The first right way to treat the Holy Spirit is to honour him the same way we honour God. He is an honourable person. The Holy Spirit is everywhere and he is continuing to do God’s work even after our Jesus ascended to heaven. He is doing it in a greater magnitude. Unlike Jesus, whose works were limited within a certain geographical location, the Holy Spirit is widely available for all and across the world doing godly deeds in many folds. The work of the Holy Spirit is unlimited and trans generational and therefore he is called the unlimited edition of Jesus Christ. Hence we must treat him right and honour him.
John 20:22 says, ‘And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.’
In Genesis 6.3, the Holy Spirit left humanity and when Jesus came to minister, he was preparing the way for this Holy Spirit to come back into the world, which ultimately cost him his life. Jesus became the sacrifice to reconcile God and man. He became an atonement for man’s sins. By the time we read the chapter of John chapter 20, we must realise that by then the ground was prepared for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit left man because of his sinful nature, the ground was now prepared for him and the disciples were around him and Jesus rose from the dead and then finally the Holy Spirit came back into the world after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then he breathed into his disciples the Holy Spirit. Some people would not like this method or way. The Holy Spirit has a way to come into man.
God uses different ways .Jesus once healed a blind man and for that, he spat on the mud and then placed that dirt onto the man’s eyes. He received the healing by faith and it is possible that when this incident took place, many watching the scene, thought to themselves that this might not be the right ministry. Many must have thought, why did Jesus Christ spit on the mud? What would his saliva do to help the man? What kind of a ministry is this? But God has his way. Here Jesus breathed the Spirit on the disciples and told them to receive the Holy Spirit. Thankfully all the eleven of them were receptive.
John 7:39 says, ‘By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.’
What must be asserted here is that those who believed in him received the Spirit. Faith plays an integral role in receiving the Spirit. If you are not receptive and receiving the Holy Spirit who is coming from heaven to reside in you, then that will definitely hurt him.
Once the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples, Jesus said that they must now receive his power and for that, they must not leave the city of Jerusalem. The Bible says that when Jesus was on Earth he had more than 500 disciples following him. But only 120 showed up in the upper room to receive the Spirit because many were not receptive. Multitudes had followed Jesus to receive miracles and healings and to hear His teachings. But on the day of Pentecost, only 120 people turned up to receive the Holy Spirit because they came with a hunger to receive from the Lord.
Acts 2:38 says, ‘Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’
You should be willing to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. God is more than willing to give us his Holy Spirit without measure. Anyone of you in any nation can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit without any constraints.
Acts 8:15-17 says, ‘15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.’
Have you received the Holy Spirit? Many are still waiting for the Holy Spirit to come, but the good news is that he is already here and waiting for you. He was here many centuries before we were born. He is waiting for the day each one of us will receive Him. There is no need for us to wait for Him . We only need to be receptive to Him.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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