Wearing the Mantle
When we accept Yeshua as our Lord and Savior, we turn our lives over to Him. This means that we relinquish control of our entire self to Yeshua. Abba and Yeshua then send to us their precious gift of the Holy Spirit. When we put on the mantle of the Holy Spirit and yield to His work in our lives, we are transformed into the glory that Yehovah always intended for us.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13)!
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (1 Cor 6:19).
A false teaching abounds today saying that operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is not for us today. This false teaching seems to imply that we are already perfected in our bodies and souls and/or that the Kingdom of Heaven is already perfectly established on earth. Of course, neither of these statements are true, as most of us will readily acknowledge. This false teaching is borne out of fear: fear of losing control over ourselves and/or control over congregations, denominations, etc.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you (John 14:15-17).
So, what does it mean to have the Holy Spirit working in our lives and taking control? The Holy Spirit teaches us, transforms us from the inside out, empowers us to do the assignments we receive from our Father, advocates for us before the Righteous Judge, and blesses us with gifts and fruit. We will discuss some of these things in this article and others in future articles.
First of all, the Holy Spirit teaches us about the Abba Father and Yeshua and helps us interact with Them and grow in our relationship with Them and with others. The Holy Spirit guides us as we study Scripture and helps us to apply what Scripture teaches us. The Holy Spirit also speaks directly to our spirit, giving words of knowledge or wisdom, as needed.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (John 14:26).
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 16:13).
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual (1 Cor. 2:13).
The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Yeshua, thus imparting to us His glory. As we yield to the Holy Spirit, we die to our old nature and grow into our new nature as children of Yehovah. This is a gradual process for most of us. We participate with the Spirit through prayer, Bible study, and yielding to the Spirit’s promptings.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph 4:22-24)
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor 3:18).
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (Rom 8:16)
The Holy Spirit guides and empowers us to do the Kingdom work we have been assigned by our Father. We may discover a new boldness, or clearer insight. We can speak in a prayer language (known as tongues). We may manifest the ability to pray for others and see them healed, set free, or so on. The Holy Spirit has many gifts to share and will share them in His timing and at His discretion.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).”
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31)
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills (1 Cor 12:7-11).
We must each wear the mantle of the Holy Spirit as He directs. When we operate in the spiritual gifts, we can see tremendous results for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Lives are radically changed as people are recruited into the Kingdom of Heaven and then equipped and prepared to carry out their assignments from the Father. We are able to carry on the work that Yeshua started.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)