Really No Need

Really No Need

Really No Need…

Thank you Father God for today in Jesus name, Amen.

This is just an observation. I noticed that most ministers (ordained or not) mount the pulpit, pick up the microphone (where there is one) and send out an invitation to the Holy Spirit. Asking Him to come and grace the occasion or in fact take total control of the occasion. It could be a normal service or just some Christian gathering. You ask, “what is wrong with that? After all they want the whole thing to be Spirit controlled” that desire is not an issue. It is simply that we go about it the wrong way.

There really is no need for any special invitation to the Holy Ghost. Why so? Same reason I’ve always put forward. There is no precedence in scripture.

You might go King James on me to say “take it easy bro., the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life” very true. I very much understand that. But the context of that scripture is not applicable here.

The next I’d probably hear is that “it’s the leading of the Holy Spirit” really? Since when did He start dictating His own scriptures? I believe scripture says it’s all done and dusted?

2 Peters 1:19a says: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy…” That is the Bible, a compendium of life giving words and a whole university of edifying knowledge.

You see, for every revelation knowledge spoken (Rhema). I don’t care how spiritual it might sound or who came up with it. There MUST be something about it in scripture. A reference or a principle documented. It’s called the logos (the written word of God) it must be there for reference. That is the only thing that will make that revelation authentic.

If there is none, it amounts to a spiritual phantom, a meaningless and inconsequential ecclesiastical gibberish. It does not matter who is involved, no matter how high or low. As long as it cannot be correctly corroborated with scriptures, it is more worthless than the worthless trash itself, I want to believe you know that already. The Church does not need another Paul for a new revelation. Everything is settled in Scriptures for us now. Scriptures state in

2 Peter 1:19a We have also a more sure word of prophecy” That is the written word of God, the scriptures. Nothing overrides it.

Paul was specifically called of God to reveal the mystery of the gospel to the world and he did a very good job of it.

Romans 16: 25- 26 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”

Ephesians 1:9 “…Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself”

Ephesians 3:3-4 “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”

Colossians 1:26 “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints

I gave you all those scriptures just to say this. There is nothing else hidden or mysterious about God that has not been revealed. Like I told you, Paul was the instrument that God used for all the revelations.

All we need to do is seek His face and ask Him to reveal more of Himself to us. If we are willing and obedient, sure He will let us into a little more of Himself. But that revelation can never contradict the written word in any way.

Now let’s go back to where I started. I said there is no need to invite the Holy Spirit officially. It is just a waste of time. Everything about our salvation is about Jesus. Not the Holy Spirit.

A brother told me the reason people invite the Holy Spirit specially is because He is the one available now on earth, not Jesus. So He should be consulted.

What about all the Apostles? I asked. How come there is no record of any one inviting the Holy Ghost specially for anything or did they forget He was around? To that question, he had no answer. Let’s see some cases after the Holy Ghost had come:

Peter and John with the born lame at the Gate “Beautiful” “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”Acts 3: 6-8

Paul and Silas in prison: “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Acts 16:25-26

But for space, I could go on and on. My point is, there is not one single incident where there was an invitation specifically to the Holy Ghost. That is because it’s not about Him but about Jesus.

From the Bible I cited some examples last week on instances where people prayed and things happened and none of them invited nor thanked the Holy Ghost but instead they thanked God the Father. My question again, did they forget the Holy Ghost was already here at that time? Of cause not. They knew and understood exactly how it was supposed to be. All petitions go to the Father through the Son energized by the Holy Ghost.

You may regard these things as trivial but it’s “…the little foxes, that spoil the vines…” Song of Solomon 2:15 same thing is reiterated in the new testament as “A little leaven (that) leaveneth the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9

The Lord Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit as the new ‘care taker’ who will come to take over the care of His Church after His departure, in fact He called Him a helper and comforter. (John 14:16-17) amongst other things He said that the Holy Spirit will…

*Teach us and remind us of things He, the Lord Jesus taught us (John 14:17 & 26)

*Testify of the Lord Jesus and nothing of Himself (John 15:26)

*Guide the believer “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” (John 16:13)

*Help believers to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 16:14) Not Himself

*Give special gifts to believers. (1Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, and 1 Peter 4:10-11)

*Enable believers to produce the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)

*Seal the believer as belonging to God. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

*Intercede on behalf of the believer (Romans 8:26)

In all of that, I did not see where Jesus said the Holy Ghost was in any position to receive our gratitude. When we give praise and thanks to the Holy Ghost it is a misplaced gratitude. All glory, honour, praise, gratitude, thanksgiving etc must go to God the Father through Jesus Christ. But don’t forget the enabler is still the Holy Ghost. Again, He is the SILENT member of the Godhead who only operates from the background.

We need to learn to do things the Bible way. Let me give you this example. For lack of a better way to describe the scenario. Assume you were on a trip driving your own car. Then something went wrong with the car and you had no clue what. Then someone comes to your aid and introduces himself as a mechanic who specialises in the make of your car. You then allow him to take a look. He does and actually fixes the problem. In appreciation, you don’t pick up the spanners and screw drivers he used to thank, no. You thank the person, the man that did the job, not the tools he used. That’s what we do when we revert to thanking the Holy Ghost. In this scenario the mechanic is like God, his hands Jesus and the tools he used would be the Holy Ghost. The three worked together to give you the required result but it’s the man you will thank and possibly shake his hands, but definitely not the tools he used.

This scripture in John is a perfect example of the point I’m trying to make. Though primarily Jesus was talking about the kind of death He was going to face. The verse says “…if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32 Did you get that? Lift up Jesus in praise, worship and adoration and He and He alone draws ALL MEN unto HIMSELF. Not the Holy Ghost.

Again He said “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 Notice again, the Lord tells us of what happens when we gather together in His name. He is present. NO NEED for any invitation.

This thing is automatic. Wherever Jesus is there will be the Holy Ghost. NO NEED for any special invitation. We do not gather in the name of the Holy Ghost but in Jesus’ name.

Outside of “inviting the Holy Ghost” there is another one I’ve notice as well. In fact not just me, my nephew mentioned it as well. “Spirit of God we come to you now” as much as that sounds very spiritual. It is very out of place. How can you say you come to someone who never left you to start with? His word says “…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20b

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

Even “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

When you backslide, He is still there. It is His loving kindness that gently nudges you back home to Him. Unlike in the Old Testament when the Spirit leaves the individual, that is not the case today. It is written in the book of Ephesians… “…after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13b

There is that song as well with the lyrics “Send down thy power we pray thee o Lord, Send down thy Holy Ghost we say Amen”

But scripture says in Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

This was the point of entrance of the Holy Ghost into the earth officially flagging off the birth of the Church of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago. So, which other Holy Ghost are they asking God to send down?

Simply put, it’s not a thing to overlook. Let us be more diligent in the things of God.

The scripture says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 We ask the Father in the name of Jesus. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

Did Jesus forget the Holy Ghost was going to remain here after He had ascended into heaven? I’m sure you know the answer to that question.

Amen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *