Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Believer's Companion: God the Holy Spirit.....(Part One)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  (II Corinthians 13:14) 

       How can any believer really experience the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father if they do not have fellowship with the Holy Spirit?  God the Father is not here on planet earth, nor is God the Son.....

       The Lord Almighty God; the Maker of heaven and earth; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God of the Bible is a Triune God:  He is three Persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Yet there is only one God.  "Hear, O Israel;  The LORD our God, the LORD is one."  (Deuteronomy 6:4)  We often refer to, or hear, the word "trinity" in clerical parlance, and in layman's terms as well.

       The mystery of the Trinity has baffled man, theologians and non-academics or layman, for centuries yet there really isn't any "plausible" explanation for the three in one truth of this Eternal God simply because it defies the human mind.  How can there be only one God and yet He is three separate Persons Who are not the same?  Logically and mathematically, this is an impossibility, isn't it?

       The Bible teaches the existence of the Trinity.  Most assuredly, God is three Persons and yet there is only one God.  It is not within the scope of this particular blog to convince the reader of this.  There are ample scriptures, as well as a plethora of writings and books on the subject, which should convince the willing heart that is open to God's truth to indeed accept the trinitarian nature of the Lord even if an individual cannot reason or figure it out.  Basically, there are many things we must accept by faith even if we don't understand them, and the truth of the trinitarian God certainly falls into that category!  Thankfully, God has given all humans (unbelievers included) a measure of faith.  (Please read Romans 1:17; 12:3)  (NOTE:  The author of this blog judiciously reminds all readers to "test the spirits to see if they be of God....."  [I John 4:1]  "But test everything that is said.  Hold on to what is good."  [I Thessalonians 5:21]  Do NOT believe something written here just because the author purports it as the truth.  You, the reader, should settle anything and everything promulgated in this blog in your heart by searching out the scriptures and prayerfully meditating.  This cannot be overstated!  You, reader, are responsible for not being deceived!)

       The Apostle Paul closes his second letter to the church in Corinth with the benediction posted at the top of this blog, II Corinthians 13:14.  The King James Version of the Bible uses the word "communion" in place of "fellowship."  The Greek word for "communion" is koinōnia” which means (1) fellowship, (2) association, (3) joint participation, (4) intercourse, (5) intimacy, and (6) the share of which one has in anything.  Clearly, the implication is that all believers in Christ are to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit that is quite personal and intimate!  Paul also bequeaths the love of God and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to the church, and to all believers today!  Hence the question remains.  If God the Father and God the Son are not here, but rather in heaven, how can we experience their love and grace if we do not have fellowship with the Holy Spirit?  The question warrants thoughtful soul-searching, moreover especially for struggling Christians who cannot seem, despite themselves, to experience God's love and grace for whatever reason, and whose lives appear void of victory promised to all believers!

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