I remember the early days of childhood when we are asked to ‘sanctify’, ‘bless’ or ‘dedicate’ any new thing given to us, we usually follow this pattern ‘ I dedicate this car (anything would pass here) in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. In doing the sign of the cross too, we get to mutter the same words. So somehow along the line, we felt the Holy Spirit was the least in the Trinity and should be given less regard.The arrangement has led to the misconception that the Holy Spirit is inferior to the Son i.e. the Holy Spirit is an errand boy for the trinity. In places of worship, He’s not been recognized because somewhere in our mind, we’ve been taught that he’s just the guy at the end – the least guy in the rank. Allow me say this; there is no rank in the trinity. You may be asking; if there is no rank in the Trinity, why would Jesus give the order in Matt.28 :19 when he said Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST? When Jesus Christ said “Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Ghost”, He was saying in essence that they should immerse believers into the name i.e. to enter a relationship with the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit”. The baptism is administered equally in the name of all the three. And this is indeed the only place where the Trinity is expressed in this order. To be baptized into the Father means to be devoted unto him and trust in his promises. To be baptized into the son is to receive him as the Messiah and Saviour. To be baptized into the Holy Spirit is to receive him as your guide and Comforter. The union of these three names in the form of baptism proves that the Son and the Holy Spirit are equal with the Father. It would have been mere absurdity for Jesus to tell them to baptize also in the name of the Holy Spirit if the Holy Spirit is not equal with the father.
A.W. Tozer gave an illustration with regards to this; He said “Jesus Christ is everything that the Godhead is. God the eternal father is an infinite God, and He is love. The very nature of love is to give itself but the Father could not give his love fully to anyone not fully equal to Himself. Thus, we have the revelation of the Son who is equal to the Father and of the eternal Father pouring out his love unto the Son who could contain it, because the Son is equal with the Father. If the Father were to pour his love on the Son, a medium of communication equal both to the Father and the Son would be required and this was the HOLY GHOST. So we have the concept of Trinity – the ancient FATHER in the fullness of his LOVE pouring himself through the HOLY GHOST, who is in being equal to HIM, into the SON who is in being equal to the SPIRIT and to the FATHER.” I do not intend to write on the concept of Trinity, there are 1001 Christian literatures on it and I do not intend to add mine. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you ANOTHER COMFORTER, that he may abide with you forever; (John 14:16) KJV And I will ask the Father, and He will give you ANOTHER COMFORTER (COUNSELOR, HELPER, INTERCESSOR, ADVOCATE, STRENGTHENER, AND STANDBY), that He may remain with you forever—(John 14:16 AMP) The Amplified version gives six different synonyms for the word ‘Comforter’ – Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby. I’ll briefly discuss how this relates to us
COMFORTER: Comfort is a state of ease and freedom from a constraint. In Acts 9:31 we read that all the churches in Judea, Samaria, and Galilee walked in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. The comfort of the Holy Spirit births encouragement. It gives rise to courage. Have you ever been faced with a situation that you needed more than the sweet words of motivational speakers or the encouraging words of man’s wisdom? Have you ever gotten to a point that you needed a divine reassurance on your God-given assignment? Have you ever felt like people don’t understand your pain, your struggles, your battles, your challenges well enough to console you? At times like this, you need comfort from the inside. It’s the comfort of the Holy Spirit that you can trust – the comfort that streams from the God of all comfort. He’s always with you so you can have fellowship. He speaks inside you. There is accurate instruction from within. With the Holy Spirit as your Comforter, the defeat of the past is completely over.
COUNSELLOR: Nobody gives guidance or advice better than the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of Truth; He guides us into ALL TRUTH (truth about finances, maritals, economy, etc.) John 16:13. God’s mind is revealed in the Scriptures, but we can see nothing without the spectacles of the Holy Ghost. Many times, we are too quick to ask for people’s counsel (I’m not playing down the place of receiving counsel from people), but there’s also an unseen hand calling your attention to counsel you. But most of the times, many believers want a counselor to do the work of engaging the Holy Spirit for them instead of them taking time to hear the Holy Spirit themselves. Many times when people give their counsel, they are only demonstrating their current state of spiritual growth. That is why it’s important for us to understand that what man says is not final; hear the Holy Spirit. I respect relationship and career coaches a lot, but the truth is they honestly cannot tell you who the guy you want to date would turn out to be in the next 10 years, they also can’t foresee that the company they are advising you to put pen to paper for will close down in the next two years. But the Holy Spirit knows. He takes us by the hand and guides us into all truth. The Holy Spirit is the guide of the Father in us. (Rom.8:14, Gal.5:16, Acts 8:29).
