Jn.14:16 – I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may be with you forever;
The third person of the Trinity, the blessed Holy Spirit, is the most mysterious of all the members of the Godhead. He exists in a supportive role, carrying out the Father’s plan and revealing and glorifying Christ. He is the One Who is working in the earth today. His great day of ministry began on the Day of Pentecost. He is actively building God’s kingdom through yielded vessels in this world. Jonathan Edwards had some incredible insight about the ministry of the Spirit. Here is a quote from his teaching on the Trinity.
“This is very consonant to the office of the Holy Ghost, or his work with respect to creatures, which is threefold: quicken, enliven and beautify all things; to sanctify intelligent [creatures]; and to comfort and delight them.
He quickens and beautifies all things. So we read that “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” [Gen. 1:2], or of the chaos, to bring it out of its confusion, into harmony and beauty. So we read, Job 26:13, that God “by his spirit garnished the heavens.”
Tis he that sanctifies created spirits, that is, he gives them divine love: for the Scripture teaches us that all holiness and true grace and virtue is resolvable into that, as its universal spring and principle.
The third and last office of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and delight the souls of God’s people. And thus one of his names is the Comforter, and thus we have the phrase of “joy in the Holy Ghost.”
I love all of this. The Holy Spirit makes us alive and beautifies us. We were dead in our sins and our lives were anything but beautiful. He made us alive by coming to live in us. From that moment He began His work of cleaning us up and beautifying our lives.
Next, He sanctifies us. He does this by filling our hearts with the love of God. We love the Lord now and we hate the things that made our lives miserable. It is the love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, this is the work of the Spirit.
He is also called the Comforter. The misery of this life tends to fill our hearts with sadness. The Holy Spirit comes and comforts us and fills our hearts with joy. This is the work of God, the blessed Holy Spirit. He has filled us with joy beyond words.