Discovering Your Ministry Within The Kehilah: Living A Spirit-Filled Life ~ Part 2

In my last posting, we began to look at who the Ruach HaKodesh is and concluded that Scripture is very clear that HE IS GOD!  I also challenged you to read B’resheet (Genesis) chapter 1.  In Part 2 of this series, I want to answer the question:  Did the Ruach minister in the Tanakh (Old Testament)?

In the Beginning

Let’s start in the beginning!  B’resheet 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”   We have already seen that the Ruach is God.  So, He was there I the beginning.  Yochanan (John) 1:1 also indicates that Yeshua was there as well.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  [The “Word” (GK logos) is a title for Yeshua in the Brit Hadashah.]  So, we see in this very first verse of the Bible the three persons of God – Father, Son and Spirit.  B’resheet 1:2 offers additional proof that the Rauch was present at the time of creation.  “The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water.”

Permit me to take a brief detour from our main subject of discussion today.  It is almost impossible for me to quote B’resheet 1:1 without giving a little more background information.  Some of you may have never heard this before.

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Discovering Your Ministry Within The Kehilah: Living A Spirit-Filled Life ~ Part 1

Discovering Your Ministry Within The Kehilah[1]:
Living A Spirit-Filled Life
Part 1

As I have shared in the past (see previous teachings here), we are created in the image of God for five specific purposes: to worship God with all of our heart; to fellowship with God and other Believers; to grow in our knowledge of God and take on His attributes – especially the fruit of the Spirit; to minister or serve others – both Believers and non-believers in meeting their needs; and, finally to share the Besorah (Good News) with non-believers around us.  The purpose of this series is to prepare us to live a Spirit-filled life in order to fulfill our God-given purposes, especially that of ministering or serving to the needs of others.

As you know, Yeshua (Jesus) had many talmidim (disciples).  Crowds followed Him everywhere.  He fed 5,000 men plus their families in one seating (Mark 6:44) and over 4,000 men plus their families in another (Mark 8:9).  Multitudes were coming to Him for physical healings and deliverance from evil spirits.

We read in Luke 10 that He sent out 70 talmidim in pairs as an advance team to towns where He was going to minister.  We also know that Yeshua poured out His teachings on twelve hand-picked talmidim.  After His resurrection and just before His ascension, He gave the following directions to the remaining eleven talmidim:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember!  I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 CJB [2])

“Now I am sending forth upon you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been equipped with power from above.”  (Luke 24:49)

“At one of these gatherings, he instructed them not to leave Yerushalayim but to “wait for what the Father promised, which you heard about from me.  For Yochanan used to immerse people in water; but in a few days, you will be immersed in the Ruach HaKodesh!”  (Acts 1:4-5)

These directions were fulfilled just a few days later during Shavu’ot (Pentecost) as we read in Acts 1:45.

As I did with the series on the fruit of the Spirit, I want to share with you some critical background information on the Ruach HaKodesh before we start to examine the gifts of the Spirit and explore which gift or gifts you might have.

Who Is The Ruach HaKodesh?

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My Testimony

 

Hi, my name is Donald N. Norris and I am a grateful believer in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).  I thought it would be helpful to share a little bit about myself on this first ‘official’ blog post.

Although I was born in San Diego,  I grew up in southern Michigan and was raised by my grandmother while my mom worked hard as a nurse anesthetist to support us.  As far back as I can remember, my mom always took me to church.  We were Episcopalians and I developed a deep sense of respect for the church.  I loved the liturgy and always asked to stay in the big peoples service rather than going to Sunday School.  My mom did send me to a vacation bible school at the local Baptist church one summer were I memorized John 3:16.

My mom and I moved to Petoskey, Michigan where I entered high school as a freshman.  Once again, we attended the local Episcopal Church and I became an acolyte.  I loved helping the parish priest and even thought of entering the priesthood myself.   Well, the best laid plans don’t always work out.

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