HELPER: The Holy Spirit has a mandate from God to assist every believer in his day to day living. God’s mind is revealed in the Scriptures, but we can see nothing without the spectacles of the Holy Spirit. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities” (Rom.8:26) The word “helpeth” there means “to take hold together with” “cooperate” “assist”. The Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. The Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears up in our weakness. Christianity seems like a burden without the helper – the Holy Spirit. Quit looking to people for help. Haven’t you had enough? Haven’t you learnt? They’ve disappointed you enough. They’ve dashed your hopes enough. They’ve caused you so much emotional trauma. The Holy Spirit is your help. He can help you get that job. He can help you get that admission. He can help you get that interview done. The Holy Spirit is your helper.
INTERCESSION: Intercession is the action of intervening on behalf of another. No matter how many resolutions you make, only the Holy Spirit can make you carry them out because He is the power of God unto Salvation. “…but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings that words cannot express” (Rom.8:26) The Holy Spirit goes to God on our behalf with groanings in our hearts that are not expressed in words. The Holy Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will (Rom.8:27) which buttresses one of the reasons you should pray in the Spirit. We may not be able to utter them in articulate speech but with groanings. You may want to speak them out but it’s not being articulated in words but you know something is happening on your inside. The Holy Spirit does not pray on his own, he has to do it inside you. So, you must give him the opportunity to be the intercessor inside you. He doesn’t do it outside you. It gets to happen that sometimes you feel the urge to pray and words are not coming out but just groanings, it’s the Holy Spirit making intercessions on your behalf. At this point, matters are being resolved that you know nothing about and when you start seeing the results, you’d start asking yourself, when did I pray about this? The Holy Spirit is your Intercessor. ADVOCATE: An advocate is a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. An advocate also pleads a case on someone’s behalf. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God – Rom.8:16 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power- 1Cor.2:4. Are you in trouble? He’s your advocate. He’ll bring you out of trouble. I understand the fact that you did what you are not supposed to do and you are to face the jury. He’ll speak for you. The Counsel for the Defense will stand tall for you. He’ll speak through you. He’ll give you a mouth and a wisdom that your adversaries can’t gainsay nor resist. He knows all things. The Holy Spirit is your Advocate STRENGTHENER – The Holy Spirit equips believers for service. The Holy Spirit helps the believer to act more effectively. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be STRENGTHENED WITH MIGHT BY HIS SPIRIT in the inner man; (Eph.3:16) The Holy Spirit helps the believer to be effective in service. Have you ever found yourself in a weak situation, unable to get up? The Holy Spirit invigorates you from within. He strengthens you from within. The Holy Spirit is your strengthener.
STANDBY – This signifies the readiness for duty or immediate deployment of a person or thing ready to be deployed in an emergency. The Holy Spirit responds to invitation. He doesn’t force Himself on the believer. When everything you know fails you. Your job, family, education, you have a standby. Just like the way the standby generator comes on when there’s power outage. The Holy Spirit is your standby. He’s always with you. When the impossible has to become possible, the Holy Spirit has to be involved. When the earth was without form and void, and there was gross darkness, He was the one that moved upon the face of the waters (Gen.1:2). When a virgin was about to get pregnant and give birth to the Saviour of the world, He was involved (Luke 1:34-35). Mary asked a question, she said “How shall these things be?”. The entity introduced in the response given by Angel Gabriel to Mary was the Holy Ghost. Every of your ‘How’s’ finds their answer in the Holy Ghost. When man was formed out of dust, He was the breath of life in the nostrils of man (Gen.2:7, Job 33:4). He was the blast of God’s nostrils that parted the red sea (Exo.15:8, 2Sam.22:16, Ps.18:15). The same Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead (Rom.8:11). It was the same Spirit that came upon Gideon when he slew 1,000 philistines with a jawbone (Judges 15:14-16). Glory! I could go on and on! Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 1Cor.3:16 NIV Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1Cor.6:19 NIV Can you imagine! The same Holy Spirit that did all the aforementioned exploits now indwells a believer. The same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in me. Glory! I don’t want to tell you how much the Holy Spirit can do in and through you but I want you to take time out to meditate on these things. The man at the pool of Bethesda was waiting for someone to pull him into the river, We don’t need anyone to push us into the pool of Bethesda anymore, we have the one greater than the pool of Bethesda on our inside. He’s the river of Living waters (John 7:38). He’s the river of life. Meditate on these things and watch the transformation (shift) that’ll follow suit. You’ve got the Holy Spirit. Greater is the Spirit of God in you than he that is in the world. As 2014 draws nears, engage the Holy Ghost. But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.(Job 32:8)
I believe so much in you.
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