The Seven Manifestations of the Spirit (Revised)

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As a process of spiritual growth takes place in a Christian life and one continues to grow in his or her understanding of God’s Word, more often that not, refinement of thinking is required. Sometimes it is necessary to completely abandon a thought and replace it with a new one. However, it is not necessary to go on a guilt trip because you might have misunderstood or even taught something that had not yet been completely refined in your own thinking. No guilt trips!

Submitted: August 14, 2010

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The Seven Manifestations of the Spirit
(revised)
 
Introduction
 
As a younger Pastor, I was guilty of teaching what others taught because I trusted them as older Pastors. I had learned from them (other Pastors) because what they taught appeared to me to be “truth” deeper than what I understood at the time. Basically, I followed the denominational line of thought.
 
As a process of spiritual growth takes place in a Christian life and one continues to grow in his or her understanding of God’s Word, more often that not, refinement of thinking is required. Sometimes it is necessary to completely abandon a thought and replace it with a new one. However, it is not necessary to go on a guilt trip because you might have misunderstood or even taught something that had not yet been completely refined in your own thinking. No guilt trips!
 
What follows is not an excuse, but a reason. As the five generation slide engulfed this nation, young men gifted with the gift of Pastor-Teacher, without realizing it themselves at the time, were without sound doctrinal mentors or academic institutions capable of clearly articulating the true mechanics of the spiritual life so demanded by God the Father. The net result is that Pastors have had to learn the hard way, just like all others. There is one major difference that distinguishes the Pastor-Teacher from non-Pastor-Teacher.  Pastor-Teachers have an intrinsic passion to know the truth. That passion drives them to its discovery – sooner or later – often-times later rather than sooner.
 
Coming to know the absolute truth about any subject does not always come instantaneously. It’s often a process of development of ideas that pass through to a process of one refinement after another as additional information is learned. Refinement causes a clearer understanding of the subject under refinement. The danger is to believe that some level of refinement reached is the last word on a subject prior to the time that the complete truth has actually been learned.
 
Unless there has been some malevolent motivation behind a Pastor-Teacher’s teaching, the one learning from that teacher should be thankful to God for their attained level of understanding because it the basis for the next level when a refinement is taught. The old-man would rather say, “That scoundrel has misled me, and look at all the time I have wasted listening to him.” Question: Where would you be if you had not already been brought to your present level of understanding by that pastor-Teacher?
 
It must be understood that whatever a Pastor-Teacher believes and teaches, his thoughts represent his paradigm at that moment. If at such time he determines a refinement of his understanding is needed, and he actually refines his understanding, this will affect the paradigm that he holds. This tweaking of his paradigm might necessarily cause him to have to readjust other concepts that he has previously taught. This is true about my teaching as it relates to the seven manifestations of the Spirit. I have had to make major adjustments to what I previously believed and taught.
 
What has caused my paradigm shift? It was the fundamental belief that when the “new car smell” wore off from the last refinement, I concluded that the last refinement had not yet brought me to a level of complete satisfaction of peace regarding my understanding and practice. This led me to a revision of my understanding in two areas: first, the phrase “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22 previously thought to have been a “genitive of Producer/Production;” and second, the phrase “filled with the Spirit” in Ephesians 5:18 previously thought to have been an “instrumental dative” of the word “Spirit.” I now hold that “fruit of the Spirit” represents a “genitive of association,” and “filled with the Spirit” represents a “dative of sphere.” These two adjustments greatly affect what I have previously taught about “The Seven Manifestations of the Spirit.” My desire is to clarify my revised position.
 
My Previous Teaching
 
Here, I list the seven manifestations of the Spirit as I have previously taught:
 
A. The H.S. produces Christian character. (Galatians 5:22-23)
B. The H.S. produces Christian service. (1 Corinthians 12:4)
C. The H.S. teaches. (John 16:12-15)
D. The H.S. promotes praise and thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:18ff)
E.  The H.S. leads. (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18)
F.The Holy Spirit witnesses with our spirit. (Romans 8:16)
G. The H.S. intercedes. (Romans 8:26)
 
In each of the seven manifestations listed above, the role of the Holy Spirit is viewed as ACTIVE. He is the One who is directly producing everything: He is said to produce Christian character; He is said to produce Christian service; He is the One doing the teaching; He is the One promoting praise and thanksgiving; He is the One leading; He is the One witnessing; and He is the One interceding.
 
The immediate question is this. If the Holy Spirit has an ACTIVE role in each of these seven manifestations, what is the role of the born-again Christian in each of the seven manifestations? Regardless of your answer, we must intellectually concede that if the Spirit’s role is ACTIVE, the born-again Christian can have only of two possible roles: 1) passive; or 2) active in cooperation with the Spirit.
 
A Basic Assumption
 
Unless otherwise stated, everything beyond this point assumes that the born-again Christian is operating within the “sphere of the Spirit” without regard to whether the Spirit is actively or passively participating in a manifestation.
 
Absorption and Infusion
 
The concepts of absorption and infusion are both passive in nature. The moment a born-again Christian yields to God the Holy Spirit at the fourth step of “Operation KRRY,” that believer enters the “sphere of the Spirit.”  At that moment the Holy Spirit passively infuses the believer and the believer passively absorbs the Holy Spirit. Absorption and infusion are complete at that moment. The believer is totally infused, and the Spirit is totally absorbed. This process of passive absorption and passive infusion results in an organic connection between the believer and the Holy Spirit. Organic connection implies oneness of the believer and the Spirit. Remember, the processes of absorption and infusion are both passive in nature.
 
Who Produces?
 
