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Who is The Holy Spirit?

“God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”

John 4:24

 Defining the Holy Spirit is limiting Him because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent and therefore indescribable. He is equal to the Father and to the Son but with another ministry. Putting it all together, we can simply say according to John. 4:24 that God is Spirit and the Holy Spirit is God Himself dwelling within us.

Because of His characteristics, it has been agreed upon by Scholars that the Holy Spirit is a person. I am won’t be going into that now as my message is not His personality but His ministry of “Another Helper”. I believe the nearest we can come to defining Him is by looking at His “Helper” role in our lives.

During my search to know the Holy Spirit, I came to agree with the words of Kenneth Haggins that there is nothing we can do for God without the Holy Spirit and likewise, God cannot do anything for us without His Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus told the disciples in John 16:7,

“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 depart, I will send Him to you”.  

Though the Holy Spirit is equal to God the Father and God the Son, yet each one of them has a different Ministry, just as Eve was created equal to Adam, but with a different role. The Good News today is that the church is in the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the bad news is that few times these days is the Holy Spirit mentioned in a sermon. In his book “Good Morning Holy Spirit” Benny Hinn says, “Without doubt, the most overlooked message in the church today is that the Holy Spirit is real and that we must make a place for Him”.

Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. Like a wife is in charge of everything in a well-ran home, it is the Holy Spirit who is in charge of everything of the Father yet everything of the Father belongs to the Son. Jesus said in John 16:15,

All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you”.

The world and all that in it belongs to God, but He has given all power and authority in both heaven and earth to His Son, and the Holy Spirit is the one in charge of everything; the one who manages all.

 John says in 1John 5:7 that there are three in Heaven that bear witness that Jesus is the Christ: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit. And he continues to say that there are three on earth who bear witness that Jesus is the Christ: the Holy Spirit, the Blood and Water.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one”.

We see that the common witness in both heaven and earth is the Holy Spirit. He knows everything, He sees everything and it’s He that we need to become effective and extraordinary witnesses. If He is not in our lives, we are ordinary, yet with Him in our lives, we are extraordinary, doing even greater works than what Christ did before He was taken up to heaven. Jesus clearly tells the disciples in Acts 1:8,

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

To be a witness to Christ is to spread the word that Jesus is alive and that He is the Messiah the Son of the Living God. A witness is not someone who has just heard about something; no, a witness is someone who has seen something happening and stands up to swear and declare that what they are saying is real. Criminals hate witnesses and they will do anything to silence them. Sometimes they pay a witness a great some of money to silence them and other times witnesses are killed. A witness has power to change a verdict.

Every Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit is a witness and has the power of the Holy Spirit to declare that Christ is the Messiah. No wonder the enemy is silencing many of us with demanding jobs that may pay off well or demanding families that keep us too busy to declare the great commission. In order to effectively fulfil this great commission, we need the Holy Spirit.

As we all know, on accepting Jesus Christ, each believer is conscripted in the army of the Lord and there is a continuous battle going on. We are conscripts not volunteers. It is not your choice to fight in God’s army but a mandatory. Your advancement in salvation depends on your ability to attack and resist the enemy and this is done with the sword which is the word of God. Yet according to Ephesians 6:10, the sword is not directly our sword; it is the sword of the Spirit, “The sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God, AMP Bible.

 

It is the Holy Spirit who wields the sword as we fight that we may advance. This leaves us in a position where we cannot advance without the Holy Spirit and our God who has exalted His Word above His Name, Psalms 138:4 cannot go beyond His word and give us victories for battles we have not fought for.

As I pondered as to why the only offensive weapon we have is not really our sword but it’s the Sword of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit revealed it to me by giving me a closer look at the spiritual weapons that we need to advance the kingdom with, Ephesians 6:14,

“The belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.

On examining this armour, I discovered that all the pieces of the armour apart from the sword are protective weapons or defensive weapons. It’s only the word, the sword which is the offensive weapon Paul mentions. While all the other weapons are designed to cover us and protect us in battle, it is only the sword with which we attack the enemy:

  • The helmet of salvation is to cover and protect the head.
  • The breast plate is to cover and protect the heart.
  • The shoes are to cover and protect the feet
  • The belt of truth is to hold firm the waist.
  • The shield of faith is to quench all the fiery arrows the enemy shoots.

 

This leaves us with the word as the only offensive weapon we have. Yet according to the verse, this sword is not really our sword, it is the sword of the Spirit who dwells within every believer, “The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. The Amplified Bible says, “The sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God”. 

 At such a close look, I was stunned at this and asked myself where is our part in the battle seeing the only offensive weapon is not even our sword but the sword of the Holy Spirit? Again, the Holy Spirit revealed it to me that yes we have the sword weapon but it was not directly handed to us but to our Helper the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Wondering at why this is so, the Spirit took me back to the beginning when God created Adam. We see that God handed the sword which is His Word directly to Adam when He told him,

Of every tree of the garden you can freely eat; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die”.

 

When God spoke these words to Adam, or when He handed him the sword, Eve had not yet been created. We see that it was in Genesis 2:15 when God gave Adam the sword of the word and it was later in verse 21 that Eve was created.

It was therefore Adam’s duty to train and hand the sword to Eve his helper. However, this did not work out very well as Eve stammered with the sword when the enemy attacked her by adding a phrase, “Though shall not touch”. God had not commanded them not to touch tree; the command was not to eat it. They were free to touch it, otherwise how would Adam tend the garden he was given responsibility to look after without touching. Adding the phrase, “Though shall not touch”, Eve missed to strike the devil at the right spot. Using the opportunity, the devil shot back saying, “You shall not die”.

We also see that after Eve had eaten the fruit, nothing immediately happened to her and seeing this, she gave some to her husband. Forgetting the word he was to believe by faith rather than sight, Adam observed that truly nothing had happened to Eve and desiring to be like her, he too ate. It was until Adam ate that they realised they were naked, Gen 3:6-7.

That is why Paul says in 1Timothy 2:14 that Eve was deceived, but we also know that Adam disobeyed with the full knowledge of wrongdoing. It is not being lied to that brings condemnation to us but the disobedience as it roots spring from within us. Looking at their sentences, God did not at any time blame Eve for eating but unto Adam, He said,

“Because you heeded to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to…”

Against this back ground, the good news is that when God gave us a second chance and gave us His Spirit as our Helper, this time He handed the sword or the word directly to our Helper the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, thus the words, “The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God”. Great move! That is why we cannot do anything without the Holy Spirit. We are an advancing army in a continuous battle that uses the sword.

Unlike Eve the first helper, the mighty Holy Spirit will never stammer with the word as He is all knowing. He will never leave us or forsake us for He lives within you and me and at no stage will He ever compromise with anything. Our part is to speak the word, or pull the trigger as I like putting it and the Holy Spirit activates it into a powerful sword.

Until a trigger is pulled, the bullet in the gun is only a piece of lead. But once the trigger is pulled, there is power within the gun that ignites that tiny piece of metal and  once it is fired out of the gun, it is unstoppable, carrying within it great ability to destroy the target. In the same way, when we speak the word of God, the Holy Spirit in us transforms it into the most powerful weapon that cannot be matched with. James reminds us in chapter 3:5 to guard your tongue for with it one can put a whole forest on fire, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark” of the tongue.

As we all know, every earthly soldier is responsible for every bullet that is fired from their gun. They therefore have to look after their guns or one could get into trouble. Even us children of God, we are responsible for every word that comes out of our mouths. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36,

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

With the Holy Spirit in us, every word we speak whether idle or by faith has power and consequences. That is why I say and will repeat it all throughout this book that there is nothing we can do for God without the Holy Spirit and likewise, God cannot do anything for us without the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual grounding and growth is all stemmed around the Holy Spirit. The revelation to know God, the miracles we desire to see, the fruit we yarn to bear, and the strength we need to sustain us, is all the work of the Holy Spirit in us to glorify the Father and exalt the Son.

 

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