THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PEOPLE
Saturday, October 14, 2017
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“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Acts 2:17

Throughout Scripture there are three key words that describe how the Holy Spirit works with people. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was available to a limited number of people for limited purposes, but on the Day of Pentecost, in fulfillment of the prophecy Joel had given, the Holy Spirit was made available to all people and His coming is for all time. 

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit lived “among” people. Through the prophet Haggai, God said, “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you” (Haggai 2:5). This is more corporate than personal. It was not that the Holy Spirit was with Bill, Jack, Fred and Mary over there, but as a whole, the Holy Spirit was among the people of the nation of Israel. There were occasions, however, when the Holy Spirit indwelt people for specific tasks, but when the task was completed the Holy Spirit withdrew.

In the Gospels, when Jesus was here in the flesh, the key word is that the Holy Spirit was “with” the people. Jesus said to His disciples, “He lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). Being in people was what Pentecost was going to make possible, but in Jesus’ time on earth, the Holy Spirit was with them. After Pentecost, the key word is that the Holy Spirit is “in” people. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “Don’t you know your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (Corinthians 6:19).

There is a significant progression in the relationship the Holy Spirit has with people. He was first, “among” them, then “with” them and now “in” them. Being in people is far more intimate and personal. In Ephesians 1:13, Paul tells us, “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.” Once we are in Christ, we will never lose the Holy Spirit; however, we can quench Him, grieve Him and limit what He would do in our lives if we are neglecting our relationship with God.

Our experience of the Holy Spirit is much fuller and never less than that of the Old Testament characters. In Christ, we receive the permanence of the Holy Spirit and our salvation is guaranteed. Within the trinity, the Holy Spirit plays the role of messenger and worker. He first draws us to God, enlightens us to the truths of Scripture, and brings us into relationship with God. It is entirely His indwelling presence that is our empowering to live the Christian life.

PRAYER: Thank You Heavenly Father for the precious gift of Your Holy Spirit. I ask for a deeper work of His presence in me so that I may live a life pleasing to You. Thank You, Lord.


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