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The first individual Person of God to be mentioned in Scripture is the Holy Spirit.  In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.  Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  Before the word was spoken and the light was revealed, the Spirit of God was already on station, ready for that moment… waiting, brooding, hovering…  This first description of the Holy Spirit reveals the type of Worker, Helper and Counsellor that He is… ever ready, on station, to act as soon as the command is given so that when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, the reaction, the reflex to the command was immediate and instantaneous.

Those who have been set aside by the Holy Spirit for His work like Barnabas and Saul must learn to be like Him… like one hovering over the surface of the waters, ready to act.  As such, in order to achieve such a state, there must be preparation and an attitude of preparation that is required within an elect.  Dullness (slowness to believe) is a hindrance to any disciple and even more so to an elect of the Holy Spirit.

Since the first person to be mentioned in Scripture is the Holy Spirit, then it is only logical that getting to know Him is as important as getting to know the Father and the Son.  Indeed, when Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent,” we must realise that eternal life could never be possible if the Holy Spirit did not overshadow Mary the virgin by His power in the first place.

The main titles of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, are published in Isaiah 11.2.  Those are the titles of the Holy Spirit and the personage that He is upon the One who is completely obedient to God… Jesus.  In Isaiah 11.2, the word ‘Spirit’ is in capital without a sub translation in the small letter.  However, some of you may have already noticed that in Isaiah 4.4 there is mention that – The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirita of judgment and a spirita of fire – so that Isaiah 4.4 can also be written as – The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by the Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of fire – suggesting that there are two extra titles of the Holy Spirit aside from the six of Isaiah 11.2 and the six of the New Testament.  Now why the interchangeability between the word ‘spirit’ and the title ‘Spirit’ in that verse?  See that in the context of Isaiah 4.4, the Lord was speaking of the need to wash and cleanse the filth of the women and the bloodstains of Jerusalem.  When the Holy Spirit is sent amongst those who are unclean and those who are killers in God’s eyes… He comes as the Spirit of Judgment and the Spirit of Fire… judgment as to render a decision, and fire as to purify and destroy that which is not correct.  In Jerusalem’s case… it is the filth of the women and the bloodstains on its streets, meaning the murders that have been committed within that city.

So then, as His elect… you must know that not only is He the Spirit of Wisdom, of Understanding, of Counsel, of Power, of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord, as well as the Spirit of Truth, Spirit of Holiness, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Revelation, Spirit of Grace and Spirit of Glory… but in Isaiah 4.4 He can be the Spirit of Judgment and of Fire as well.  Upon Jesus, He is the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Power, Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord… through Jesus, He is the Spirit of Truth, Holiness, Life, Revelation, Grace and Glory… and for those who are disobedient to God’s commands, He is the Spirit of Judgment and of Fire. 

Through Jesus He is able to lead the disciples of Jesus (those into whom Jesus baptises Him) into all truth.  He is able to set aside those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus and be their holiness.  He is able to reveal to them the life that is in Jesus and make known to them the secrets of God as the Spirit of Life and Revelation… all the while convicting them and counseling them through all the errors of their practice as the Spirit of Grace, giving them the hope of change and unity as the Spirit of Glory.  The life that is in Jesus is what Jesus knows of the Father, not just life as we know it, which is spent accumulating and enjoying our possessions, but rather, it is life that is lived getting to know the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit a little bit more on every day that is called today.  Which is why Jesus taught us, “…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,” and such possessions are not just material wealth, but also reputation, achievements, knowledge of science, wisdom, education, friends or families.  The true abundance of our lives is measured by the abundance of our knowledge of God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent, and it is the Spirit who gives life.  Thus, it is the Holy Spirit who gives the ability to come to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent by making known to us what belongs to Jesus.

To those who listen to Him, the Spirit, as He reminds and teaches them of what Jesus said so that the disciples may remember what they have heard and put them into practice, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Grace… giving us who practise the words of Jesus the grace to make mistakes and to correct us of our mistakes so that our practice will eventually be what the words of Jesus intended them to be.

