Author of Scripture, Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Convicter of Sin, Deposit, Seal, Earnest, Guide, Indweller of Believer, Intercessor, Revealer, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of God, the Lord, Christ, Spirit of Life, Teacher, Witness and many others is the Holy Spirit called—largely due to the many things He can do. All things, really.
How and when does He operate? This is an area of much controversy across denominations. A stroll across the Holy Spirit’s timeline—showing if, when and how He interacts with man can easily resolve all our questions:
THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES ON EARTH ASIDE AND BESIDE MAN:
- Satan and his subordinates revolt against God and are cast out of Heaven down to Earth (Rev. 12-1-4). They brought with them a great deal of decay to this planet (Gen. 1:2).
- The Holy Spirit was sent down to Earth to begin the process of “Recreation”—of, both, the planet and, ultimately, sinful man. (Gen. 1:2).
- The Holy Spirit cannot live inside sinful man until He accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour. When a man becomes genuinely curious about God for the first time, the Holy Spirit perceives this and responds to that. The Holy Spirit does abide with such an individual, starting the process of ‘draw[ing]’ that man to a place where he can hear the Gospel with the hope that he will accept it (II Pet. 3:9).
BAPTISM INTO JESUS CHRIST BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THEN, COMING TO LIVE IN THE HEART AND LIFE OF THE BELIEVER.
- Upon the acceptance of the Gospel, the Believer is immediately Baptized into Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 6:3-5)
- As a result of the acceptance of Christ, the Holy Spirit is now legally able to come indwell inside the heart and life of the Believer. (Rom. 6:5) At this point, such a person would have the Divine Nature for the first time—giving him the capacity to:
- Desire to live for God.
- Desire for the things of God.
- Desire to learn about God.
- Dispensation of the Grace of God (kicks off).
- Sanctification begins (kicks off).
- One important thing to note is that Water Baptism symbolizes this process that has already taken place in the heart and life of the Believer. Water Baptism does not facilitate
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH THE EVIDENCE OF SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES.
- Perhaps the most important thing to clarify about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is that this Baptism is exclusively for service. (Acts 1:5, Acts 2:1-5, Acts 2:4)
- To do the works for the Lord.
- Witness and preach the Gospel.
- To give to God.
- To do His will.
- To give to the works of the Lord.
- Have this help in service.
- Do His Work.
- When one is Baptized in the Holy Spirit, always and without exception, they will speak with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. There are no exceptions to this. In fact, speaking with other tongues is initial, physical evidence, that one has been Baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-6, 11:15-17, 19:2, Chapter 6, I Cor. 14:39) (Swaggart, Jimmy, Expositor’s Study Bible)
- Tongues is the Holy Spirit praying on your behalf for the things that you need according to the Will of God and directly to God.
LEGAL MEANS BY WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT MAY OPERATE IN THE HEART AND LIFE OF THE BELIEVER ON AN ONGOING BASIS.
- The Cross of Christ was and still is the legal means by which the Holy Spirit:
- Could come to indwell in the heart of man to begin with.
- May continue to operate in his heart and life on an ongoing basis when we understand the Finished Work of Jesus Christ and maintain our Faith exclusively therein (I Corinthians 1:17, 1:18, 1:23 and 2:2). This is where:
- The Sin Nature will remain silenced. (Rom. 6:6)
- Sanctification will go on continually.
- The dispensation of the Grace of God is an ongoing experience. (Rom. 8:2)