THE SPIRIT AND THE WORD

The Bible is the documentation of God’s program on earth. This is where you see the purpose of God’s creation and what He intends to achieve. The word of God must be read for the Holy Spirit to reveal it’s meaning. When you don’t study the word of God, you aren’t eating the right diet that gets you equipped to receive and sustain the revelations of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus (God) operational on earth. And the Holy Spirit isn’t bringing new words, new teachings and new doctrines! The Holy Spirit established the already spoken word of God, He is bringing the word to our remembrance. He translates the spiritual weight of the word of God into a material in our soul which renews us and continue forming in us the very image of Jesus Christ.

All over the Bible, we see very strong places that explains how God works on earth. In the Old Testament, God was known as the one whose throne in heaven and in the New Testament, God pitched His tent among men in the person of Jesus. While mere minds couldn’t conceptualize that mystery, Jesus said in in John 12:49

“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

Because of the blindness of men in that time, Jesus wouldn’t come up to say “I am the Father.” He was speaking to men who had no revelation. However, what Jesus was saying in the above verse is “My words are the words of God.” He said in John 14:9

“If you have seen me, you have seen the father.”

We also see Jesus using the same concept to talk about the Holy Spirit, He said in John 16:13

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

You see that? The Holy Spirit will speak only what He shall hear. What was that thing He was going to hear? Jesus answered that previously in John 15:26

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”

First, Jesus said He will send the Holy Spirit from the Father and He referred to Him as the Spirit of truth. Recall, Jesus said He himself is the truth! And He said the Holy Spirit will testify of Him. Another question is what will the Holy Spirit testify of Jesus? We see the answer in John 14:26. He will bring all things Jesus had said to our remembrance. He will bring Jesus into our consciousness. Jesus explained in the Bible that He isn’t working independent of God and the Holy Spirit which also proceeds from God isn’t working independent of Jesus.

Concerning the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of Christ, Paul wrote in Galatians 4:6 that God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son (Jesus) into our heart. The Holy Spirit is how Jesus lives in all believers. I had to take time to explain this because of the role the Holy Spirit plays in the believer. Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, the word of God must be read for the Holy Spirit to find resources that He will bring to our remembrance and make it known to us.

While the Holy Spirit is in all believers, we can only get revelations as deep as our hunger for the word of God. You aren’t going to ignore the word of God and expect revelations of the word to be flying in at all times. It is when you open the word and start meditating on it that the Holy Spirit begins to open the eyes of your understanding so that you’ll get to know what the word is saying. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible is another literature. When we study the word, we are opening our hearts for the Holy Spirit to fill our thoughts with the revelation of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit also helps us in proper interpretation of the word of God. A lot of people quote the word out of context. They are sincere but sincerely wrong. Sincerity isn’t enough in the ministry of the kingdom, it must take hunger and constant eating of the spiritual diet to be built up.

The word of God wasn’t written by mere men with there mere mind. It was inspired by the Spirit of God which is the Spirit of Christ. So we can also use the word to interpret the word. The word of God is self sufficient and in no way needs our experiences and other strange documents from diverse religions to be understood. For instance, in the Bible, Luke 11:20 reported Jesus to have said

“But if I with the FINGER OF GOD cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you”

I emphasized “the finger of God” because this is what many would find difficult to interpret or explain. What was Jesus referring to as God’s finger? Was it His finger? It would have still be great if Jesus was referring to His finger as God’s finger but it was something far more than that.

We would see some places in the Old Testament where the same words were used including in Egypt! To understand it, we must look at the Bible again. Matthew 12:28 explains to us what the finger of God is and I believe the Holy Spirit made it this way so that we can understand what has often being referred to as the finger of God. Jesus Said in Matthew

“But if I cast out devils by the SPIRIT OF GOD, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”

We wouldn’t have known what it is if there wasn’t a complementing part of the Bible that brings the explanation. This is part of what the Holy Spirit starts doing in believers. Remember, the writers of the Bible (not the authors) wrote by the influence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16 says the Scripture in it’s entirety is God-breathed. Another example of how the Holy Spirit brings clarity to the word of God using the word of God can be found in Matthew 7:11

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to them that ask him?”

