“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the COMMUNION OF THE HOLY GHOST, be with you all Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
The word “communion” here is the Greek word “Koinonia” which means partnership, participation, intercourse, fellowship among others. Communion with the Holy Spirit is like standing at the edge of a great sea and attempting to reach further. It’s a journey into the deep from the shallow to the deepest until deep calls unto deep. “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterspouts: all your billows are gone over me.” (Psalm 42:7)
We begin with our feet in the water, and then we go even further. We reach where the water has taken up the knee, but we are not to stop there. We reach further and we are waist deep in the water, but that’s not our destination. We then reach further-we go deeper until we are lost in the sea- caught up in the midst of God. It’s the deepest experience of worship till we do not want to stop again. That’s the level where revelations flow freely. It’s a place where the supernatural becomes easy. It’s a level of intimacy with the Spirit that all are called to, but only very view has attained it. It’s a spirit to Spirit affair, it is not something that one does without another, the Spirit and the believer responsively and actively relate. It’s a love affair in the kingdom of our Lord. It’s the first calling of every believer to fellowship with the Lord. More than any thing we have to offer, more than all that we can do for the master. Above all that we consider of great importance is God’s craving for fellowship with us. We are the true worshipers, but do we really worship? We must increase the time we spend in fellowship, we must come out of our minds into the spirit, and we must disconnect from all distractions and be attracted to worship. Every addicted God lover is an addicted God worshiper. It’s an affair of the Spirit because we relate with God’s Holy Spirit with our spirit. As we advance in the relationship, as the communion becomes deeper we are just caught up into the supernatural and we loose every touch with the natural, this is true worship that the Master spoke of in the conversation of love with the woman from Samaria in John 4:23.
“But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the father in Spirit and in truth; for the father seeks such to worship him”
God is looking for worshipers and not just worshipers but them that will worship in the Holy Ghost and the Word of God that is truth “sanctify them by thy truth, thy word is truth” (John 17; 17.) We are the true worshipers, not the Old Testament saints, we are the ones who have God as our Father and we know it. We are those that have received the Holy Ghost, the power to become sons has been given to us; we are the ones that are given the living Word – the Word of truth. God’s Spirit hungers for intimacy with the body of Christ. It’s high time we realized that several believers are not responding to the call of the Spirit to communion. Many of us have been carried away by distractions of the world and the things we so love down here. It’s time we respond to the cry of God’s Holy Spirit. Who is this Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost is the first to be revealed of the Godhead but the last we get acquainted with. Right there in the very first chapter of Genesis is the expression “in the beginning God created heaven and earth” The word “God” here is the Hebrew plural noun “Elohim” This word suggests more than one person and so it could have been rendered Gods but not gods. It is the revelation of the Trinity, It’s the Father plus the Son plus the Holy Ghost equals to One God united in diversity. It is three Persons but One God. We can see this from the plural pronouns that sometimes come with “God” for example: “And God (Elohim) said, let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” (Genesis 1:26,) The first person to be revealed in the Godhead is the Holy Ghost, “…and the earth was without form, and void…and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. (Genesis1:2) The Holy Ghost is the creator of heaven and He also appears to be the one who not only create but formed the animals of the earth “By His Spirit He hath garnished the heaven; His hands hath formed the crooked serpent” (Job 26; 13) The Spirit is the dispenser of life and the maker of man. “The Spirit of God has made me and the breath of the Almighty has given me life”(Job.33; 4) The bible also calls Him God: “Why hath Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost….you have not lied unto men but unto God” (Acts 5; 3-4.).
The most misunderstood personality in the church today is the Holy Spirit. Certain people think of Him as a dove, some say oil, water wind, seal, and many more. A Fellow in the theological college answered me emphatically the other day when I questioned him, “The Holy Spirit is not a person.” The Bible said He descended gently on Jesus like a dove descends. The Bible calls Jesus the Lamb of God, but you see all these Biblical metaphors should not be taken that literal because careful study of the Word reveals that they are intended to describe the nature of ministry rather than the Person of Christ or the Holy Spirit. We do not expect to get to heaven and meet a Lion on the throne or a lamb, because the Bible calls Jesus both the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God. Neither do we expect to meet a dove flying all over in heaven because the Bible use it to describe the descent of the Holy Spirit and His gentle nature. When I got saved at five When I got saved at five, I fell in love with the Lord Jesus and I was filled with love and affection for others. My dreams were soon getting marred when it became apparent to me that not all Christians love one another and in fact that the church was divided over many issues especially on the subject of the Holy Spirit. I used to hear preachers make Him sound like a Christmas gift or a package when they talk of Him as a “gift” with no sense of personality. Others as I grew began to speak of Him as an influence, a sort of an impersonal force that emanates from God.
