“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”
In the last article we established that the Holy Spirit isn’t the exclusive preserve of some Christians but that receiving the Holy Spirit actually means to be born again.
See if you can connect the dots as we look at the words of Jesus in John 14:18: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”
Here, Jesus was about to die. But he assures the disciples, and by extension us that he won’t leave us without comfort. After redeeming us with his blood, he gave us the Holy Spirit as the gift of redemption.
You receive the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ by receiving the Holy Spirit. This is why the Holy Spirit couldn’t come until Jesus died and rose again. Jesus makes this clear in John 16:7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
In John 7, we see Jesus foretelling the fate of those who believe after he would have been glorified. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” (Joh 7:38,39).
The Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified. Why couldn’t the Holy Spirit be given before Jesus was glorified? Because He is the gift of redemption. Everyone who believes in Christ’s redemptive work has the Holy Spirit on their inside. You don’t have to cry for the Holy Ghost, if you believe in Jesus, he lives in you!