Is it possible that we as believers could quenched the Holy Spirit and drive many people away from the GOOD NEWS of the gospel? The gospel is a PERSON, the person of Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit can make Him known. Without the Holy Spirit we will never understand Scripture, the world, or ourselves in it. He is a PERSON and should be acknowledged just as we do the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is GOD also, and He was sent back to the church to be a testimony of Jesus' resurrection; to reveal Jesus to those who believe, and to live His life through the person of the Holy Spirit in the church (His body).
Acts 1:4 says "And while staying with them He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which he said, "You heard for John baptized you with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not may days from now." Later on in Acts 1: 8 Jesus explains the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the reason for it. He says," And you will receive POWER when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you will be MY WITNESSES in Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
"To the ends of the earth", does it means for the church today here in America and in all Nations? We have to ask ourselves where is the power to witness the resurrection of our Lord? We talk about Jesus. We confess we are sinners and need a Savior. We believe that Jesus died for our sin and by faith we are born again. We have all our doctrines lined up, but, do we believe that the Holy Spirit is a PERSON too, and very much a part of our salvation experience?
John 16:12-15 Jesus says, "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth (Holy Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine, therefore I said He will take what is mine and declare it to you." Right here, Jesus is not talking about some 'spirit blowing in the wind!', but a PERSON, The THIRD PERSON OF THE GODHEAD. He has a mind, will and emotions, like we do.
As it was once explained to me, "Dottie,if you were immersed in the water of baptism to identify with Jesus' death, then why would you not, as believers, desire to be immersed in the Holy Spirit into His resurrection? It made so much sense. The baptism of the Holy Spirit did changed my life. It set me free to worship the Lord in ways I never experienced before. I now realize, that I had the Holy spirit when I was born again, but the Holy Spirit didn't have ME! I have to confess, I was saved, but honestly, I was afraid of the supernatural life the Lord wanted to released through me.
Today, I believe that the Holy Spirit is waking up the church once again to believe and receive Him into our hearts, and relate to Him as a person. The Holy Spirit is not just a concept. He is real and active, and the ONLY one able to testify that Jesus is alive, resurrected and living His life through His body, the church. Great days are ahead for God's people, as long as we let the Holy Spirit witness Jesus' resurrection, like He did at Pentecost, and glorify His name through our lives..