Who is this Person?
The Councilor. The Spirit of Truth. The Spirit of Jesus, The Spirit of God, The Holy Spirit, The Spirit Who Comforts – Who guides – Who teaches – Who heals – Who brings to memory. The Mind of Christ. The One Who leaves us not as orphans. He Who is Familiar. The Person of the Holy Spirit. The Person. Neither male nor female in description, but both in spiritual essence.
By the above and other names we know the Person. Of the Three-In-One Almighty God, He is the person Who claims no special recognition. He draws no special attention to Himself. He does the Father’s will – He does the Saviors will. But yet He shares full powers and attributes of Almighty God. Is this the the very essence of true humility? God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit — all Three Persons of the Godhead display this same attribute of Power under control. The very sum and substance of true humility.
I have heard it said, “if you don’t believe in Him you’ll go to hell — but if you try to explain Him you’ll go insane.” The Three-in-One Almighty God. One God. The Trinity.
C.H. Spurgeon has more on the Person. But since the Person’s main description is to keep us pointed toward Christ Jesus our Savior, how much can we really know about Him — since He otherwise shares all attributes with the Father and Son — other than His abiding presence which keeps us confluent with the Father and Son? That very welcome, familiar presence we both recognize and are told will be with us throughout eternity.
This age is peculiarly the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, in which Jesus cheers us, not by his personal presence, as he shall do by-and-by, but by the indwelling and constant abiding of the Holy Ghost, who is evermore the Comforter of the church.
It is his office to console the hearts of God’s people. He convinces of sin; he illuminates and instructs; but still the main part of his work lies in making glad the hearts of the renewed, in confirming the weak, and lifting up all those that be bowed down. He does this by revealing Jesus to them. The Holy Spirit consoles, but Christ is the consolation.
If we may use the figure, the Holy Spirit is the Physician, but Jesus is the medicine. He heals the wound, but it is by applying the holy ointment of Christ’s name and grace. He takes not of his own things, but of the things of Christ. So if we give to the Holy Spirit the Greek name of Paraclete, as we sometimes do, then our heart confers on our blessed Lord Jesus the title of Paraclesis. If the one be the Comforter, the other is the Comfort.
Now, with such rich provision for his need, why should the Christian be sad and desponding? The Holy Spirit has graciously engaged to be thy Comforter: dost thou imagine, O thou weak and trembling believer, that he will be negligent of his sacred trust? Canst thou suppose that he has undertaken what he cannot or will not perform? If it be his especial work to strengthen thee, and to comfort thee, dost thou suppose he has forgotten his business, or that he will fail in the loving office which he sustains towards thee?
Nay, think not so hardly of the tender and blessed Spirit whose name is “the Comforter.” He delights to give the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Trust thou in him, and he will surely comfort thee till the house of mourning is closed for ever, and the marriage feast has begun.