A person and part of the trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Often associated with the power and presence of God; we call Him the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit.
The first to be mentioned in the creation story, after Elohim (Trinity), who moved over the face of the vast, void darkness and nothingness of the lost and formless earth (Gen. 1:2).
The Holy Spirit has been and will forever be part of the Godhead; the eternal force, the invincible power, and supreme rulership and authority of God.
From the beginning He was there, as was the Father and the Son, and even now in these last days, He is here.
This beautiful personality has been mentioned so many times in the bible, but a time is coming when He would be the heart of the move of the Godhead, in these last days.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Many times, this question has been asked, and honestly there’s no other answer than what the scriptures tell us, and what we have believed:
- He is the Spirit or Breath of God (Gen. 1:1-2, Job 33:4, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21)
- He is the Good Spirit; who makes us do good works(Gal. 5:22-23, 1 Cor. 12:1-11)
- He is the Eternal Spirit (John 14:16, Heb. 9:14, Gen. 1:26)
- He is Lord (2 Cor. 3:17, 2 Sam. 23:2)
- He is the Helper(parakletos) (John 14:16, 26; 16:26; 16:7)
Now, these are just to mention but a few dimensions of the Spirit, as His work in the believer is infinite and beyond quantifying.
As believers, the Holy Spirit is the power of God in us for the battles we face in these last days.
Jesus before leaving the earth told his disciples of the coming comforter; the helper, who would bring them into all truth, and by extension the believer today.
After the ascension of Jesus, as the world was coming into another phase of God’s eternal purpose and plan, Jesus asked His disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit, which God was going to send into the world. This wonderful event was marked by the trembling of the earth and a remarkable entrance, with tongues as cloven fire descending on all that were gathered in the upper room, the Spirit of God.
For Jesus had said:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” Acts 1:8
So, the disciples waited to receive the promise, trusting and believing Jesus with all confidence in their hearts.
The promise was finally here, what God had spoken of in Joel chapter 2. Hundreds of years had passed, it was time for the promised word of God. For He had said;
” And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
And also, on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days”. Joel 2:28-29
This, Peter spoke of again after the Spirit’s arrival, and the manifestations there after; being filled and speaking in others tongues (Acts 2:1-4).
Peter speaking to the multitude, reiterated the promise.
On most occasions, the most manifesting ‘move’ of the Spirit we find in the church, is the gift of speaking in tongues. Well, far beyond this, the Spirit has a bigger mandate on the earth in these last days through believers.
Paul the apostle tries to enlighten the church from his revelation, about the power and influence of the Spirit upon the church.
” Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Eph. 3:20
This power at work in us is the Holy Spirit, who is also the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph: 1:17).
He gives the believer wisdom and reveals the word and knowledge of God to believers.
But how does He do this?
” But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another healings by the same Spirit … to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues”. 1 Cor. 12:7-10
Now, we must never be parochially minded towards the gifts and functioning of the Spirit, because they are as diverse and dynamic as the person of the Spirit.
When God moves in these last days, He does so by His Spirit. His Spirit has been poured out on all flesh, and we who have received have become the tools of God for His end time agender.
Just as Jesus received the Spirit without measure, who was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38), so also is God’s intention for all who have received His son; to do good works.
The good works include but are not limited to; healing, preaching, teaching, speaking in different tongues, and all the good works Jesus did.
Remember Jesus said, “and greater works than these” shall all who would believe in Him do, and how? By the Spirit at work in us.
Every single good work the believer will ever do, is ultimately hinged upon the inworking power of the Spirit. So, when Jesus said;
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matt. 28:19
He was speaking from the lenses of the future power that was to come, the mighty working power.
This power which is spoken of in Zechariah 4:6.
This power of God moves in every believer, moving us towards the things of God. He “works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” Phil. 2:13.
So, in this present age and time in the world’s history and according to God’s timing, the Spirit of God moves by His vessels; the believers. For, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” Eph. 2:10, and as such, we are His ambassadors, doing and legislating on His behalf on the earth.
It’s no wonder there is a multiplying of the knowledge of Christ and of God by the increasing number of people coming to God and conversely an increase in the number of churches, we have seen breath-taking miracles, signs and wonders, and people of God coming into social and political circles to influence them in a godly way. All these can be summarised as the move of the Spirit which was promised to come, for the end time revival, where the church takes on the systems of the world for our king and master. He is the weapon for the end-time battle, the power of the age to come, the Spirit of the Living God. So, we say blow like a mighty wind and cause us to move by your direction and wisdom, as the knowledge of You covers the earth, as the waters cover the s