Before Jesus ascended, He promised us (his disciples) a counselor; The Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is part of the trinity, He is God indeed. You cannot accept the father; God, or the son; Jesus, without first accepting the Holy Spirit. Man first accepts the Holy Spirit for him/her to be connected to both the father and the son.
After Jesus ascension, He poured down the Holy Spirit to us and fulfilled His promise. Relationship between man and God depends on man’s acceptance of the Holy Spirit. Many men claim to be born-again thus Christians (being Christ-like) but truly the Holy Spirit is not with them. Being a true Christian is about the Holy Spirit being in you not about you associating yourself with the Holy Spirit.
Realize that man does not seek God but it is God who seeks man, thus the Holy Spirit seeks you but you do not seek Him. What we do is that we accept Him, reason it is the Holy Spirit who has this relationships with men not man deciding which relationship to have with the Holy Spirit. Man only decides whether to accept Him or not. God looks at our hearts not our minds and works, so accepting Him means truly inviting Him in your heart.
The three different relationship of Holy spirit (God) has with men are:
- With you. With means just in company; beside you, along side. When you are walking with a person, the person walks beside you; accompanying you. All those who are not born again experience this relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit just walks beside them, talking to them. What does he tell them? (In the article; the functions of the holy spirit).
- In you- is where the spirit stops dwelling with you but comes inside you. This happens when one becomes born-again and truly accepts God in his/her heart.
- Upon you- this is the empowerment; where the Holy spirits (Jesus) pours His power upon a person. This happens for imparting and empowerment of a person for radical use for the ministry. When the spirit comes upon you, one can do many miracles and do great works of the ministry. But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you (Acts 1:8)
Jesus said this when He was teaching His disciples about the Holy Spirit. John: 14:17: Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. From here we get two relationships; with you and in you. Jesus was the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit was in Him (trinity). He was with them (the disciples) but not in them. He was to release the Holy Spirit after His death and resurrection.
After His death, Jesus appeared to his disciples when they were in a room and had shut the doors for fear of the Jews, and He breathed to them and said, ‘receive the Holy Spirit’ (john 20:22). This is the time when the Holy Spirit came in them (The Holy Spirit stopped dwelling with them to dwelling in them).
But did the empowerment, the coming upon happen at that time? No. But He told them, ‘and, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay in the city of Jerusalem, until you be clothed with power from on high. (Lk: 24:49).
The disciples went straight to Jerusalem and went to the upper room where they stayed as they prayed fasted and waited for the Holy Spirit to come upon them (Acts 1:12-14). After some days when they were all together in one place, the Holy Spirit came upon them. Acts: 2:2-4: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterances.
And this is where the empowerment of the disciples by Jesus Christ took place and after this they went out to the world for the great commission. Holy Spirit is fire, so the tongues of fire were truly God (holy spirit). The clothing is the coming upon, which is the empowerment for the ministry. before the Holy Spirit comes upon someone, one has already to have the Holy Spirit in him/her.
All who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them are the Christians. If you do not experience the spirit in you, and you claim to be a Christian, you are a hypocrite. Rom: 8:9: But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ; he does not belong to him. You need to truly accept Jesus Christ in your heart for you to be a true son of God. How then does one know that the Holy Spirit is dwelling with, in or upon him/her? In the article; how to know if you are baptized with the holy spirit.
And since now you have understood these three relationships of the Holy Spirit and man, lets see what is baptism.