The word 'God' is familiar to almost every person in this world. His name is also honored and kept in high esteem by most people. He is acknowledged to have created man in his own image. Genesis 1:26. What then is understood by the words 'Triune God'? The answer is very simple, as it refers to the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We read in the Holy Bible: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth". Genesis 1:1. The Bible further relates that God made all things, that He made, in six days. Man and woman were created last. Then, on the seventh day, God rested from all His works. God, therefore, is the first person of the Holy Trinity.
Jesus, who was with God already before the world was created (John 1), was sent into this world because of the Fall of the first human pair (Adam and Eve) in the garden of Eden. He was born in due time to come into the world to be the redeemer of mankind, of sin, which resulted from the fall of Adam and Eve. Jesus said of himself, "I and the Father are one". John 10:30. Jesus, then, is the second person of the Holy Trinity.
We also are familiar with many other names by which Jesus is known, as we have heard during the recent Christmas season. Some of them are: Christ, Saviour, Redeemer, Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14), Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Now we come to the third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. It is also referred to in many portions of the Bible as the Holy Ghost. What is the office of the Holy Spirit? Many people do not understand what is the purpose and duty of the Holy Spirit.
The promise of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Father has created all things, the Son has redeemed mankind and the Holy Spirit sanctifies man upon the earth, making him acceptable to God.
Man is not holy of himself. Only the Holy Spirit can make him holy. That is why the Bible teaches, "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his". (Romans 8:9). So it is important, first of all, to receive the Holy Spirit; then, to preserve it.
So then, the work of Christ continues in the world in 'His congregation' as the work of the Holy Spirit. In the congregation of Christ, we are in living unity with Christ, united into one family of God with all other believers "that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ". II Peter 1:2.
That is why the Bible calls the congregation the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit has many other duties which are brought forth in the Holy Bible. However, one of the most important functions has been dwelt with in this writing.
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