The Neglected Person of the Trinity

People don’t take the Holy Spirit seriously.

According to J.I. Packer, the reason people don’t take the Holy Spirit seriously is that they don’t think of him as a person. If you have read the book or watched the movie The Shack, you can see that this is true. The Holy Spirit is often thought of as an it or a thing, not a him.

Here are a few reasons why we should take the Holy Spirit seriously:

  • The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons who live in the unity of the Trinity. Each person is equally as personal as the other two.

  • The Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus to carry on and to complete his work of “making disciples” (Mt 28:19; Jn 14:26). How exactly does the Spirit do this? He teaches people the truth about who Jesus is and draws them to Jesus.

  • The Holy Spirit keeps out of sight, which is why we can think of him as the shy person of the Trinity. Maybe you’ve heard him labeled as the neglected person of the Trinity. He’s neglected mostly because he intends to be neglected: his ministry is to point us to the person and work of Jesus. His job description is to put the spotlight on Jesus the entire time.

  • Whenever we behold Jesus Christ in the gospel, the Holy Spirit works on us to lead us into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Take the Holy Spirit seriously.

Learn more about the person and work of the Holy Spirit by watching this short video clip from J.I. Packer.

Further Reading: Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton  

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Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is lead pastor of Redemption Church (PCA) in San Diego, California. Nick has worked for White Horse Inn for several years, has written over one hundred articles for Core Christianity, and has work featured in Modern Reformation, Fathom Magazine, Mockingbird NYC, Church Leaders, Banner of Truth, and other places. Nick and his wife, Gina, have three sons. He blogs at Connect with Nicholas on Twitter @MundaneMinister.

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