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Understanding: The Holy Spirit is a Gift Series

Understanding God’s Holy Spirit is a gift– Part 2

The wholeness and fullness of the Holy Spirit are affirmed in all three Gospels, which almost have a similar sequence and are sometimes identical in expression. In short, it is called the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew 12:30–32, Mark 3:28–30, and Luke 12:8–10). Except for John’s Gospel — which is more focused on declaring that Jesus is God.

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit whom God gave us. When Jesus ascended to heaven and seated at the right hand of the Father, he asked the Father to send us another helper, not for the time being but forever, and even the Spirit of truth, that the unbelievers would not receive because they neither see him nor know him. We feel the presence of the Holy Spirit because it dwells within us and guides and protects us with every step and decision. John 14:15-17 ESV

We need to constantly communicate with the Father through prayers, supplications, and thanksgiving, and there is no exemption, whether you are a king, a person holding a high position, a priest, a minister, and other people, rich or poor, as commanded to love one another. Our obedience will generate unity among us.

Praying in one accord may create a peaceful and caring life for our bodies. It will be pleasing in the sight of God, our loving Father, our Supreme Savior, who desires all the people to be saved and be with Him through eternity, and we must learn to acquire, process, and practice the knowledge of the truth.

Our God, the Father, and LORD of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Mediator, and advocate in heaven, the King of the earth, will one day reign this earth with his kings and saints. The brothers and sisters of Christ Jesus, who the Holy Spirit leads, will be blessed with power and authority and rewarded with their domain. They will be kings and priests when the Holy Spirit has come upon them, and some may be witnesses in the coming end of the ages.

John 16:12-15 says: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his authority, but whatever he hears, he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All the Father has is mine; therefore, I said he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

This is not just a flowery word but encouragement and enlightenment that came out from the mouth of the Son. We believe that every word from Christ that pertains to us comes from the Father. 

Jesus’ ascension to be with the Father brought the Holy Spirit to descend from heaven and be with us. How happy we must be having the Spirit of God within us, but still, many already set their mind to staying in the darkness of ignorance, blinded by their loyalty to the teachings of their spiritual leaders, and prefer to choose men rather than God. I hope they are not ignorant that when they hear the word being preached, their ignorance is wiped out, and they are responsible for choosing either right or wrong.

Here is Jesus in John 16:7-15—”Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment because the ruler of this world is judged.”

The Holy Spirit within us took the place of the Son, and it is sad to say that many still do not recognize the significance of the presence of the Holy Spirit, and they still keep calling the Son. The Son did not sacrifice His blood for our sins. Unfortunately, many are using the blood sacrifice of the Son. That is an error; it is the life of the Son. Read what Jesus said: “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.”— John 10:17 NLT.

I hope this knowledge you receive will bring clarity to your mind’s error. Hosea said: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” 4:6

When you acknowledge the truth, the truth will give you freedom. “And I will give you a new heart and Spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV

The Spirit of God dwells in us as we welcome Him with gladness. Anyone who has the Spirit of God has freedom, and those who do not have the Spirit do not belong to Him. When the Spirit is in us, our hope will be much more inspiring and will never embarrass us. God is good, and our hope will not come back void. He gives us peace, safety, and security in our journey. God’s love is pure, and the Holy Spirit, which has been given to us, has changed our hearts, and we no longer get lost in the wilderness of false doctrinal views.

The Holy Spirit is the hope that will give us the Spirit of truth and guide and speak to us through the Spirit of discernment of the things to come. The Holy Spirit will make us aware of things to be done when things of the flesh come our way. The Spirit of Him who raised the Son Jesus from the dead dwells in us; this is another proof of the unity of the three-person in the godhead, The LORD, the Father, the Lord the Son, and the lords (if we are the chosen ones or the elect, it is us without a doubt). The third person needs to form a Trinity, and a third person is a plural in numbers (We). This is a revelation that will not come back void, and doubt pops out for any reason. It needs faith and prayer.

He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies through his Spirit. Afterlife with glorified bodies is a big hope that will never be broken. Jesus said that the Scripture could not be broken. All we need is to obey God and His will and purpose. He dwells with us and will be in us. We neither see him nor know him. Our faith will bring us together. We believe He is the Creator of all things and no one else; He sent the Son to redeem us from the sin of disobedience by the Father of humanity. Paradise was lost, and the imperfection of humanity came to play, resulting in our sinless nature.

Part 1 Understanding the Trinity

Part 2 Understanding the Holy Spirit is a Gift

Part 3 Understanding Our Journey

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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