THE HOLY SPIRIT


 

 1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?

 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

 7 ¶ Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 16:1-7

MORE BENEFITS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT



Jesus the Son of God, had been a rock of courage, comfort and all that a disciple will need. For 3 years and six months, he’s groomed them, walked with them, encouraged and supported them. Now He is about to return to where He came from. The disciples were not just shocked but sad. They even became fearful considering the jealousy and hatred the people in authority had for their master, what will happen to His disciples after he leaves them.

But Jesus, the great and exemplary leader begins to allay their fearfulness and sorrow. He tells them:‘It is more beneficial for you that I go away'. It will be more profitable to the disciples if Jesus left the scene. Why? Jesus declares the reason: ‘for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you’.

This kept the disciples wondering, the Comforter? But was Jesus not the only comforter they knew and wanted? Did He mean that their spiritual lives will be better enhances in His departing from them physically? Can we stretch this to mean that those who will become Christians after the physical departure of Jesus will be at an advantage over those who experienced Him physically?

It is expedient for you that I go away...

It is advantageous for you that I go away...

It is beneficial for you that I go away...

It is useful for you that I go away...

It is better for you that I go away...

It is profitable for you that I go away...

Years ago, a certain lady had some health challenges. We prayed for her, prayed with her and kept encouraging her. One day when I visited her and prayed with her, she started sobbing and declared: ‘Oh, how I wished I lived during the times when Jesus walked physically on the earth’. I was shocked but interested in that, so I asked, why do you wish to be in those times? She said, ‘oh, like the woman with the issue of blood who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and got healed, I also will meet Jesus face-to-face and just by one touch, this my health challenge will disappear’.it sounded nice and spiritual but was a badge of ignorance and a direct affront to what Jesus declared. Usually, our mindsets harm or hurt us more than any physical condition. Jesus believes His prolonged stay with the disciples was inhibiting their access to a certain dimension of a spiritual experience with the Holy Spirit.

ANOTHER COMFORTER

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. John 14:16 (KJV)

 

THE REALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT



The reality of the existence of Jesus Christ is not just embraced by the church but the world also; in fact, Jesus is a historic figure in human history. Those who hold any arguments at all about Jesus do not deny His existence but doubt some other misunderstood facts about Him. But the subject of the Holy Spirit is in more doubt and yet, the Holy Spirit is just as real as Jesus. Kathryn Kuhlman said, 'Jesus is God's gift to the world but the Holy Spirit is His gift to the church'. Is it not sad that the world has accepted their gift more than the church has accepted her gift? May God help us to embrace the Holy Spirit more than we have done.

 

JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT COMPARED



1. EXISTENCE BEFORE TIME

JESUS existed in eternity before He came into time (this physical world).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 
(John 1:1,14; Rev. 19:13; 1:8,11; John 8:23)

HOLY SPIRIT existed before He came into time (this physical world).

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Gen. 1:2

2. PROPHESIED ABOUT

JESUS’ coming was foretold by prophets and angels.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

(Isaiah. 9:6-7; Luke 2:30-33)

HOLY SPIRIT’S coming was foretold by Jesus and other prophets.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 ¶ I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel John 14:16-18; 16:7,13; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:14-16

3. IN TIME

JESUS came here at the appointed time

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law Gal. 4:4

HOLY SPIRIT came here at the appointed time

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39

4. LIMITED TIME ON EARTH

JESUS had a time frame within which to carry out His mission.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4

HOLY SPIRIT has a timeline for His mission.

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2Thess. 2:6-7

5. FORM

JESUS came in human form

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Heb. 2:14; Phil. 2:7-8

HOLY SPIRIT maintained His spirit form in His coming on earth though He abides in the body of Christ on the earth(the church)

What? 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? 

1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.1Cor. 6:19; Acts 2:1-4

6. MISSION

JESUS’ mission was to pay the penalty of man’s sin

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17

HOLY SPIRIT came to impart the life and nature of God into man’s spirit.

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. John 3:8

7. ASCENSION

JESUS returned to the father when he finished his mission.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4 ¶ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:1-4

HOLY SPIRIT will return to the father when He finished His task.

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2Thess. 2:6-7

8. EXTENT OF MINISTRY

JESUS’ earthly ministry was localized (could be at only one place on the earth at a time)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38

HOLY SPIRIT is not.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. Revelation 5:6 ¶

9. CURRENT INTERCESSION MISSION

JESUS is currently at the right side of the father in heaven making intercession for us to submit to the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Rom. 8:34

HOLY SPIRIT is presently with us on the earth making intercession for us through us and other believers to look more like Christ.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom. 8:26

10. SELFLESSNESS

JESUS came to reveal the Father.

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. John 14:9-11

HOLY SPIRIT came to reveal Jesus.

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14

 


Whose task is it to reveal the Holy Spirit? This is your task. He has no physical body but yours. Dedicate your life to Him and allow Him to flow through you like Kathryn Kuhlman and Benny Hinn and ultimately as Jesus did.

Receive the Holy Spirit today.

SONS OF GOD VI: BELIEVERS IN CHRIST

 

In my previous post SONS OF V (b), we focused on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this post, we shall be focusing on the believer, the Son of God, the final in this series.

