That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16,17)
Jesus spoke these words the night before His death. Afterwards, He would no longer be with His disciples in the flesh – but the Holy Spirit would be “another advocate”, replacing Him. Everything that Jesus had been to them (friend, guide, teacher and helper), the Holy Spirit is to all who put their trust in Jesus.
In fact, Christianity without the Holy Spirit is simply unimaginable. “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” (Romans 8:9) The gift of the Holy Spirit is promised to all believers, without exception (Acts 2:38,39).
Just as the human spirit carries an individual’s personality, so the Holy Spirit carries all the personality of God. He is “another advocate” – a word that can also be translated as ‘comforter’, ‘counsellor’, or ‘helper’, all roles that can only be performed by someone personal. He is God Himself living with us – and even in us. Our God is not ‘out there somewhere’, but right up close to us.
Read more about the Holy Spirit here.
Most powerful Holy Spirit,
Come down upon us
And subdue us.
Where the ordinary is made glorious
And glory seems but ordinary,
Bathe us with the brilliance of Your light,
(from Celtic Daily Prayer)