Ask the Pastor: Has the Holy Spirit Always Been Involved in the World?
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Continuing three questions asked by a church member last week.
- Is baptism necessary for salvation?
- Did Jesus have the Holy Spirit before His baptism? – last week
- Has the Holy Spirit always been involved in the world? – this week
(Next week’s question: “Explain the three level s of heaven.’)
HAS THE HOLY SPIRIT ALWAYS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE WORLD?
Short answer: Yes, as fully God, He has.
For a great overview of the Holy Spirit, I would recommend this article from Bible.org.
To answer this question, it is important to understand the nature of the Holy Spirit. Again, we believe in one God that has revealed Himself in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are co-equal, co-eternal, co-powerful, etc., yet each has a distinct role to play.
Below please find a short overview of the person and work of the Holy Spirit to help answer the question.
- The Holy Spirit bears the divine name of God (see last week’s entry for an overview of the Trinity): Acts 5:3, 9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 1 John 4:13
- Specifically, the Bible describes the following divine attributes as ascribed to him.
- Eternal / Eternity: Genesis 1:2
- Omnipresence (everywhere but not in everything): Psalm 139:7-8; 1 Cor. 3:16
- Omniscience (all-knowing): 1 Cor. 2:10; John 16:13; 2 Pet. 1:21
- Omnipotence (all-powerful): Luke 1:35
- Divine works are attributed to the Holy Spirit:
- Creation: Genesis 1:2, Psa. 33:6
- Preserving & governing: Psalm 104:30
- Miracles: Matt. 12:28; 1 Cor 12:4, Luke 1:35
- Forgiveness of sins and regeneration: 1 Cor. 6:11; John 3:5
- Governing the church: Acts 13:2; 15:28; 20:28
- Foretelling future events: John 16:13
- Illumination and sanctification: 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2
- Resurrection from the dead: Romans 8:11
- Divine honor is given to the Holy Spirit: Matthew 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:15; Rev. 1:6, 1 Cor. 6:19-20
- One can sin against the Holy Spirit and then, in fact, commit the most severe, unforgivable sin (that is, rejecting the deity, mission, and salvation found in the Son): Mark 3:29
Yes, the Holy Spirit, being fully God, has been involved since before the creation of the known world (Gen. 1:1-2; Psalm 33:6-7; Job 26:13). The Holy Spirit was involved in one of the greatest miracles of all time—the miraculous conception of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:35).
(For a very detailed look at the Holy Spirit’s work through all time, Third Mill offers a very in-depth article.)
How does it apply to you? The doctrine of the Trinity helps to remind us that our God is not a needy being. God didn’t create and make us because He was lonely or because He needed someone to love (Acts 17:25). From all eternity, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit have existed in personal relationship with one another. God lacked nothing before creation, & He depends on nothing in creation. Because He is self-sufficient (Daniel 5:23), we can be confident that He can provide all that we need, and that He can do so for all eternity.