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Is the Holy Spirit a Person?
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Holy Spirit is the most Neglected?
The Holy Spirit is the most neglected Person in today’s Church, as is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We should recognise, acknowledge, esteem and honour Him. In order to do that, we must know Him.
We must first understand Zechariah 4:6: Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, “This [is] the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, said the Lord of hosts” (NKJ).
God's way of living!
This is the way God wants us to live, through His Spirit and not trough our own strength or of the world’s strength, our own intellect or trough the knowledge of the world system, but only trough His Spirit.
The Spirit of God knows all, can do all things and who is everywhere.
If you look at the face below, because you do not see the body, does it means it is not real, that it is now not a human, but something like an entity or ghost
The answer will be “No”.
You immediately know that it is a woman.
Because we can’t see the whole face and body, does not mean that there is nothing more to see and to discover.
The Holy Spirit!
Let us see what we know about the Spirit of God: He is:
- Omnipotent (All powerful - He can do all things)
- He is omniscient (All seeing - He sees all)
- He is omnipresent (All present - He is always present in all places)
- He is a person, one of the Godhead.
- He has a personality.
- He can be grieved and hurt.
- He is the still and soft voice, leading you.
Holy Spirit always Glorifying Jesus!
The Holy Spirit shows up all the time, showing Himself in parts, glorifying Jesus, like the face, but because some do not see the whole picture they do not believe.This is why the Christian walk is called a walk of faith. We will only overcome with the power of the Holy Spirit that will show and teach us all we have to know, through faith.
Hebrews 11:6: But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (NKJ)
1 Corinthians 6:19: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” We belong to the Holy Spirit (NKJ).
The Lord Jesus had taught His disciples that their bodies were the New Testament Temples and the Comforter (Holy Spirit) would live in them, (living inside their spirits) and that He Himself (Jesus) was with them.
The unbelieving person cannot receive the Holy Spirit, because they do not believe and recognise or know Him.
We read this in John 14:16-17 “And I Jesus will pray the Father, and He shall give you another[Helper] Comforter, that He may abide [dwells] with you for ever. [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and will be in you (KJVA)
Oil is one of the symbols for the Holy Spirit in the Bible.
We need the oil of the Holy Spirit but today’s Christians want all the glory and power of God but they do not want to crucify the flesh. They want to pray for the sick and prophesy, but they do not want to work on their weaknesses or seek more of God through prayer, reading the Bible and fasting. They lack the oil!
Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJVA).
They conveniently forget that when they became children of God, the Holy Ghost comes and dwells inside of them. When you become a child of God (after you have repented and are born of the Spirit) you must start (aim to) to live holy, because God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is Holy.
1 Peter 1:15: “But as He who hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” (KJV)
People don’t believe that it is necessary for the baptism of water and the Spirit.
They think if only I am reborn, I have my ticket to heaven. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is as important as was your repentance, because without it, you are facing possible defeat and even eternal death.
The Holy Spirit will give you the power to endure and to overcome all difficulties (sin) that the evil one will throw in your way.
Supernatural fire versus Normal fire.
Leviticus 9:6-7: And Moses said, this [is] the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you. And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make a atonement for them; as the LORD commanded. (NKJ)
Leviticus 9:24: And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: [which] when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. (NKJ)
Leviticus 10:1-3: And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This [is it] that the LORD spoke, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. (NKJ)
As we can see in the above-mentioned verses that it was fire from God (supernatural fire) that lit the sacrifice, not fire from man (normal fire). The same fire (supernatural fire) that lit the sacrifice would light the lamp in the holy place and from the same fire; coals would be used to put on to the incense altar. No other fire was acceptable in God’s eyes.
In the Old Testament we have the tabernacle as temple and in the New Testimony we are ‘the church” the temple of the Holy Spirit.
In the Old Testament there were a sacrifice of animals and in the New Testimony Jesus was the perfect offer and we must bring our offer, a sacrifice of praise.
In the Old Testament fire fell from heaven and consumed the offering of sacrifice and in the New Testament fire falls on us and lights us up, set us on fire for God.
In the old Testament the same fire that consumed the sacrifice lit the lamp in the temple and so in the new Testament the same flame lit our spirit (baptism with the Holy Spirit)
In the Old Testament the same fire or coals were used to put on the incense altar and in the New Testament the Holy Spirit fire helps us to bring incense in the form of prayers to God.
In the Old Testament no other fire was acceptable to God, and in the New Testament no other fire is acceptable in God’s eyes than that of the Holy Spirit.
Only God sustains both fires and God keeps it alive.
No other fire will do in God’s eyes and it is only God that keeps that (supernatural fire) burning. The sacrifice must be acceptable in God’s eyes, or the fire will not fall on it.
Some people think they can fake the Holy Spirit fire (baptism of the Holy Spirit).
They think they can come with strange fire before the Lord for example faking the speaking in tongues, faking the Spirit of Joy with the “laughing thing” that went around some churches a while ago.
These “fake” manifestations do not last. Why do we not see it anymore? No strange fire or other deeds will be acceptable in God’s eyes, except the true flame of God’s Holy Spirit.
Never be satisfied with what you have spiritually but always look and desire for more.
THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN.
There is one sin God will not forgave and we read of it in:
Mark 3:29: we read the following statement: “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (GNB)
Mark 3:29: But if you persist in your slanders against God's Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you're sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives" (MSG).
Now the next question comes to mind, have I committed this unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit?
As long as you are asking this question, the Holy Spirit is still with you, convicting you of sin and righteousness.
It is only when you willingly, and purposefully renounce the Holy Spirit that you will not be forgiven. We, as Christians are renewed by the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus. The resurrection power of Christ Jesus, preached by the Holy Spirit, is the power and centre of every miracle, sign and wonder, the foundation of all New Testament teaching.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal in majesty, power, glory, honour and attributes with the Father and the Son. All that the Father is, the Son is. All that the Son is, the Spirit is and He is able to be all that (the Godhead) in the Church, which is the Body of Christ.
Romans 8:11: If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you. (GNB)
- Baptism in and with the Holy Spirit
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