“We receive the promised Holy Spirit by asking in faith (Luke 11:13; John 7:37–39; Gal. 3:2, 14). There are many ways in which the Spirit helps or comforts believers. He glorifies Christ to us; he pours out the love of the Father and the grace of Christ into our hearts; he witnesses to us that we are children of the Father (Rom. 8:16); he produces faith and repentance in us; he generates in us “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control” (Gal. 5:22–23 ). The Spirit is also a guarantee for the believer, because God has “put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Cor. 1:22; see also Eph. 1:13–14). He thus assures us that we will receive what God has promised to us, which is why the Spirit has been appropriately called “Comforter.” Finally, the Spirit brings us into communion with the Son and the Father (1 John 1:3). Apart from the Spirit, we would be as lifeless as the chairs we sit on. Owen writes, All the consolations of the Holy Spirit consist in his acquainting us with, and communicating unto us, the love of the Father and the grace of the Son; nor is there any thing in the one or the other but he makes it a matter of consolation to us: so that, indeed, we have our communion with the Father in his love, and the Son in his grace, by the operation of the Holy Spirit.” from “God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God” by Mark Jones


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