After Jesus’ resurrection, he ascended into heaven after appearing to his disciples, but not without the promise of help to come: the Holy Spirit. “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38). The Spirit is given, as a gift from the Father, upon receiving Jesus Christ into our life as our only and true savior.
Now, to begin, we must first be on the same page about the Trinity. The Trinity consists of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though God is omniscient and omnipresent, he and Jesus remain in heaven. “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). But the Holy Spirit is within us. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).”
The Holy Spirit upholds many purposes. In John 14:26, Jesus tells us, “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” In Romans 8:26 we’re told that, when we don’t know what to pray, the Spirit intercedes for us, to the Father, in groans only they understand. Jesus also says, “‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you’” (John 16:13-14). The Holy Spirit teaches us, guides us, and seals our salvation.
Verses to reflect on:
“…Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).