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about The Holy Spirit


Is the Holy Spirit Limited?


Is the Holy Spirit limited?

Question: Is the Holy Spirit limited in any way?

Answer: No. The Holy Spirit is not limited, except . . .

Perhaps it would be well if we looked briefly at the Holy Spirit and His work.

First, Jesus is limited now to His human body. And yet Jesus promised to be with us always:

Mat 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

But Jesus can't be everywhere, with every Christian all at the same time. But He made provision for that. He has a representative Who will be in the lives of all God's people.

John 16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:13-15 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

So Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to bring Jesus' messages to us. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. When you see one (I speak in human terms) you've seen them all. Though Jesus in His human body could not be bodily with His people in all the world and in all ages all at the same time, through the Holy Spirit he can do just that.

You'll notice, at the beginning I used the word "except." There is one limitation that even the Holy Spirit has. He cannot enter our hearts unless we let Him in. Jesus' invitation is for that very purpose:

Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

When Jesus knocks, it is the Holy Spirit Who is doing the knocking; Jesus through His Holy Spirit enters the heart and eats supper with us―performs with us even the most mundane tasks.

But, as I said, the Holy spirit can only come into our hearts if we allow Him to. If we shut Him out, then we have, in effect, limited Him; we've made it impossible for Him to do His work in us. And if we persist in doing that, we will spurn Jesus and lose our only hope for eternal life.

Mat 12:31, 32 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Here Jesus described for us what we would call the "unpardonable sin." We commit this sin "when we persistently reject Christ and deliberately choose options contrary to the principles of His kingdom, when we no longer view sin for what it is, when we mistake darkness for light, when Satan's lies become to us the truth, and when our hearts are so hardened they no longer recognize the need for forgiveness." SSLQ Feb. 26, 2002

So the Holy Spirit represents Christ to all who will admit Him into their hearts. He is unlimited in power, unlimited in His ability to be in the heart of every follower of Christ (even those who do not know Christ but follow the leading of the Spirit), unlimited in his knowledge of Christ and His salvation. But He is limited only by the choice of man to accept or reject His fellowship.

You have heard (or are now hearing) the knock of the Spirit upon your heart's door. Open the door. Let Him in. You will probably not feel anything when He comes in. But He will bring the peace of knowing that Christ lives within. He will bring to pass the promise that Jesus made:

Mat 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in h3eart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."