Why We Need the Holy Spirit

The other day I asked a few people about the Acts 2 story that we will study today in our worship service (Pentecost Sunday).  This is a relatively common Bible story, and I wondered what more I could say about it to make it seem new and fresh.  As we talked about it, one person asked, “So, why do we need the Holy Spirit?  I mean, we pray to God the Father as Creator in the name of Jesus the Savior.  But why the Holy Spirit?  What is his role?”  A great question which I will reflect on for a moment.  In Acts 2 we see God send the Holy Spirit to indwell the believers in Christ.  So, why did he do this?  Why do we need the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit does many things for us.  I think this stanza from Our World Belongs to God does a nice job of summarizing the work of the Spirit: “The Spirit renews our hearts and moves us to faith, leads us into truth and helps us to pray, stands by us in our need and makes our obedience fresh and vibrant.  God the Spirit lavishes gifts on the church in astonishing variety—prophecy, encouragement, healing, teaching, service, tongues, discernment—equipping each member to build up the body of Christ and to serve our neighbors.” (Stanza 29)  Is Jesus your Lord?  If so, then he gives you the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you as the third person of the triune God.  This indwelling began long ago as recorded in Acts 2 and continues today.  Thanks be to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit!  May the Spirit convince us of the gospel of grace and send us out to love our neighbors next door and far away.

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