The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He seems distant to many people, but lives inside all Christians and will guide us in our walk of life if we will listen.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God (1 Corinthians 6:19)?
The Holy Spirit promotes God the Father's plan of salvation. He participated in creation, gave the prophets the Word of God, and assisted Jesus and the apostles. He caused the Virgin Mary to conceive (Matthew 1:20), descended on Jesus like a dove at Jesus’ baptism, and on the Day of Pentecost rested like tongues of fire on the apostles. He guides the church and instructs believers in their walk with Christ today if they will but listen. He is teacher, comforter, and inspiration. He reveals the meaning of Scripture, convicts us of sin and is our intercessor in prayer.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you (John 14:16-17).
Receiving the Holy Spirit
When a person repents and is saved, he receives the Holy Spirit. 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). In this verse, the “gift” is singular and refers to the giving of the Holy Spirit, versus the “gifts” that the Holy Spirit gives.
Many want to do great works for the Lord, but it often comes from pride rather than obedience. The greatest service we can provide the Lord is obedience. Obedience is more crucial than service.
What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? (1 Samuel 15:22).
Jesus performed no miracles for 30 years, until after He was baptized in water and the Holy Spirit. Everything Jesus did in life and ministry, he did as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit and not as God. Just as Christ needed the Holy Spirit in His life, we need the Holy Spirit in our life. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power from on high, that Jesus operated in, is available for all Christians who ask. I am going to send you what my Father has promised (Luke 24:49).