“No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”
~ 1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV)
Although certain individuals may get more public attention, those who work “behind the scenes” are essential in almost every joint endeavor. It’s true with our God too.
The Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed begins: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Christians confess that the Holy Spirit is the eternal, co-equal, third Person of the Triune God of the Bible. Present at creation, the Holy Spirit would work saving faith in the hearts of Adam and Eve after their fall into sin. The Spirit has created repentance and faith in human hearts ever since. The Holy Spirit inspired the Prophets and Apostles in every word of the Holy Scriptures. The Holy Spirit’s “behind the scenes” work truly is essential to the saving work of our gracious God.
The Holy Spirit had moments of public display. At Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3), at Pentecost (Acts 2) and in special gifts to the early Christian Church (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12), his work was clearly recognized. But for 21st century Christians, his work remains essentially “behind the scenes.”
The Holy Spirit is our “faith-builder.” By the Holy Scriptures he opens your understanding, increases your knowledge of God’s truth, and strengthens your trust in Jesus, which leads to your daily life of faith.
The Holy Spirit is our “faith-preserver.” Some have feared, “What if I lose my faith?” As you continue in the gospel of Christ, holding to his teachings, the Holy Spirit works “behind the scenes,” keeping you in the faith.
Finally, the Holy Spirit is the “Church-builder,” as you and I and our fellow believers share the gospel of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection worldwide. The Spirit will ignite, strengthen and preserve faith in the hearts of repentant sinners, that they may have eternal life.
Dear Holy Spirit, never let me underestimate your “behind the scenes” work in my heart and life through the gospel. Inspire me to regular worship and Bible study as you work in me. I praise you with the Father and the Son, now and forever. Amen.