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Introduction to the Holy Spirit

IN the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit played a big role in the creation of the world and all that exists.

By PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

We learn from the scriptures that the Spirit of God hovered over the waters that filled the earth. Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV), “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

When God began to speak things into existence, it was the Holy Spirit who brought those things to be. The question many often ask is: why should I be filled with the Holy Spirit when I already have a relationship with God?

For you to live a genuine Christian life, an authentic life of faith, you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:49 (KJV), “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

Jesus commissioned us to be witnesses, and this also calls for us to be filled with the Spirit. You can only be a witness of someone you know, someone you have seen, and those of us in this generation would have been disqualified. But thank God, the Holy Spirit has made it possible for us to be witnesses of Christ, for we know Him after the Spirit.

Notice in the scripture that the first thing mentioned after the reception of power is that we are made witnesses. Acts 1:8 (KJV), “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

In legal terms, you can only be witness of something you have seen or heard first-hand with your own hears. 

The Holy Spirit is your foremost teacher concerning the things of the Kingdom of God. He helps to embed the word of God in our hearts, and helps us to recall the Word we have absorbed in critical moments. John 14:26 (KJV), “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The Holy Spirit is described as “another Comforter” (allos parakletos in Greek), implying that Jesus was our first comforter. So, what the 12 disciples experienced in Jesus’ presence, we can still experience today courtesy of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is not a name, but an expression of being. He responds to the name of Jesus when you pray. Jesus described the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth”. Outside the revelation of the Holy Spirit there is no truth. 

Desire to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. Desire to have a relationship with Him. Desire to fellowship with Him every day. This will help you become fruitful in your walk of faith.

Have a blessed week!

l Phillip Chidavaenzi is the author of several books including Walking in the Spirit (2017) and Give Me Souls, Or I Die! (2018). He can be contacted on pchidavaenzi@newsday.co.zw

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