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HOLY SPIRIT, THE UNIVERSALISED TRANSFORMATION POWER OF GOD – PRIMATE OKOH.
SPIRIT, THE UNIVERSALISED TRANSFORMATION POWER OF GOD – PRIMATE OKOH.
BY FOLUSO TAIWO)
The primate of all Nigeria
Anglican Communion Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has described the Holy Spirit as
the universalized power and presence of God continuing the work of Jesus Christ
in the church and on earth.
He gave this description at
the cathedral church of the advent Life camp Abuja in his sermon on the
Pentecost day, commemorating the special day, fifty days (50 days) after
resurrection of Jesus, when the third person in Trinity arrived.
According to the head of
the Anglican church in Nigeria, God is using the Holy Spirit as a bridge to
bring all God’s people male, female, men women, boys and girls together thus
the bridge will cancel all discrimination of those days as it will affect the
Jews and the Gentiles and the segregation between man and woman will be got rid
off. Also he said disregard for youths
and things of God will be a thing of the past as the coming of the Holy Spirit
unites everybody together for a great excitement about the things of God
because the Spirit will be poured out on everyone.
He stressed further that the gift of the Holy
Spirit makes it possible for believers to live holy life; because the ministry
of the Holy Spirit is sanctification getting better by the day in the service
The primate says it is the
Holy Spirit that gives grace to turn and follow the right way on a daily basis
and being transformed to one degree of glory to a higher degree having been
made in the likeness of man.
He tried to correct a lot
of ignorance in the church about the power of the Holy Spirit and the activity
of it, saying that some people think the issue of the preoccupation of the Holy
Spirit is that of the Pentecostal so called. He made it clear that before those
people came the Anglican Church has been preaching the Holy Spirit and his
He opined that the Holy
Spirit gives gifts of the spirit to govern the church according to Romans 8 and
1 Corinthians chapter 12, putting these gifts together, for the building and
service of the church.
Archbishop Okoh said it is unfortunate that
some people are using the gift for selfish gains by breaking away from their
churches resulting in proliferation of churches redirecting this gift for the purpose
of personal gains which eventually leads to natural death of their church
because the gift from God, the Holy Spirit, is meant for the improvement and
blessing of the people of God and not for commercial enterprises by anybody.
He said the greatest above
all the gifts that the Holy Spirit bring is the foundational gift of love which
makes all other gifts to flourish adding that without love one cannot serve the
people over whoone is appointed.
He added that it is
important to know that the Holy Spirit can be quenched hence one must make
conscious effort not to resist the Holy Spirit or else it will abandon the
owner and he will become an empty shell.
He called on all disciple
of Christ to use the gift of the Holy Spirit to witness for Jesus because he
has the empowering power to stand for the truth that will bring glory to God.
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