34. Power

The second promise from Jesus that we need to test is his promise to send the Holy Spirit to live in us forever. If that commitment is not fulfilled, all other claims for Jesus fall to the ground. John, in the fourth Gospel, records this promise and the nature of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-16).

There are at least thirty-four direct references to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (Appendix B). The Holy Spirit is that essence of God that comes to live in each person who wants to be his temple, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Receiving this portion of God's power and presence in us is known as being baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5-8). There Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would come and bring God's power into his followers. That unusual event occurred as he promised on the Day of Pentecost (Acts chapter two).

The Holy Spirit teaches us, comforts us, guides us, and gives us the power to be children of God (subjects of his Kingdom) while still living in this world. Also, the Holy Spirit changes our outlook on life and keeps us from returning to worldly wants and selfishness.

Once we receive this portion of God's essence, his reality and primacy become our guiding principle. We know, without any doubt, that existence is spiritual, eternal, and in God's hands. Our only desire and duty is to know and cooperate with God's mind and will. Now is the time to ask Jesus for the baptism with the Holy Spirit and power (fire).

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