CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 55

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 19:2 ” He said unto them, have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost”.

  Apostle Paul asked the brethren in Ephesus, whether they have received the Holy Spirit since they believed, and they answered “…. we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. “

   Please note, the term Ghost is an old English word for Spirit. It has nothing to do with the Spirit of a dead person. The answers from the brethren in Ephesus was quite alarming since the church of God was birthed by the coming in of the Holy Spirit.  Although this is quite alarming many Christians although they claim to know about the Holy Spirit, do not know him in reality. One act that reveals that a number of Christians don’t know Him is the way people command him to do things for them like an errand boy. The approach has no reverence and no wonder His influence is not seen and realised. We could address Him as dear Holy Spirit, then the request may follow. Most of us just say Holy Ghost do such and such for me. The Lord calls Him my father who lives in me  (John 14:10)

   Who is the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit is God. (1st Corinthians 3:16) Acts 5:3-4 reads ” But Peter said, Ananias why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the price of the land? While it remained was it not thine? And after it was sold was it not in thine own power? Why hath thou conceived this in thy heart? Thou hast not lied unto men but unto God” Peter says the Holy Spirit is God. To filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with God. (1st Corinthians 3:16) In John 16:7 the Lord introduced Him as our comforter, that is our helper, counselor, advocate, stand by, guide, strengthener and intercessor.

 If you acknowledged him as God then you would fear and reverence him. Benny Hinn a world renowned healing evangelist says the Holy Spirit is Christ Jesus unlimited. The Lord Jesus told the disciples in Acts 1:8 ” But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Jesus in person was limited to ministering only at one place at a time, but with the coming of the Holy Spirit the same Spirit working in the disciples could do the same work throughout the world.

The following is from Kelvin J. Corner’s book titled the foundation of Christian Doctrine page 71 ” The Holy Spirit is the third divine person of the eternal Godhead, coequal ,coeternal and coexistent with the Father and the Son  in His ministry to convict and convert men, as well as to reveal the Son and the Father to the believer.”

 The Holy Spirit is living in you. He is God of the universe. Relate with him as such and admit His power over every challenge that comes against you.

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly Father, for giving me your Holy Spirit, by whom I am empowered like my Lord Jesus Christ to reach out to men and bless them like he did.

FURTHER STUDY:

John 16:7 ” Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you”.

2 Corinthians 13:14 ” The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”

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