They Knew It Had to Be God

When the Holy Spirit truly moves, God is the one praised.  Jesus is the one lifted up.  When the Spirit moved at Pentecost, people knew there was a power present that came from God.  That’s why they didn’t leave saying “John is amazing!  He learned a new language in a matter of seconds!”  They knew it had to be God.  Let’s pray that God would empower us so radically that we would get no glory.  That people would see our works glorify God.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 87

How Ironic it is Regarding the Holy Spirit and People

The Holy Spirit works to glorify Christ (John 16:14), yet so many who emphasize the Holy Spirit seem to draw attention to themselves.  The Corinthian church was notorious for this.  The church became chaotic because individuals were not concerned with the betterment of the church.  They were trying to use manifestations of the Spirit for their own glory.  They weren’t interested in what God was doing in others; they just wanted to show off what God was doing in them.  As they all fought for attention, it resulted in mass confusion as everyone tried to speak at the same time (I Corinthians 14:23-33)

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 84

We Will Never Fully Grasp This

Seventh, the Holy Spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.  These are theological words that essentially mean that the Spirit is all-powerful (Zechariah 4:6), present everywhere (Psalm 139:7-8) and all-knowing (I Corinthians 2:10b) respectively.  These are some of His attributes that we will never fully grasp as finite human beings (Isaiah 40:13).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 74

There Will Be No Believers and No Congregations

The Christian’s life in all its aspects – intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness – its supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate and sustain it.  So apart from him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will no believers and no congregations at all.

– J.I. Packer

as quoted by Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers;  83Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p.

It’s Not Our Choice to Make

Sixth, the Holy Spirit has His own desires and will.  In I Corinthians we read that the gifts of the Spirit are “empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (I Corinthians 12:11).  This is an important reminder of who is in control.  Just as we don’t get to choose which gifts we are given, so also we don’t get to choose what God intends for us or for the church.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 73

Perhaps the Holy Spirit Grieves More than We Understand

Fifth, the Spirit has emotions.  For a long time, whenever I read that we are not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10; Ephesians 4:30), I thought that was a bit of an exaggeration.  It almost seemed sacrilegious to say that I could grieve God…

The Spirit is grieved when there is a breach in relationship, whether it be relationship with God or relationship with other people.  When we are disunified, unloving, hateful, gossipy, etc., that is when we grieve the Spirit of God.  And since He is the creator of emotions, I believe that the Spirit grieves more deeply than we can even understand.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 72