“The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”—2 Corinthians 13:14
The word translated as communion in the above opening text is from the Greek word “koinonia” meaning, partnership. Which in other words means, participation or intercourse. Going further, on the definition, the word “intercourse” means communication or dealings between people.
So when the opening text talks about the communion of the Holy Ghost, it means the partnership, participation, intercourse or communication of the Holy Spirit. Another word for communion used in the bible, is fellowship. 1 John 1:3 says; “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
So often time, most believers do the most they can to have fellowship with the Father and the Son. They worship and praise the Father and the Son; and totally neglect the Holy Spirit in them to the background. And the only time they mention the Holy Spirit is in their closing benediction; when they share the grace in fellowship.
And sometime, they also remember the Holy Spirit when they need him to move and work miracles. Many believers, as well as local churches, treat the Holy Spirit as a thing. They don’t treat him as God and Senior Partner that he is. They don’t acknowledge his presence in their lives and in their midst.
When they want to make decisions concerning their personal lives and their local churches, they don’t consult the Holy Spirit. Yes, as John rightly says in the scripture I quoted earlier, truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ. But the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ are in heaven; and it is the Holy Spirit that is here on earth with us.
And if we must effectively fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ, we must fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is through our communion or fellowship with the Holy Spirit, that we have effective fellowship with the Father and the Son. Any fellowship we attempt to have with the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ, without the participation of the Holy Spirit, is at best, carnal.
And when our fellowship with God is carnal, devoid of the Spirit, we fall short of the blessing and glory of God in our fellowship. And thus, such fellowship becomes wearisome; and sometime, frustrating. Because there is no proper connection between the physical and the spiritual or heavenly realm.
It is the Holy Spirit that helps us establish perfect connection between our physical realm and the heavenly realm. And that is why the need for constant communion or fellowship with the Holy Spirit is of great importance in our individual and corporate Christian walk.
How to Fellowship or Commune With the Holy Spirit
Having emphasized the importance of having constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit above, we want to see the various ways we can consistently have and maintain fellowship with the Holy Spirit of God in us.
- Be Conscious of The Spirit’s Presence: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” The above scripture reveals to us that we are the temple of God; that God dwells in us, in the person of his Holy Spirit. In other words, the Holy Spirit of God has a permanent residence in us. That is, we are possessed by the Holy Spirit.
Our communion or fellowship with the Holy Spirit begins with the knowledge and consciousness of this very true fact. You cannot have fellowship with the Holy Spirit if you are not always conscious of his presence. So to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to be always conscious of his indwelling presence in you.
- Ask for And Depend on His Help: Having gotten the awareness and consciousness of the indwelling presence of the Holy Ghost in you, you should always ask for his help or partnership in everything you do. You should ask for his help in your prayers to the Father…
You should ask for and depend on his help in worshipping and praising the Father and the Son. You should ask for and depend on his help in preaching and other ministerial works. Even if you already have the gifts of the Spirit manifesting in your life, you should always depend on the Holy Spirit, for the effective manifestation and administration of the gifts to the glory of God. Always ask for and depend on the help of the Holy Spirit.
- Seek For and Follow His Leadings: Another major way of maintaining fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to always seek his leading and direction in everything you do. And as you open yourself up to his leading, whatever direction he gives you, that you’re sure he is the one leading you, always follow it promptly.
If you don’t already know how the Holy Spirit speaks, Click Here To Read It Up. Disobedience to the leadings and directions of the Holy Spirit, grieves him and hinders his fellowship with his children. So as he guides you, you should always be ready to follow and obey promptly.
- Praying In Tongues: The bible tells us that when the Holy Ghost filled the disciples on the day of Pentecost, they started speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). So speaking or praying in tongues is one of the major ways to commune with the Holy Spirit. Because as we speak in tongues, we depend on the Holy Spirit to supply us the utterance, in order to pray according to the will of God (see Romans 8:27).
Conclusion: The communion of the Holy Spirit is of great importance in our Christian walk. As we maintain consistent fellowship with the Holy Ghost in our personal and corporate lives, we enjoy more blessings and greater manifestation of God’s glory in our lives. So you should dutifully seek and maintain consistent communion with him, with the four points above as guide.
Do you have any question or contribution concerning the communion with the Holy Spirit? Drop them at the comment section.
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