Today we will discuss a little more on who the Holy Spirit is, specifically the purity of the Holy Spirit and how He purifies us. (The following includes a few extracts out of Wayne Grudem’s book “Systematic Theology” and my own personal experiences).
Holy Spirit Purifies
The fact that “holy” is part of name explains why the Holy Spirit is pure, blameless and well, holy, and why he would purify and make us holy as well. One of the most important activities of the Holy Spirit is to sanctify us (in other words, to make pure or free us of sin and guilt). When we become reborn, the Holy Spirit begins a cleansing work in us to break the patterns of sin in our lives. 1 Corinthians 6:11 says the following: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” This is what the Purification process is like: Similar to putting gold through intense heat through fire to burn any unnecessary elements and produce pure gold.
Or similar to pottery – when the wet clay gets placed in the oven, it has to go through intense heat, and it is only considered ready once the pot begins to sing – sing songs of worship in the hardest time of your life. After the purification, the Holy Spirit will begin the growth process of a holy lifestyle in you. This is where the FRUIT of the SPIRIT gets involved, as they are the qualities that reflect the character of God in our lives.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, iself-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Make sure you do not confuse the Fruits with the Gifts of the Spirit, as they are NOT the same, they are entirely different. You see, Fruits of the Spirit are character qualities that each and every single reborn Christian should have. This is not a thing that certain Christians have, but that everyone should see. And these fruits can only be produced if we allow the Holy Spirit to purify us and begin the process of the growth. The Fruits of the Spirit are trademarks of a reborn Christian – it makes us stand out from the crowd, makes people immediately say, “You are different. I can see it in the way you speak and act. Why?” This shows the purity process and Fruits in your life and more often than not, will change people’s lives and give you the opportunity to share with them how Christ became a part of your life and changed you forever. This is where CS Lewis’ quote comes in quite handy: “Your actions speak so loud that I cannot hear you speak.” After all, faith without action is dead, and the Fruit of the Spirit is a good combination of faith and action working together. You know those moments when you pray to God and ask him to give you patience, and the exact opposite happens – you get thrown into every circumstance where your patience get tested and you discover how little patience you have. Or when you ask God to give you courage, and all that happens is that you keep facing your biggest giants, and having to face your biggest fears. Did God make you impatient? No. Did God send those fears and giants your way? No. All that happened was that you gave God permission to start purifying those areas in your life, giving God the opportunity to point out the immature areas, the things in your life that haven’t been dealt with and sorted out.
But in the mean time, while it feels like the heat has turned up, God will speak with a quiet voice and through His Holy Spirit give you guidance, tools and wisdom as to how to deal with those things, essentially developing those muscles. You simply gave the Holy Spirit the key to go and clean up one of the dirty rooms in your spiritual house. This is the process of purification and the development of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Are you ready, are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to come and purify you? He won’t do more than you can handle, and He won’t force Himself on you, but He will work with what you give Him permission to work on. It will be hard at first, as it is never easy to face the not-so-nice things in your own life, but the results are so worth it all.