Remember this from here on… mistakes that are made and failures that occur in your practice of Jesus’ words are not sin.  For sin is disobedience to God’s command, not errors made while trying to obey God’s command.  What I mean is this… take the Lord’s command to the eleven, “…go to Galilee; there they will see Me.”  Outright disobedience to that command is not going when they were told to.  An error in the practice or execution of the command would be the eleven going immediately to Galilee as soon as the women passed on the message of the angels… but since they did not say where in Galilee, some went to Capernaum, others to Bethsaida, others to the Mount of Transfiguration, others to Cana, and others back to their fishing boats to search Him out.  They may have gone everywhere else except the Mount of Transfiguration immediately, but at least they went, and Jesus would have been able to meet them on the way… or Jesus, knowing that they had listened to the women, believed them and obeyed the angels and were already running out of Jerusalem or Bethany (wherever they were hiding) towards Galilee, would probably have strolled very slowly so that they would have caught up to Him on the road to Galilee.

Grace is not available to those who deliberately sin, that is, deliberately disobey the word, but it is available to those who are in error in their practice of the word.  Conviction is available to those who sin because of their unbelief of Jesus… but to those who deliberately sin without reason or excuse… there is no grace.  Ananias and Sapphira were killed immediately without repentance permitted because no one told them they had to sell their property… not the Spirit, not an apostle nor another disciple.  When they sold it, as Peter said, “Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold?  And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?” they could have kept some for themselves and just told Peter that they had second thoughts… what would it have mattered to the Holy Spirit?  No one commanded them, they were not practising a command of Jesus as such; they were not a rich couple who were seeking eternal life like the rich young man.  They already had eternal life.  What Jesus said to the man in Mark 10.17-21 did not apply to them at all.  As such, their keeping back of the money is not an error in the practice of Jesus’ words, but rather, a deliberate act of lying to the Holy Spirit, treating Him as One who does not know or see.  A deliberate sin… a lie that had nothing to do with a command or word of Jesus. 

Likewise, no grace is available to the false prophet or the beast whom he raises back to life.  The false prophet knows it is the will and the word of the Holy Spirit to Jesus that Jesus should “Come!”  For the false prophet to not only speak against it, but to go out and plot with Satan to oppose Jesus’ return is the sin for which there is no forgiveness, and that is why he will be thrown alive into the Lake of Sulphur ahead of Satan.  Likewise for the beast who allows himself to be raised back to life by the false prophet, for his spirit has already seen the judgment, the truth of eternity, because of his death… and yet, be a willing participant of the plot between Satan and the false prophet… so likewise, he is thrown alive in to the Lake of Sulphur without reprieve. 

So, for an elect, an error, whether accidental or deliberate, committed in the practice of the word of Jesus is not a sin… but an error that will produce failure.  Hence, the disobedience of the twelve to immediately launch off to Bethsaida as Jesus told them to do, but rather, they waited until late before they decided to go to Capernaum, is a disobedience, yes, but it is also an error in practice… they did set sail at the wrong time for the wrong destination… but they did set sail.  The eleven could say in their defence that yes, they heard the command to go to Galilee, but since neither messages specified when they should go, they decided to wait and hence not believe the three messages from the women.  As Matthew has revealed… they did eventually get to the mountain in Galilee that Jesus wanted them to go to… just as eventually they did get to Bethsaida as well, and the blind man in Bethsaida eventually got healed.  Grace… because they practised in error rather than a deliberate rebellion.  Since Jesus had said earlier, “…every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven,” the disobediences of the twelve and the eleven were forgiven.  Ananias and Sapphira, on the other hand, did not sin as they were not commanded to sell and give the proceeds of their land… neither did they blaspheme God… it is just that they chose to deliberately lie to the Holy Spirit when they already knew that the Holy Spirit knows everything.  Hence, no grace was available for them.  The Spirit of Grace who the Holy Spirit is is based on these words of Jesus:  “…every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”

Where there is a command given to cover a word or an action, even a thought, disobedience of that command is sin.  Where there is no command to cover the word or action or thought, then how that action, word or thought relates to the Holy Spirit determines the fate.  Ananias and Sapphira were not bound by a command, but rather, their spontaneous action, word and thought revealed what they thought of the Holy Spirit, and so they suffered the consequences… they thought they could lie to the Holy Spirit.  It is one thing to lie; it is another to lie to the Holy Spirit.

