2665 Living Through the Spirit

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:19 ESV

In our study of the names of God we now turn to the Holy Spirit. From the start the church knew that Christ and the Holy Spirit were God as well, together with the Father. This is clear from this verse in Matthew. The following historic formulation succinctly describes an important aspect of the Trinity: “the Father is God OVER us; the Son is God WITH us; the Spirit is God IN us.” Can you see how God is drawing nearer to us, through His son and through His Spirit? God is always reaching out. The Holy Spirit is God who moved right into our hearts!

Today, God works with us through the Holy Spirit. In fact, it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can have anything to do with God at all. There is no other way! We cannot be Christians, live spiritually or know anything about God if it were not through His Spirit. We have no other choice but to learn to live through the Holy Spirit!

Heavenly God, thank you for reaching out to us. Thank you for coming to us in Christ Jesus. Thank you for putting Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Help me now to live through Your Spirit, to “walk in the Spirit”, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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