Question and Answer
Q] Will we see the Holy Spirit in Heaven?
[Jennifer Fisher / South Africa]
A] The Bible gives us a clear picture of how Heaven is now and also how it will be after the rapture and for all eternity. John4:24 says that God is Spirit [Col.1:15] and He is invisible, but are made visible through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the very Spirit of God. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River [Matt.3:13], the Holy Spirit came upon Him; however, the manner in which the Holy Spirit came was relate to us by the gentle manner of a dove. There was no real image or form illustrating the Holy Spirit. In the same manner; in Heaven, there is One God.
Through revelation and knowledge of scripture we can understand that although God is expressed to us as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the totality of God has one body, Jesus Christ. Jesus also said unto Peter: “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? “ [John 14:9]. Colossians1:15 say this of Jesus: “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” We will then see Jesus in Heaven; we will not see the Father, neither the Holy Spirit – unlike some churches illustrates the trinity with a cross, a light and a dove. Jesus is seated on the eternal Throne, the presence of God fills Him and the Holy Spirit resides in and through Him forever.
In Exodus 33:20 the Lord tells Moses: “…you can’t see my face, because no one may see me and live.” Lastly, when we study the Word in St. John chapter 1 from verse 1 into 2, we can receive the revelation of Jesus Christ in His fullness – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Then in verse 14 it says that the Word was made flesh and dwelled among men. Jesus is the expressed image of God – the Word made flesh; the same Word we saw at creation which proceeded from the Father and hovered upon the deep [Gen.1:1], which was the Holy Spirit; which also ties in with John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” I want to lay emphasis here on the latter part which says: ‘…and the Word was God”; together with John 1:14 which tells us that the same Word became flesh – He was Jesus. The conclusion is that Jesus is God Himself, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus [Gal.4:6]. Therefore, if the Word was called God [John1:1], and the same Word was made flesh [John1:14], which in the beginning was the Spirit of God [Gen.1:1]; then Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and the Father is God; all three persons expressed bodily in Jesus. The concluded answer to the question: ‘Will we see the Holy Spirit in Heaven?’ No and Yes – No you will not see Him as a separate entity; and Yes you will see Him in Jesus.