He is the Third Person of God

The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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he aching void in mankind can only be filled with a meaningful and fulfilling fellowship with our creator. The good news is that God can be known and enjoyed as a person. Through Christ we can get as close to God as we want. Communion or fellowship is the Holy Spirit’s specialty. In this book we explore what the Word has to say about the Holy Spirit and how we can get to know Him better so as to better cooperate with God’s plan for our lives.

As a young virgin, Mary had the most incredible experience of her life. She was overshadowed by the mighty Holy Spirit in the most profound way to conceive the savior of the world. This miracle has fascinated mankind for centuries. Today the Holy Spirit wants to overshadow your life so that you too can experience Christ in the womb of your spirit, and bear the fruit of God’s plan for your life.

Jesus promised His followers that He would not leave them as ‘orphans’ or without spiritual parents (John 14:18). He would come to them again by the Holy Spirit. This wonderful mystery was fulfilled when He arose from the dead and breathed on His disciples saying, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20:22).

There seems to be a resurging awareness of the need for strong supportive fellowship in a world that in many respects is not holding together too well. The Holy Spirit is poised and eager to fulfill that need in your life. He has been given to be your helper.

Fellowship Defined:

 Where You Fit in the Big Picture

John 14:16, 26

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever…

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

God the Father orchestrated the plan of salvation. In the fullness of time Jesus came in fulfillment of prophecy to deal with the issue of sin. He then sent the Holy Spirit to be our ‘helper’ in this dispensation. Our responsibility is to co-labor with the Holy Spirit in fulfilling the commission given to the church. The ‘fellowship’ every believer enjoys with the Holy Spirit is to participate together with Him in the cause of Christ to reach the world with God’s love.

 Who Is the Holy Spirit?

 First, the Holy Spirit is the third person of the God head. His supremacy is revealed by His name. He is called the ‘Spirit of God’ (1 Corinthians 3:16) and has all the divine attributes. For example, the Holy Spirit is everywhere present (Psalm 139:7-10), and has creative powers that only the supreme God can possess. For example, He was present and active when the world the world was created (Genesis 1:2). Only God can be and do these things. It is marvelous to think that we can have close fellowship with the one who was ‘hovering over the face of the waters’ when God spoke the world into existence.

            Second, the Holy Spirit is not some impersonal force or influence like gravity. He is a person who speaks like a person, experiences emotion like a person, and has a will and power of choice like a person. When was the last time an impersonal force like gravity talked to you? It does not happen.

He speaks as a person:

John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Acts 10:19-21

While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. 20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”

He feels as a person: (impersonal forces do not feel grief)

Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…

He makes choices as a person would as an act of His will:

1 Corinthians 12:11

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

 

 Relating to the Holy Spirit As A Person

If you are to have a meaningful walk or enjoy fellowship with the Holy Spirit you must address Him as a person and not an ‘it’. Try talking to your wife, friend, family member as ‘it’ and see how much that helps in the relationship!

In addressing Him as a person, remember that He is God, and as such is to be properly respected and reverenced as supreme, the one to whom all of us will someday have to give account for our lives.

Your fellowship with the Holy Spirit can be cultivated when you recognize that He is a person. Take time to think about the above scriptures so that your fellowship with Him can begin to grow in a new and fresh way.

 My Own Experience

             When my wife gave her heart to the Lord, she prayed that the Holy Spirit would convict me of my need for Jesus. I can say without a doubt that for two years I experienced an intense awareness of my need. The Holy Spirit was ‘convicting’ me every moment of the day. I could not get away from thinking about Jesus and God’s plan of salvation. My wife’s prayer was certainly answered.

Then, after I had given my heart to the Lord, I remember a specific time and even the place where the Holy Spirit ‘came over’ me and impressed upon me to “learn how to pray”. His presence was tangible in that I felt His weighty presence in the study of our rented house in Johannesburg South Africa, whilst sitting at my grandfathers old roll top oak desk. I have never forgotten that experience and many others over the years since then.

To me the scripture is true. The Holy is a person to be known and enjoyed in sweet, comforting fellowship.

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