How the Spirit Relate with the spirit (The 3 Fold Ministry)
Last week by the help of the Holy Spirit we were able to discuss the 3 fold commission of the Holy Spirit which are His commission to convict the World of it’s sin, His commission to Judge and His commission as to Righteousness. (John 16:8-11).
In our topic today, Jesus Christ personal introduced the Holy Spirit to the disciples in accordance to the functions He will perform at His own absence and these introduction is what we are going to consider today as the 3 Ministry of the Holy Spirit.
1. The Holy Spirit as a Comforter
But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 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.(John 16:6-7|KJV-
Just as Christ was about to accomplish His mission on earth (to die on the cross for our salvation) the disciples weren’t comfortable with losing Him, they show this through asking several questions and showing of deep sorrow. Jesus knowing how important His mission was, informed them on the important of the course of which will afterwards will reveal the Comforter who will be with them when He has gone.
When as a Christian, you on account of your faith in God face persecution and trials, the Lord has by His Spirit provide for us a means of victory, which is now made available through the ministry of the Holy Spirit as a Comforter. When the going gets tough and rough, when you feel like giving up on God because of pressure and circumstances, it is the Holy Spirit in us through this ministry that keeps us going even when we should have quite.
I remember some weeks ago when the Lord gave me a message to preach in a particular platform online, I did the preaching and by His grace, He through me exposed some hidden practices and many genuinely turned to the Lord but to my shock and pain, the admin of the platform blocked and kicked me out of the group, I have been preaching on that platform for some years now but that day message brought about my eviction. I was very sad and wished I never did the preaching, I got to a point that I said I will stop preaching but the comforter came up with the reality of God’s word in my heart and when I turned to them, I regained boldness again and was strengthen to even do more.
The Holy Spirit in us is our only source of Joy in this dying world, alot of tribulations abound in the world but with the help of the Holy Spirit backing us up we will overcome the world, we are going to be pushed to the very extreme where our patience and long suffering will be tested but with the Holy Spirit, we will overcome the world.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.(John 16:2-3|KJV-
The journey into eternal life is never a smooth one, the road is rough and the gate is narrow, but with the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit, we can endure all things till we reach that home on high, the path leading to eternal life has been designed to navigated alone and without luggages, but with the Holy Spirit, we will not be left alone on that path and with His comforting ministry, He is going to easy our spirit and mind from all luggages of sin and worldliness.
2. Holy Spirit as the Truth
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot, bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever, he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.(John 16:12-13|KJV
On the other hand, Jesus knew how limited and confused the world is going to be in a matter of understanding, He knew how limited our human mind and thought can be that is while He introduce us to another ministry of the Holy Spirit as the Truth and the teacher of Truth.
There is no way anyone can claim to know God or understand spiritual matters of the kingdom outside the Holy Spirit because anyone who have Him, already have the truth in Him and He is the only one authorized by God to teach and bring men into the reality of that truth which is Christ Jesus. So without the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ only remains a fact in history but with Him in the hearts of believers, He is a reality who was, who is and who is to come.
Holy Spirit as the Revealer of Truth
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore, said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.(John 16:14-15|KJV-
When He function as a teacher of Truth, He makes real to us the reality of the person of Jesus Christ and all His abilities. When he functions as a Revealer of Truth, He becomes a communication channel between man and God, He brings down to us the heart beat of God, His intentions of the moment and how to execute same. You might not be able to know the mind of God until your spirit is one with the Spirit of God because the secret things of God are with those that fears the Lord. So it is possible to tap into the secret of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit as a Revealer and it is also possible to perish in ignorance of same.
Thank you so much for being part of today’s meeting, may the Spirit of God be with your spirit. Amen