After being born-again our fellowship is with the Holy Spirit
Having completed the changeover to the Holy Spirit fellowship prayer life programme, the Holy Spirit and I embarked on a second crusade to test the programme on the Ibadan born-again Christians so as to observe the possible outcome. Earlier on, we had undertaken a similar crusade to create awareness about the need to change over from the old solo Christian life to the new for the struggle to end for them. Ibadan is the largest city in West Africa whose population is equally divided between Christians and Muslims.
Consequently, it was easy meeting the born-again Christian. We met them everywhere: on the streets, markets, supermarkets, shopping malls, offices, hospitals, Christian literature bookshops; you name it.
We wanted to know whether they changed over from the old prayer life to the new one with the Holy Spirit after they had become born-again. Many had not heard that there was to be fellowship with the Holy Spirit leading to a change in prayer life immediately after the new birth, not even among those who had read Good Morning, Holy Spirit authored by the televangelist and bestselling author, Benny Hinn. On page 49, and in paragraph 2, the writer records God’s revelation knowledge on the matter. God had revealed that life after the new birth should be lived in fellowship or personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that will ultimately develop into a prayer life based on the fellowship. And according to the revelation, it is the Holy Spirit that is waiting for us to enter into this new everlasting personal relationship the moment we become born-again:
“But what (God) wants you to know is this: beyond salvation, beyond being baptised in water, beyond the infilling of the Spirit, (that is, after being born-again) the “third Person of the Trinity” is waiting for you to meet him personally. He yearns for a life long relationship.”
According to Benny Hinn, this new intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit in life after being born-again is based on the word of God in 2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
This means that while grace belongs to Jesus, and love belongs to God, fellowship belongs totally and completely to the Holy Spirit. Thus after becoming born-again, our fellowship is with the Holy Spirit, and not the Father or the Son. This fact helps to explain the main problem facing all born-again Christians concerning whom we should fellowship with or relate to in life after the new birth: Should our fellowship be with God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit? The majority of the born-again Christians I interviewed in a short survey I conducted with the help of the Holy Spirit among the Ibadan born-again Christians said our fellowship should be with either God the Father or God the Son or both of them.
Only an insignificant minority was of the opinion that our fellowship should be with the Holy Spirit. However, revelation knowledge backed by the word of God in 2 Corinthians 13:14, is clear on the issue: after becoming born-again, our fellowship should only be with God the Holy Spirit. It is this fellowship or personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that eventually develops into a new prayer life based on the fellowship.
Among those who claim to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit after the new birth, there was a problem with the meaning of fellowship, even among those who had read Benny Hinn’s book: “Good Morning Holy Spirit”. The majority identified fellowship with the morning devotional prayer life which consists of songs of praise, Bible study, meditation and asking for God’s guidance, blessings and protection for the day. One Pentecostal pastor I met in a Christian literature bookshop confused fellowship with congregational worship. Later, in Accra, there was similar confusion about our understanding of fellowship.
Again, only an insignificant minority defined fellowship as sharing, even though it was not clear what it actually shared with the Holy Spirit in this fellowship. This was because there was no personal or intimate relationship in this sharing. It was more like sharing, if at all, with a familiar stranger.
They considered sharing in the sense of a communion, a word used to explain fellowship in the various Nigerian languages from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). Hence the Yoruba word for communion, or sharing, is Idapo, the Ibo, Emeko and the Hausa, Zumunci (pronounced Zumunchi). In Ghana where the Revised Standard Version of the Bible (RSV) was used for the translation into the various Ghanaian languages, the word for fellowship is friendship, not sharing.
The Ibadan Christian converts, who claimed they had communion with the Holy Spirit after the new birth, had nothing to show for it in terms of the ending of personal struggles. Like all other Christians all over the world, who did not know of our fellowship with the Holy Spirit after the new birth and the consequent changeover to this new prayer life, they still struggled in life as they continued in their will power in the old solo Christian prayer life to obey God and be faithful to Jesus to the end without success.
It was not until I shared my testimony with them of how the struggle ended for me when I changed over, and had a peace of mind, and experienced astonishing breakthrough miracles that answered my unanswered prayers that they realized that they had not made a successful changeover at all. The morning devotional prayer life of the old Christian life was no substitute for the new prayer life based on an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
It was at this point that the Ibadan born-again Christians demanded a changeover to the Holy Spirit fellowship prayer life programme that any born-again Christian in this world could use to effect the transition from the old to the new. God answered our prayers and the Holy Spirit assisted me by leading me to the appropriate scriptures to use for the comradeship, friendship and partnership aspects of the fellowship. They were to get up before 6.00 am, and use the changeover programme to practice fellowship with the Holy Spirit as their comrade, friend and partner every morning before beginning the day or before going to work.