“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17 ESV)
From the time this verse was written to today there have been questions regarding the third party of the trinity. The Holy Spirit has been made out to be a “crazy maker” by some and completely forgotten by others. It seems that when it comes to understanding who the Holy Spirit is and what His function is in our lives the majority of people live on two extremes. Either they have embraced the phrase “holy roller” and frequently exercise all the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a highlight on anything that seems weird to a normal person. Or the other side of the spectrum simply stopped acknowledging the Holy Spirit in fear that they would be associated with the “holy rollers.”
I must say that neither of these two responses or outlooks regarding the Holy Spirit are correct or healthy. At the very basic concept of the Holy Spirit we see that Jesus recognizes him as a “helper.” First as believers in Jesus we must realize and admit that the Holy Spirit is real and part of the trinity yet uniquely different for our benefit. To have a cessation mindset in regards to the Holy Spirit is to only believe in part of God’s teaching. Secondly, we know that God is not the author of confusion therefore the Holy Spirit would not be the leader or initiator of things that could be deemed weird or confusing. When the Holy Spirit moves it is to help the believer!
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