I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth…
and in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
From there He judges the living and the dead.
I believe in Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen!
Today was going to fit perfectly with what was going on in my life. Hah! Today was going to be the day I was to be ordained as a deacon in my church. Which would have matched perfectly with the Holy Spirit. But, the snow was just bad enough to cause us to cancel church. But God is always good, and it allowed more time with the family – worshiping and fellowshipping together! It was a good time!
But now, we come to the third Person of the Trinity. The doer of the Bunch. The Spirit is described, in theological circles, as the One who fulfills the Will of the Father in the Kingdom of the Son. God works through the Holy Spirit. It was through the work of the Spirit that creation was brought into existence. It was through the work of the Spirit that salvation is worked out in us (with fear and trembling). It is through the power of the Spirit that we are being sanctified.
Now, the concept of the Trinity can (and probably always will be) a strange one to grasp. Honestly, we may never fully grasp it. Its hard to thing of three completely equal in power, holiness, majesty, and honor Persons – yet they are one Being. Human analogies fall short in some capacity. We cant totally wrap our heads around it. But we must give the Holy Spirit its due place of honor and glorification. He is as much God as the Father or the Son is. He is not a lesser piece. They are One in harmony and relationship. The creed knew that there needed to be an established Truth in that. The Spirit is not less than the other Persons. There were/are heresies that place the Spirit at a subservient level to the Father and Son. And this creed sought to disband such theology.
When we say we believe in the Holy Spirit, we are placing our trust in His existence. We know He is real, because we have felt His work in our lives – in our hearts. Whenever I overcome a temptuous situation – the Spirit has been working in my heart. When I find the words to show the Gospel to anyone – the Spirit has been working through my mouth. When I find the strength to stand after a rough week of spiritual warfare – the Spirit grants me that power. When we look back at the Church’s past, and how it has stayed together for over 2000 years… the Spirit has not abandoned it, even in it’s toughest times. The Spirit is an integral part of our relationship with the God of Scripture.
As we finish today, let us thank God for His Spirit, and its work in our hearts, our lives, and our world. Amen!