Ephesians 4:30: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
From the very first verses in the book of Genesis, the Holy Spirit in seen in operation (Genesis 1:1-3). But the first time his person was unveiled was after Jesus released him from heaven in the second chapter of the book of Acts (Acts 2:1-4). Thereafter we have the first reference to the Holy Spirit as one who speaks later in that book. And here in the focus verse, the bible further shows us that not only does he not just speak, he feels, equipped with all the component of a person, e.g. emotion.
But because his manifestation is intangible, we can sometimes be confused as to how to relate to him. While Jesus came to the earth as a physical person and revealed the father, the Holy Spirit did not come with a specific form, but assumes different form, as symbols of his person. The challenge is to look beyond the symbols to see a person, the person of the Holy Spirit, the enigmatic divinity.
The primary identify of the Holy Spirit is that he is holy. So much so that Jesus calls blaspheming against the Holy Spirit something that cannot be forgiven (Mark 3:29).
He is therefore very sensitive. And that was brought to fore in the first century church when Ananias and his wife decided that the way to go was lie about the offering they brought to the church (Acts 5:1-11).
They were struck down because, as Peter said, they lied to the Holy Spirit, which is how intimately related the Holy Spirit is to the church. And it is in the context of the church that the Holy Spirit is manifested, revealed, because he works with the believers, because they house him on the earth (1Corinthians 3:16).
The extent the church will go is the extent she will allow the Holy Spirit to take her, because the Holy Spirit is the guide sent to the bride of Jesus to bring her to the husband.
When Abraham sought for a wife for his son Isaac, he sent a trusted servant. In the same way the Holy Spirit is sent to the world to seek out and separate the people who will constitute the bride, just as Isaac’s father sent out his chief servant to look for a wife for him (Genesis 24).
The interest of the servant is to “glorify” Isaac (Jesus) saying that Abraham (God the father) had left everything for his son Isaac (Jesus), and is therefore stupendously rich, he has everything. So the bride, Rebecca (the church), was called by the servant to leave her father’s house and be joined to his husband (Christ) which is parallel to sanctification.
The servant had a single goal, and would not be distracted. He gave gifts to Rebecca, which corresponds to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are to beautify. They bring us a taste of the heavenly, drawing the bride (Church) to be into a relationship with the groom (Jesus).
The Holy Spirit is selfless, he does not draw attention to himself but to the groom. The same selfless demeanour should be seen in those who work with the Holy Spirit. He is not in us to build our petty empires but we should say like John, who was described as being filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15): I must decrease and he must increase (John 3:30).
There is no presence of God without the Holy Spirit. He is both the Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30), and the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9). He is the wind dimension of Trinity, while God the father is the throne dimension of the trinity, while Jesus is the human/Word dimension of the trinity.
Jesus was the word becoming flesh, the embodiment of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). So when you see Jesus you see the Father and the Spirit. He is the face of the Godhead.
As mentioned earlier, the Holy Spirit as wind is the movement of the Godhead. David wrote: where can I run from your Spirit, from your wind-dimension, oh God (Psalm 139:7)? So when you encounter the Holy Spirit, you also encounter Jesus and the Father, because the three are one.
The wind-dimension of God is about impact. There was chaos on the earth in the second verse of the bible. And in that chaos, the Holy Spirit was in operation. Even when he does not seem to be doing something, he is doing something because the wind is always active even if you do not feel it.
But the Holy Spirit is not only represented by wind but also by fire. But when it comes to the fire dimension then it is obvious, you cannot but notice it. While wind is everywhere, fire is not everywhere. And it is as that distinct manifestation that he manifests in the life of the believers who have received him, subsequent to believing in Jesus. But the fire is spiritual, and so not necessarily visible.
There is need for a spark before we have fire. The spark is from a place of dryness, and dryness means hunger. David wrote: as the hart pants for the water brooks so my soul hunger after God (Psalm 42:1-2).
When the disciple were told to wait in Jerusalem, it was as an expression of their hunger for the Holy Spirit, who Jesus said the father was going to send (Luke 22:49, Acts 1:8). As Jesus said: those who hunger and thirst will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Also when we ask, we express hunger and thirst and Jesus said if we ask for the Holy Spirit, we will be given (Luke 11:13).
When he Holy Spirit comes, he comes with his power, joy. The bible says that the kingdom of God is not in eating and drinking (natural processes) but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).
The bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. The presence of the Holy Spirit marks us with strength. Paul said be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10). That is all about the Holy Spirit, who can be as soft as the wind or are strong as iron.
In that iron-strength, we execute judgment on the earth. Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to do great things, to push back on the forces of the enemy. The word of God is called the sword of the Spirit, so the Holy Spirit manifests as sword to help us manifest our dominion mandate in Jesus (Ephesians 6:17-18, Psalm 2:9).
The Holy Spirit directly controls the angels, because angels are called ministering spirits (wind) (Hebrews 1:13-14) and the ultimate spiritual wind is the Holy Spirit. There is no operation of angels in whatever form without the Holy Spirit, through whom the multitudes of the angels are deployed on the earth with precision and alignment to the purpose of God.
- Operations of the Holy Spirit (jonnyfivealive2013.wordpress.com)
- Chapter 34-Faith (reformedontheweb.wordpress.com)
- Encounters With God (aviesplace.wordpress.com)
- Avoid speaking like a deceived person (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
- Self-abasement and worship of angels? (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)