To know the Almighty God, the Creator of all things as Father was one of the teachings Jesus impressed on the believers. Before Jesus Christ came to the earth, drawing from experiences of the people of faith in the Old Testament, one could hardly find any of the faithful relating to God as Father. But God always connected to His people as Father, referring and taking care of them as His children. The need for believers to know and relate to God as Father was a great privilege; many were missing out on it. With that, Jesus Christ ensured to show us how to know God as Father and be to Him as His children.
As a Father, God surpasses the standard of a good earthly father. God’s love for His children is everlasting, and His mercies for His children are renewed in each day. For God so love His children, He promises to never leave them nor forsake them but to abide with His children forever. Through Christ’s teachings, He made known to the believers the nature of God, God’s will, ways of God, and the promises of God as their Father. Among these promises of the Father, was THE ULTIMATE PROMISE of the Father which is to give to believers the Holy Spirit to be in, with and upon them.
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [c]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:4-8 NKJV
Fifty days after Passover, the Jews celebrate Pentecost day commemorating the wheat harvest (Deuteronomy 16:10, Exodus 34:22). During this time, Jews from all parts of the world will travel to Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of Weeks. On this same day, the believers were gathered in the upper room in one accord waiting on the Promise of the Father and suddenly like a rushing wind, the Holy Spirit descended on them.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all [a]with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them [b]divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.Acts 2:14 NKJV
The Father’s promise came to pass on this day of Pentecost and from that moment the celebration of Pentecost took on new turn from the celebration of harvest to the celebration of receiving of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. A day which was set apart to celebrate how God faithfully provides for the physical needs of the people graduated to a day where God gives himself fully to His people.
Our life in God cannot be possible apart from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our ultimate helper to help us live faithfully as believers. The Holy Spirit works in so many gracious ways in the believers’ life and here are few to remind us why we ought to constantly seek the fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is our helper – 26 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26
- The Holy Spirit is our teacher – 26 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26
- The Holy Spirit reminds us the teachings of Christ – 6 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26
- The Holy Spirit is our Advocate and Convicts us of our sins – 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: – John 16:7-8
- The Holy gives us divine insights about God’s will and word– 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. – 1 Corinthians 2:10-12
- The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts for the work of the ministry – 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: – 1 Corinthians 12:7
- The Holy Spirit is our intercessor and helps us in our weaknesses – 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [a]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26
- The Holy Spirit enables us to bear good fruits – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [g]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22
What a great honor we have as believers to have the Holy Spirit in our lives. God our Father has fulfilled His promise to us by giving us His Spirit let us continue to yield to the Spirit allow the Spirit of God to guide, lead and empower us all the days of our lives.
Stay blessed dear one and always remember that Jesus Christ dearly loves you.