Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.
Presence of God.
Spirit of God.
Spirit of Truth.
Spirit of Life.
The Spirit of Truth convincing human hearts about the truth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was given to act within those who believe in Jesus to shape God’s character in them.
The Holy Spirit builds in our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, self-control (Ga 5: 22-23), accomplishing this task in a way we could not achieve by ourselves. Christians are therefore called to walk in the Holy Spirit (Jn 5:25) and fill him (Ephesians 5:18). The Holy Spirit equips Christians with the power to perform a service that causes spiritual growth (Rom. 12: 1 Cor 12: Eph 4).
The Holy Spirit also affects those who are not Christians. He convinces human hearts about God’s truth that we have sinned and need God’s forgiveness. He is convinced of the righteousness of Jesus, who died for us, for our sins. He is also convinced of God’s judgment on the world and on those who do not know Him (John 16: 8-11). The Holy Spirit moves our hearts and minds, calling us to grief for sins and turning to God for forgiveness and new life.