This is a book written by Pastor David Yonggi Cho of Full Gospel Church. The idea of Holy Spirit as our Senior Partner is an allusion to a firm where there are partners, all of them working together to achieve the same goal, for example a law firm. The Senior Partner is the One at the top. He makes management decisions while the other partners also contribute to the success of the organization.
David Yonggi Cho, at the beginning of the book, gave a definition of Whom the Holy Spirit is, His Personality. According to him in the first chapter, “The Holy Spirit is God’s Divine Executive Agent in the world…. The Holy Spirit can never be underestimated. He is always in control of situations that have been given to Him in prayer. In split seconds He has intervened to divert disasters, to reveal the right decisions to make, to help Christians through the most critical circumstances. He has alerted believers, even when separated by thousand of miles, to pray or be available to assist Him when necessary. He has asked others to pray for a need weeks before the need surfaced. The busiest executives around the world would pay any price to have a Senior Partner like Him” (Pages 7-8).
He wrote that the Holy Spirit is God (pages 35-36); He has the attributes of God (pages 36-37). Yonggi Cho went ahead to point out that the Holy Spirit is a Person (He has a personality) and he highlighted the characteristics of that Personality with biblical evidence and evidence from some hymns (pages 38-43). He also distinguished between Personality and corporeality.
This book is about Who the Holy Spirit is, how a man or woman can partner with Him and what such a person would gain from that partnership. Such is first through fellowship (which is personal) and partnership in evangelism (which is corporate and has to do with the fulfilment of our purpose here on earth) – pages 17-29. To buttress these, the author gave instances from his own life of how he depended on the Holy Spirit for guidance on how to do ministry. Examples of these include preaching and counseling (page 12).
He also cited occasions when he tried to do the work the Holy Spirit gave him by the power of the flesh. On such occasions, he soon became helpless and had to run back to the Holy Spirit for help and guidance (pages 9-10). “Letting the Holy Spirit direct one’s life is not always easy. Self gets in the way even in preparing a sermon; one can choose good scripture verses and make a sermon – and leave the Holy Spirit completely out of the process. How many times I had to confess my sin of trying to do everything by myself! Then I would invite Him to come again and help me. And each time the Holy Spirit helped me – even to prepare sermons. Sometimes the message was totally different from what I had prepared. He gave me His thoughts and scripture verses He wanted me to share, because He knew who would be present in those meetings and their needs” (Page 10).
It is obvious from the book that Holy Spirit my Senior Partner is about how a believer cannot do without the Holy Spirit; how He is the Solution to every problem in the world; how anybody who wants to be a solution to the problems around him/her will have to depend on the Holy Spirit; and how meeting the Holy Spirit is the best thing that has happened to him since he became a believer. Also, the fullness of the Holy Spirit makes one to see life’s problems from a different perspective. “If I were to assess what I have learned since my conversion, I would say meeting the Holy Spirit and learning to know Him in an intimate way has been the greatest experience of my life” (pages 8 & 13). The fact that a believer cannot live a holy life and please God without the Holy Spirit is buttressed on pages 79-80 and paragraph 4 of page 82.
Next, the author goes ahead to spell out some of the names and symbols of the Holy Spirit in the scriptures (chapter 3, pages 45-65). He painted one of them in a very graphic manner on page 47, that is, the Holy Spirit as Paraclete or Comforter.
Then he explained the relevance of the Holy Spirit to unbelievers (Chapter 4, pages 67 – 78 – reproving the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, and revealing God’s salvation plan) and the relationship between the Holy Spirit and belivers (Chapter 5, pages 79 – 96). He then went ahead to look into Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Chapter 6, page 97 – 117) and how to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the next chapter. That he addressed by tracing the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, discussing how to prepare our hearts and giving some notes of warning that will guard against demonic oppression and manipulation in the course of praying to receive baptism of the Holy Spirit.
To further guard against error, Pastor Yonggi Cho discussed (in chapter 8) how to discern an evil in a person from the Spirit of God.
Furthermore, he explained the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as spelt out in I Corinthians 12:9-10. He explained how those gifts can be applied in this contemporary time, not leaving out warnings on the way some of these gifts have been abused. Though a good number of such examples are based on his Korean environment, they are applicable everywhere.
In a nutshell, anyone who reads this book prayerfully and trusts the Holy Spirit Himself to bring understanding on the content will never be confused again about the role of the Holy Spirit in his/her life and ministry again. This the author himself acknowledged and pointed out on the third paragraph of page 13.
A major strength in the book is that, the author backs up every major point made with scripture verses. In that way, a Berean reader can open the scriptures to confirm what has been written. Also there is little or no risk of falling into error or heresy. Another strength of the book is that it is balanced. There is a balance of teachings or doctrine in it. This he achieved by pointing out how those gifts have been abused. That way, the risk of picking only a part of what has been written and misinterpreting it to the extreme in error is eliminated.
Above all, this book is a must – read for every one who is interested in living the Christian Life which is the life of Christ in this era.
David Yonggi Cho (born 14 February 1936 as Paul Yungi Cho) is a South Korean Christian minister. With his mother-in-law Choi Ja-shil, he is cofounder and eternal leader of the Yoido Full Gospel Church (Assemblies of God), the world’s largest congregation, with a claimed membership of 830,000 (as of 2007).
Cho was raised Buddhist. When he was 17, he became gravely ill from tuberculosis. He subsequently recovered, and, attributing his healing to the God of Christianity, he became a Christian. In 1958 he graduated from Seoul’s Full Gospel Theological Seminary (now Hansei University), which was operated by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God denomination, and opened a tent church on a hillside outside the city. At that time many Koreans were homeless and jobless as a consequence of the Korean War. Cho’s hopeful message and reports that he had performed faith healings attracted many of the unfortunate to his church
As the congregation grew, Cho moved his church first to downtown Seoul and then in 1973 to a new sanctuary on the city’s Yoido Island. Cho, fluent in English and Japanese, preached the Gospel in sermons that were broadcast on television and radio in South Korea, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. By 1981 Yoido Full Gospel Church included about 200,000 people, and by the first decade of the 21st century it claimed some 1,000,000 worshippers and had sent more than 700 missionaries to hundreds of churches throughout the world.