The Holy Spirit is the probably least understood person of the Trinity. While He never seems to complain about it, I’m sure He wishes we would come to greater unity. I think a lot of the confusion lies in the fact that the work of the Holy Spirit is multifaceted and sometimes we favor or only get exposed to some of those facets but not all of them. Thankfully, Jesus summed up three facets of experiencing the Holy Spirit during his final days on earth. He said that the Holy Spirit would be in you (John 14:17), with you (John 14:17) and upon you (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Today I am going to look at the first of these and the following two in another post.
The Holy Spirit is in you
This is true of every believer. Paul writes in Romans 8:9, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” (see also John 3:5, Romans 8:14, Eph 1:13-14)
Benefits of the Holy Spirit being in us are:
A) He helps us follow Jesus
- Ezekiel 36:27 - “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
- Philippians 2:13 - “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
B) Increased assurance that we are sons of God
- John 14:18 - “I will not leave you as orphans…”
- Romans 8:16 - “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…”
C) Increased understanding and knowledge
- John 16:13 - “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.“
- Ephesians 1:17 – Paul is praying “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, The father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.”
D) Provides guidance
- Mark 1:12 – Jesus was led away into the desert by the Spirit.
- Romans 8:14 - “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
E) He helps us to pray
- Romans 8:26-27 – When I’m praying for someone who is sick, I don’t know what God’s will is. I don’t know if God wants to raise him up or send him home. My mind doesn’t know but I can pray in the Spirit and He knows. Sometimes you go through a situation and you don’t whether to pray for God to get you out it, or to get it out of you. However, Spirit-enabled prayer has a way of praying to God that passes the mind.
- Jude 20 – “…build yourself up by praying in the spirit. Our minds are not the best of building us up. It’s great at tearing us down and it’s really great at tearing others down, but your spirit builds you up.”
F) Produces character
- Galatians 5:22-23 - “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”