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At the time of our conversion, we receive the Holy Spirit (please do not confuse this with the filling of the spirit). We shall study that a little later. The Holy Spirit seals us into the body of Christ.
Eph. 1:13b, 14 "...in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Who is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory."
Romans 8:9 - "But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man (person) have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
I Cor. 12:3 "Wherefore I give you to understand that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed; AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST." So you see, we cannot be saved without the work of the Holy Spirit.
In the Bible, we see the work of God the Father predominantly in the Old Testament the work of God the Son (Jesus Christ) is paramount in the Gospels the work of God the Holy Spirit is now working in the age of grace. For the Holy Spirit is the one who convicts of sin, and works in us repentance unto salvation, which Christ wrought for us on Calvary.
Then, it is He (the Holy Spirit)
that enables the Christian to live a victorious life; for He, God the Holy
Spirit dwells in us.
Read all of Romans, Chapter 8.
At Christmas time we celebrate Christ's Birthday into the human race. He took on a human body, and lived among us for 33 years.
When did the Holy Spirit come to the earth? Jesus promised He would come and He did come 50 days after Christ's resurrection, 10 days after Christ's ascension back into Heaven. This day is called "Pentecost" (meaning fiftieth).
"Pentecost marked the commencement of the present age of the Holy Spirit. Believers under His guidance, even as the disciples of Jesus were under Christ. From Heaven Jesus still exercises Lordship over the Christians, but not physically with us now. He transmits His directions by means of the Holy Spirit." B.G.