For believers, the relationship with the Trinity begins with Jesus. In the disciples’ case, Jesus came to tell them the rest of the story, since the disciples had a Jewish background. They had been expecting the messiah to physically deliver the Jews from Roman oppression, and they believed Jesus was the One. They got to experience Jesus first hand, they had the kind of closeness with Jesus they wanted, and they did what He told them to do and be, with the notable exception of Judas Iscariot. At the times, the disciples had a worshipful but not personal relationship with the Father, and that’s what prompted Philip’s request in John 14:8-9. Jesus opened the door to a personal, interactive relationship the disciples could enjoy with the Father.
God is One. If knowing Jesus means knowing the Father, then knowing Jesus means knowing the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit loves you just like Jesus and the Father do, and He longs to be in fellowship with you.
Scripture: John 14:8-9
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us”. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say Show us the Father?”
Father God, thanks for the opportunity to get to know the Holy Spirit and develop a relationship with Him just like I’ve developed a relationship with Jesus. Grant me all that I need to welcome the Holy Spirit into my heart and life just like I did Jesus. Help me to grow in grace, knowledge, friendship and love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Do you want a personal, interactive relationship with the Holy Spirit?
2. Are you prepared to be guided and taught by Him even if what you learn is different from what you’ve been taught by well-meaning but perhaps incorrect scholars and teachers?
3. Are you ready to be and do what He guides you to be and do regardless of your plans or feelings? If not, can you ask Him for help like the desperate father asked Jesus for help in Mark 9:24?
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