When Jesus was preparing the Disciples for his departure, he promised the Holy Spirit to them as his replacement Comforter/Counselor, saying: "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.
Paul tells us the same thing several times:
He is a Power Source:
Even Jesus was powered by the Holy Spirit: "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside." Luke 4:14.
Jesus told his Disciples prior to his ascension: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." --Acts 1:8.
More from Paul's epistles about power:
Jesus is the Conduit to the Power Source:
But at fallen man's low voltage capacity, God's power is too much for man to plug into directly. We must plug in through the Son, our step-down transformer and conduit to allow us to relate to God, and to understand him.
How do I so confidently make the statement that every believer has the internal power source -- the Holy Spirit dwelling in him? The Bible says so. In John 7, Jesus was teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles, which was the feast relating to the tents or temporary dwellings that the Israelites lived in during the wanderings in the desert. This feast was observed by erecting tents and sheds and living in them during the feast, in remembrance of the wanderings of their forefathers.
It was on the 15th of Tishri, (in October). "On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 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 7:37-39. Conclusion: Jesus said that whoever believes in him would be given the Holy Spirit.
Paul told the Church in Rome (and us): "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ." --Romans 8:9.
Anyone who does not have the Spirit, does not belog to Jesus. You do not want to be there.
There is only one Holy Spirit. He is sometimes referred to as:
So if you have accepted Jesus, you have that permanent internal power source from God -- the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. And if you have not accepted Jesus, you do not have that source of power. (It is more disastrous for those that do not have the Holy Spirit than for those who do and have merely turned off that power source).
The example of the cell phone: You can have a great cell phone, with a fully-charged battery, and carry it with you at all times. But if it is not turned on, you are not going to get many calls.
So it is with the Holy Spirit. Even carnal Christians (those living in sin) have the Holy Spirit, but they have chosen to leave the switch off. Paul tells the carnal Christians in Corinth: "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly -- mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?" --1 Corinthians 2:1-3. "It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife." --1 Corinthians 5:1.
And yet Paul tells them: "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 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 6:18-19.
Next week: Consider the possibilities of what we could do, if we left the switch turned on!