That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21)
John 17 provides us a record of a prayer offered to the Father. He was not praying to Himself! In verse 21, He prayed that the Church would be one just as He and the Father. Jesus was not asking the Father to meld all believers into one great cosmic consciousness!
God made you and me individuals. We will always be different, but this does not mean we cannot be one in the spirit.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
You have been joined to Christ, but you are not Christ!
You and Jesus are not the same person even though you have become one with Him!
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one God but not one person. You need this to become revelation if you are going to unlock the Holy Spirit’s ministry in your life.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
You can commune and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. He is a knowable person, but you will not try to develop a relationship with Him if you think He is not.
Consider a chair for illustration. Can you fellowship with “it”? You cannot because the chair is an inanimate object.
What attributes do you think are required for something to be considered a person? Would you say they would be things like having a mind, will, or emotions? The Holy Spirit has each one and so much more.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person. You can tell from how people refer to Him that most do not understand this simple truth. He is a person who desires to develop a relationship with you!
God the Father is God.
Jesus is God.
The Holy Spirit is God.
You can know the Holy Spirit and develop your awareness of His presence in your daily life. He can become just as real as any other person you interact with throughout the day.
The Holy Spirit is with you every moment of every day. You have access to Him anytime you desire!
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)
The Holy Spirit is in you. He is the anointing that John is referencing in this verse.
I have heard Christians talk about their desire for the power of God to manifest in their lives. They do not realize they already have it in their born-again spirit!
What is the “power”? It is a manifestation of a person in our midst. When you sense the power of God in a service, you are sensing the Holy Spirit’s presence. One will not be present without the other, and so we could say the power is the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the power.
The Holy Spirit is a multifaceted person who has appeared in many ways throughout Scripture. He descended in a bodily shape like a dove at Jesus’ baptism (Luke 3:22) and as tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost. I believe that it is the number of ways He is represented in Scripture that confuse people regarding Him being a person.
A person has a mind, will, and emotions. We need to look at Scripture to understand how He will lead and guide us in our daily lives by learning about what makes Him a person. It will help your understanding of Him to think of Him as the second Comforter. We saw this in John 16, where Jesus referred to Him as “another Comforter.” You and I can have the same relationship with the Holy Spirit that Jesus had with His disciples.
Jesus was the first Comforter. He told His disciples that having the Holy Spirit inside us was better than their being with Him. You can look into the Gospels to see how Jesus interacted with the disciples if you ever find yourself wondering what your relationship with the Spirit should be. The disciples could talk to Jesus and ask questions. You can speak to the Holy Spirit, and He will answer your questions!
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