For Christ and His Holy Spirit

Do you want more of Jesus? Then you want more of the Holy Spirit. Do you want more of the Holy Spirit? Then you want to gather more with his church.

We gather together as a church because we dearly want Christ and his Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is called the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of God.

Romans 8:9 says, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”

This verse teaches that Jesus lives in believers through the Holy Spirit. This is so because Jesus is one with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe in him. Jesus said, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)

Jesus wants his followers to be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4–5 says, “While staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’”

We gather as believers in one church because we want Christ and his Holy Spirit. We don’t want just Christ, or just Christ and his Father; we want the third person of the Trinity as well, the Holy Spirit.

Believers want all of him just as we want all of Jesus. We do not quench him just as we do not want to quench Jesus.

We want to be filled with the Holy Spirit just as we want to be filled with Jesus and near to Jesus.

The Holy Spirit loves to glorify Christ. John 16:13 says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

The Holy Spirit manifests in special ways when believers gather together rather than staying apart and isolated. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). “When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up” (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Therefore church gatherings are golden opportunities. This is one reason why we love to come together, because we want more of the Holy Spirit, more of Christ, more of God.