Emblems of the Holy Spirit

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.” (Matthew 3:16)

There are several beautiful symbols of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. The first is that of the dove, here mentioned in the very first New Testament reference to the Spirit. It was the dove, of course, that first assured Noah that the earth had risen out of the death waters of the great Flood, just as Christ now rose up out of the baptismal waters to receive the dove-like Spirit.

The water itself is also an emblem of the Spirit in its cleansing efficacy and life-sustaining virtue. Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). This could also be translated “born of water, even the Spirit.” When He promised “rivers of living water” to those who believed on Him, “this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive” (John 7:38-39).

Then, there is the wind: sometimes a gentle breeze, sometimes a mighty hurricane, and this also symbolizes the Holy Spirit. “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

John the Baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh. . . . he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Luke 3:16). The Holy Spirit is God; “our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). The Spirit of God is a gentle dove and living water; He is the blowing wind, and a consuming fire; He is our “Comforter” (John 14:26), “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17), and “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:2).


Something Must Have Happened Here – Luke 2:11


Something Must Have Happened Here – Luke 2 11

An old pioneer traveled west across the Great Plains until he came to an abrupt halt at the edge of the Grand Canyon. He gawked at the sight — a vast chasm 5,000 feet deep, 18 miles across and stretching farther than the eye could see — 277 miles long.

— He gasped and said, “Something must’ve happened here!”

At Christmas, anyone who looks and listens must ask what the hustle and noise is all about.

A person seeing the lights, the decorations, the festivities and the religious services might conclude, “Something must have happened here!”

Of course, something happened and we need to tell the world about it.
— What happened is Jesus came to be our Savior!

How can we know this for sure?
— How can we know Jesus came to be our Savior this Christmas?

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