The knowledge of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Grace at this moment in time is more important than knowing Him in all His other offices, because we stand at a moment in time when the command to listen to Jesus has been restored and continues to be restored to those who call themselves believers and disciples of Jesus Christ.  Since the command has been restored and there are ones who have heeded the command to listen and to practise the words they have heard… then the Holy Spirit can now enter the other two offices that He prefers not to enter… offices that He has not entered into since the days of Israel and Jerusalem’s decimation by Nebuchadnezzar… the offices as the Spirit of Judgement and of Fire.

Judgment because now all who say they are disciples of Jesus can be judged by their own words… as to whether they listen to Jesus or not, and having listened, whether they practise His words or not, and if they practised, how well they practised… but you must understand that it is through the office of the Spirit of Grace that the Holy Spirit enters the office of Judgment and Fire, so that change can be brought about for the glory of God to be revealed.  Glory after all… the glory of God that is, changes the nature, substance and attitude.  So it is by the grace of God… by the Spirit of Grace now that the commandment has been restored that judgment, destruction and purification by fire can begin so that the glory can be revealed.

Knowing the Holy Spirit in all His offices (official roles) is equally important, especially for those who call Him the Father of their spirit so that for them He is the Spirit of Sonship who raises up sons for God in the fullness of the stature of Christ the Firstborn.  So as elects… it is even more important for you to know Him as He is the Spirit of Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Power, the Fear of the Lord, Truth, Holiness, Life, Revelation, Grace and Glory.  Having known these twelve offices, now it is time for you to understand how He is also the Spirit of Judgment and the Spirit of Fire in Isaiah 4.4, and to whom Jesus said, “As for the person who hears My words but does not keep them, I do not judge him.  For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.  There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” 

See that it is the person who rejects Jesus and does not accept Jesus’ words who will be condemned.  However, for those who have not seen Jesus personally or heard Jesus’ words directly, then they cannot reject Jesus or refuse His words.  A person may reject the Jesus portrayed by someone else… but if that portrayal, if that witness is flawed, then the rejection is not held against the person.  Indeed, why should anyone accept Jesus if He is not portrayed accurately or witnessed truthfully.  A person who does not accept another man’s words even if they are spoken in His Name is not condemned, but a man who has heard Jesus’ own words and rejects them, then that is another matter.  So understand this, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Judgment only to those who have actually heard Jesus’ words and does not keep them.  He is a Judge to the one who rejects Jesus… the Jesus whom the Holy Spirit testifies to by the Scripture and by His power… and those who do not accept the words of Jesus that the Holy Spirit reminds and teaches are subject to judgment.

Put simply… pagans who reject the words of the disciples who do not bear true witness to Jesus and His words are not subject to condemnation.  No, under the grace of God, their sin is remitted to the one who was sent to preach and witness to them.  A customer cannot be blamed for not buying your product when it was your salesman who did a lousy job of presenting the product.  Any wise businessman would fire the salesman, apologise to the customer and ask for another chance to demonstrate the product properly.

Likewise, men and women all over the world who have rejected the inaccurately portrayed Jesus and the religious words spewed by men who are not empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear witness are not under condemnation.  Rather, it is those who claim to represent Jesus and speak on His behalf who are more at risk of hearing these dreadful words… “I never knew you.  Away from Me, you evildoers!”

It is best to keep what you believe about Jesus to yourself… and only share what you know of Jesus to others.  It is far better for a ‘Christian’ to testify to a pagan that they know nothing about Jesus, but they believe in Him than to force pagans to believe what they believe.  When Jesus said to His disciples… no, commanded that they were to be His witnesses, we were to share what we know, not what we believe.  Imagine if Thomas went out to share what he believed about the risen Christ before he knew… what a disaster that would have been.

So to whom really is the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Judgment and Fire?  Was He the Spirit of Judgment and Fire who cleansed the bloodstained streets of Babylon and Nineveh, or was it the streets of Jerusalem?  So then, who will He really judge… who will He be the Spirit of Judgment and Fire to in this present age… the pagans?  Or those who heard Jesus’ words and did not keep them… or those who reject Jesus and do not accept His words?  The pagan who rejects the Jesus portrayed by the powerless church… the dead man on a cross who sends out thieves and robbers to murder and pillage for gold… the pagan who rejects the words of the church with its rules upon rules, traditions upon traditions… or the ‘believer’ and ‘disciple’ of Jesus who does not accept He is One with the Father, that to see Him is to see the Father, and does not accept His word and so makes a judgment that His believers should not eat blood in accordance to Levitical Law when Jesus commanded all who believe in Him to drink His blood?

