t very nice to his chosen people. I know now that they had it coming to them as they just refused to listen) and the Holy Spirit was just this odd, third entity that I recognized as important, but less important than both God and Jesus.

The Holy Spirit is not at all less important in the Trinity, nor should he be any less respected. I could be totally off base here, but I think that as Protestants and Catholics (perhaps the majority of Christian believers), we put more emphasis on Jesus and on God and tend to remember the Holy Spirit as an afterthought. However, we must remember that the Holy Spirit does not come third to the Father and the Son, but is the third person of God.

A Metaphor for the Trinity

Have you ever tried to sit on a two legged stool? It is not as if the carpenter created the stool with two legs and then added the third leg to it as an afterthought. Instead, he made the stool with the intent of adding the third leg from the very beginning, because he knew that the person sitting on the stool would need the third leg to keep his balance.

God is the carpenter of the stool. The stool, a metaphor for the Kingdom of God, started to take shape in the very beginning, with Adam and Eve. At that time, Adam and Eve was in perfect relationship with God—there was no need for legs on the stool because the stool held itself up as Adam and Eve walked perfectly with God. Then when Adam and Eve took from the tree of life, that stool fell straight to the ground with a loud whack! The stool that had been perfect suddenly needed legs.

God first added one leg to the stool, through Noah and Moses, the Ten Commandments, the Law, a Covenant between the chosen people and their God. But as one legged stools go, the people fell over a lot. The Old Testament makes me groan when I read it—there the chosen people go, falling over yet again! God knew this however, and the good carpenter that he is, he already had in motion the addition of the second leg. Jesus came, preached the coming of the Kingdom, healed many, casted out demons, then was persecuted, died and miraculously resurrected by the glory of God—and the second leg was added to the stool.

A stool with two legs is a bit better, not as easy to fall over, yet still not perfectly stable. God knew this too—his design was not yet complete, as Jesus told us in John 16 verse 7 and 13:

“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.”

The Advocate, the Spirit of truth, is the Holy Spirit, added to the stool in Acts 2:2-4. And just as the third leg in the stool is not any less important than the first and second leg, the Holy Spirit is not any less important than the Father and the Son. For it is through the Holy Spirit that we receive our balance in our walk with God. Through him, we are washed clean by Jesus’ sacrifice and brought back into perfect relationship with God.

Pray for the Holy Spirit

Are you balancing on a two legged stool? Let us use this prayer together in order to keep our balance with God:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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