TOPIC: THE HOLY SPIRIT (PART 2)
TEXT: JOHN 14:26; 2 COR. 13:14
FOCUS: PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (PART A)
INTRODUCTION: In order for us to enter into a close relationship with another person, we must first seek to understand what makes that individual who he/she is. A greater knowledge of a person’s likes, dislikes, aims and ambitions will help develop a deeper friendship. Likewise, if we are to be intimate with the Holy Spirit, we must first seek to understand His personality. However, Apostle Paul mentioned three important things that can form the basis for our getting to know the personality of the Holy Spirit in 2 Cor. 13:14 for deeper reflection to actually help us in knowing the person (not flesh and blood) of the Holy Spirit.
A. The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ – We must constantly remember that we are saved by His grace and not of works, we live by grace not of ability and we shall continue to rely on the His grace till we see Him glory. Heb. 4:16; Eph. 1:7; Eph. 2:5-8; Gal. 1:15-16
B. The Love of God – God sent His only begotten Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. The love He has for us compelled Him to sacrifice His only begotten Son for us and He expects us to show Him love in return. John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15; Mark 12:30; Rom. 5:5; Rom. 8;38-39
C. The Communion of the Holy Ghost – Communion is such a vast word that we cannot just ride over it. It doesn’t mean the bread and wine we share in remembrance of Christ. (1 Cor. 11:24-25). Communion is a very deep word that Apostle Paul used to conclude the salutation.
Communion simply means Koinonia is original Greek text which translates to fellowship, companionship, communication, intimacy, sharing together, social intercourse, partnership, joint participation and close mutual association.
Basically, if we are going to know the personality of the Holy Spirit, we must know that:
a. Fellowship – Friendly relationship, companionship or sharing together is very important. Eph. 4:3
b. Partnership (Greek Word – Metochos) – It means companion or Fellow-worker. Luke 5:6-7; 1 Cor. 3:6-9.
Note: We need to know that Jesus Christ is with His Father in Heaven, the Holy Spirit has been sent to the earth to partner with us in this amazing life.
c. Close Mutual Association (Intimacy) – Intimacy can only be developed through fellowship or relationship but it goes deeper than any definition. John 14:26; Amos 3:3,7; 1 Cor. 2:10-14.
Note: No technology or method could ever take place of the Holy Spirit’s voice.