“God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship Him
in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
God the Holy Spirit – had always been little understood. Even though His divine presence and creative activity were first referenced in the second verse of the Bible (Genesis 1:2), His nature had been shrouded in mystery. It was the Lord Jesus who enlightened us about His qualities. He explained the unique importance of God the Spirit’s convicting (see John 16:8), empowering (see Acts 1:8), and indwelling (John 14:17) ministries.
When speaking about the Holy Spirit, Jesus declared, “He has been with you and shall be in you.” Notice the tenses – “has been” and “shall be.” They described the believer’s relation to the past and future ministry of the Godhead’s third Person. The fact that Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as – He – rather than It, finally revealed His highly personal nature! The amazing – transition of His presence from being with us to being in us explains the New Testament’s emphasis on Pentecost!
Before the Holy Spirit’s prophesied indwelling took place, our risen Savior had to first return to His former – glory! The Lord Jesus had earlier explained, “’Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:38-39)
By Billie Hanks Jr.