Revelation 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. In the Song of Solomon chapter 5, the Shulamite woman (Solomon’s beloved wife) is sleeping in a separate bedchamber. The king’s heart longs for her. Verse 2: I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. He knocks on the door; but in a sign of how much friction had developed in their relationship, she makes excuses of why she can’t answer. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them (verse 3)? She has removed her coat and if she gets out of bed and her feet touch the dirty floor, she’ll have to wash them again.
Her beloved tries one more time. My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him (verse 4). Her heart is stirred as he tries to open the door. She dashes out of bed to let him in, but it’s too late. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer (verse 6). The dark hallway is empty. The only sign he was ever there is the lingering smell of the oil on his hands, still dripping from the doorknob. Verse 5: I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
Last week, I wrote about the relationship between the Father and the Son. A tender moment of conversation is revealed in John 12. This week, it’s only natural that I follow that up with a study of the relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit, since the Three work together as One.
Where the beloved once stood and knocked, the oil dripping from his hands was left behind. Wherever Jesus goes, the Holy Spirit follows. Everything He does, the Spirit does. While He was here on Earth, He performed miracles and taught salvation. When He ascended into heaven, the Holy Ghost took over and now performs the miracles and preaches the gospel to every creature through us.
In John 16, Jesus let the disciples know that He would leave them soon. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou (verse 5)? He was going back to the One who sent Him. I personally don’t think that Jesus, the manifestation of the Word of God, sat at the Right Hand of the Father before the ascension. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God (Luke 22:69). But once He arose into heaven, He took His rightful seat. Acts 1:9: And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
The disciples were saddened by this news. But they didn’t realize that who Jesus was sending to replace Him was just as wonderful. John 16:6-7: But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. But He would also be necessary to convict the world of its sin to draw them to Calvary. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (verse 8). The Spirit is the arresting officer who slaps handcuffs on the sinner to drag them to Calvary. There, the sinner faces the judge but has a choice. If he yields to the blood that flowed from the Cross, He will receive pardon. Unfortunately, far too many reject that free gift and choose eternal damnation instead.
Those who deny the Trinity, or that Jesus is actually God, like to point out that He never demanded worship. Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God (Luke 18:19). Yet there are so many scriptures demonstrating that Jesus is God. Isn’t this a contradiction? No, because Jesus is our example. He had to be humble as we must be humble. He didn’t walk around boasting “I am God, worship Me,” but taught us to be meek and lowly, to pray for our enemies when they persecute us, and to wash the feet of our brethren.
There is a particular order to God’s plan. The Father sent the Son, and the Son sent the Spirit. Jesus didn’t come to glorify Himself, but the Father. Likewise, the Spirit didn’t come to glorify Himself, but Jesus. It’s why Jesus ended His explanation of sending the Spirit in John 16 by saying He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (verse 14). If you have the real Holy Ghost, Christ should be your obsession. You should exonerate Him in all you do. If the Spirit isn’t glorifying Jesus regularly through you, you don’t have the real Holy Ghost Baptism described in the Word.
We need to be careful when we scramble God’s order of salvation. Where the Father went, the Son followed. Where the Son went, the Holy Spirit followed. It takes Calvary to receive salvation, and Pentecost is the next step. If we reach Calvary but don’t press on to the Upper Room, we suffer from spiritual laziness. But any attempt at bypassing Calvary to reach Pentecost is fanaticism, and not of God. The olive must be crushed before it can produce oil.
But Jesus’ ministry eventually came to an end and He ascended to heaven. So does that mean the Holy Spirit’s ministry will be finished on day? In II Thessalonians 2, Paul describes the evil the antichrist will unleash upon the earth, but then lets us know that there is a “restrainer” holding it back, like a dam. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (verse 7). That “He” is the Holy Ghost. Even back as far as Genesis 6:3, it was foretold My Spirit will not always strive with man.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. The Rapture of the church is the ascension of the Holy Spirit. When the trumpet sounds, only one Being will hear it: the Holy Ghost. And all those who have Him will be taken.
But this leaves us with the dilemma of the so-called Tribulation saints, who will be executed by the antichrist for refusing to take his mark. Revelation 15:2: And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. These saints are clearly people who were left behind during the Rapture but gave their hearts to the Lord afterwards. So if the Holy Spirit is not on the earth, how can people be saved?
The answer, again, has to do with the complex plan of God. Jesus ascended and is no longer on the earth. However, from His throne, He is still able to somehow come into our hearts and save us, in a cosmic way that our minds can’t fully process. Likewise, the Spirit will no longer dwell on the earth; yet during the Tribulation, He will be able to convict people from the throne of God. He is simply repeating what Jesus did.
But the age of the great outpouring will be over. During the Tribulation, there will be no more speaking in tongues or miracles and healings. Now we still have the opportunity to yield to Him completely and receive all He has for us. Yet we don’t appreciate Him like we should. I’ve heard many people who’ve seen Jesus or had near death experiences describe Him as “When I saw Him, I wanted to cling to Him and never let go.” Praise God! But do we feel the same way about the Holy Ghost? He is just as much God as Jesus is. We should want to cling to Him and never let go. Psalm 51:11: Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.