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John 14:16-17 – And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. (NASB)

The Labrador puppies were a beautiful rich cream colour, very appealing as they clamoured towards us at the front of the mesh cage. The one that caught our attention, however, was the peaceful puppy, last in line at the back of the pack. We asked to handle this placid fellow. He showed himself to be friendly, affectionate, easygoing. It was this last-in-line puppy we bought for our son's eighth birthday. He and the rest of our family loved and enjoyed the dog "Simon" as a very special playmate and walking companion for many years.

Because He is mentioned last in the Trinity, many believers see the Holy Spirit only as an influence, and have difficulty in recognizing Him as a real, divine person. On this day of Pentecost, may we receive a loving reminder that Scripture teaches very clearly that the Holy Spirit is indeed not only a real divine person, but also an equal member of the Trinity, who is as knowable as God the Father and God the Son are.

The Holy Spirit has the same attributes as God:

    The Holy Spirit is omniscient (knowing all things):
    Isaiah 40:13 – "Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord?" (NASB)

    The Holy Spirit is omnipresent (everywhere):
    Psalm 139:7 – "Where can I go from Thy Spirit?" (NASB)

    The Holy Spirit is omnipotent (all powerful):
    Psalm 104:30 – "Thou dost send forth Thy Spirit, they are created." (NASB)

    The Holy Spirit is eternal (no beginning, no end):
    Hebrews 9:14 – "the eternal Spirit". (NASB)

The Holy Spirit is supremely good, as God is good; He is love, as God is love. He is distinct from Jesus, though He desires to be the friend, helper, and teacher to us just as Jesus was and is to His disciples.

May we be ever mindful that the divine Godhead — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — is one. The glory is equal, the majesty co-eternal.

Prayer: Thank You, precious Holy Spirit. May we be open, surrendered channels for Your work here on earth. Through You, may the Church be revived, and through Your mighty work in us, may the world not only witness Your powerful, loving work, but be given the choice of sharing the awesome benefits of such a revival. Thank You, in Jesus' sweet name. Amen and Amen.

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Rosemary Renninson
Westbury, Victoria, Australia

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