"Holy Spirit Indwells In Each Believer"
The disciples didn’t have to wait long for Jesus’ promise to
come true. About a week and a half after Jesus went up into heaven, the Holy
Spirit came down at a gathering of believers with a sound “like the
roaring of a mighty windstorm” and in the form of “what looked like
flames or tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4).
As a result, the believers found themselves speaking in other languages and
were able to communicate the story of Jesus to various travelers in Jerusalem
in the other peoples’ native tongues.
And from that point onward, the Holy Spirit is acknowledged as being
instrumental in the growth and development of the church.
The Holy Spirit indwells each believer upon his or her confession of faith
and belief in Jesus (Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:12).
He (the Holy Spirit is described with the qualities of a person rather
than merely those of a ghost or a force) assigns various “gifts”
to believers that lend to the cohesion and effective operation of the church
as the “body of Christ.”
The “fruit of the Spirit” is developed as believers yield to the
direction of the Holy Spirit and discover genuine “love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”
(Galatians 5:22-23). The primary role of the Holy Spirit is to point
to the significance of Jesus as Savior and Lord.
The Holy Spirit draws nonbelievers to God (John 16:8-9) and
accompanies each individual believer throughout a lifetime of learning and
spiritual growth. He also acts as a kind of “interpreter” to ensure
that God hears our pleas and prayers. But just because the Holy Spirit is so
prevalent throughout the New Testament doesn’t mean He wasn’t also around in
the Old Testament as well.
The “Spirit of God” is mentioned in regard to Creation (Genesis
1:2; Isaiah 40:12-13) and is said to have equipped certain
individuals for specific tasks (such as Daniel (Daniel 5:11-12),
Joshua (Numbers 27:18), Samson (Judges 15:14), and others).
But in spite of numerous Old Testament references, the activity of the Holy
Spirit among God’s people was somewhat restricted until after the ministry
and sacrifice of Jesus.
Other Pages on the Holy Spirit Can Be Found Below
Spirit Holy Spirit 1 Holy Spirit 2 Holy Spirit 3 Holy Spirit 4
You are Here Holy Spirit 6