The Holy Spirit’s work in the New Covenant?
In the New Covenant of Grace as opposed to the Covenant of Law, the Holy Spirit is given as an eternal Gift to the one who believes with a sincere heart that Jesus is Lord who died to pay their sin-debt and it is the Holy Spirit who is the seal and Guarantor of covenant relationship with the Father, forever (Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:16); contrast this work of the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant with the Spirit’s work in the Covenant of Law where the Holy Spirit was only given to specific individuals who were tasked by God with a Kingdom responsibility that mandated specific anointing and the Holy Spirit, in the Covenant of Law, could be taken away – removed for disobedience to God’s will (Psalm 51:11).
When one believes that Jesus is Lord and receives the Holy Spirit of Promise in the New Covenant, they receive every ounce of the Spirit’s presence, omnipotence, gifts, they will ever receive; unfortunately, there are those in the world of “charismata” that believe a filling of the Holy Spirit manifests subsequent to salvation but this is an error that often times leads to heresy and apostasy through works of self-righteousness or a works salvation doctrine e.g. tongues mandated to verify salvation, the “filling of the Spirit” as in some factions of Pentecostalism. This charismatic heresy leads to schisms in the Church body, self-righteousness, pride, arrogance, fear and doubt over one’s salvation status if they don’t participate in the pagan practice of gibberish – ecstatic utterance in an “unknown tongue.”
When the Holy Spirit is given as the Guarantor of our relationship with God by faith in Jesus as Lord, the power and the work of the Holy Spirit within us is wholly dependent and contingent upon the individual surrendering to the will and work of the Spirit in their life through obedience and study of the Scriptures and diligence in prayer and one’s desire to be pleasing to the Father using the gifts that have been given them (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) through the Spirit’s leadership in the daily process of sanctification (Galatians 5:16). Apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in your life, you can do nothing that positively impacts the Kingdom of God and only those works done through the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance will successfully pass judgment at the BEMA Seat Judgment of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-14; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
In conclusion, it’s NOT about how much of the Spirit you possess…it’s about how much of yourself are you willing to give to the work of God and how much are you willing to commit to God’s will for your life? The Holy Spirit is completely capable of using your life to impact the Kingdom of God for good but the question is, are you willing to step-out in faith with courage and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you to accomplish His will in Time and Eternity in this wicked and adulterous generation?