Many would interpret the above emphasis to mean material things because Jesus compared good gifts with good things which God was going to give. But many would ignore the fact that Jesus also compared evil but earthly fathers with our good heavenly father.

What was the good things Jesus was talking about here? It would have been great if Jesus was talking about money, clothes and all that! Of course, somewhere else in the Bible we understand that God supplies our needs and even our wants but this particular place in the Bible is talking about something better and superior. We will find the answer in Luke 11:13 which says

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask him?”

Now you see, the good things Jesus was taking about is the Holy Spirit. Why would Matthew use a plural word “things” when Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit? It is because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus and in Him all things consist. The good things God would give you is the Holy Spirit and when you have the Holy Spirit, you have all things! No wonder, the Holy Spirit teaches all things!

It is the Holy Spirit that authored the Bible and He wants us to understand things much more deeper. That is why we see good things meaning the Holy Spirit and we see the finger of God meaning the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of God) too. So, even when we understand the Word of God using another part of the Word, it is still the Holy Spirit explaining all things to us. I would show us yet another example. Jesus said in Matthew 16:19

“And I will give unto thee the KEYS of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The question is, what are the keys of the kingdom of heaven that Jesus talks about? We should note that Matthew always used “the kingdom of Heaven” to refer to as the “kingdom of God”. So it is still safe to say Jesus talked about the keys to the kingdom of God here. We must also note that the kingdom of God signifies the entire universe and creation of God because God’s kingly domain isn’t limited to anywhere. With this key, things can be bound and things can be loosed.

There are so many places where same word “key” was used but we can understand what these keys are by their function. Remember with this key things can be bound and loosed. In Luke 11:52, Jesus said that the experts in the Jewish law have taken away the key of knowledge which have prevented others from entering into the kingdom and much as they too couldn’t enter. The Bible also said “my people perish because they lack knowledge” and elsewhere it says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

The key of the kingdom means the key of knowledge which in turn means the knowledge of Jesus. Jesus is the only one who sets free and it is knowing the person of Jesus that guarantees freedom. Many have used that verse out of context, they want to think it means the moment you declare someone blind, heaven endorses it. No, that’s not what the Bible teaches.

Jesus was saying “with this key, people can be saved and people can be condemned.” The Bible says the gospel is God’s power unto salvation to anyone who believes (Romans 1:16, John 3:16) which means anyone who doesn’t believe stands in condemnation (John 3:18) because only in Jesus can anyone be saved (Act 4:12).

In Matthew 18:18 we also see how unrepentant sinners should be handled and it uses the same concept of binding and loosing. This simply has to do with the authority of God’s word which when practiced is an extension of God’s authority here on earth. Now, when we hear about the keys of the kingdom and about binding and loosing it means we have been given authority to preach the gospel and get people delivered out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. It also means anyone who rejects this gospel stands condemned already.

Now you see how the Holy Spirit can always use the word to also bring meaning to the word. All of those things are the workings of the Holy Spirit. There are several other ways the Holy Spirit brings clarity to the word. It is the gift of ministers, evangelists, teachers, prophets, pastors and so on!

The Holy Spirit can use them to bring clarity to what you had read previously in the Bible. Concerning them, the Bible says in Ephesians 4:11-14 that ministers has been given by Christ for the maturity of saints until when all things shall become perfect. Ministry gift is also an ongoing work of the Holy Spirit to mature us in the things of Christ which can only be done with the word of God.

On a final note, you must be given to the word of God if you want to have more revelation of this word. While it isn’t your duty to configure revelations, it is your duty to be intentional about the word of God. In John 5:39 we see Jesus saying that the scripture is the witness of Him.

The scripture tells more of Jesus, eternal life is in Jesus and not in the scriptures but the scriptures and the word of God in it’s entirety are the testimonies of Jesus. So, when we keep searching the scriptures, the Holy Spirit keeps shedding light on the person of Jesus. The word is ineffective without the Spirit and the Spirit works in the proportion of the capacity we have been able to building by the word.

Blessings!