We will (briefly) in a participatory form, be looking at the two fold work of God in the life of an individual believer. These two fold work is premise upon the dual working of the Spirit of God in the life of a beliver. The Holy Spirit within (indwelling) which takes place in the new birth is one of these two fold works of God. This has been extensively discussed in the last couple of teachings. The second being the Holy Spirit upon (infilling) will be extensively discussed in today's exposition.
1. The Promise of the Holy Spirit
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."
Jesus, in this scripture promised the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit when He said, " I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter)...... He dwells with you and will be in you.". At this time, the Holy Ghost was not yet in the disciples, nor in any of His followers. However, this promise was under the new convenant. Also, this promise of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled in John 20:21,22 when the resurrected Saviour breathed on the disciples and said, ".......receive ye the Holy Ghost."
On a seperate and subsequent experience, Jesus promised His disciples and all believers, the enduement of power from on High.
"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” [Luke 24:49]
"for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized 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 all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Here in these passages, Jesus is referring to a different working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers - this is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon believers in order to receive an enduement of power from on High.
2. The Holy Spirit Upon: The Gateway Into the Supernatural
The bible teaches two groups of nine in connection with the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. There is the ninefold manifestation of the fruit of the born-again human spirit that is listed in Galatians 5:22,23. These fruit of the spirit is the result of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence. However, we also find a second ninefold group in connection with the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 which are the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit known as the gifts of the Spirit. The purpose of these gifts is so that believers can bless others. The gateway into these nine manifestation of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with tongues.
3. The Holy Spirit Upon: Being Filled With The Fullness of God
When a person is born again, he receives a measure of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit dwells in him. This indwelling is to help, comfort, guide and cause the believer to bear fruit in his/ her life. However, the believer can experience more of God as there is more of the Holy Spirit to receive! This is a deep pentecostal experience not to be despised but rather coveted. God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit upon us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that believers might enter into all the fullness of God [Ephesians 3:19,20]. It takes a Spirit-filled believer to be ".....filled with all the fulness of God". We must bear in mind that Paul's epistles were written to churches. In other words, they were written to people who had not only received eternal life in the new-birth experience, but had also received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
It is required for everyone (in the New Testament Church) not only to be born again, but also to be filled with the Holy Ghost and to speak with other tongues. In today's church, however, we have many who are born again but have not entered into their full inheritance of being filled with the Holy Ghost because of the lack of knowledge! There is a greater measure of the Holy Spirit for believers to receive in the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Just as being born again and having the Holy Spirit dwell within is the entrance into the ninefold fruit of the spirit, so being filled with the Spirit is the doorway into the ninefold supernatural manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit. There is no other way to get into the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit than through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
4. The Holy Spirit Upon: Power To Put Us Over In Life
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us," [Eph.3:20]
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” [Acts 1:8]
We can reliably and confidently conclude from the above scriptures that every Spirit-filled believer has in him, on account and ready for use, all the power that he will ever need to put him over in this life. Why? Because of the infilling presence of the Greater One - the Holy Spirit.
"Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world." [1 John 4:4 AMP]
CONCLUSION - Cooperating With The Holy Spirit, The Power Source
It is important to note as we conclude this teaching, that so many believers who have received the infilling of the Holy Spirit do not reach their full potential in learning to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, who is the Source of all power.
We must focus on and be more conscious of the reality of what the Holy Spirit has come to do in us and through us on a continual basis through the baptism of the Holy Spirit than with receiving the Holy Spirit as an outward experience or with some feeling (which is temporary) of ecstasy from the natural standpoint. We should not just talk about the outward manifestation and miss the reality of the holy Spirit on the inside of us. We should be conscious of the Holy Spirit's indwelling Presence every waking moment.
*Teaching is culled from "The Holy Spirit and His Gifts" by Kenneth E Hagin.
Contributor: Leye Olayiwola