The Holy Spirit is your ‘ ge­nie’

…Com­mand it and say ‘let there be’, and it will grant your wish

Sunday Observer - - FEATURES - Evang. Wil­ton Mamba

When Je­sus was slain on the cross in Cal­vary, His blood was pre­sented to His Fa­ther in Heaven as the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for the can­cel­la­tion of sin for all men who be­lieved that Je­sus is Lord and ac­cepted Him as Saviour.

When Je­sus as­cended to Glory, God the Fa­ther re­leased the Holy Spirit aka ‘the Spirit’, the ‘Spirit of God’, the ‘Spirit of Christ’, the ‘Spirit of Truth’ to dwell with mankind in ful­fil­ment of Matthew 6:10: “Your King­dom come. Your will be done on earth as in heaven.” With­out ‘the Spirit’ or where the Spirit has not been re­ceived, God’s will is not pos­si­ble; and Sa­tan reigns supreme through nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, ac­ci­dents, in­cur­able dis­eases and the like. And God’s will is that all be­liev­ers be re­stored to Him, to be like Him in His im­age and be able to do all good things like the Fa­ther. ‘Surely good­ness and mercy shall fol­low me all the days of my life..’. (Ps.23:6). That is why the work of the Holy Spirit is of the ul­ti­mate im­por­tance to men. He is the im­me­di­ate source of life ( Ps. 104:29, Job 32:8, Num. 11:17. The Holy Spirit played a part in the com­ing of Je­sus Christ in the first place (Luke 1:35, John 1:32, 3:34), and He is the ‘re­vealer’ of divine truth and thus the source of the in­spired Scrip­tures. This means it is im­pos­si­ble to walk with Christ, not to men­tion to teach the Word of God with­out the Holy Spirit. It is ac­tive in con­ver­sions and in the ed­i­fi­ca­tion of the be­liever by the Word of which He is the au­thor. “And take the hel­met of sal­va­tion, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…” About the Holy Spirit, Je­sus said to His dis­ci­ples, “You have heard from Me, for John truly bap­tised with wa­ter, but you will be bap­tised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…But you shall re­ceive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be wit­nesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Sa­maria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4,5,7. And be­cause God, who is in Christ, is not a man that He should lie, in­deed the Holy Spirit de­scended upon the saints as they wor­shipped in the up­per r oom. ‘ When t he Day of t he Pen­te­cost had fully come, they were all with one ac­cord in one place. And sud­denly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rush­ing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sit­ting. Then there ap­peared to them di­vided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and be­gan to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them ut­ter­ance.” Now there has been much de­bate as per­tains the is­sue of tongues, as many have ar­gued that the first Chris­tians ac­tu­ally spoke in dis­cernible tongues, as op­posed to to­day’s seem­ingly sense- less ut­ter­ances. It might help to note Je­sus’ at­ti­tude towards his dis­ci­ples cu­rios­ity as they asked, “Lord, will you at this time re­store the King­dom to Is­rael?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or rea­sons which the Fa­ther has put in His own au­thor­ity.” It seems all Je­sus wants from us is to trust and obey. As per the Lord’s prom­ise, the dis­ci­ples in­deed re­ceived power to do mighty things, even greater things than He had done dur­ing His earthly Min­istry. These gifts are pos­si­ble to all who be­lieve, as it is writ­ten in Mark 16:15-18: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to ev­ery crea­ture. He who be­lieves and is bap­tised will

be saved; but he who does not be­lieve will be con­demned. And these signs will fol­low those who be­lieve: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink any­thing deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will re­cover.” Again there is much de­bate about the is­sue of bap­tism, with some be­liev­ing wa­ter bap­tism is no longer rel­e­vant. But there is Scrip­tural ev­i­dence that it is. In John 3, Je­sus ex­plains to a cu­ri­ous Ni­code­mus the se­cret be­hind His power, and He says; “Most as­suredly, I say to you, un­less one is born of wa­ter and the Spirit, he can­not en­ter the King­dom of God.” Let me ex­plain this in ev­ery­day lan­guage: Je­sus was say­ing un­less one was bap­tised by im­mer­sion ( John’s bap­tism) and re­ceived the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost bap­tism as in the Pen­te­cost ex­peri- ence), he would not be able to live in the spirit realm. The King­dom of Heaven as a spirit realm that gives us a taste of heaven while here on earth, as op­posed to an ac­tual des­ti­na­tion. Be­fore the Pen­te­cost ex­pe­ri­ence, the King­dom of God was spo­ken of as near ( Mark 9:1, Matt 16:18); and after Pen­te­cost (Acts 2) as be­ing in ex­is­tence (Acts 2:47; Col.1:13;

Rev. 1: 6; 9). In Luke 20: 1- 8, Je­sus proves be­yond any rea­son­able doubt that wa­ter bap­tism is not only still rel­e­vant after Pen­te­cost, but very in­te­gral to hear­ing from God. ‘Now it hap­pened on one of those days, as He taught the peo­ple in the tem­ple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, con­fronted Him and spoke to Him, say­ing, “Tell us, by what au­thor­ity are you do­ing these things? Or who is he who gave you this au­thor­ity?” But He an­swered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and an­swer Me: The bap­tism of John – was it from heaven or from men?” And they rea­soned among them­selves, say­ing, “If we say, ‘from heaven’, He will say, ‘Why then did you not be­lieve him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’, all the peo­ple will stone us, for they are per­suaded that John was a prophet.” So they an­swered that they did not know where it was from. And Je­sus said to them, “Nei­ther will I tell you by what au­thor­ity I do these things.” Je­sus spoke in codes that could only be de­coded us­ing the keys of the Holy Spirit, which could only be ob­tained as a re­sult of both the wa­ter bap­tism and the Pen­te­cost ex­pe­ri­ence. The Pharisees and scribes had scorned John’s bap­tism, and where they did get bap­tised they did not obey the Lord’s com­mand­ments, to­tally shut­ting them­selves out from the voice of God. For this rea­son, they did not re­alise that Je­sus had ac­tu­ally told them that His power was un­locked as a re­sult of John’s bap­tism. ‘When He had been bap­tised, Je­sus came up im­me­di­ately from the wa­ter; and be­hold the heav­ens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God de­scend­ing like a dove and alight­ing upon Him.” (Matt. 3:16). Many are con­fused what should come first - wa­ter or the Holy Spirit? The Spirit of the Lord tells me, Je­sus is only con­cerned about obe­di­ence and does not want us to worry about what came first be­tween the chicken and the egg. Now, I want us to put into prac­tice what we just learnt by em­u­lat­ing God as He used the Spirit to cre­ate ev­ery­thing we see to­day. ‘In the be­gin­ning God cre­ated the heav­ens and the earth. The earth was with­out form, and void; and dark­ness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God (aka Holy Spirit) was hov­er­ing over the face of the wa­ters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.’ (Gen.1-3). De­cide in your heart what you want, mak­ing sure that what you want is what God wants; and com­mand the Spirit: “Let there be…” Like a ge­nie, the Spirit will grant your wish, right NOW, in Je­sus

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