the work of the holy spirit

“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God… For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence”, Acts 1:3-7 (KJV).

The Trinity is a description of the unique relationship of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If Jesus had stayed on earth, his physical presence would have limited the spread of the Good News because physically he could be in only one place at a time.

The Holy Spirit was sent so that God would be with and within his followers after Christ returned to heaven. The Spirit would comfort them, guide them to know his truth, remind them of Jesus' words, give them the right words to say, and fill them with power. Acts 1:5 at Pentecost the Holy Spirit was made available to all who believed in Jesus. We receive the Holy Spirit (are baptized with him) when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. The baptism of the Holy Spirit must be understood in the light of his total work in Christians.

We cannot be Christians without his Spirit (Romans 8:9); We have a new Spirit who is from God and identical to Christ for He is the Spirit of God's Son who has been sent into our hearts crying Abba, Father (Galatians 4:6). We cannot be adopted as his children without his Spirit (1Corinthians 12:13). Like it or not, want it or not, all Christians are completely one in their spirits with all other Christians.

Any failure to function as one in our relationships with other believers means someone is not flowing in the Spirit. Our flesh is the part of us that gets in strife with other believers. As we operate in the Spirit more, we will come more into unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.