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The Holy Spirit was active in creation. Remember that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are always working together. The Trinity is one God with three eternal, coexistent Persons. This is a concept beyond our full understanding, but Creation is one clear example of all three working together. We see Father and Spirit mentioned in this passage and we read later in John 1:1-3 that Jesus was also the Creator.
The Holy Spirit was active in people's lives in Old Testament times.
King David knew he could not hide from the Spirit.
The Spirit gives us power to do things of God.
The Spirit led and strengthened Christ during His earthly ministry.
Although the Holy Spirit has always been present, Jesus explained the Spirit would have a new role in the life of believers after Pentecost.
1 John 3:24
The Spirit is present with all believers.
When we’re born-again, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. His job description is to glorify the Father and the Son; and He does this by guiding us into truth, teaching us what pleases God, and making us holy. He is always with us to convict, counsel and comfort us, conforming us to the image of Christ.
The more we allow His control, and the more we listen to His voice, the more mature we become in Christ.
A Note about Prayer:
Because the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One, we need not get hung up which name we use or which of them we think about when we pray. There is no jealousy between members of the Trinity and their job descriptions overlap. When we pray to One, we are praying to all Three. In Matthew 6, Jesus gives the Lord’s prayer (an example of effective prayer) starting with “Our Father.” In John 14:14 Jesus tells us to ask in His name, and we’re also told to pray in the Spirit (Jude 20).
For more: To Whom Are We to Pray
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