Ain’t No Ghost Like the Holy Ghost!

A common question amongst Christians is: “Are Christians able to celebrate Halloween?” The short answer is: “It depends.” If that answer is not satisfactory, I will offer a few observations. First, Halloween, as we know it today, is not a holiday (i.e., holy day). It is called Halloween because it is “All Hallows’ Eve”, the day before “All Hallows’ Day” (otherwise known as All Saints Day – November 1st). To make a long story short, what started as a Pagan Celtic celebration was converted (for a time) into a Christian holiday but then quickly reverted back to a non-religious celebration. It is not a holiday like Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Second, the major issue is what are you celebrating? If you are celebrating death and evil spirits, then ask yourself, “Why would it be acceptable to engage in certain “spooky” behavior on October 31st, that you would not engage in on any other day of the year?” If you are celebrating the darker, evil aspects of Halloween, you need to repent because that is not Christian behavior. However, if you want to dress up your child as a giraffe or dinosaur or the Mandalorian and get some free candy; you are not sinning. Like with everything Christians do, we must examine our motivation and determine if you can do so in faith and with a clear conscience. I like how GotQuestions.org answers this “If Christians are going to take part in Halloween, their attitude, dress, and most importantly, their behavior should still reflect a redeemed life (Philippians 1:27).”

Third, this should not be an issue that divides us and causes conflict among fellow Christians. I am speaking primarily between those who do not have a clear conscience in taking part in any aspect of Halloween and those who believe it is acceptable to enjoy the day without taking part in the darker aspects of it. Consider what the Bible says in Romans 14:4, “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

The Holy Spirit is a “Who”, not an “It”

There ain’t no ghost like the Holy Ghost! This morning we are not going to spend too much time talking about Halloween but using this opportunity to reflect on and discuss the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit). Our first point to consider is that the Holy Spirit is a Who, not an It. The Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3-4), Eternal (Heb 9:14), Omnipotent (Luke 1:35), Omniscient (1 Cor 2:10-11), and Omnipresent (Ps 139:7-13). 

Scott Swain said of the Holy Spirit, “The Spirit of the Father (Matt 10:20; Rom 8:9) and the Son (Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6) is one God with the Father and the Son, the third person of the Trinity, and the crowning agent of God’s undivided purpose and power (Eph. 4:4–6). 

The Holy Spirit’s Role For the Unbeliever

While not an exhaustive list of all that the Holy Spirit does in the life of a non-Believer, here are some key aspects of the Spirit’s role:

Convicts of the World (John 16:8-11). Jesus said it was good for Him to go away because when He did, He would send another Helper (Holy Spirit). Jesus said, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you will see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Regenerates (John 3:3-7). A Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Jesus and said that he knew that Jesus was a teacher from God. Jesus replied “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

The Holy Spirit’s Role for the Believer

While not an exhaustive list of all that the Holy Spirit does in the life of a Believer, here are some key aspects of the Spirit’s role:

Indwells (1 Corinthians 6:19). The Apostle Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit indwells Christians. He wrote, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Fills (Ephesians 5:18). Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus telling them to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit means to be controlled by Him: thoughts, words, actions. This should be the present reality of Christians. Galatians 5:25 says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Seals (Ephesians 4:30). Paul told the Ephesians that they should not grieve the Holy Spirit with their sin. He then reminded them that the Spirit of God seals them for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit is the down payment (i.e., the guarantee) from God that He will bring us to live with Him eternally in the new heavens and new earth.

Produces Fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit of the Spirit refers to the result of the Holy Spirit indwelling and filling the believer. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Every Christian has the Fruit of the Spirit. It is called “Fruit” because it is the result of the action taken by God in giving us the Holy Spirit. Those who are born again (John 3:3) have the Spirit of God within them. 

Provides Gifts (1 Corinthians 12). Spiritual Gifts are given by the Holy Spirit “for the common good” (1 Cor 12:7). Romans 12:6 tells us that we each have “gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.” Spiritual gifts are given by God and they vary amongst His children. Some Christians are gifted teachers and/or preachers. Some Christians are especially gifted in service or exhortation or discernment. The “Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills” (1 Cor 12:11). 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen! – Doxology

Published by First Baptist Church of Scott City, MO

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