And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22
Not since the moment Adam was given life had any person experienced such a glorious moment. The first moment came when God breathed into Adam and the man became a living soul.1 This resulted in the human race being given the ability to think, feel, walk, talk and be in relationship with the Creator.
This second moment flowed from the life giving Spirit of the last Adam. The result was the Creator making men and women the Spirit’s dwelling place and His people. This life altering moment made possible the idea that men, made of earth’s dust, would bear the image of the man of heaven.2
Many continue to see the Holy Spirit as only the breath or wind of God. But He is more than either and both. He is the third Person of the Trinity; and therefore, God Himself. He has submitted to and has been sent by the Father to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”3
He is the One who draws men to the Father and points them to their Savior, Jesus. He is responsible for our new birth as well as being the resident Who lives within us. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary so Jesus could be the example of a Person who walked in the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit. And, now this same Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead is living in us and giving life to us, filling our lives and making us God’s unique and holy people.
In the first chapter of Genesis the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. The Spirit (Hebrew: ruwach) by definition flutters or hovers as like a mother bird over her young.4 Now the Spirit dwells within us. He desires to manifested His Person and Presence in and through our lives. He seeks to hover over or be released upon us for the sake of ministry.
In a fashion similar to the dove being released from Noah’s Ark, the Spirit was released from Lord Jesus upon His disciples as He breathed upon them. He also told them to receive the Holy Spirit. Just as the Spirit proceeded from the Father upon Jesus (at His baptism), the Holy Spirit proceeded from Christ Jesus upon His disciples and continues to proceed from the Lord Jesus for the sake of seeking a people to rest upon. Our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus have a real determination toward the Holy Spirit’s Manifested Presence dwelling within us (for salvation) and resting upon us (for ministry).
When the Holy Spirit is resting upon us His Presence can be sensed similarly to the scent of the anointing oil mentioned in Exodus 33:25 and 32, “Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Do not pour it on anyone else’s body and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred.”
It is important for us to rearrange our thinking. The Holy Spirit is in us. He also desires to rest or manifest His Presence upon us. The anointing is a Person (not a thing). Christ is more than an individual.6 The apostle Paul unfolded this Messianic mystery in his Epistle to the Colossians. The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.7
In a few months my new book, The Altar of His Presence, will be flooding bookstores. I am convinced that people around the globe will be touched and changed as they experience the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit in new and dynamic ways. I encourage you to begin praying now (if you haven’t already) for the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father and the Lord Jesus to you as never before. Ask Him to Manifest His Presence in, on and through your life and ministry. Ask Him to begin…today!
1. Genesis 2:7
2. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
3. John 16:8 KJV
4. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Entry 7307
5. Genesis 8:9
6. Corporate Anointing by Kelley Varner
7. Colossians 1:26-27