THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part 2)
“All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:15 KJV
In the last capsule we had an introduction into the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the third functional expression of the God head. Some of what we discussed show that through this Fellowship we have an unparalleled advantage as New Creation. Through this Fellowship we have an understanding into the deep things of God, which subsequently makes us fit for purpose and service.
Contrary to common logic, Christ told the disciples that they had more to gain through this Fellowship, than with His own physical presence (I wish I had space to explain this). John 16:15, puts everything in a nutshell, Christ, redeemed us and made Grace available. The Holy Spirit enables us to partake of this provision of Grace. Now you see why this Fellowship is mentioned last in the Apostolic Benediction. Grace is the product of Love, which we can now enjoy through the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Remember that for the New Creation, the presence of the Holy Spirit is woven into our spiritual DNA. The Holy Spirit is WITHUS, IN US, FOREVER, we are anointed and this anointing abides! (1 John 2:27, John 14:16, Hebrews 13:5). What we need to do is walk in the consciousness and awareness, that is what is called KOINONIA: Fellowship, Partnership, Communion, Intercourse. Again, this cannot be exhaustive, but please follow me closely.
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 KJV (in context 1 Corinthians 2:9-16)
Remember our discussions on the New Creation. Always keep in view that God is a Spirit and He desires to communicate with you, Spirit (Holy Spirit) to spirit (John 4:24, John 3:6). This principle is re-emphasised in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11. Verse 12 says the reason why we Fellowship with the Holy Spirit is that ' We MIGHT KNOW the things that have been freely given to us of God'. God wants us to know even the deep things but He can only do it Spirit to spirit when we Fellowship with Him. In other words, the Holy Spirit receives these things and then download them into our spirit through Fellowship. Let's look at some of these things
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26 KJV
The New Creation is designed to know all things and even when we forget, the Holy Spirit brings it to our remembrance (1John 2:20, 27). This sounds far fetched but it is true and we need to reach for it. The spiritual is governed by laws. We are not meant to be confused or fearful, faith always flow when there is knowledge (Romans 10:17).
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 KJV
When we Fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the future is not scary. Things should not take us by surprise (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4). We are not supposed to act on instinct alone, that is the low life. Our actions and way of life should be based on knowledge.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26-27 KJV (in context Romans 8:26-28)
Praying based on head knowledge (or human understanding) only, has its limitations! When we Fellowship in prayer with the Holy Spirit these inadequacy are dealt with through the intercession of the Holy Spirit because He knows the perfect will of the God Head (1 Corinthians 2:10-11, 1 Corinthians 14:2). In other words the Holy Spirit takes hold within us to move us from the visible to the invisible realm, this makes prayer efficient and effective. (Romans 8:28 is contingent on the two previous verses and must never be taken out of context). This is what Paul describes as praying the mysteries in 1 Corinthians 14:2.
Lastly as we close, those who complain of boredom have not come to appreciate the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. I like to submit that idleness is at the root of most mischief among Christians. There is much that can be made available to us if only we know how to cultivate the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We will wrap everything up in the next capsule, and in rounding up, I hope to discuss John 14:8-11, it will completely change your thinking.
THE FELLOWSHIP WILL GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTHS, SHOW US THINGS TO COME AND BRING THEM TO OUR REMEMBRANCE.
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