The Holy Ghost is not Only for Pentecostals 3 “Bearing Fruit”


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Jesus stated that the evidence for salvation is a person’s fruit (Matthew 7:16). When we are born again, our spirits are now alive to God; we now have the ability to respond to God. As a matter fact, our spirit is the part of us that is willing to cooperate with God (Matthew 26:41). It is impossible to be a born-again believer with no fruit; that is because the Holy Spirit of God dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). Galatians 5:22-23 tells us,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

(NASB)

Let’s take a look at each one of these fruits:

  • Love:This is the Greek word “agape” meaning, “Affectionate regard, goodwill, benevolence.[1]This is the unconditional love. We, as believers, are called to love every person in this world; that is, including our enemies or, those who want to harm us.
  • Joy:This is the Greek word. “χαράchará” meaning, “To rejoice. Joy, rejoicing, gladness.”[2]I know that we all have our moments; nevertheless, a believer is a joyful person. We have more than enough reasons to rejoice. There is indeed a gladness that is release from our spirit. Joy is something humans in general look for; people want to be happy. Many times, folks end up using drugs to feel joy; to feel energy. Think about this, the Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Joy releases energy; depression take it away.
  • Peace:This is the Greek word, “εἰρήνηeirḗnē”; meaning “metaphorically, peace of mind, tranquility, arising from reconciliation with God and a sense of a divine favor.[3]This is another gift that folks look for; peace of mind is truly a blessing. Again, as believers we are not immune to losing a night here and there over stuff. However, as believers we must have a lifestyle of peace. Our peace should be so powerful that for the naked and untrained eye in the things of God it should make no sense. It should surpass any reasonable understanding (Philippians 4:7).
  • Patience:This is the Greek word, “μακροθυμίαmakrothumí”meaning,“To be long–suffering. Forbearance, long–suffering, self–restraint before proceeding to action. The quality of a person who is able to avenge himself yet refrains from doing so.[4]As believers we will suffer; that is guaranty, this fruit helps us to endure and show restraint in retaliation.
  • Kindness:This is the Greek word, “chrēstótēs” meaning, “To be useful, profitable. Benignity, kindness, usefulness and is translated good.[5]A kind person is not a weak person, but a useful one. A kind person is a good person. Even as we have different personality, a believer must live a lifestyle of kindness towards others.
  • Goodness:This is the Greek word, “agathōsúnē” meaning, “benevolent. Active goodness. Of disposition and character, virtue.[6]This fruit is very close to kindness; however, goodness is active; so, it implies a disposition; a special willingness to help others.
  • Faithfulness:This is the Greek word, “pístis”; meaning, “To win over, persuade. Faith. Subjectively meaning firm persuasion, conviction, belief in the truth, veracity, reality or faithfulness (though rare). Objectively meaning that which is believed, doctrine, the received articles of faith.”[7]This is a non-negotiable faith in God as the provider of all things and as the God of the impossible. As believers we never place hope in ourselves; we have a deep conviction that we can trust God in all things.
  • Gentleness:This is the Greek word, “praǘtēs”; meaning. “Meekness, but not in a man’s outward behavior only, nor in his relations to his fellow man or his mere natural disposition. Rather, it is an inwrought grace of the soul, and the expressions of it are primarily toward God. It is that attitude of spirit we accept God’s dealings with us as good and do not dispute or resist.[8]This is beyond humility is a deeper confidence and trust in God. Gentleness accepts, without dispute, God’s dealing in our lives; whether we like or not.
  • Self-Control:This is the Greek word, egkráteia; meaning, “temperate, self–controlled or continence.[9]There are plenty of reason, circumstances, people, etc. that are demonically designed to make us lose control of our emotions and explode in anger. This fruit will always surprise us; because we are able to see the deep work God is doing in us. This fruit is always tested in fire.

            Beloved, to be a born-again believer is more than repeating a random prayer. A person can pray the perfect prayer of repentance; but that does not necessarily mean that they are save. The prayer should be a reflection of what God is already doing in their hearts. A born-again believer WILL BEAR FRUIT; that is an automatic. How can we not bear fruit with a born-again and willing spirit within us? Moreover, how can we not bear fruit with the indwelling of the Holy Ghost? Many are repeating these prayers of repentance; but I encourage you not to look for the prayer as the ultimate evidence of salvation, but look for the fruit; that’s how we know  them, by their fruit.

[1]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[2]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[3]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[4]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[5]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[6]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[7]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[8]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[9]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

The Holy Ghost is not Only for Pentecostals 2


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On this article we will look at five varieties of the Holy Spirit; 1) gifts, 2) ministries, 3) effects, and 4) manifestations. First Corinthians 12:3-7 will help us take a look at the first four varieties.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all personsBut to each one is given themanifestationof the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:3-7 (NASB)

Before we look at the key words and definitions for the sake of our article; lets look at the definition of varieties; it is the Greek word, “diaíresis” meaning, “Distribution. Used only in 1 Cor. 12:4–6 in regard to the gifts, services and results of energies or operations.”[1]We are in the midst of an operation; a divine operation, a Holy Ghost operation; HE MUST call the shots, not us. These varieties are as follow:

  1. Gifts

The word Gifts is the Greek word, “charisma”meaning, “A gift of grace, an undeserved benefit.[2]The gifts of the Spirit are for the benefit of the Body of Christ. Those spiritual gifts are as follow:[3]

Romans 12:6–8 1 Corinthians 12:8–10 1 Corinthians 12:28 Ephesians 4:11 1 Peter 4:11
1.    Prophecy

