Q&A: The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

What are some personal and pastoral implications of the Holy Spirit's indwelling?

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Of course the Holy Spirit is equally divine as the Father and the Son. And in fact, the Holy Spirit is the presence of God in our lives. Our interaction with God happens through the Holy Spirit. And so, I believe it's appropriate to render worship to the Holy Spirit, to perhaps even address our prayers to the Holy Spirit, though, of course, the biblical model is that we pray to God, to God the Father, in the power of the Spirit, with the assistance of the Spirit, and through the authority or the person of the Son, through the Lord Jesus. But the Spirit is God, and it's not inappropriate to worship the Spirit or to address prayers to the Spirit, it seems to me.

Answer by Dr. Alan Hultberg

Dr. Alan Hultberg is Associate Professor of Bible Exposition and New Testament at Talbot School of Theology.