As I began to preach in later years I realized that Jesus really presented the Holy Spirit as a Personality like Himself and I decided to go for the Word and agree with It in spite of the traditional teachings on the Holy Spirit. “And I will pray the father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14; 16) The truth I’ve been able to draw has been that if the Holy Spirit is a power in our thinking, then we I’ll try to grab “it” take hold of “it” and use “it” for our purpose but if He is a divine Person, then it is He who makes the plans and carries them out and we have nothing to do except to surrender ourselves to Him in full, to be used for the Masters good will and purpose, so it is God the Holy Ghost working in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasures ( Philippians 2:13). The Spirit is the Lord of liberty that brings freedom into the spirit of our minds to worship God in freedom and in truth. “Now THE LORD IS THAT SPIRIT: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Jesus’ introduction of the Holy Ghost The Lord Jesus is the best Person Who introduced the Holy Spirit to humanity. He knows everything about Who the Spirit really Is and giving a careful thought to what Jesus has to say about Him will help clear a lot of confusion. It will lunch us into a deeper realm of communion with this divine Personality who is inexpressibly hungry for true fellowship with the blood bought church of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus speaks of Him as of a Person; He was so much acquainted with Him. He uses a masculine pronoun for Him, which can only be used in reference to a person, although grammatically it ought to be a neuter pronoun because the word “Spirit” (pneuma) in Greek is neuter but Christ knows the Holy Ghost better than call Him an “it”. So He said the following words of Him: First He calls Him “another comforter” using the Greek word “allos” which meansanother of the same kind and quality rather than “heteros” which is another of different kind and quality. Jesus actually meant that the Holy Ghost is as much God as Himself and the Father. That’s why 1 John 5; 7 says: “For there are three that bear record in heaven the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” Then Jesus declared the time span of our relationship with the Sprit “That He may be with your for ever”
The Holy Spirit is given to the church forever, not like He seldom falls on the Old Testament saints, then withdraws back to heaven; but to be with us forever. Jesus went further to explain why the world cannot accept the Holy Spirit“because it does not see Him”. You see, the problem of the world is that it’s made up of natural men who cannot believe beyond their senses, those folks cannot receive the Holy Spirit because they cannot see Him, but we can because we have been born again – recreated in God’s Spirit with potentials to see beyond the natural. The Lord went further to declare the teaching ministry of the Holy Ghost “He shall teach you all things” (John 14:16, 17, and 26.) You see it only takes the One that knows all things to teach all things and that’s Who we have in the Holy Ghost. We will not lack the knowledge of anything if we allow Him to teach us all things as the Word says. He really craves to make the Word good.
From the introduction of Jesus we understand that the Holy Spirit is a divine personality just like Himself because Jesus called Him another comforter like Himself. Then, the question is that of a physical body. Does He have a physical body? The Bible teaches that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who God gave to us. (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are the physical temple of the Holy Spirit and the body of Christ. So the physical temple of the Holy Spirit is the Body of Jesus Christ. He takes His residence in us. This reality must be in our consciousness, more than anything else, we must understand that the secret to a life of victory as God intends is to realize, to become aware in the sense of knowing as in the knowledge of truth. If we want to do what Jesus did and fulfill our purpose on earth as the church, then we must know what Jesus knew while he walked this earth like we do today. Not without the Holy Ghost Jesus while on earth was unable to have any demonstration of divine power until He was united with the Spirit of power at Jordan after the baptism. I believe there was more than water baptism at Jordan for there was the Holy Spirit empowerment. The Spirit overshadowed Him and led Him to the wilderness – that was a start of communion. I believe in all those days in the wilderness it would have been impossible for Jesus to stay and live without the communion of a Comforter – the Holy Spirit. Without doubt this was the reason He was not sent to that wilderness from when he was born till he was filled with the Spirit at Jordan. He couldn’t have coped without the Spirit. Jesus the Son of man Someone may say but He was God? Yeah He sure was and He is but when He was on the earth He did not operate as God but as man. His most frequent expressions of Himself is ‘’The Son of man”.
