The Holy Spirit has always been! There is no question of the Old Testament concept of the Spirit of God dealing with
humanity, for the term “Spirit of God” is mentioned ninety-eight times in the Old Testament according to the NKJV.
From the very first verses of the Bible the Holy Spirit takes a front row involvement. “In
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face
of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 Even so, we have given little acknowledgment to the third aspect of God. The Father we
understand, the Son we can visualize, but the Holy Spirit, no so much. Sometimes the Bible makes reference to the Holy
Ghost and we believe some people misinterpret this as some mystical fog floating around. This is far from the truth,
because we know the Holy Spirit is that part of God that indwells all born again believers. By this we mean it is the
Holy Spirit that is in direct contact with His people today. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit took His place
as the paramount aspect of the Godhead in this age of “Grace”. Jesus called Him the Comforter, for so He
is—He is the embodiment of all that is God, dwelling with His people.
We want to deal
with two concepts of the Holy Spirit: 1) the “indwelling”, 2) and our being “filled”.
Each concept is our being touched by the Holy Spirit; and God dealing directly with His people. There is one particular
Scripture that stands out in our speaking about the indwelling: “… Greater is
He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4 KJV This
reveals how God is in control and that as long as He in us, we have nothing to fear. “Do
you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” I Corinthians 3:16
Our point of knowledge should revolve around these type of Scriptures, where we are assured of our relationship with God.
We are in the “Age of Grace” that occurs since Jesus sacrificed for us. In this new age, we have this relationship
whereby God is a perfecting force in us. We no longer have to look outward, but now God is in us—leading, directing,
encouraging and, yes, correcting.
“This journey we call life, teaches us many things, but one thing we need to realize above all others: “The
Followers of Christ, never face this journey alone. The Scriptures remind us of the constant presence of God.
There is nowhere we can go that He is not there. He will never leave us or forsake us. Jesus, after promising
to send the Holy Spirit, told His disciples, ‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’” The
Bible in one Year This quote shows us just how much Jesus wants to be a part of our lives. We are never alone in any
circumstance, any trouble, any point where we find no one else may fill the emptiness in our lives. We can know He is
there for us in all ways. “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another
Helper, that He may abide with you 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. I will not leave you orphans;
I will come to you. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live,
you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John 14:16-20
The aspect of being
filled is a little different view point of the indwelling. You have the indwelling from the point of your acceptance
of Jesus as your Savior. He is in you and will never leave you, but the world has a problem with the filling of the
Holy Spirit. You may receive an additional “filling” of the Holy Spirit at different times of your life.
The indwelling occurs once, while the filling is multiple experiences. “…to
know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 We know that many are confused by the use of these two descriptive words.
For we do not always “feel” the presence of God, but the facts of our faith tell us we are His people and saved.
Being filled means we do, at that moment, “feel” that extra presence of God in our lives. When we realize
God is always “in” us and that we have access to Him at any time, we may now realize we can be filled anytime!
This knowledge is vital in our relationship with God, in that we are not dependent upon feelings, but upon fact and Spiritual
knowledge of our experience with God.
We can then know that His direction in
our lives is revealing day-to-day our purpose. Once we open our hearts to His leadership, we can move forward to a more
fulfilling life in Christ. This journey is one of assurance of our Salvation (relationship with God) and our dependence
upon His leadership (Holy Spirit). If you feel God today, you feel His Holy Spirit indwelling. If you experience
a filling of His power and Grace, you are being filled with an extra portion of His love. The knowledge of the indwelling
is the foundation of the filling of the Holy Spirit. “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 As soon as we come to the realization
of this relationship, we are able to move forward. By doing this our journey in life is beneficial for yourself first
and then moves outward to all those who you come into contact with. Your life is a beacon to all those around you who
“see Jesus in you”! Our indwelling is promised and our filling is the blessing of that promise. The
action of being filled is the culmination of all that God has for you!