An Intimate Ministry

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own…

1 Corinthians 6:19

The Holy Spirit
There is a lot of misunderstanding about the beautiful person of the Holy Spirit. Many cults and false teachings consider Him to be an influence – an ‘IT’ and not a person. They talk of Him as an invisible active force – a kind of energy or a super ‘substance’. But the Holy Spirit is Deity. He is the third Person of the Trinity. He is fully God. And the indwelling Holy Spirit has been given to each believer as a gift from God..

Another Comforter
Christ was the disciples’ Helper, Comforter, Guard, and Guide while He was on earth.. but when He ascended into heaven, to sit on the throne of the Father, He sent us the Holy Spirit to be another Comforter – to be our ever-present Help in time of trouble.

Like Jesus
And the Helper that Christ sent was to be just like Himself – and to be with us forever. The Holy Spirit will be a Helper akin to that which the disciples experienced during Christ’s earthly sojourn – but He’ll remain alongside us all through life and into eternity.

Our Advocate
Jesus was the Paraclete / Paracletos while He was on earth – for His disciples. The Holy Spirit is now the Paraclete / Paracletos – for believers on earth today – and Paraclete means an Advocate – i.e. One that comes alongside – to help.

Christ’s Replacement
Today we have our indwelling Paraclete / Paracletos – to come alongside to help. No wonder Jesus said, It is expedient for you that I go away: because if I do not go away, then the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I do depart, I will send Him unto you.

Inner Ministry
I doubt the disciples could have imagined that Christ, going away as He did, would have resulted in something even better for them– for the Lord Jesus could only walk beside His disciples – while the Holy Spirit indwells the very heart of a believer. This intimate, inner ministry of the indwelling Spirit, surpasses our wildest thoughts.

A Divine Person
The Holy Spirit is equal in power, glory, and understanding to the Father and the Son. He is fully a Person – a Divine person with a perfect will – emotions and intellect. We actually have Deity living inside us to lead and to guide – to help and to comfort. The Creator of the universe has chosen to make you and me His personal residence.

Guide and Helper
Never let us forget Who we have dwelling within our heart, teaching and training us. Never mistake Him for a mere power or force – nor a kind of energy or influence. A force or influence does not have reasoning ability – nor make choices or decisions. Energy doesn’t have emotions, and a mere power cannot be grieved or insulted – but when we do not yield to His guiding voice, we can hurt or even quench the Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God
The Holy Spirit is an all-knowing Person, and He knows the deep things of God, for what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so, the things of God knows no man – but the Spirit of God. And we have the omniscient, omnipotent, eternal God indwelling our bodies… What amazing grace that God should live in me and that He should dwell in you.

Holy Mystery
Let us wonder at the mystery of the divine Person that has chosen to take up residence in our heart and become our Teacher, Advisor, Advocate, and Instructor and Who is leading and guiding us into all truth and most importantly – is at this moment conforming us into the image and likeness of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.


Bible References

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Revelation 19

19 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

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