The Gift of the Holy Spirit
— Tommy Teoli —
Almighty God lives inside of us. Think about that statement for a moment. Really take a minute to let it sink in. The Author of all creation, the Eternal One, the Beginning and the End has made His home in our hearts. The same one who spoke through Isaiah, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?” is the same one who rests in believers who have been born again. The One who measures the breadth of the universe with the span of His hand is the same One who abides (hand and all) inside of us.
For God does not dwell in temples built by human hands. Even Solomon knew the temple he built could not contain the presence of God. He said, “But will God indeed live on earth? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built.” But we have been fearfully and wonderfully fashioned by the hidden hand of God to house the one and only I AM.
“To this one will I look,” says the LORD of Heaven and Earth, “to him who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
We must recognize who it is that lives on the inside of us. Only then will we be able to comprehend the immeasurable honor that has been bestowed on us. Only then will we be able to fully appreciate the gift we have received.
The Father gave his Son in order to save us. The Father gave his Spirit in order to know us. The Spirit is the one who guides us and leads us into all truth. He is the one through whom we receive adoption as sons and daughters into the family of God. Through the Spirit, we have become heirs— not only of salvation—but also of everything that belongs to the Everlasting Father of all creation.
He is not only our Counselor, Comforter, Teacher and Friend, but He is also the One whose glory shone behind the veil within the Holy of Holies, dancing like a flame upon the mercy seat, brilliant, pure, and powerful. The same Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is the Spirit who fully and presently dwells within those who have received Him. How is it that we believe anything could be impossible? Everything is possible to those who believe.
When the Ark of the Covenant rested in the house of Obed-edom, it was the presence of the Holy One who blessed the entire household. How much more will those who house the Holy Spirit be a living fountain of blessing wherever they go?
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Most of us have seriously underestimated the Holy Spirit. Not only that, but we have distanced ourselves and closed ourselves off from Him because of religious lies and misrepresentations spread around by those who don’t actually know Him.
We read about the fruits of the Spirit as if they are a code of conduct we should aim to achieve, not realizing that the fruits of the Spirit are actually the essence of who He is. The fruits are not something we can possess through any effort of our own. They grow in us as the the natural byproducts of His presence. He Himself grows the good fruits of His nature inside of us.
He is loving. He is joyful. He is peaceful. He is patient. He is kind. He is good. He is faithful. He is gentle. He is self-controlled.
He is not scary, but He inspires the fear of the LORD. He is not pushy, but the glorious weight of His presence might overwhelm you with indescribable love. He is not crazy, but the abundant life He pours out might make you want to run and shout (like crazy) for joy. He is happy. He is a healer. He is passionate. He feels like warm liquid love, like hot electric life, like joy unspeakable and full of glory, like perfect peace, like an awe-inspiring epiphany, like comfort, safety, security, and rest.
He is high and holy, but He is near to the broken and the poor. He gives strength to the weary. He strongly supports those whose hearts belong to Him. He opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t like the spotlight. He doesn’t like to draw attention to Himself. He likes to draw attention to the testimony of Jesus. He is drawn to the fullness of faith, when trust meets tribulation, when reality meets the resurrection power of the risen king. He is the wind moving through the trees, the voice of wisdom shouting out in the streets. He inhabits the praises of His people. He will never leave us alone.