June 13, 2019

The Ministry of The Holy Spirit

The Ministry of The Holy Spirit

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

Acts 2:33

The manifestation of the Spirit is the fruit of redemption. Christ Jesus in the fullness of time was made man, born of a woman under the Law that they that were under the Law might be redeemed, rescued and receive together with us the adoption of sons. When the Son of God was made man in the event of the incarnation, He made our human nature, which He assumed from the Virgin Mary, compatible with the Spirit of God. From the River Jordan, at the baptism of Christ, there was the sonship declaration of the Father, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. In that moment, in human history, we had the very first human being filled with the Spirit of God without measure.

 

From His conception and birth to His crucifixion and death, Jesus Christ in His humanity acquired the Spirit. This is made evident after His ascension into heaven. He sat down at the Father’s right and the Spirit He acquired in His humanity is now poured forth on the new man, which He inaugurated at His resurrection. Christ the Anointed One becomes Christ the Exalted Anointer. We’ve received the Spirit from the Son of God. To be in Christ is to be in the Spirit. Every benefit that Christ has acquired on our behalf belongs to us now and is described as in the Spirit. Our Lord, having received the highest honor at the right hand of the Father, exalted, has poured out the same Holy Spirit that He acquired in His humanity to us. Certain sights and sounds characterized the phenomenon of the Spirit being given: speaking in tongues and rejoicing in the Spirit. We ought not neglect these. The Giver and the Gift, in His unlimited generosity has made us unlimited. The Holy Spirit has come to fulfill a ministry in us.

In 1 Corinthians 3:16, Apostle Paul speaks of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit:

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The Spirit permanently resides in you. When you are unaware of the indwelling of the Spirit, you would think you merely have a portion or measure of the Spirit. But God doesn’t give the Spirit by measure (John 3:34). His Spirit inhabits you as His abode. Every designated cell in your body is tailor-made for God. That’s why our body is holy and consecrated. God inhabits our bodies that they may be the expression of the Godhead on earth, in all His fullness. We’re filled full with the fullness of God, indwelt by the Spirit.

You are not your own (1 Cor. 6:19). Your body belongs to God.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise – Ephesians 1:13

By the Spirit, you’ve been sealed as an evidence that salvation is permanent. You were sealed with an indelible mark indicating authenticity, the official proprietorship of God, and the unbreakable security of the Spirit concerning the Gospel of your salvation, which you have believed. In Christ Jesus, the believer can’t be without assurance.

Being sealed by the Spirit implies that we are kept. But this is not all; we have received the Spirit as the earnest of what is to come (2 Corinthians 1:22). What we have received from Him is the foretaste of all that we have already received in Christ. We experience our salvation in different phases: decisively (we have been saved), progressively (we are being saved), and ultimately (we shall be saved), and the Holy Spirit is the earnest. Paul tells us He is the earnest, the foretaste of immortality to come (2 Cor. 5:4-5). That same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ out of the corpse state indwells you (Rom. 8:11). If He indwells you, He will also quicken your body liable to death. He will quicken, vitalize, energize and reconstitute your body.

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This article is an excerpt from the message “The Ministry of the Spirit” by Dr. Shawn Smith. For the complete teaching, please, visit gcmonlinestore.com

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