The Holy Spirit – He is Eternal and Omnipotent

Dear Father, We praise You that You are God, high in the realms above the heavens–and that no man can completely figure You out. . .  Yet You surprise us with  revelations from Scripture so we may know You better.  .  . Lord, may Your teaching become alive in us. . .  And may it forever change our lives!    In Jesus Christ’s Name we come, because He alone is Worthy.  Amen.

We know from the Bible that the Holy Spirit is of the same essence as the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is indeed ascribed with the attributes of God, is equated with God, and does work that only God does.  He is as much God as either the Father or Jesus.  Therefore, general attributes of God drawn from Scripture are applicable to the Holy Spirit.

1)  He is Eternal

In the burning bush incident from Exodus 3, Moses asks God about His name.  In Middle Eastern culture, names are more than just a convenient label.  Chosen carefully by a parent or in this case by God to describe Himself,  a chosen name signifies one’s character, reputation and authority.

The name God applies to Himself in this passage transcends the dimension of time:

13Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

 Jesus also applies this name of God for Himself in John.8:58  when He stated, ” I tell you before Abraham was, I Am.”

Therefore, just as God the Father and Jesus are eternal, the Holy Spirit is eternal.  The Holy Spirit, the Counselor, will be with us “forever” (John 14:16). The Spirit is “eternal” (Heb. 9:14).

Eternality–just trying to contemplate its reaches blows our minds.  Eternity stretches backwards and forwards, with no end. Think it–there was never a place, a void, a moment, a fraction of inkling when God wasn’t.  He is a self-contained Being, totally independent of any and everything seen or unseen.  He is eternal.

2)  He is Omnipotent

Omnipotent means all powerful.  All the power available to the Father and the Son is manifest in the Holy Spirit.

Where better than creation can we witness the scope of God’s power?  In Genesis 1:26, the plural form of “We” and “Us” is translated in the original Aramaic to indicate that all Persons of the Trinity were indeed present at creation.

But there is even more evidence that the Holy Spirit participated in creation–take a look at verse 2 of Genesis 1:

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Dr. James Galvin,  noted Bible scholar and co-editor of the Life Application Bible, notes about this verse:  “The image of the Spirit of God hovering over the waters is similar to a mother bird caring for and protecting its young.  .  . God’s care and protection are still active. . . know that God is in control of the world.”

God the Holy Spirit still hovers over the face of the earth today.  We can’t always visibly see Him at work, but He’s nevertheless endlessly working to glorify the name of the Son (John 15:26).   No human can ever come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ unless the Spirit woos him or her. (John 3:6 )

The Spirit also specifically inhabits the bodies of believers.  We are reminded by Paul that we are the Holy Spirit’s  “temple” (I Cor. 3:16 ).  The power that indwelt our magnificent Savior–now indwells us through the omnipotent Holy Spirit  (John 14: 16-17).

Many times in our Western-culture church, evidence of the Spirit’s power on the earth is just plain hard to see.   We have no one to blame but ourselves; believers are responsible for the discrepancy.  Just as a grimy lens will not refract light, we inhibit the Spirit’s power from being clearly seen with our sin and willful ignorance.

That being said, we have no idea what a totally God-less world will look like, but we can imagine.  When the Holy Spirit’s constraint upon evil is lifted and the believers are bodily removed during the rapture of the Church, the earth will be a horrifically dark place.  One of the works attributed to the Holy Spirit it that of restraining.  (2 Thess. 2:6-8)  “The Restrainer will be removed in due time,” says Lewis Perry Chafer in his book Pneumatology, “and then follows an unprecedented tribulation, a period of seven years, before the King returns to exercise complete authority over the earth.”  ( p. 34)  Without the Spirit’s power holding Satan and man’s sinful whims in check, there will be absolute chaos on the earth.  Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your restraining power while we are still here!

Next time, we will examine the scriptures concerning the attribute of Omnipresence in relation to the Holy Spirit.

Dear Father, again You have been faithful to show truth from Your Word. . .may Your truth sink deep into our minds and hearts. . . may You inhabit our thoughts continuously, may You change us, and may You use it to glorify Yourself. . .we ask these things in Jesus’ name because through Him alone we come to You, Amen.

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