THIRD: The Holy Spirit UPON US: The Holy Spirit comes upon us, the born again believer after our salvation experience. This was the promise Jesus was referring to His disciples to. He commanded them not to depart from the Jerusalem but to remain in the city until they were filled by the Spirit of God. In this stage, the believer becomes a vessel the spirit cananoint and use to testify of Jesus' salvation, by confirming His word with signs, wonders and miracles following. The Holy Spirit coming upon us is to EMPOWER the believer with the Spirit's ability to flow and work through us.
“... for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now...But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts1:5,8
“. . .how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”Acts 10:38
Prior to Jesus' ascension to heaven, He commanded His disciples not to leave the city of Jerusalem but tarry there until they had received the promise given to them by their Heavenly Father. That promise was none other than the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was the assurance given to the early church fathers that the church would know exactly what to do and how to build the church through the Spirit's leadership. Jesus Himself said that it was necessary for Him to leave them in order for the Holy Spirit to come to them. As a result, the majority of the Body of Christ worldwide (600,000,000) have had encounters with the third person of the Trinity. Today, many in the church need to once again recapture that blessed promise in order to experience greater depths in God and His power to fulfill the work of the Gospel in all the earth.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. “ John 14:26
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.“. John15:26
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13
This is the 2nd Phase. The Holy Spirit IN US: The moment our eyes have been opened to our need of Christ, the Holy Spirit comes and does the work of repentance in the heart of the sinner. The moment the miracle of salvation takes place, the work of the Spirit of God goes from being WITH US to living IN US. This is the point when the believer becomes the residence of God. The Holy Spirit comes to live inside the heart of the believer making us His building (1 Cor. 3), His temple (1 Cor. 3) and His house (Eph. 2).
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with your forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know HIm for He dwells with you and will be in you." (John 1:16-17)
"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor.6:19-20)
First: The Holy Spirit Is With Us - The Holy Spirit is with us before our salvation experience. Prior to accepting Christ's salvation, each of us were encountered by the Spirit's work of conviction. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to initiate the work of salvation in each of our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit who opens our eyes to our sin and our need for Christ and His forgiveness. We can therefore say that the Spirit of God is with every human being seeking to lead them to Christ.
"Jesus answered, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'" (John 3:5)
"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." (John 16:8)
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“My heart and my flesh, they cry out for You.” I used to wonder how the flesh could crave for God. Until I understood that when our physical bodies are surrendered to the fiery passion of the soul that is consumed with God's presence, the body, though weak and frail, can become a weapon of righteousness, humbled in submission to God.
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