Father, Son, And Holy Spirit

Q. When we are in Heaven with God, will the Holy Spirit be there, and will we see Him? Are Father, Son and Holy Spirit three equal entities or is there a descending order? I notice many times in the New Testament that Father and Son are mentioned together, but rarely is the Holy Spirit included.

A. I think it’s clear that we’ll see the Father and the Son, but other than the “tongues of fire” at Pentecost (Acts 2:3), the Holy Spirit is not specifically mentioned as being visible to us. This leads some to claim that the Holy Spirit is not an entity in the same sense as the Father and the Son are, but He is always referred to with personal pronouns so I don’t buy that idea.

I also think the Bible explains the relationship between the Father and the Son as being similar to the one between earthly fathers and their sons. In 1 Cor. 15:20-28 Paul explained that the Son will reign until he has defeated all His enemies, and after that He will hand the kingdom to the Father and be subject to Him.

From John 14:16 we can see that the Holy Spirit also seems to be subject to the Father. Speaking to His disciples, Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.” In John 16:13-14 Jesus said the Spirit would not speak on His own but would speak only what He hears, to bring glory to the Son. To me this indicates He has taken a behind the scene role to give the Son center stage.

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