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Week 1: The Eternal Presence

The whole people of God are journeying from Easter to Pentecost! Along the way, Christ Church Nashville will be posting short meditations on the Holy Spirit for you to use in your personal quiet times, or to read aloud with your family and friends. Let’s consecrate Pentecost 2015 as a season of expectation—a Holy Spirit advent—as we walk the road together. 

These meditations are excerpted from a book by Pastor Dan and Pastor Hunter called The Road to Pentecost. It is available for free in our bookstore or to download here.

THE HOLY SPIRIT, as an eternal member of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—has existed since the very beginning. The Bible first mentions the Holy Spirit in Genesis as the dynamic source of creation brooding over the waters, stirring the pot, preparing the way for life.

The Old Testament, beyond the creation narrative in Genesis, is filled with references to the Holy Spirit, including:

Isaiah’s prophecy that the Holy Spirit would transform the wilderness into a paradise, a place for justice and righteousness (Isaiah 32:15);

The Holy Spirit as the source for Bezalel’s creative ability to build the tabernacle (Exodus 31:23); and

The prophet Joel’s promise that a day would come when the Holy Spirit would not be reserved for the priests, prophets, kings, and judges, but would be poured out on all people (Joel 2:28).

The New Testament, even before the Pentecost moment in Jerusalem’s upper room, bears witness to the dynamic work of Holy Spirit, including:

The Holy Spirit as the presence that overshadowed Mary at the conception of Jesus (Luke 1:35);

The Holy Spirit’s resting on Jesus—the spirit-anointed one—at his baptism (John 1:29-34); and

Paul’s statement in Romans that the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11).

As we prepare our hearts for Pentecost, let’s remember that the Holy Spirit is eternal. The Scriptures are filled with references to the Holy Spirit’s work throughout the history of God’s family.

Just as the Holy Spirit has been working and moving before God’s family had a name for Him, the Holy Spirit has been working in our lives before we could call His name. The Holy Spirit always moves first.

Father, thank you for the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture. We receive the eternal presence and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our church. Send it on down!