In this week’s teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney continues a biblical exegesis of our relationship with God the Father, with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit. At the very end of the series, having established our view of fellowship with God, he will conclude with our relationship with the written Word of God. Many Christians pray with no understanding, and have almost no relationship with God’s written Word except knowing of their existence. They have no knowledge of how to use God’s Word for their protection, healing, provision, etc.
Before Jesus left us, He gave a promise:
Luke 24:49-51 AMP “And behold, I will send forth upon you what My Father has promised; but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high. (50) Then He conducted them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up His hands, He invoked a blessing on them. (51) And it occurred that while He was blessing them, He parted from them and was taken up into heaven.”
Pastor Don reminds us of a couple important issues. When Jesus died, He didn’t “rise from the dead.” God, according to Apostle Peter, was “released from the pangs of death, and God raised Him from the dead.” And in the above account of Jesus, again, He didn’t “ascend into Heaven,” through some “magical ability,” the scripture affirms that “He was taken up into Heaven.”
Most do not realize the limitations that are imposed upon our Lord Jesus, and Master, from His willingness to take on the form of a man. As we have been studying, He is “The Word made flesh.”
He always knew He would be leaving us here on Earth and going up to Heaven. But it was important to Him that we know that He wasn’t leaving us alone, that He would pray the Father, and the Father would release into the Church, for His believers, the Holy Spirit. When He came, the Holy Spirit would give to us the provision that Jesus had walked in during His entire ministry. Jesus said to them, “It is expedient for you that I go, for if I go the comforter will not come… He has been with you, but shall be in you.”
John 14:16 AMPC And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—”
In the Greek, the word “Comforter” is:
Παράκλητος paráklētos; It is properly a verbal adj. referring to an aid of any kind. In the Greek writers, used of a legal advisor, pleader, proxy, or advocate, one who comes forward in behalf of and as the representative of another. In 1John_2:1, Jesus is termed our substitutionary, intercessory advocate. Jesus designates the Holy Spirit as Paraclete (John_14:16), and calls Him (GR) állos another, which means another of equal quality and not (GR) héteros, another of a different quality. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is designated by Jesus Christ as equal with Himself. This new Paraclete (Comforter), the Holy Spirit, was to witness concerning Jesus Christ (Joh_14:26; Joh_16:7, Joh_16:14) and to glorify Him, who in turn see that the Father is glorified.
Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is to yield to Him to be “another comforter,” one in the stead of Jesus here with us. Jesus promised that our relationship with the Holy Spirit would be one of “an empowerment” for service to God. Pastor Don begins the teaching in Joel, Chapter Two, pointing out that the Prophet Joel promised that once the Holy Spirit was “poured out” upon us, life would become supernatural! The supernatural would become the way of life, in the exact same manner that Jesus’ life became supernatural once the Holy Spirit descended upon Him at the time of His baptism of John. Jesus life took a radical change at that moment. Whatever was the norm for Jesus was no more. Immediately, He was ushered from life into the wilderness where He would confront Satan and evil temptation. He would confront wild beasts and experience power to overcome all that confronted Him. When he came out from that place of knowing God’s power to keep Him, He would be instantly called into a life of miracles and all things supernatural. He would walk on the water, calm the sea, multiply food, turn water into wine, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and open the eyes of the blind.
All things supernatural – that is what Jesus promised when He prayed the Father, and the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Church. “All flesh” (not just The Word made Flesh – Jesus) would now experience what Jesus did in His Earth-life and ministry.
Follow Pastor Don in this teaching to capture the call of the Spirit – a call for all of us to experience the same life of the supernatural that occurred when Jesus was on Earth. For this to occur, you will need to understand your relationship, for “real faith,” in the Father, in Jesus, and in the Holy Spirit.