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The Ministry of the Holy Spirit Part 1

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

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The Mystery of the Godhead: One God but 3 separate persons
In the Trinity, the father is the manager; the son is the lover of operations and Holy Spirit is the worker - so, it is the three - in - one, getting things done.
The world was created only by three functions: The father thought it, the son loved it, and the Holy Spirit carried out the plan.
The opening of the book of genesis introduce us to this mystery of the Godhead:
Genesis 1:1–2 ESV
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
The Noun “elohim” translated God in this sentence is a plural noun but the verb “ba-ra” translated created, is a singular verb.
What this mean to us is this: as we read the bible, we will encounter a singular God but that is well manifested in 3 distinct person.
in verse 2 we read: “And the spirit of God was overing over the waters” - the first person of the Godhead that we encountered in the scripture is the Holy Spirit. He was identified by name, he was there ready to carry out the will of the father..
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please listen to what Jesus taught an autistic boy in heaven about the mystery of the Trinity:
In the Trinity, the father is the manager; the son is the lover of operations and Holy Spirit is the worker - so, it is the three - in - one, getting things done.
The world was created only by three functions: The father thought it, the son loved it, and the Holy Spirit carried out the plan. ~Josiah Cullen.
One more thing that I will stress before we go further is this: The holy Spirit is a Person, just like God the father and God the Son -Jesus Christ. The only difference is that, he is a person without a body - that is why he is a spirit.
But he has all the attributes of a person: he sees, he speaks and so on.
Because he is without body does not mean he is lesser than the other persons of the Godhead… he has all the attributes of the Father and son.
John 14:16 AMP
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
John 14:26 AMP
26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
John 15:26 AMP
26 But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.
John 16:7 AMP
7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
In all of these passages, these greek word translated Comforter or Helper or advocate can be properly rendered as “Someone who is summoned to the side of another” to help him.
The Holy Spirit is summoned by God to our side as believers to perform these seven duties found in the meaning of the word PARACLETOS: he is summoned to be:
Be our comforter:
someone who helps you to feel less worried, someone who provides consolation.
Our counselor
A person trained to give guidance on all issues that pertains to life and godliness
Our Helper:
Someone who provides assistance or aide
Our Advocate:
someone who is constantly speaking in your defence, who is speaking in your favour
Our intercessor:
someone who intervene on your behalf, by praying for you the will of God.
Our Strengthener
someone who makes us stronger
and Finally, a standby.
someone waiting on us in readiness for duty
The redemption of Humanity from the power of sin and the bondage of the devil was one classical example of how the Holy Spirit as an Helper carried out the humanly impossible purpose of God.
I have divided the process of our redemption into 3 major phases to clarify on the input of the Holy Spirit: 1) the virgin Birth. 2) the death of Jesus 3) the resurrection of Jesus and.
According to human reality, it is impossible for a virgin to be pregnant and give birth to a baby - for such thing to happen, the law of nature necessitate the input of a man. But, when the Holy spirit becomes involved, the impossibility becomes possible. The reaction of Mary to the news that the angel of the Lord brought to her was humanly normal, but the answer of the angel was unconventional:
Luke 1:34–35 NRSV
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Please pay attention to the response of the Angel:
The angel answer and said to her:
Luke 1:34 ESV
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
the Holy Spirit will come upon you ( the plan of God will go through with the help of the Holy Spirit - his words will not return to him void)
the power of the most high will overshadow you ( The ministry of the Holy Spirit is always successful in dealing with impossibilities because, He is the Power of the Most High)
therefore the child to be born would be holy (The product of the helpful ministry of the Holy Spirit is always Holy)
The product of the helpful ministry of the Holy Spirit is always Holy.
The Holy Spirit incubates the word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, until he has transformed the Word into flesh.
John 1:1 ESV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 ESV
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
john 1: 1
The virgin birth was impossible, but the Holy Spirit Made it Possible -that is the kind of Helper he is - he watches over the word of the Lord to perform it.
Jesus received divine help from the Holy Spirit to fulfill his ministry:
Acts 10:38 NLT
38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit on Jesus came upon him with Power to
heal and
deliver from the oppression of the devil
The anointing of the Holy Spirit on Him was the guarantee that God was sith hIm.
Hebrews 9:14 NASB95
14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
He offered himself in a sacrificial death through the help of the Holy Spirit.
God raised Jesus from the dead through the help of the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:24 ESV
24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
this verse showed that God raised him from the dead
1 Peter 3:18 KJV 1900
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
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this verse showed how his resurrection became possible: it was by the quickening of the Holy Spirit - the Holy Spirit awakened his Spirit from death.
Romans 1:3–4 KJV 1900
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
rom 1:
1 Peter 3:18 ESV
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
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Note: before I cite this next example, let me say this - in the scripture there are many ways by which the Holy Spirit has been described: For instance
he was described as Wind:
John 3:8 ESV
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
john
John 20:20 ESV
20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
2. he was described as water
John 7:37–39 ESV
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
there are other things that was used in the scripture to describe the move of the Holy Spirit:
Aside from Redemption: The Holy Spirit also helped in the wilderness in making the impossible possible… He blew as wind to bring the quail around the camp...
Numbers 11:31 ESV
31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground.
the word translated Wind in this verse was the hebrew word “Ruah”, That is the same root word for Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit blew as wind to make the impossible possible, if you recall Moses said to the Lord “to feed this people with meat is an impossible feat… But when the Holy Spirit blew as wind the impossible became possible - There was divine provision for the children of God in the wilderness.....
What are you taken home today?
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