More than eighty times in the Gospels Jesus calls Himself “the Son of man”. Examples: ”the Son of man” (Mathew 8:20, Mark 2:10, Luke 6:5 and John 1:51) He came to give us the true example of How to live the God life. God never intended we do a thing without the Holy Spirit. Jesus operated on earth as the Son of man and needed the Spirit and power of God to function, and we are commanded to operate like Him. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”. (Philippians 2:5-8). We derive that Christ is God who became man and as man He was conceived of the Holy Ghost. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, SHE WAS FOUND WITH CHILD OF THE HOLY GHOST” (Mathew 1:18). Jesus was perfect and obedient unto death. We have no problem with the idea of a perfect God but the question we’ve nursed secretly, in our hearts, in the pulpit, among ministers and in the congregation of men is the same question the world have always demanded an answer to, it is “how can a man be obedient and perfect unto death”? The truth about this is Jesus became man to show us how God intended man to live and he has remained the best example of life all through ages past. How did Jesus do it as a Son of man? For us to have this question answered, we must turn to the Word of the living God. We understand that Jesus did not do it by His human strength for God’s infallible Word declares. “He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness: FOR BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL” (I Samuel 2:9) Jesus as a man could not have prevailed by strength so how did He do it? The answer is there in the Word. “Then he answered and spoke unto me saying…… NOT BY MIGHT OR BY POWER, BUT MY SPIRIT SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS” (Zechariah 4:6.)
So Jesus as the Son of man offered Himself perfectly in absolute obedient not by His human strength but by the eternal, Holy Spirit of the living God. He maintained a good conscience and served God by the Spirit leaving us an example to follow. “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT OFFERED HIMSELF WITHOUT SPOT to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) So, finally we have the answer, the answer is not something, not some head knowledge we acquire through our schools but the answer is Somebody – a Personality with divine power and purpose to help us – the very Person of God the Holy Spirit. So Jesus was able to endure all He passed through by the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew the Spirit and related with Him. I believe not even one of the Apostles – not even Paul with all his great revelations was able to attain the same degree of communion with the Spirit as Christ, but He enjoyed it to a degree that gave him experiences in the supernatural which words can’t completely describe so he desired that the communion of the Holy Spirit be with the church of Jesus Christ not just a part of the body but all – every member. “….. And the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all, Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14) There is no limit to the depth we can reach in the fellowship of the Spirit. It’s a conscious act of practicing the invisible presence of God. It’s a reality that the senses can’t comprehend, but a faith life that produces real result. It’s relating with the Spirit and the Word of God.
As the communion grows deeper, we are caught away in greater awareness of the indwelling and abiding presence of the Master which produces in us an awareness of togetherness that is beyond falling away into sin consciousness. It gives us a better consciousness of righteousness, the exercising of the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. We become aware we’re always accepted in the beloved. The Spirit is given to us to remain with us forever as a comforter, help, standby, support, intercessor, friend, teacher, legal adviser, and Lord who works in us. We begin to finally understand the meaning of a surrendered life where we can truly say to the Master “all of you and none of me.” As the Spirit makes the Word of God alive to us, our interest and understanding of the Word is increased. We will want to worship more in quiet and soberness of mind. Only then can we be the church God intended to build in Christ, only then can we do greater works, only then can we influence the world to a degree that God calls “true revival”. When we get to the level where our hearts are hungry for nothing but God; when we reach the stage where we thirst for nothing but the living water; when we want God more than all that the world has to offer; when we are completely sold out to Love; more than our partners and family; more than our businesses and education, only then can we really live a life that is sold out totally to the Master. Then we can say in much truth than that of Peter before he was filled with the Spirit “You know I love You Lord.” Only then can the Church of Jesus Christ as the bride come into a degree of unity and maturity where she’s ready to say with the Spirit “Come Lord Jesus” “The (Holy) Spirit and the bride [the church, the true Christians] say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desire to do it, let him come and take and appropriate(drink) the Water of Life without cost. (Rev 22:17 Amplified).
Samson Ajilore II