The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit works wonderfully to prepare us for salvation AND wonderfully in our hearts and lives ever after. I want to tell you as little as possible about the Holy Spirit. And I want the Bible to tell you everything that you need to know about Him.
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
The Bible may speak a bit more about Jesus living in the hearts of believers but Jesus does not dwell in our hearts separately from the Holy Spirit.
John 1:33: And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 13:52: And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost remained on Jesus. Jesus baptizes believers with the Holy Ghost and they are filled with Him. None of the work of the Holy Ghost is separate from Jesus. Sometimes the Holy Ghost is referred to as the Holy Spirit. I have known a couple of believers who preferred not to refer to Him as the Holy Ghost, I believe because the word ghost is sometimes used of men when speaking about dead people.
We must be born of the Holy Spirit, have the Holy Spirit, be filled with the Holy Spirit, taught by the Holy Spirit, sealed by the Holy Spirit, walk in and after the Holy Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit. By the way, even Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
John 3:5-6, 8: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Jesus is not in the world bodily now but the Holy Spirit is.
John 16:7: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
2 Corinthians 1:22: Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
And we ought not grieve the Holy Spirit or quench Him.
Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
Romans 8:1, 4: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16, 25: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
John 16:7-8: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Does He comfort you?
Titus 3:5-6: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Luke 11:13: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
1 John 4:2-3: Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Do you have the Holy Spirit? He is kind of important, don*t you think? I don*t see how we could have Him and not know it. Perhaps by grieving Him and quenching Him. I believe that grieving and quenching Him is what we believers do and always resisting Him is what unbelievers do.
Acts 7:51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.