Day Two: Relationship Goals

“But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said.” (John 16.13-14 MSG)

“The Holy Spirit, like the Father and the Son, is not just a doctrine, an idea, or an experience to be tagged on to the other doctrines and experiences of our Christian life. He is the God who has invaded our lives with his transforming presence…

“Christians today…recognize that the Spirit is God, just as the Father and the Son are God. Although the Father, Son, and Spirit each focus on some different aspects of our salvation, we can learn about the Spirit’s ways by looking at Jesus the Son, because the Bible reveals God’s character most clearly in Jesus.

“…Greek philosophy might seek to define what God is; the Bible, by contrast, shows God to us in how he related to people throughout history… Some people suppose that learning theology means learning about God only in an abstract, rational sense, and feel this has little influence on their personal relationship with him. But when the Bible talks about knowing God, it speaks of a relationship characterized by intimacy and obedience, not by merely intellectual knowledge.” (C. Keener, Gift and Giver, pp. 18-20)

Do you want to truly know God? Ask for the Spirit to draw you into an intimate relationship with God and to transform you to live according to God’s ways.