Have you ever wondered what the Scripture means when it said in 2 Cor 13:14 (MEV), “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” Have you ever asked what ‘communion of the Holy Spirit’ means? This article wants to describe what communion with the precious Holy Spirit is and how you can have communion with Him.
The Koine Greek, which was the original language that the New Testament was written in, uses the word koinonia, which means, “participation, communion, fellowship.” Contextually this is reference to the Corinthian church knowing and fellowship with the Spirit of God together as a community. However, in order to know Him in community one must also have communion with Him personally.
1. The Holy Spirit convicts us before we even know Jesus.
John 16:8 says, “When He comes, He will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment.” Thus, before we even know Him, He convicts us, revealing what we are doing wrong, or speaking to our conscience. This is the work He does, one small step at a time, communicating with us and wanting us to know Jesus. So, before we believe, He is present, and we may not see it at the time, but He is communicating, wanting us to be born again.
A friend of mine from the Marine Corps shared with me how his wife was going to church and said he needed to go. He wasn’t listening and would refuse to go with her, wanting nothing to do with God since his combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan. But one day in June 2014 while he was mowing his lawn, deep inside of his heart, the Holy Spirit spoke to Him, convicting Him. He knew he had to go to church, so he stopped mowing the lawn and obeyed the wooing of the Spirit, and responded to the gospel message that day.
2. The Holy Spirit lives in us once we give our lives to Jesus.
Ephesians 1:13 says, “In Him you also, after hearing the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and after believing in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” The moment we responded to the gospel message and accepted Jesus as Lord we received the precious Holy Spirit. There is no greater gift given to us by God than salvation, and when we hear the word of truth and commit to Jesus, it is incredible that His wonderful Spirit seals us.
3. The Holy Spirit teaches us the truth of Jesus. John 14:26 said, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” These were the words of Jesus to His disciples, but the principle applies to each one of us who are disciples today and have Him in our lives. He reminds us of what Jesus said, and He illuminates Scripture for us. As the Spirit of Truth He reveals the truth of Scripture.
It is always encouraging when we are reading the Bible, whether it is through daily devotional plans or reading through a book, and Scriptures seem to jump off the page to us, applying to something we may be going through and gives us peace or revelation of further insight into Him.
I want to encourage you to begin an on-going dialogue with the Holy Spirit, building communion and fellowship with Him. Ask Him questions and expect Him to answer and to open the Scripture up to you. Before you start reading the selected passage of the Bible you are going to read, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and lead you to all truth and to reveal more of Jesus to you. If you have never carried on a conversation with the incredible Spirit of God, introduce yourself to Him and start dialoguing with Him. Fellowship begins with introductions that lead to conversations with Him.
This article was later published by Charisma Media here: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Deepen Your Intimacy with the Holy Spirit