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The invisible Holy Spirit manifests Him through the nine gifts.


 How does the invisible God manifest Him to people?

Rom. 1:18-21  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, (KJV)

     The text says that people can know God because the invisible God manifests Him through the visible creation of the world. That is, the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen.

How does the invisible God the Father manifest Him to believers?

1 John 4:12-15  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. (NIV)

     In the phrase “No one has seen God at any time,” God means the Father, that is, God the Father of Jesus Christ in the phrase “the Father has sent his Son.” So “No one has ever seen God” means “No one has ever seen God the Father.”

1 John 1:1-3  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NIV)

     In the text, the apostle John the writer of the Gospel of John says, “We have seen His Son, Jesus Christ with our eyes.

John 14:7-9   “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

     In the text, Jesus says, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” The text affirms that the disciples, including the 120 disciples, saw God the Father and God the Son so that the invisible God the Father manifested Him through His Son.

How does the invisible Holy Spirit demonstrate Him to believers?

1 Cor. 2:3-5   I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (NKJ)

     The text says that the apostle Paul was not preaching with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. What does, “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” mean? The Holy Spirit obviously is the invisible God the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for the Holy Spirit who is invisible to reveal Him. Then, how can the invisible Holy Spirit reveal Him? Thus, the words, “in demonstration of the Spirit,” make no sense at all. But the words, “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” make sense because it implies “in demonstration of the Spirit, that is, in demonstration of the Spirit’s power.” It can be concluded that the invisible Holy Spirit reveals Himself in the demonstration of His power. The invisible Holy Spirit demonstrates Him through the disciples of Jesus who receive the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, the baptism of the Spirit.

How does the invisible Holy Spirit manifest Him to believers?

1 Cor. 12:4-6   There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. (NKJ)
1 Cor. 12:7      But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. (NKJ)
1 Cor. 12:8-11  for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (NKJ)

     The phrase, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit” in 1 Cor. 12:4, means that the Spirit gives the diversities of gifts of the Spirit to the disciples. A diversity of the Spirit’s gifts (nine gifts of the Spirit) is given through the Spirit.  The text affirms that the phrase, “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one (to them)” in 1 Cor. 12:7, is the same as the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Spirit in 1 Cor. 12:8-10. It can be concluded here that the invisible Spirit visibly manifests Himself to the disciples and the sons of God through the nine gifts. The power of the Spirit is composed of the nine gifts of the Spirit. 1 Cor. 2:4-5 affirms that the invisible Spirit is manifest visibly to believers through the power of the Spirit. Thus, it is affirmed that 1 Cor. 2:4-5 bears the same testimony as 1 Cor. 12:7-11. The invisible Spirit distributes visibly His gifts to each individual as He wills. It implies that the distribution of the nine gifts of the Spirit visibly manifests the Spirit; that is, the invisible Spirit manifests Him through the distribution of His nine gifts, that is, the baptism of the Spirit.

The invisible Holy Spirit manifested visibly Him to Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:10-11   And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (NKJ)
Luke 3:21-22   When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (NKJ)
Luke  4:1,14    Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. (NIV)
Luke   4:18      The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. (NIV)
Acts 10:38       how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (NIV)

     Mark 1:10 records that Jesus saw the heavens parting and the invisible Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. This phenomenon obviously was supernatural since the invisible Holy Spirit manifested Him visibly in bodily form like a dove. The consequence of this manifestation of the invisible Holy Spirit might be called, “full of the Holy Spirit,” that is, “full of the power of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus went around doing good things and healing the sick through the power of the Holy Spirit, Thus, it can be concluded that to heal the sick through the power of the Spirit is a manifestation of the invisible Spirit who was on Jesus. The invisible Spirit was manifested visibly to Jesus through the power of the Spirit.

The invisible Holy Spirit manifests Him to believers.

     Acts 1:8 says believers will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them. It implies that the invisible Holy Spirit would manifest Himself to the 120 disciples through his power. When they received the power of the Holy Spirit, they would know that the invisible Holy Spirit had come on them and that He had been manifest to them. That is, the invisible Holy Spirit manifests Himself as He distributes His power. It implies that through the 120 who were baptized with/in the Holy Spirit, that is, who were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, He manifested Himself to both recipients and observers.
     Acts 2:1-4 indicates that the invisible Holy Spirit came on the 120 disciples of Jesus through the phenomena of a supernatural sound like the blowing of a violent wind and supernatural visible tongues of fires. The phrase, “They began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them,” means the invisible Holy Spirit, who distributed the gift of tongues, manifested Himself through the gift of tongues. The text indicates that the invisible Spirit who was with their spirits controlled the tongues of those who spoke in other languages. Here, a doctrine of the Holy Spirit can be built: those who are given the gifts of the Holy Spirit are controlled by the invisible Holy Spirit and the invisible Holy Spirit manifests Himself to recipients and observers. In Acts 2:17-18, on the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter referred to Joel 2:28-32 to explain to the people in Jerusalem the phenomenon of hearing the 120 disciples speak in other tongues. It can be said here that the invisible Holy Spirit manifested Himself through prophecy, visions, and dreams. Acts 2:6 says, “When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.” Acts 2:33 says, “Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit and has poured out what you see now and hear.” So Peter said that it was Jesus Christ who poured out what they saw and head. The phrase “what you now see and hear” refers to the fact that the 120 spoke in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them when they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
     It affirms that the invisible Holy Spirit manifested Himself through the speaking in other tongues to the recipients and the observers as in the case of Cornelius and the 12 at Ephesus. 1 Cor. 2:3-5 confirms that the invisible Holy Spirit demonstrates Himself through the power of the Spirit. 1 Cor. 7-11 confirms that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given to those who received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It can be concluded that the Bible confirms that the invisible Holy Spirit manifests Himself visibly through His power, that is, through His nine gifts.