So far we have considered three categories of sons of God: Angels, Adam, and Jesus Christ. In this post, we shall move on to deal with the fourth category of sons of God: the believer in Christ Jesus. Recollect at this point that Adam, the son of God had the authority to have brought into this life all of the sons of God. That authority is transferred to Jesus after He successfully accomplishes His mission here. As the firstborn of the new creation, He possesses the right to bring into existence the sons of God to populate the divine family.

Children of the devil

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44

Even though God created all humans and Satan created none, Jesus describes some people as children of the devil in the above scripture. It is abundantly clear from scriptures that every human being falls under one of two broad categories: child of God or child of the devil. I’m afraid to say then that if you are not a child of God yet, then you are still in Satan’s domain.

Righteousness, the foundation for eternal life

I believe you recollect that the life of God that flows in man is on the platform of righteousness, right standing or connectivity with God. When man lost his right stand with God, the flow of divine life into man was interrupted. For the flow of divine life to resume in man, man must be made righteous, stand right with God.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

2Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)

Jesus sacrificed his life in order for us to have a right standing with God. Why? So that the flow of divine life in us will begin to flow again.

It is the flow of God’s life in you that identifies you with Him. It is proof that you are His child.

Becoming sons of God

What must I do to become a child of God? God’s children are human beings who have God’s very life flowing through them. And God’s life will only flow through a human being who has God’s righteousness in him.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-13

See how the Amplified Bible translation puts it versus 12-13:

12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

Receive and Believe in Jesus     

This is the key to unlocking your goldmine: Receive and Believe in Jesus. Jesus took upon himself the whole responsibility there was to restore man back to glory. All you have to do to make the flow of divine life in your reality is to believe and receive Him. You are not required to stop doing anything whatsoever before becoming a child of God. If by the energy if the flesh we can bring an end to all activities of darkness, if we can win the war against sin in our lives by our own effort, then what will be the essence of Christ coming into our lives? Jesus gives the authority or right for one to become a child of God.

Confirmation that we are sons of God

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16

The Holy Spirit knows every heart and testifies that of a truth you are a child of God. Only He can tell whose heart is at home with Christ and which is absent from Christ. Many people can put up much different pretentious behaviour towards many people, but the Holy Spirit knows all things.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. Romans 8:14 

The same Holy Spirit who testifies of our genealogy also guides us in all affairs of life. Our connectivity to God as His children gives us access to the influences of the Holy Spirit. As children of God, we ought to really demonstrate our resemblance to our Father who is all-knowing and the only wise God.

HOW MUCH HE LOVES US

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

To be referred to as children of God is a great honour and the demonstration of God’s highest form of love towards us. It’s such a great privilege that we are called God’s children that we should clench onto with all our inner strength. I am not a child of any president in this world so I can only imagine the sense of pride and privilege with which children of presidents go about. As a child of God, you are more honourable, don’t cower before any man or devil.

Joint Heirs With Christ

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:17

To be called a child of God is the highest call anyone can ever receive because it is an upward calling to become an heir of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Do you understand such great and blessed divine statements? Whatever Christ is, you share with Him in it.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Romans 8:19

It’s no wonder therefore that the whole creation is waiting for the revelation and demonstration of the sons of God.

They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course

 I have said, Ye are gods, and all of you are children of the most High.

 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Psalms 82:5-7

Being a son of God is not a mere title but a living reality. Children of God are gods on the earth. As gods, we issue decrees and judgments that are established forever.

Just as any parent will take pride and joy in seeing his children taking up responsibilities on their behalf, God does not see blasphemy at all when His children walk the devils out of their father’s properties and restrain then from trespassing and encroaching any more on God’s property.

Children of God must act on their father’s behalf.

…'Witches from the world could not come to Benin' insisted Benson, as he would 'kill them all'. The city became a buzz.

The press characteristically returned to the Chief Host to inform him about Idahosa's response and he boasted 'Not even God can stop it’! 'I am a wizard and I know the power we carry' he went on. The next day, all the headlines of the national dailies carried the story on their front pages. Idahosa was informed about the response of the Chief Wizard Host, that God cannot stop the event from holding. 'Yes he is correct' said Archbishop Idahosa...

'That is why I am here, God does not need to waste his time considering matters as trivial as stopping the conference of witches'. 

http://churchgistinfo.blogspot.com/2017/04/confrontation-between-benson-idahosa.html

God does not need to waste his time in trivial matters if his sons will take up the challenge to walk in their true identity as God’s children. This is someone who knew God and knew himself as a son of God so well.

In conclusion, if you are a child of God, the Father intends for you to grow up into the fullness of the measure and stature of Christ, in order words be like Christ in every possible way. This feat can only be attained if you embrace the challenge and responsibility of spiritual growth resulting from knowing, understanding and practising the word.

If you haven’t really met Him personally, or have been living a life contrary to Him, I think it’s time for you to reconsider Him. I humbly invite you to please pray this sincere prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today for I now see you for whom you really are. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them, that believe on his name

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to sonship. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

Please leave a comment below for me to know how this has helped you. Be at liberty also to connect with me if you have any personal spiritual concerns. I’ll be more than interested to be of help in any way the Lord makes possible.


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