These are the 3 different relationships the Holy Spirit has with humanity.
After Jesus ascension, the Holy Spirit was send to us as promised.
The 3 Different Relationships the Holy Spirit has with Humans
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 they were powered and went out to carry the great commission.
The 3 different relationship of Holy spirit with humans as seen are;
1. 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.
People 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? ‘Repent, Accept Jesus Christ‘.
2. In you
In you is where the spirit stops dwelling with you but comes inside you; where the spirit moves from outside the temple to dwelling inside the temple.
This takes place when a person is born-again; truly accepts God in his/her heart.
The dwelling in you is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit
3. Upon you
This is the empowerment; where the Holy spirits power comes to a person.
But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you (Acts 1:8)
This happens for imparting and empowerment of a person for radical use for the ministry.
When the spirit comes upon you, fruits of the Holy Spirit are activated, miracles signs and wonders follow the gospel and a person does great works of the ministry.
The coming upon is the Baptism with Fire
Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire not with water.
For the Holy Spirit to come upon, power you, you must first have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.
A person is not made a true Bride of Christ by being baptized with water by the clergy, going through a program, being born in religion, church membership, etc but a person becomes a true bride of Christ when the Holy Spirit moves from dwelling with the person to dwelling in her/him.
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.
Many people claim to be the Bride of Christ but they are not; the Holy Spirit is not dwelling in them.
No man seeks God. no no one. It is God who seeks us.
Rom 3:11: there is none that seeks after God
You need to accept the Holy Spirit who is seeking you.
You cannot have the father and the Son without first accepting the Holy Spirit.
The relationship between humanity and God depends on a person’s acceptance of the Holy Spirit.
Truly accept the Holy Spirit