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Your communion with the Holy Spirit is an indicator that you are in Christ and you have a quality, personal relationship with God. Communion is the Greek Grammar, "koinōnia" which denotes fellowship, association or joint partnership. In the context of today's topic, it is an intimate spiritual communication with the Spirit; it is participating fully in sharing divine thoughts and ideas with the Holy Spirit because you are committed to walking with God.

Reference: Romans 14:17 New International Version (NIV) "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

Like I already mentioned, communion with the Spirit is the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and divine ideas with the Spirit of God, especially on a mental or spiritual level. This is what our referenced Scripture emphasizes on. The Kingdom of God is more about communion with the Holy Spirit. Did you notice that it specifically says, "Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit"? This time, it didn't say "In Christ" or "In spirit and in truth" which are fine but rather in the Holy Spirit. Therefore what comes to mind is "Intimacy with the Spirit of God." Again understand that every translation rendered it the same, meaning that the Holy Spirit is the main factor in terms of hosting gracious truths in the Kingdom of God. For instance, the Good News Translation reads, "For God's Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives", while the International Standard Version reads, "For God's kingdom does not consist of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit."

Beloved, the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, meaning - food items are not a more important or serious subject often under consideration. They are small and minor issues compared to excellent things God is doing through the Holy Spirit. Got it? The Holy Spirit is a heavy-duty agent of truth who is known for pioneering and delivering Kingdom mysteries as well as producing eternal realities that are scarce or lacking on earth. Think about it this way: Righteousness, peace and joy are not ordinary items like food stuffs found in the market place or shopping centres. Are you with me? If you still do not grasp this, wait until you lose your peace and joy or even consider not being made right with God, which is posing as an enemy of righteousness.

Righteousness, peace and joy are not mere gratifications, but end results and purpose. For instance, righteousness is a result and purpose for which Christ died. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 reads, "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (NIV). Peace is a resultant effect and purpose of effective prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 reads, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (NIV). Inexhaustible joy is also the result and purpose of spending time in His presence. Psalm 16:11 reads, "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (NIV). Moreover, the three spiritual realities are evidently maintained by our communion with the Holy Spirit.

This article is an introductory insight into the realities of exceptional and excessive communion with the Holy Spirit. By exceptional and excessive, I mean that there should be no relationship that engages more of your interest or attention than your intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. Zero wonder 2nd Corinthians 13:14 says, "The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with you" (MSG). Stay tuned for part 2. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - John 14:16; Philippians 2:1-2; Romans 8:26-27;

Exuberant Declaration: Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit are the favourite and favourable opinions of the Kingdom of God, and I'm forever grateful that I'm grounded and rooted in this Kingdom by my faith in the Son of God and continual fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!


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