My Friend: the Holy Spirit -Pt.1
Some one once said, that in the depths of winter, he found that there was in him an "invincible summer". Well, I am excited, because I have found through life's journey, that the Holy Spirit has proved to be my "invincible summer". And in fact, I have come to realise that the "invincible summer" never leaves but is my intimate companion. He is the one that as we fellowship in Holy Communion, He has taken a seat in the midst of my "Tabernacle".
He his God and if you allow Him that privilege, then He will come and glorify Himself in the midst of thee.
No other friend I know in the Kingdoms of the earth neither angels, can begin to reach beyond the first letter in the word, friendship, when it comes to comparison with the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.
In fact, it is ludicrous and even unholy for one to even begin to think of comparing His divine love. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, is in truth, the born-again believers best friend on the earth today. And having said that, it makes proper sense for us to make our salutations to Him daily just as we would do any other live-in relative.
The Workings of God
We see the words “holy spirit” is mentioned for the first time in Psalms 51:11 where David prayed that God would not take His “holy spirit” away from him.
David had been in an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, resulting in the death of Uriah and the child that was conceived.
After the death of Uriah, David took Bathsheba to be wife and after about 2 years of bliss, the prophet Nathan paid him a visit to make known to him that his sins had not gone un-noticed but that he had been weighted in the balance and found wanting.
And so in David’s repentance, he penned Psalms 51, for he had come to miss the workings of God in his life.
He could sense that he was not the same as he had been before he had sinned.
Notice that the wording “holy spirit” is not capitalized giving reference that it was not the third person of the trinity or it could have been a grammatical error on the part of the King James translators.
The Hebrew translating is “quodesh ruach” meaning “holy spirit” or holy breath.
Principle: When God desires to change the life of an individual, He breathes on them.
God breathe on Adam and Adam became a living soul.
In Ezekiel 37, it was the "Breath" of God that brought live to the valley of dried bones.
When you became a Christian, it was the breath of God by His word that formed new life into you.
When the earth was created, it was done by the breathe of God. You see, God was the Architect and the "Breath" or the Spirit of God, the Master builder. But not in this example, an Architect can have the most acclaimed blue prints but unless he has a builder to put what he has on paper into manifestation, then he has nothing but a dream. (Christians are the vessels used by the Holy Spirit to bring God's dream into reality by the function of the word and the breathe).
Notice that the word cannot go any place without the breath. The word and the breath works in conjunction with each other.
Your wind pipe and your voice box works together to make what’s called, sound.
No breath, no sound.
That is why the spiritually dead are unable to speak for their air passage is almost shut because of the things of the world. Read Matthew 13 about Jesus' parable on the sower.
The enemy likes to come against you air passage to seal off the robust wind of God from making its exit.
When a Christian falters between transgressions then he or she is unable to make a sound because he is lingering on spiritual death.
We do however know that the Spirit of God resided on Prophets, Priest, Kings and whoever God wanted to appoint as His leader. For example;
c. Elisha - 2Kings 2:9 “Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me”
d. King Saul - 2Samuel
e. Moses’ 72
Breathed on them
In John 20:21-23 we see the resurrected Christ as he breathed on his disciples and said some very interesting words. He said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”.
He went on to say, “Whosesoever sins ye remit, they shall be remitted unto them; and whosever sins you retain, they are retained”.
Here the apostles was given by the Lord,
· the doctrine of reconciliation
· the doctrine of condemnation
Them that believed on the Son of God, because of the preaching of the word, had their sins remitted; but they who would not believe were declared to be condemned.
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
To be continued