The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Many today pray to God the Father in the Name of Jesus. This is good because Jesus tells us that the Father knows what we have need of even before we ask. This assumes, however, that we do ask (Matthew 6:8). However, fewer believers involve the Holy Spirit — the third person of the Trinity — in their prayer time. In fact, few even involve the Holy Spirit in their daily life at all. He does not enter their thoughts often if at all during a regular day.
This is a shame because Jesus tells us that it is important that He ascent into heaven because then He can send “another Comforter” to be with us – the Holy Spirit. The importance of this is that Jesus has a physical body even after His resurrection and thus can only be in one place at a time. The Holy Spirit can be present everywhere, for everyone, all the time.
Listen to Jesus speak about this: “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate (Counsellor, Comforter, Helper) will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you.”
So, if we have the Spirit here with us we should not ignore Him as if He is not important to us enabling us to fulfill Jesus’ calling on our life to “follow Him” (Matthew 4:19). Paul knew the importance of the Spirit to living the Christian faith in the world day-by-day. He states:
2 Corinthians 13:13 NET “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Most believers know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ because He came full of grace (John 1:16) and we are, of course, saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We know the love of God the Father because He loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8) and loved us so much He sent His Son to die for us (John 3:16). But we tend to ignore the third item in this verse – the “fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”
He is a person with a personality. He has a number of tasks separate from those of Jesus. John 16:7-11 sets pout for us His main work which is to bring people to the foot of the Cross so that they can be saved. We need to come to know Him just like we know and appreciate Jesus.
The word “fellowship” has three meanings…
1> To socially interact with the Spirit – listen, hear, respond, converse
2> To partner with Him in the work that He is doing – seeking and saving the lost
3> To actively engage and be involved in what the Spirit is doing each day
As disciples of Jesus we are invited into an amazing and even exciting daily relationship with the Holy Spirit. We can sense His presence, walk in the peace that He brings into our life, and move in the power of the Spirit. The Baptism in the Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:5, 8; Acts 2:1-4) gives us nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) and these allow us to minister supernaturally and to do what Jesus did when ministering during His three years with His disciples (John 14:12). So, without fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit the gifts will remain inactive and we will not be “walking in the Spirit” as we are called to do.
So, we should be including the Spirit in our times of prayer and worship. He is the one who inspired the authors of the Scriptures to record them for us. So, invite Him to lead and guide you into all truth (John 16:13) as you read the Bible. Learn to welcome Him into all of your daily activities and be aware that He is wanting you to become involved in all of His daily activities as well. He is like your best friend and simply wants you to hang out with Him, relate to Him, and trust Him as you would your best friend, Jesus.
Jesus called Him “another Comforter” (John 14:16) because Jesus Himself was the original Comforter. So, relate to Him as you do to Jesus.
He truly will comfort, guide, direct, help, counsel you and lead you into perfect peace.