The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

 

Did you ever notice the closing words of the Apostle Paul in his second letter to the saints in Corinth? He wrote:

“And the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV)

So often we are quick to jump past the closing remarks in Paul’s letters. The result is we often miss a hidden gem. Here he expressed the hope that each one of them would experience the communion of the Holy Spirit. The word “communion” means “fellowship.” This shows us that the Holy Spirit wants to spend time in fellowship with us!

When we get saved we usually fall in love with Jesus. This not surprising, since He loved us so much that He died for us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Young believers are often wrapped up in their love for Him.

The reason that Jesus died and rose again for us is so that He could bring us to the Father. He said to Thomas:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV) 

As we grow in the Lord, we soon develop a love for the Father. He becomes our dear Father in Heaven. He is the One to whom we bring all of our needs, when we are facing various difficulties in life.

Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father, when they had a need:

“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you.” (John 16:23 NKJV) 

Shortly after this, the disciples also had a supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit. It was called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Notice how carefully this experience is described in God’s Word:

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4 NKJV)

This experience brought them into a new relationship with the Holy Spirit. He became their constant companion in everything they did. He wasn’t just some vague presence, but a person who was interested in being a part of their lives. The more time they spent with Him, the more He spoke to them. He even showed them things to come!

Notice how clearly Jesus described the relationship that His disciples were going to have with the Holy Spirit:

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of His own authority; but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 14:12-13 NKJV)

These verses beautifully illustrate that the Holy Spirit is a person. He is God Himself! It is the Father’s intention that each one of His children would come into a deep, personal relationship with Him. He wants us to be in communion with the Holy Spirit, where He will speak to us and as we grow in the Lord he will guide us into all truth .

The Holy Spirit loves us, and He longs to have fellowship with us. He wants to spend time with us and teach us from God’s Word. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“But we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12 NKJV)  

In the Book of Acts, we see that the apostles first preached the Gospel only to the Jewish people. They had no idea that God had included the Gentile nations in His plan of redemption. While praying one day, the Holy Spirit gave the Apostle Peter a vision of a great sheet from Heaven. It contained animals that he would have considered unclean to eat. The Holy Spirit told him that what God had cleansed, he (Peter) was not to call common. This vision occurred three times, and then the sheet went back up into Heaven.

“While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are looking for you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them Myself.” (Acts 10:19-20 NKJV) 

The Apostle Peter was so familiar with the voice of the Holy Spirit, that he wasn’t surprised to find the three men waiting for him downstairs. He ended up following those three men to the household of a Gentile named Cornelius, and thus the Gospel was preached to the Gentiles for the first time. None of this would have happened if Peter had not taken time to fellowship with the Holy Spirit and learned to recognize His voice.

We also must take time to commune with the Holy Spirit. You cannot have communion without communication! Then we will be able us to recognize His voice and learn to obey Him whenever He speaks to us. It starts by spending each morning with Him and allowing Him to teach us from God’s Word. He is waiting to fellowship you!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

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