Just before Jesus went to the cross, Jesus spent several intimate chapters with His disciples teaching on the Holy Spirit. Jesus went on to pray that we would know God because knowing God is eternal life (Jn. 17:3). And yet through the years there has been a lot of emphasis on knowing the Father and knowing Jesus. But there has been very little emphasis on knowing the Holy Spirit.
God has revealed His power and His Godhead to all creation (Rom. 1:20). Paul throughout his ministry emphasized “the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, [and] the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit...” (2 Cor. 13:14, MSG, brackets mine).
However, in the Church of Christ today, there are both those who either ignore the Holy Spirit altogether or those who are ignorant of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, there is such a misunderstanding regarding the Holy Spirit that many Christians do not want to deal with. In fact, it was to the Spirit-filled church in Corinth that Paul addressed saying, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.” (1 Cor. 12:1)
So then, what does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? What does it mean to yield to the Spirit of God and walk with Him? In other words, what does it look like to live a Spirit-filled life and be a Spirit-filled Church?
The Holy Spirit is our Friend. He is our Helper, our Guide, our Teacher, and our Counselor. The Holy Spirit will be the best friend you will ever have. He will be united and close to you. He will always be with you, leading you into life, Truth, and unspeakable joy (Jn. 14:15-17).
Yet, many Christians think they have arrived or think they have something others do not have based on their “spiritual experience(s).” Yet Paul describes spiritual Christians as believers who are governed by the Spirit of God. In fact, Paul calls those who consumed with envy, strife, and division as those who are carnal and immature (1 Cor. 3:1-3).
Jesus said that we would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Living in envy, strife, and division is not a witness of God. In fact that type of behavior grieves the Spirit of God (Eph. 4:29-32). Beloved friends, the most powerful work of the Holy Spirit is not the signs and wonders (although part of the gifts we are not to be ignorant of). The most powerful work and witness of the Holy Spirit is a work that only He can do: change the hard heart of man and give him a new heart. The most powerful work of the Holy Spirit is witnessing a life that is so saturated and immersed in the Holy Spirit, that they are empowered to forgive the unforgiveable, love the unloving, and fulfill the purposes of God.
Jesus told His Own disciples that He was intimate with for three and a half years, “Yes I am leaving. I have to go so Your Helper can come. It is to your advantage that I go, it is expedient for you. What you have in the Holy Spirit is even greater than what any of us would of have had being with Jesus in the flesh (Jn. 15:26). He, your Helper, your Intimate Friend will not leave you or forsake you. He will not impute your faults to you. He will help you get it right when you get it wrong. He will Guide you into all Truth. He will glorify and reveal Jesus! He will take everything that is Christ’s and declare it to you (Jn. 16:12-16).