Total Participation

Much of modern-day Christianity sees the “born-again” experience as all there is to salvation. Many Christians oppose the belief that there is a separate experience of “being filled” with the Holy Spirit, and they especially oppose the validity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for today’s believers. That type of belief puts them in conflict with the book of Acts and the very teaching of Jesus.

 Those who experience the power of the Holy Spirit today are labeled as fanatics or heretics… so what does the Bible have to say? What did Jesus say about this?

 On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, He made one of the most unique statements of His whole ministry. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (Jn 16:7). Jesus knew His disciples would be shocked by His statement, so He prefaced it with the words, “I tell you the truth”.

 As hard as it may be to understand, Jesus was telling them that the ministry of the Holy Spirit would be better than what they had available in His earthly ministry.

 We must be careful to take nothing away from the ministry of Jesus on the earth, because without it there could be no ministry of the Holy Spirit. The whole plan of God hinges on the redemptive work of Christ… the Cross and Resurrection. Yet Jesus makes it clear that it was to our advantage to have Him return to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to take His place.

 The greatest reason for this shift in focus was to emphasize the opportunity every believing person could enjoy as participants in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, rather than as powerless observers. Jesus makes the ministry available to all… salvation was for the “who-so-ever” and now the power to do what He was doing would also become accessible by faith. Just soak in these Scriptures (Acts 10:38) (Acts 1:8) (Jn 14:12-14).

 That’s right… you and I can do what He was doing by the Holy Spirit’s anointing upon us in power.

 God delights in touching others through us!

 There is no limit and no lid on what God can do through us who believe! What He is wanting in these days is a believing people to arise and allow the signs of His Kingdom to be evidenced in our lives (Mk 16:15-18).

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