ENCOUNTERING THE HOLY SPIRIT

Dear brethren,

 

After the resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, the next big event on the earth was the grand entrance of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.  (See Acts 2.)

You will recall that before our Lord left earth, He had talked quite a bit about the coming of the Holy Spirit.  (See John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15 and Acts 1:8)  Jesus was saying, I’m leaving but I’ll send you Somebody to be with you every second of every hour. He very well intended for us to walk in close fellowship with this third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, who Himself is God.

Did you know that if you will ask Him, the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to you?  The Holy Spirit longs to befriend you and me.  We need to seek to know His mind, His power and His nature.  This month of May and most likely beyond, lets focus on knowing the Holy Spirit as we find Him in every book of the Bible.

However, we need to realize one thing about the Spirit.  He does not make it His priority to testify of Himself.  His primary message is the same as that of the Father and that is Jesus.  He testifies of Jesus.  His

emphasis is Jesus.  Everywhere you find Jesus in action, you always see the Spirit at work.  The closer you come to the Holy Spirit, the more you will love Jesus.  However, the Holy Spirit will still reveal His own work, nature and Person to you in order for you to successfully fulfill the mission of Jesus with Him on the earth.  So it is vital that you pursue fellowship with the Spirit.  (See 2 Cor. 13:14)

There are many direct mentions of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. There are some symbolic mentions (all the symbols of the Spirit were a foreshadowing of the real Person of the Holy Spirit), and there are even some subtle (not obvious) mentions that can only be interpreted from His work in the New Testament.  Let’s dig into the Word, which the Holy Spirit Himself is the Author and see what it has to say about Him.  Let’s begin in Genesis.

We first find Him in Gen 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  NKJV

The word for hover is the Hebrew word rachaph, which means to move, flutter, brood or perambulate (walk over, survey, examine, inspect boundaries, traverse).  When God spoke, it was the Holy Spirit who caused those words to become creation.  He took the seed of God’s Word and moved upon it causing all of creation to come into existence.  That’s what the Holy Spirit does.  He takes the Word and creates with it.

Today, the Holy Spirit dwells within you and as you give the Word of God your attention and cooperation He will manifest the will of the Father in your life.  (Phil. 2:13, 1 Thess. 2:13)  All the work of our Lord within us is by the Holy Spirit.  Recognize and appreciate Him much.  This is one way to begin fellowship with Him.

ENCOUNTERING THE HOLY SPIRIT