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The Third Person…in Song!

We may never comprehend the three persons (personalities) of the Trinity. Actually, the word Trinity is never used in the Bible, but the doctrine of the three distinct persons of the Godhead is a Biblical doctrine acknowledged only in Christianity. We understand that we worship the true and living God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We also understand that as Christians we are promised the “Gift of the Holy Spirit” upon our obedience to follow Jesus Christ and His Word. But, understanding how the three unique persons of the Godhead are “separate” and yet “one” is beyond man’s comprehension. We think as men and women, not as God.
Still, we are promised that we have the Holy Spirit and that Spirit empowers or emboldens us to do the work of Christ. This provides us with comfort knowing that we have this “person” on our side to help us do God’s work.
I must admit that throughout my nearly 40 years of music and worship ministry, I have often avoided singing songs about the Holy Spirit as I found them either not supported by Scripture or weak doctrinally. Song writers, like many authors, will put their theological “spin” on their texts, too. And, many of them are set to tunes that are poorly written.
I remember in my first music ministry in Cincinnati, the minister was preaching a message on the Holy Spirit. He requested that we sing the gospel hymn, “The Comforter Has Come”. I was not familiar with this song and, honestly, I was not thrilled with the music, but I feel that the author of the text, Frank Bottome, got it right. Here are the words to the first stanza:

O spread the tidings ‘round wherever man is found,
Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;
Let ev’ry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:
The Comforter has come!
The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!
The Holy Ghost from heav’n ~ the Father’s promise giv’n;
O spread the tidings ‘round wherever man is found ~
The Comforter has come!

John 16:5-16, provides the answer we need regarding the work of the Holy Spirit and how he empowers us to do the work with the Heart and Hands of Jesus. Please read this most important Scripture.

Don Seevers

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