John 14:26: “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

If we were ambassadors by trade we would know how to navigate between different cultures and how to keep the dialogue open between countries. The use of ambassadors today is widespread. States use diplomatic representatives to deal with any problems that occur within the international system. Ambassadors live in their assigned countries for long periods of time so that they get acquainted with the culture and local people. The Holy Spirit representing God’s kingdom dwells in our realm and is sent to us to inform us of God’s will and explain it in such a way that we can understand it. Languages seem to be the Holy Spirit’s specialty. Speaking every language there is, and most importantly: God’s heart language, the Holy Spirit is an excellent and very unique interpreter. As a member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit re-introduces us to God’s Kingdom – basically back to the way it used to be when we knew God intimately, when we walked the Garden of Eden with Him, and before we engaged in conversations with a treacherous serpent; on that note I call this time era in Eden “Before Serpent”. Just as “Before Christ” is abbreviated BC, “Before Serpent” is abbreviated ….bad joke, I know!

God’s Spirit is known to be gentle. If we reject Him, He respects our decision and lets us go – because apparently we know what we’re doing – or don’t we?

Jesus once prayed for us on the cross saying (Luke 23:34):

“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’”

When Jesus asked the Father to forgive everybody, He gave Him a reason why: “They do not know what they do.” I’ve always wondered if people had known they were actually killing the Son of God on the cross was there a chance that God would not forgive?

This is a theoretical question of course, but in this vein here are some more: Did Adam and Eve understand what they were doing eating that forbidden fruit? Did Satan know what he was doing causing a split in heaven and taking one third of all angels with him? How much can go wrong and how much can be forgiven? I don’t think we really know.

And knowing that we don’t know is the beginning of all wisdom, I believe. Humility goes a long way towards God’s kingdom, and that’s when we are actually open to listen to the Wisdom of Ages, aka the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit has a lot of important things to share (the truth first and foremost!). If you’re busy, take some time out of your busy schedule. If you’re not busy, just come with curiosity and an open mind.  Don’t be afraid to listen what the Holy Spirit has to say. I promise you, it will rock your world and you’ll be amazed!

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord     
Francesca Battistelli

Titus 3:4-7: “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

We have a triune God!  This profound insight has been an open secret since the beginning of time, and it is a beautiful testimony that God is not operating as a “Lone Ranger”.  Instead, He chooses to work as a team.

We can discover divine teamwork in the realm of creation. The first chapter of the book of Genesis describes how the Holy Spirit was involved from the get-go:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” 

Hovering over something that was initially formless, empty, and dark, the Holy Spirit went to town – and the magic of transformation began! As the Spirit of God proceeded to cut through dysfunctional chaos, the universe as we know it came into being, and with it our home planet Earth, filled with wonder, color, and beauty.

Reading up on the creation story, we can discern a repeating pattern – the pattern of God speaking and things happening. Following is an inconclusive list of examples, all from the first chapter of Genesis:

  • And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so.
  • “Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.
  • “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.

In John’s gospel Jesus is introduced as the One who made things happen, the One who is ultimately responsible for the resulting: “And it was so” each time God spoke.  God forms a thought, communicates it, and Jesus chips in saying: “Consider it done!” So much so, that Jesus is nick-named “The Word” – because whichever Word comes out of the Father’s mouth, Jesus does it, and He does it very well! Incidentally, we read how Jesus, the Word, was successfully involved in the creation process (John 1:1-3):

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” 

When it comes to saving humans we see the same kind of intricate teamwork between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Paul describes the Trinity’s teamwork to a man named Titus (Titus 3:4-7):

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

We can see a circle of transformation happening, with:

  • The Holy Spirit hovering over humankind creating a new heart within us
  • While the Father graciously extends His welcome by giving us His Son
  • While Jesus advertises the Father’s kindness and love by sacrificing His life to save us.

As a happy result, spiritually dead humans rise up to be spiritually alive humans, ready to do God’s work – if they are so inclined. We are not saved without our consent, but if we believe, wonderful things are bound to happen.

God’s activities are ongoing, and He is inviting us to join His interesting projects. God’s nature is to be productive; and we know that a lot of great things happen when the Trinity is at work. So, here’s to divine team work – taking care of business! Would you like to get involved?

 “And we’ll be taking care of business – every day! Takin’ care of business – every way! We be takin’ care of business – it’s all mine! Takin’care of business and working overtime.” (Randy Bachman)

 

Genesis 11:9: “That is why the city was called Babel because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.”

An ambitious building project came to a screeching halt. What happened?  In the 11th chapter of Genesis we read how people got together to build a great city with towering skyscraper. Their goal was to become famous and to unify the world under one capital – incidentally the goal of many rising and falling empires in the history of mankind! With the introduction of foreign languages, however, God threw a mighty curve ball. It became increasingly difficult for people to get on the same page, let alone to pursue world unity by setting up a global government that was to represent all people. Instead of staying together people divided into their respective language groups and formed nations while separating and scattering into the four corners of this world, thus forever abandoning the construction project of the Tower of Babel.

With Babel came native and foreign tongues, and so we have been in dire need of translators to be able to communicate with people all over the world. “Babel” sounds like a Hebrew term that means “confusion.” And the confusion indeed is profound – even among people speaking the same language. Worse still, Heaven and Earth have trouble relating, which we can trace back to the time right after we were expelled from the Garden of Eden. We have been struggling continuously with all kinds of communication problems. We experience difficulties understanding the other person, much less can we make sense of what God has to say to us at times. Consequently, God has been misunderstood, and in the realm of human relations people have been misunderstood.

Here is where the Holy Spirit comes in: the Holy Spirit plays a crucial role as translator. He translates God’s language into human language by explaining God’s thoughts to humans. Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit to His followers as an advocate and His representative.  In the 14th chapter of his gospel John wrote down Jesus’ description of the Holy Spirit. According to John’s eye witness Jesus said: “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” The Holy Spirit speaks God’s truth into the human heart and opens the door to a deeper level of communication by translating between humans and between God and humans.  This is how the gift of tongues has become the powerful antidote to the Babel event. Instead of confusion there is meaningful conversation. Instead of separation bridges are built. The Spirit of God is the greatest global peace movement ever. Today the Spirit is knocking on everybody’s door asking to draw near to God; and all we have to do is … lend a listening ear!

Revelation 22:17: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”