John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
God’s Spirit is often compared to natural elements in order to help us see spiritual truths or a certain dimension of our relationship in the spirit. We need to understand the person & nature of the Holy Spirit in order to walk in the spirit, be led by the spirit that He might manifest Himself. All the works Jesus did He did them as a man flowing in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He said we’d do the same works & even greater because He’d go to the Father & send us the Holy Spirit.
The simplest name describing the Holy Spirit in the Bible is “the Spirit” (Hebrew “ruah,” breath, spirit, wind; Greek, “pneuma,” breath, wind, spirit). He is the out breathing of God the innermost life breath/wind of God (Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30; John 20:22). The thought of the Holy Spirit as the wind is used in being born of the Spirit in John 3:6-8.
John 3:8 says, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
The word translated wind in vs.8 is the same word translated spirit “pneuma,” in vs. 6, 8. The thought of the Holy Spirit as the wind is also used in being baptized in the Spirit when the Spirit came on Pentecost described in Acts 2:2 as the “rushing mighty wind.”
We can understand the nature of the Holy Spirit by understanding the nature of the wind.
A. THE SPIRIT LIKE THE WIND MOVES AS HE WILLS, “… wind blows where it listeth (wills; wishes; determines).
- The wind is air that is moving & there is wind moving all the time.
- The wind has a will of its own we cannot dictate to the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:11; Heb. 2:4)
- The wind makes things move & if we can learn to discern where it blows we can work with the wind.
B. THE SPIRIT LIKE THE WIND IS INVISIBLE YET PERCEIVABLE, “… and thou hearest the sound (voice) thereof but canst not tell whence it cometh.”
- We hear the sound of the wind but can’t see it. The wind has a voice/sound.
- We can feel, see, and perceive its effects though it’s invisible.
- None of us has seen the Holy Spirit yet we can perceive, feel & see His moving.
- We hear the voice of the Spirit like we hear the sound of the wind but like the wind He’s invisible. (He speaks John 16:13, 14)
C. THE SPIRIT LIKE THE WIND IS AT TIMES UNPREDICTABLE, “…thou canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth.”
- The wind is beyond our finite mind’s ability to always predict accurately & it changes in seemingly unexplainable ways.
- We can’t get locked into regimented routines all the time & expect to flow with the Spirit.
- We can become too regimented/rigid, thus, losing our ability to change with Him.
- We need regimented to the Holy Spirit realizing our plans & programs may not be His.
D. THE SPIRIT LIKE THE WIND IS A SOURCE OF LIFE.
- The wind is air in motion & with no wind our lives would be drastically changed.
- It’s the wind that is the carrier of all weather (it brings the rain that waters the earth; it causes temperatures to even out making certain climates more livable).
- It’s the wind that is the greatest spreader of seeds (in pollination) known to man.
- It’s the wind from the Lord that brought the quail for food (Numbers 11:31)
- Ezekiel 37:8-10 There was no breath in them only very many dry bones and there was no life until he prophesied to the 4 winds of heaven and the breath of God’s Spirit came in; then the bones turned into an army.
- The spirit is life John 6:63 & 2 Corinthians 3:6 and we need the help of the Holy Spirit to carry God’s incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23) into all the world.
E. THE SPIRIT LIKE THE WIND HAS DESTRUCTIVE FORCE AND POWER.
- The fiercest winds known to man have great force/power (tornadoes, hurricanes).
- Ezekiel 1:1, 4 – Ezekiel saw: vs. 1 heaven opened & visions of God; vs. 4 he saw a whirlwind come out of the north with a great cloud & fire.
- Isaiah 28:2 – The Holy Spirit is the Lord’s mighty & strong one which is as a tempest of hail (a pouring rain) and destroying storm (violent shower).
- The Holy Spirit wind has power (Acts 1:8) to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). The Spirit of God is as destructive of evil as He is creative of good.
- The wind can blow away chaff (Psalm 1:4) worthless, refuse, ungodly and wicked areas of man’s life.
F. THE SPIRIT LIKE THE WIND CAN LIFT AND CARRY YOU.
- 2 Kings 2:1, 11 – A whirlwind took Elijah up.
- Acts 8:39, 40 – Spirit caught away Philip.
- Isaiah 40:31 – Wind helps the eagle to fly higher.
- Wind can help us cover distance faster.
- Romans 8:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 – We’ll rise from the grave or be quickened alive by the Spirit.