In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit had a ‘come and go’ ministry. At Pentecost He came to indwell believers and abide in the living Church of Jesus Christ.
Old Testament ‘Come and Go’
“So the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him.” Judges 6:34 NASB
“Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him.” 1 Samuel 16:14 NASB
“Now the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, so that he passed through Gilead and Manasseh; then he passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he went on to the sons of Ammon.” Judges 11:29 NASB
“Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalms 51:11 NASB
New Testament ‘Here to stay’
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17 NASB
We are not reservoirs for the Holy Spirit but channels.
Conversion first, then filling, and overflowing.
- Resisting has to do with the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
- Grieving has to do with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
- Quenching has to do with the endowment of the Holy Spirit for service.
In practice many Christians have an unofficial theology which looks upon the Spirit as being of a lower essence than are the Father and the Son.
In effect the Trinity is visualized as FATHER, SON and holy spirit.
FATHER SON Holy Spirit
“It is my conviction the ministry of the Holy Spirit is first and foremost that of service to God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son now sent through his born again children.” We need to live in constant communion with the Holy Spirit.