SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2015
TOPIC: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD·
Opening text: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me... (Acts 1:8).
Due to the limitations of language, many have found it
difficult to understand who the "Spirit of God" is. The phrase "the Spirit of God" has a totally different connotation from the phrase a "man of God!" The latter means a man who works, talks and does things for God; a man sent by God. When we say the "Spirit of God," we don’t mean a Spirit that is from God, sent by God and does things for God; no, that’s not the description. The Holy Spirit is God.
The Father never leaves His throne; He’s always on His throne. When the Father does anything outside His throne, He does it through His Spirit who proceeds from Him. So, the Holy Spirit isn’t another Spirit that God delegates to do something; the Holy Spirit is God Himself. When we talk about your spirit, for example, your spirit isn’t another spirit that serves you. Your spirit is you, the real you!
Now imagine this: Acts 1:8 says, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…." So, we received that Holy Spirit who Himself is God, to live in us. If we take that lightly, our lives will be ordinary. However, when you understand the power and import of having the Spirit of God live in you, you’ll live supernaturally every day.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, not because He’s number three, but because He’s the third to be revealed to the Church. But the manifestation of the Holy Spirit came first; He’s the first to actually be revealed in the Word of God, but He wasn’t understood.
Genesis 1 reveals the Spirit to us when the earth was a chaotic mass: "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:2). So, the Holy Spirit is first revealed to us. In verse 1, the Hebrew word for God is "Elohim"—a plural word for God. So, you see, the Holy Spirit made the world, and created all things.
Dear Father, thank you for your precious Holy Spirit whom you’ve given to me to help me chart my course victoriously and excellently in life. The glory, beauty, aura and perfections of your Spirit are manifested, and displayed in and through me, to the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study:John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
: 1 Samuel 26-28 Luke 22:1-38
: Mark 5:21-34 Leviticus 26