A question arises regarding the manifestations of the Spirit in Christian character and Christian service. Who produces the manifestations? Is it the born-again Christian or the Holy Spirit?
 
Active or Passive Role?
 
Another question arises regarding the role of the born-again Christian and the role of the Holy Spirit in the production of Christian character and Christian service. Are their roles active or are they passive?
 
The difference between active and passive must be understood. Active implies an action required to produce a desired result. Passive implies being positioned in such a manner as to be drawn upon for the purpose of producing a desired result. Perhaps the concept of passive is more difficult to quickly understand.  Let’s use an example to illustrate the Holy Spirit’s passivity. If I want to nail two boards together I will need a nail to do so.  For the nail to be used, it doesn’t have to do anything except be available. When I am ready to nail the boards together I pick up the nail, hit it with a hammer, and the boards are nailed together. Now that the boards are nailed together, I can’t say that the nail did anything.  I can only say that the nail was available for use to achieve a desired end.
 
When the Holy Spirit’s role is passive, His role is the same as the nail.  He is simply available to be drawn upon to achieve a desired end. When the believer is “organically connected to the Spirit,” the believer’s every thought, feeling, spoken word, overt action, and rationale are infused with Holy Spirit nature. It’s no wonder that under this condition that God the Father’s righteousness graciously accepts the believer’s offerings from his priesthood or ambassadorship.
 
Now, let’s use another example to illustrate the believer’s passivity. If I want to fill a container with water, I must have a container. Suppose I select a glass to be the container. If I hold the glass under the water faucet and turn on the faucet with the glass positioned properly, the glass will be come full of water. When the glass becomes full of water, I can’t say that the glass did anything except find itself to be positioned correctly to achieve a desired end.
 
When the believer’s role is passive, his role is the same as the glass -- simply be positioned properly to receive the content being poured. When the believer is positioned “in the sphere of the Spirit,” he is positioned to receive the Spirit’s ministry of teaching, leading/guiding, witness, and benefit of intercession.
 
The Two Questions Answered
 
In view of the phrase “of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22 being a “genitive of association,” and the phrase “with the Spirit” in Ephesians 5:18 being a “dative of sphere,” the two questions will now be answered.
 
Question #1: Who produces Christian manifestations? Let’s consider each separately.
 
A. Christian character: the born-again Christian produces the character.
B. Christian service: the born-again Christian produces service.
C. Teaching: the Holy Spirit produces the teaching.
D. Praise and thanksgiving: the born-again Christian produces praise and thanksgiving.
E.Lead/guiding: the Holy Spirit produces the leading/guiding.
F.Witnesses with our spirit: the Holy Spirit produces the witness.
G. Intercession: the Holy Spirit produces the intercession.
 
Question #2: Are the roles of the Holy Spirit and born-again Christian active or passive?
 
A. Christian character :
born-again Christian: active (function produced within the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: passive (the sphere from within which believer’s function occurs)
 
B. Christian service:
born-again Christian: active (function produced within the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: passive (the sphere from within which believer’s function occurs)
 
C. Teaching:
born-again Christian: passive (received while in the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: active (produced while the believer is in the sphere of the Spirit)
 
D. Praise and thanksgiving:
born-again Christian: active (function produced within the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: passive (the sphere from within which believer function occurs)
 
E.Lead/guiding:
born-again Christian: passive (received while in the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: active (produced while the believer is in the sphere of the Spirit)
 
F.Witnesses with our spirit:
born-again Christian: passive (received while in the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: active (produced while the believer is in the sphere of the Spirit)
 
G. Intercession:
born-again Christian: passive (received while in the sphere of the Spirit)
Holy Spirit: active (produced while the believer is in the sphere of the Spirit)
 
The Passive Filling in Ephesians 5:18
 
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (KJV)
 
The phrase “be filled” is the present, passive, imperative of the Greek verb plhrow (pleroo).
 
pleroo:  to fill
present: customary, signaling an action that regularly occurs when yielded to the Spirit
passive: the subject, the born-again Christian, receives the action of filling
imperative: the born-again Christian is commanded to be filled
 
Ephesians 3:19 tells us that with which the born-again Christian is to be filled:
 
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (KJV)
 
The believer is to “be filled with the fullness of God.” The “fullness of God” is the character of the humanity of Jesus Christ.
 
In Ephesians 5:18, as a result of the organic connection between the believer and the Spirit, the believer receives the Spirit’s active role in His ministries of teaching, leading/guiding, witness, and intercession. Understand that while the believer receives the ministry functions of the Holy Spirit, receiving does not imply actualization. Receiving is passive. Actualization is active.
 
“But what about the promotion of praise and thanksgiving?” one might ask. Praise and thanksgiving are actively produced by the born-again Christian as a result of the active role of the Spirit’s teaching and the active role of the believer’s internalization of that teaching.  Praise and thanksgiving are the believer’s active actualizations (manifestations) while residing passively in the sphere of the Spirit.
 
Conclusion
 
The seven manifestations of the Spirit must be understood differently from my original teaching due to a more clear understanding of the “genitive of association” and “dative of sphere” in Galatians 5:22 and Ephesians 5:18 respectively.
 
I now believe that the believer actively yields to God the Holy Spirit as the fourth step in “Operation KRRY” to enter the sphere of the Spirit where the believer is passively infused with the Spirit and the Spirit is passively absorbed by the believer from which organic connection the believer actively manifests the functions of his priesthood and ambassadorship.
 
This understanding places the responsibility squarely where it belongs both on the believer and the Spirit who unite to produce Christian function that impacts the resolution of the angelic conflict while simultaneously honoring and glorifying God the Father who decreed this marvelous plan.


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