2.    Serving

3.    Teaching

4.    Exhortation

5.    Giving

6.    Leadership

7.    Mercy

1.    Word of wisdom

2.    Word of knowledge

3.    Faith

4.    Gifts of healings

5.    Miracles

6.    Prophecy

7.    Distinguishing between spirits

8.    Tongues

9.    Interpretation of tongues

1.    Apostle

2.    Prophet

3.    Teacher

4.    Miracles

5.    Kinds of healings

6.    Helps

7.    Administration

8.    Tongues

1.    Apostle

2.    Prophet

3.    Evangelist

4.    Pastor

5.    Teacher

1.    Whoever speaks

2.    Whoever renders service

 

Every believer has gifts and, for the church to function properly, every believer should be free to use his or her gift according to God’s Word. Talents are the abilities God has given us in order to effectively serve his people. A good Pastor is eager to identify his folks’ gifts, he is eager to disciple them and release them to use their gifts.

  1. Ministries

Denying God’s power is denying the Holy Spirit. There is no such a thing of ministry of any kind without the Holy Spirit at its center. That involves teaching without holding back and without watering down information. We must learn everything, as possible, that it is to be learned about the Holy Ghost. Without the Holy Spirit we are reduced to agencies, organizations, etc. with a form of godliness, nevertheless denying God’s power. Without the full involvement of the Holy Ghost, we become too cool and too sophisticated to let God do his thing and in that, we become arrogant. At that point we become a secular agency with a few Christians in it.

The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:5, “…holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” (NASB) Interesting that the Bible encourages us to avoid folks like this. Something to think about deeply.

Back to First Corinthians 12:4, the word Ministries here is the Greek word, “diakonía” meaning “to minister or to serve.”[4]It is essentially, the same word we use for deacon. Ministry is about serving others and to serve others effectively we need the Holy Ghost.

  1. Effects

The word Effects is the Greek word, “enérgēma” meaning “the results of the energy of God in the believer. Though enérgēmais translated operations, it is actually the results energized by God’s grace.”[5]The Holy Spirit give us the energy to fulfil our call; to do what He has call us to do. If we are feeling unmotivated, if we are feeling lazy to carry on the call of God for our lives, we must check our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

  1. Manifestations

The word for Manifestations is the Greek word, “phanerosis” meaning “To make manifest. A manifestation, a making visible or observable”.[6]The varieties of the Holy Ghost are not invisible; they don’t go undetected. The varieties of the Holy Ghost are indeed visible; they are practical and tangible.

To be continued…

 

 

[1]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[2]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[3]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_gift

[4]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[5]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[6]Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

The Holy Ghost is not Only for Pentecostals


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There are things that are not our business to know; one of those things that come to mind is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ; not even Jesus himself knows of his own return, only the Father knows (Mark 13:32). Nevertheless, when it comes to the Holy Ghost, ignorance is not an option. The apostle Paul tells us in First Corinthians 12:1, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.” (NASB)

We as humans are three in one, we are body, we are soul and we are spirit. Before we are born again in spirit our spirit is sold out to idolatry. The number one function of the spirit of a human is to worship (John 4:24). Idolatry is to worship anything other than God. A human who is not born again is led by idols; there is a variety of idols, including themselves. Those who claim that they don’t believe in any religion are led by their own spirits; they become their own idols.

Through human history we can clearly say that humans always have a belief in something higher. One of the signs of the last days is that humans will be lovers of themselves (2 Timothy 3:2). That is idolatry and, when we idolized anything other than God we are led astray. First Corinthians 12:2 tells us, “You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.” (NASB)

Idolatry has always been the main problem in human history. The root is in placing our trust outside of God. Idolatry takes us by the hand and introduces us to all the sin in the world; it is indeed the root. The devil knew this and with the Tower of Babel he organized idolatry. Pay attention to the unfinished tower that is shown in our one-dollar bills and also, pay attention to main symbol of these secret societies. Idolatry was the downfall of Israel as a nation and it is the downfall of nations all over the world.

Idolatry is simply placing our trust in something else other than God; therefor idolatry has been the downfall of ministries and Christian organizations as they take their eyes off of Jesus and place their focus on other ways and themselves. It is crucial, therefore, that the Holy Spirit be at the center of our faith. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit,

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helperwill not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousnessand judgmentconcerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.  John 16:7-14 (NASB)

            The Holy Spirit is 1) our Helper, 2) the one who convict us of sin. Without the Holy Ghost it is impossible to see ourselves as sinners; we will always justify what we do and never take ownership for our sins. We will always end up blaming somebody else and, even as we do suffer injustices, nobody is free of sin. Without the Holy Ghost we become experts in accusing others of their sin while closing our eyes to our own. Repentance for salvation will never takes place until we are convinced that we are indeed sinners, so we can add that, 3) only with the help of the Holy Ghost we can be saved from sin; for it is the Holy Ghost that gives us the ability to repent. 4) The Holy Ghost show us what is righteous, what is right, 5) the Holy Ghost show us that there will be a judgment coming, that we can’t live our lives as if there is no eternal judgment. 6) The Holy Ghost guide us into all truth. Our freedom depends on knowing the truth (John 8:32). That freedom can only be found through the Holy Ghost. 7) The Holy Ghost will show us things to come; we as Christians should not be blinded concerning the future; and 8) The Holy Spirit is here to glorify Jesus. First Corinthians 12:3 tells us, “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.” (NASB) Our greatest job on this earth is to glorify Jesus; think about this; we can’t glorify Jesus without the Holy Ghost.

To be continued…