The facts appear to be that God is judging those who do not believe in the Jesus portrayed by Christians with disasters, wars, famines, plagues and so on.  The truth is those who are not Christians are falling victim to those disasters and judgments of God because the Christians themselves have not the power to stop and prevent them.  The facts appear to be one thing… but the truth… the truth is we stopped really listening to Jesus and practising His word, but turned to listening to men with cleverly made up theories about Jesus and their version of the way Jesus’ words are to be practised.  We were taught to practise the words of Jesus without any expectation of power… when Jesus’ words can only be practised correctly with the power of the Holy Spirit.  Imagine horse drawn cars when cars are meant to be driven by engines.  The facts appear to be that the main emphasis of a Christian life is morality, when the truth is morality in a Christian’s life is the prerequisite to his eligibility to the power that is his true purpose… the power to confirm the testimony of Jesus Christ with signs and wonders on any day, any time, anywhere.

Thus, as the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, so the basis upon which He is also the Spirit of Judgment and of Fire must be seen in the light of truth and not facts.

The facts state Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem… what a wicked man.  The truth is God sent him to destroy Jerusalem because of Israel’s sin.  The fact is the Roman Empire subjugated Israel… the truth is Israel became subject to Greece and then Rome because they never built Ezekiel’s temple according to the exact plans.  The fact states a temple was built on the site of the old temple just like Solomon’s.  The truth is that second temple was never built according to the plan God showed Ezekiel, and as such… the Israel that returned from exile never displayed what God had in mind in the intervening 400 years before Christ.  The fact states Jesus showed irreverence to the temple when He said, “Destroy this temple…” when the truth is… the temple of Herod was so inconsistent with Ezekiel’s temple that it had to be destroyed… and if they did do it there and then, Jesus could have raised Ezekiel’s temple in those days even before He Himself was raised from the dead, so that what John recorded in John 2.21 is true… But the temple He had spoken of was His body.

One very basic doctrine about the Holy Spirit is this:  From the truth He sets us apart to have the holiness to live the life to experience the revelation of His grace for the glory of God… so that having all the wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding, power, the fear of the Lord, truth, holiness, life, revelation, grace and glory… He can father in us a spirit that is a spirit of judgment and fire, as He is the Spirit of Judgment and Fire, who cleanses the temple of God as He once did the streets of Jerusalem.

It is an interesting fact that Peter and John were only permitted 13 times to speak of the Holy Spirit in the Epistles, yet they received Him before Paul… and Paul spoke of the Holy Spirit 109 times in his letters including Hebrews.  James the Younger never mentioned the Holy Spirit, even Jude mentioned Him twice.  Here is another fact, Peter revealed Him as the Spirit of Glory and John the Spirit of Truth, but Paul revealed Him as the Spirit of Holiness, Life, Revelation and Grace.  Jesus spoke of the work of the Holy Spirit to the eleven, yet it was Paul who teaches us more about the details of that work than either Peter or John.  Perhaps if Peter and John had gone to Galilee that morning, the information they would have had about the Person of the Holy Spirit would be more substantial than Paul’s, or at least they would have been permitted to teach about the Holy Spirit more than Paul in their epistles.

So then, do not be surprised that there is a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire arising within you, elect… for they are being raised by the Spirit of Judgment and of Fire to cleanse the temple of all the yeasts of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, and the teachings and practices of the Nicolaitans, Balaamites and Jezebelians, so that everyone who calls Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” may be vindicated by their words or be condemned by their words.  If they say they are disciples of Christ but do not obey the Father’s command and have not listened… Leviticus 26.14-39 will manifest in their lives that they may repent.  If they say they have listened, but have not practised… then Mathew 7.26-27 will manifest that they may know the truth and repent.   

And you through the Spirit of Truth will learn to see the truth from the facts so that… In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of His people.  He will be a Spirit of Justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Remember those who come back with Jesus will be given thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge, and those who come back with Jesus will still have to fight one last battle when the thousand years are over. 

Amen Holy Spirit.

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