|The Person of the Holy Spirit|
|Tuesday, 01 May 2012 00:00|
A study of the person of the Holy Spirit helps the body of Christ learn and better understand more about the divine works of the Holy Spirit. The study of the person of the Holy Spirit will help a believer get a firm grasp of what the bible says about doctrines such as the Trinity, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and other subjects related to it.
The Holy Spirit is a Person. The Holy Spirit is included in the Trinity, which is made up of three distinct persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The following verse give a clear picture of the Trinity in the Bible:
As soon as Jesus (the Son) was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven (the Father) said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17(NIV)
The qualifications for a person are that they have:
l A mind able to think and act upon their thinking. Romans 8:27
l Their own will — self-identity. 1 Cor 12:11
l And emotions — able to react cognitively. Isaiah 63:10
The following are characteristics of the person of the Holy Spirit:
l The Holy Spirit grieves. Ephesians 4:30
l The Holy Spirit gives joy: Luke 10: 21
lHe teaches: John 14:26
lHe testifies of Christ: John 15:26
lHe convicts: John 16:8
The main purpose of the Holy Spirit was to come alongside the believer, to do what Jesus did when he was here physically, but mainly from the inside of us.
He is called the comforter. This would be a hard thing to do if the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force.
The word paracletos which means helper is a Greek word used for the Spirit in the New Testament by Jesus. This was also used in Greek always of persons. Here our Lord Jesus calls him our helper, one that comes alongside. Even with the other titles attributed to him this still does not change who he is behind those titles- our helper and comforter.
Just like a human being, the Holy Spirit exhibits qualities that are personal as life. A person is identified as a self-conscious being, cognizant of his or her own existence and the existence of others who also have a self-identity. A will indicates the ability to think, to reason, a choice to act, having desire these are things we associate with self-consciousness which is exclusive to persons. All of these qualities the Holy Spirit has, just as the Son and Father.
We find the Holy Spirit is the executive of the Father. He is co-creator of the universe, the author of divine scripture, the generator of Christ’s humanity, the regenerator of the believer and the distributor of eternal life, for He also eternally exists.
Four important principles to remember:
l The Holy Spirit is God, but he is a person, not a force
l What is the Holy Spirit’s mission? To reveal Jesus. What is Jesus’ mission . . . to reveal the Father. What about the Father . . . to send Jesus and the Holy Spirit so we can come to Him. Perfect Harmony. They never had a crisis management meeting in Heaven. They never tried to sit down and work things out. They never had a power struggle amongst themselves.
l The Holy Spirit gives gifts for use in ministry and empowers effective ministry
l The Holy Spirit is a distinct Person within the Godhead, not a force, a thing, or an “it”
The Man of God, Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa in his sermon “The Holy Spirit and You” taught that the Holy Spirit gives nine spiritual gifts according to 1 Corinthians 12:4 and also gives nine spiritual fruits (Galatians 5:22).
Prophet Makandiwa urged his partners and members to evaluate themselves in their Christian walk with the Lord Jesus. If you have the Holy Spirit but cannot love, cannot forgive, cannot practice self-control then there is a problem with one’s walk with God, you need to check yourself to see if it is really Him or something else you could have received.
When the Holy Ghost is in you, he affects your environment and circumstances. When a Holy Ghost filled person enters somebody’s house, there should be tremendous change that happens spiritually to the family and this lingers for a long time said Prophet Makandiwa. I have experienced that in my spiritual life in United Family International Church (UFIC) when our Father in the Lord Prophet Makandiwa visits people’s homes or business offices, his anointing brings positive change to the glory of God. I have seen Acts 1:8 in real action in UFIC. To God be the glory!
Prophet Makandiwa has opened my mind by his astounding revelations concerning the work of the Holy Ghost in Believers lives. Many people seek help from others while the Holy Ghost is there. When people have stress they seek help elsewhere and forget to call on the Holy Ghost. Stress is like termites that eat the inside of a person while the comforter is left scot-free.
The same Holy Ghost gives people energy to go door to door relating their issues without consulting Him. It’s high time the Body of Christ tells the Holy Ghost their pressing issues. Prophet Makandiwa likened the power of the Holy Ghost to a man wearing a work suit in a factory. One only sees the leg or hand acting without seeing what commands the leg or hand to do so. The Holy Ghost can influence a believer’s behaviour.
Standing on Psalm 78:24, Prophet Makandiwa talked about the ability of a Spiritual being in accessing physical things. With the Holy Ghost in one’s life, one has a visa or passport to access the Kingdom of God. Its high time believers banish carnality from their everyday lives if they want to do exploits.
The Bible tells us that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. How many accidents did God deliver you from fellow Zimbabweans? The Holy Ghost reveals and delivers from any devices of the crafty. I have been amazed when people say, I got a feeling that this and that is not right without acknowledging the work of the Holy Ghost.
He directs you to the right taxi, kombi or bus. The Holy Ghost causes things in your environment to direct you and avert disasters. In life at times, people suffer from these challenges either one has no wife, no husband or no child, no job or no school fees for his or her children just to name a few examples.
In some cases, the Holy Ghost would want such concerned people to fast and pray. In my life experience, I have learnt that the Holy Ghost does things to influence the life in one’s environment.
Fellow Zimbabwean believers, learn to tune in with the master, the redeemer, his excellence for the divine nature of God to manifest in you.
Every sickness or spirit of infirmity has to go now by the power of the Holy Ghost in the name of Jesus. The Bible says He who unites with the Lord becomes one with Him (1 Cori 6:17). The Kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking, but it is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). Many people of the world including some contemporary Christians always want to know the authority and power that Prophet Makandiwa has, it is none other than the Holy Ghost in him and upon him.
The Holy Spirit who is working wonders upon the life and ministry of Prophet Makandiwa can also come upon your life if you can only respect Him.
l Pastor Takura Rukwati is a serving member of UFIC.