In John 16:13-15, Jesus said
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The Holy Spirit reveals truth, reveals God’s plans and intentions, and reveals the abundance of all that Jesus has made available to us. It is His role, it is His nature, and it is what He loves to do.
Holy Spirit, the Revealer
When the Holy Spirit reveals something to us that we could not know by natural means, we refer to that supernatural knowledge as a revelation. You may recognise the word ‘revelation’ by the name of the last book of the New Testament. The New Testament Greek word, apokalupsis, means an uncovering or disclosure.
In a moment of revelation, the Holy Spirit pulls back the curtain that exists between the natural realm and the spiritual realm and gives us a glimpse of something.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Cor 2:9-12)
God longs to reveal His treasures to us—whether it is the revelation of what is available to us through salvation (our inheritance), truth from the Scripture, or revelatory and prophetic insights to empower us in our lives, mission and ministry.
When we understand that the Holy Spirit shares God’s heart and truth with us, we can be open to the many ways in which He speaks.
The language of the Holy Spirit includes prophecies, dreams and visions, an inner prompting or urge, a spontaneous thought that comes to mind, or a reminder of something. Most of the time these communications are light and fleeting, we need to be intentional about hearing and responding to Him.
The reality is, God is communicating with us more than we know or realise: we need to tune in.
Spiritual gifts such as prophecy, discernment, and word of knowledge are ‘revelatory gifts.’ Although a Christian who has a spiritual gift in one of these areas will receive revelation more frequently, with greater clarity and with consistent fruit, the revelatory ministry of the Holy Spirit is available to us all.
The Prophetic Anointing of the Holy Spirit
‘He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.’ (2 Cor 1:21b-22)
In receiving the Presence and anointing of the Spirit, we have received a prophetic anointing.
The Measure of the Fullness of Christ
God’s goal for His church is that we should ‘attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.’ (Eph 4:13b) When we look at Jesus, we perceive the image of who we, the Church, are in the process of becoming.
Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One. In the OT, there are three offices that received the anointing oil—that of the Prophet, Priest and King. (1 Kings 19:16, Ex 40:15) As Messiah, Jesus is the fulfillment, the embodiment, of these three: Prophet (Acts 3:22), Priest (Heb 4:14) and King (Rev 7:14).
We partake of Jesus’ calling and anointing because we are in Him, submitted to God’s will and positioned under His authority. ‘And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.’ (Rev 5:10, NKJV) We see that not only are we anointed to be kings and priests, but that we are also endowed with a prophetic anointing and a prophetic calling.
‘Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’ (Acts 2:18)
The coming of the Holy Spirit and birth of the church, birthed a prophetic generation. We can all hear from God and receive prophetic revelation from the Holy Spirit. The Giver of the gifts, the Revealer, resides within us.
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