[koinōnía] of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
There has been a greater move of the Spirit. I too want to encourage us all not to take it for granted and to press into God all the more at this time.
“Teach them about my Spirit. I want my people to know my Spirit, to be well acquainted with my Spirit and to abide with my Spirit.”
“When the church is revived so is the devil” – Jonathan Edwards
When the Spirit begins to move, so will the enemy. The devil will do everything to rob you of the joy that comes from intimacy with the Holy Spirit. The enemy doesn’t want you to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the Holy Spirit.
Many Christians are unfamiliar with the reality and the entity of the Holy Spirit. Some are even uncomfortable with the idea of the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus’ disciples had to be taught about the Holy Spirit; an idea that they weren’t comfortable with at first because it meant they were losing Jesus.
John 16:7 (NASB)
7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
John 14:16-17&25 (NASB)
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
The Holy Spirit is the part of God that we will deal with until Christ returns.
21 Truths about the Holy Spirit
· The Holy Spirit is Fully God
Deuteronomy 6:4 (New International Version)
The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
The God we serve, the one true God, yes is one God, but is made up of three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This is commonly referred to as the Holy Trinity.
The trinity is something that we made more difficult than necessary. (Example: an egg) Even as a person has three distinct parts, yet it is one being, God has three distinct inseparable persons with different roles, yet is one God.
Jesus taught His disciples that if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father because I and Father are one. The Bible also refers to the Holy Spirit as both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.
Romans 8:9 (New International Version)
…the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
The Holy Spirit which is clearly defined as both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ is no less God than God the Father or God the Son.
Acts 5:3&4 (New International Version)
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit…
…You have not lied to men but to God.”
Throughout scripture it is clear that the Holy Spirit is God Himself. The Holy Spirit is not merely and ambassador for the Almighty – He is a divine member of the Godhead. As Billy Graham said, “There is nothing that God is that the Holy Spirit is not. All the essential aspects of deity belong to the Holy Spirit.”
Never underestimate or take for granted the deity of the Holy Spirit. You can worship the Spirit. You can pray to the Spirit. You can talk to the Holy Spirit.
There is no division or rivalry within the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is fully God.
· The Holy Spirit is a true personification of God
If we understand that the Holy Spirit is fully God, we must recognize Him as a divine personified spiritual entity. He is not a force or a thing or an influence. The Holy Spirit is the person of God. This is why the references to the Holy Spirit in scripture are always personified. Jesus never referred to the Holy Spirit as an “it”. When He spoke of the Holy Spirit he referred to the Spirit as “Him” Another paracletos, another person/helper that would be with them.
John 16:7 (New International Version)
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
The Holy Spirit is a real spiritual entity; a person with intellect, emotion, and will. The Holy Spirit thinks, feels, communicates, perceives, and responds. He can be lied to. He can be insulted. He can be blasphemed. He can be resisted, He can be quenched, and He can be grieved. He has his “ways”. Have you ever said, “Well, you know how he is.” (Probably said that about me.)
The Holy Spirit wants us to know Him and know His ways
The Spirit can give us HIS hope, joy, peace, love regardless of circumstance.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
1 Thessalonians 1:6New International Version (NIV)
6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
· The Holy Spirit is the Eternal Creator
The Father Son and the Holy Spirit existed in eternity before God created the heavens and the earth.
· God the Father – expresses the will of God
· God the Son – represents the word of God
· God the Spirit – manifests the work of God
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Genesis 1:26 (New International Version)
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness
The Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit being upon many in the Old Testament. (Joseph, Moses, David, etc.)
The Holy Spirit played a part in the incarnation of Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-20 (NASB)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit is pour out at Pentecost and written about all through the N.T
Revelation 22:17 (NASB)
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take thewater of life without cost.
· The Holy Spirit is the Abiding Presence of God
Psalm 139:7 (New International Version)
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
The Holy Spirit is not only the person of God but also the living and abiding presence of God in our lives. It’s through our relationship with Christ we not only connect to the person of God (by the Holy Spirit) but we also commune with the presence of God by the same Spirit.
…you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (New American Standard Bible)
…the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (New International Version)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Romans 8:9 (NASB)
9 … you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
Romans 8:16 (New International Version)
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
If you have accepted Christ the presence of the Almighty God lives in you. That is the most awesome thought; that the God of the universe, the creator of heaven and earth actually lives in me. And not just to cohabitant with us but to commune with us. God wants us to familiarize ourselves with His presence so we can get acquainted with His person.
If you don’t have the Spirit, you’re not His and you don’t belong to Christ
If you aren’t acquainted with the Holy Spirit, you can’t really know God.
All of us would do well to always remember that we always carry the holy presence of God with us. I think this would have great effect on what we see, where we go, what we say, and what we do.
I think we would also do well to remember the price that was paid for the presence of God to dwell in us.