The Ministry of the Trinity
The ministries of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are closely related, each one serving an individual purpose while complimenting the other. Although the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one in the trinity, they each have different roles that they play. The Holy Spirit plays an active part in our lives, as does Jesus. The role of the Spirit changed with Jesus. When Jesus died and rose from the cross, He opened up a new doorway for us, a new opportunity for us to experience the Holy Spirit. The Spirit became active and real to us in a way that He never could before. Today, our lives are focused on Jesus, focused on His love and sacrifice. His present ministry is seen through His believers. We are His lights in this present dark world.
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Our comforter, teacher, and guide, the Holy Spirit is all these things and more. The Spirit convicts men of their sin and brings them new life. Before examining His ministry, we must first learn to view the Spirit as a person rather than a power. He has a mind, will, and emotions. In I Corinthians 2:10, the Bible states that the Spirit "…searches all things, yes, the deep things of God." For someone to search and explore another's thoughts, he must himself possess a mind. Jesus says that the Spirit will come to convict mankind of sin (John 16:8). This demonstrates His will. Acts 15:28 says, "…for it seemed good to the Holy Spirit…" Therefore He has the capability to determine between good and bad. He has a will and emotions.
Now that we have established the Spirit as a person, how does He play a personal role in our lives and what is His role in the Trinity? When we are faced with trials and disappointments, the Spirit is our comforter. Acts 9:31 says, "…and walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit." In John 14:16, Jesus says this, "I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever." He is our comfort in the hard times. Jesus also refers to Him as our Helper. In John 14:26 Jesus says, "The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you." Another role that He plays in our lives is that of a teacher. In I Corinthians 2:12, it says "Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God." The Spirit provides bountiful wisdom and blessings when He enters our lives!
Another aspect of His ministry is guiding. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." (John 16:13). He guides and leads us down the path that God has chosen for us. The Spirit also indwells and anoints individuals to perform God's...