so that at the end, they might attain Christ-like perfection.This book, which is a detailed study on the anointing of the Holy Spirit, is written with thehope that it will give the readers an insight into the working of the Holy Spirit, the manifoldpurposes of the anointing and the fulness of life and blessings we receive through a Spirit-filledlife. May the Lord bless the reading of this book and may it prove to be of help to all those whoardently await the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.********
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Before we can proceed with a detailed study on the anointing, it is necessary to have a fair knowledge of the Holy Spirit Himself from Whom proceed the unctions of the Spirit.The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Godhead and is distinct from the Father and theSon. The Holy Spirit has been at work since the creation of the world, "... the earth was withoutform, and void-. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Gen.l:l,2). When thegenerations of Adam had departed from their Creator, letting sin corrupt their thoughts anddestroy their soul, the Spirit of God was striving with them in their conscience, trying to persuadethem to return to the Lord. The Lord said, "My spirit shall not always strive with man" (Gen.6:3).Yet, in the various dispensations, the Spirit of God did not forsake man altogether. When Hefound a man whose spirit would be submissive to Him, the Spirit of God would come upon himand reveal His power and wisdom.The Greek term PARAKLETOS, used for the Holy Spirit by the apostle John, is translated'Comforter' or 'Advocate', signifying One Who is 'called alongside' to give help and advice,particularly to the defence.
:1. He is a Person :
The personal pronoun 'He' is used when reference is made to the Holy Spirit. Also,personal acts are ascribed to Him (Jn.l6:13, 14; Acts 13:2).Since He is a Person,(i) He can be grieved (Eph.4:30).(ii) He can be sinned against (Mk3:28,29).(iii) He reveals, searches and knows (I Cor. 2:10,11).(iv) He evaluates situations (Acts 15:28).(v) He inflicts punishments (Acts 5:3-5,9,0).
2. He is God:
He is specifically called God (Acts 5:3,4; II Cor.3:17).(i) He is the Spirit of truth (Jn.l6:13).(ii) He is eternal (Heb.9:14).(iii) He is omnipresent (Psa.l39:7-10).(iv) He is omnipotent (Lk.l.-35; Rom.8:ll; 15:19;Eph.l:19,20).(v) He is omniscient (I Cor.2:10; lsa.ll:2).(vi) He is life (Rom.8:2).(vii) His name is also called upon, along with that of the Father and the Son, when water baptism is administered (Matt.28:19).viii) He is one with the Father and the Son in the administration of the Church (I Cor.l2:4-6; Acts 13:2).(ix) His words and His works are considered the words and works of God(Gen.l:l,2,26; Job 33:4;Acts 28:25-27; Heb.3:7-ll).
Some of them are :(i) He is equal in His creative powers with the Father and the Son (Job 33:4; Gen.l:26).