Kenneth Wuest said, “The Holy Spirit desires to produce the highest type of Christian experience in the life of the believer, and if the believer has the same interest, he will show it by maintaining an attitude of dependence upon and trust in the Holy Spirit to produce that life in him. It is our responsibility to ask that the Holy Spirit’s activity will continue and become more rich and effective in our lives and ministries.”
As one of His present tasks, the Holy Spirit takes that which is given to Him by the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and reveals the knowledge, wisdom, understanding, gifts, talents, abilities, etc. to believers (John 16:14-15). In other words, He reveals all the redemptive benefits of salvation in Christ which are mediated to us through the Spirit.12
But, the most important aspect that the Holy Spirit shares with us is the nearness of Jesus. (John 14:18).
The Spirit makes us aware of what I call “The Personal Presence of the Lord Jesus.” He makes known to our spirit all that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. This includes His love, help, blessing, forgiveness, healing and all that is ours through faith in His Name (see 2 Peter 1:1-4). Likewise, the Holy Spirit draws our hearts to seek the Lord in love, prayer and worship.13
Having fellowship with the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with joy, brings sensitivity to the ministry of intercession as well as to the prophetic and other dynamic gifts.
The fire of the Holy Spirit is forceful, yet warming. He leads us to believe, yet test all things; to hold on to what is good, yet to avoid every kind of evil.14 The Holy Spirit brings enhanced sensitivity to the sin or actions that would grieve Him as well as to a greater aspiration for justice and a greater mindfulness of the sin that besets us.
Paul encouraged the saints at Philippi to have unity of thought and feeling in Christ Jesus. Such unity included them being in tune with each other through their partnership with the Holy Spirit. He urged them to be one in spirit and purpose as like clocks adjusted to strike at the same moment.15
Paul’s use of the Greek word koinonia in his letter to the Philippians speaks to his revelation of the association, community, joint-participation and the share which believers have in their partnership with the Holy Spirit.
Thayer in his Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament says the word koinonia, “speaks of the fellowship that consists in the fact that Christians are partakers in common of the same mind as God and Christ, and of the blessings therefrom.”16
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have all things in common. Our fellowship with Him makes us of like nature with His divine nature. (2 Peter 1:1-4)
To be in fellowship with (and a partaker of) His divine nature means to love holiness and hate sin which makes impossible a life lived in the darkness of sin. The thing possessed by both He and us is light. He is light and there is no darkness in Him. In the case of the believer, he lives in the sphere of the light which God is (1 John 1:7).17 Such fellowship with the Spirit creates a relationship that involves a common interest and a mutual, active participation in that interest by the Spirit and believers of like mind and spirit.18
The result of our fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit is an interest and a mutual active participation in the things of God and the work of God in saving lost souls and bringing wholeness to every person who calls upon the Name of the Lord. It is that partnership between the Holy Spirit and the believer that creates a life of joy, peace and love.
The Holy Spirit also desires to produce the highest type of Christian experience in the life of the believer, and if the believer has the same interest, he will show it by maintaining an attitude of dependence upon and trust in the Holy Spirit to produce that life in him. It is our responsibility to ask that His activity will continue and become more rich and effective in our lives and ministries.19
G.D. Watson in his book, Living Words, said, “The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. But, when you are so possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over His peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.”
I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to produce the most intimate, glorious and wonderful experience that you are able to endure. Ask Him to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ in ways too marvelous for words. Embrace, experience and enjoy the wonder of Him saturating your heart, mind and body. Ask the Heavenly Father to fill you to overflowing and experience the wonder, glory and presence of the True and Living God. In Jesus’ Name.
This blog is from my new book on the Holy Spirit. Here are the end notes for this week’s blog. Enjoy your study!
- Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 4:6
- John 14:23-24; 16:14
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
- Ephesians 4:30 and Philippians 2:1-2
- Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, Entry 1 John 1:3-6
- Untranslatable Riches from the Greek New Testament, Kenneth Wuest. Page 98.
- Ibid. Page 99.
- Ibid. Page 101.