One of the most frequent questions that many Christians and believers ask today is, “Is the Holy Spirit in everyone?”. The Holy Spirit plays a variety of roles. But the first thing to comprehend is that those who believe in Jesus are given the Holy Spirit to unite them with God and make them more like Him. For Christians, experiencing eternal life does not begin at death but rather when they place their faith in Jesus and allow God to dwell in them with His spirit.
As stated in the New Testament scriptures, no one has the Holy Spirit until they turn to God and ask for His indwelling presence with trust in Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13). In actuality, it would be crucial to mention that this indwelling is the process by which the Christian’s salvation is accomplished and established. We’ll go a step further and say that the anointing of the Holy Spirit is the crucial characteristic that separates Christians from unbelievers.
The Holy Spirit
The third of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. He is also known as the Holy Ghost or the Comforter and is equal in strength and splendor to God the Father and the Son. Furthermore, God sent the Holy Spirit to earth to carry out His mission. According to God’s word, the Holy Spirit both conceived Jesus Christ and anointed him when he first took on human form (Matthew 3:16).
All followers of the Lord Jesus Christ who have undergone full immersion baptism in water have also received the Holy Spirit. We find numerous records, narratives, and anecdotes in the New Testament concerning how God manifested His power through the Holy Spirit amid tribulation or other trying circumstances.
Many have asserted throughout history that they have experienced divine gifts due to prayer or biblical meditation. Speaking in tongues and performing miracles like healing, prophecy, and divination were among these abilities. The Holy Spirit is also known as the Spirit of truth, which Jesus Christ promised would lead every believer into all truth, as seen in John 16:13.
Is the Holy Spirit in Everyone?
The Holy Spirit is not in everyone. You see, when the Holy Spirit descended upon His followers, the Lord Jesus Christ promised that they would be given authority (Acts 1:8). Therefore, we must first accept that Jesus is our Lord and Savior before we may receive the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that only through grace, faith, and reliance on Christ alone can a person be saved.
We cannot merit God’s favor or salvation through our religious practices or good deeds; instead, we can obtain it through Christ’s death on the cross for us. When we acknowledge that God has provided us with redemption through Jesus Christ, we must respond by confessing our sins to God and pleading with Him to pardon us.
You can feel Christ’s presence every day through His Spirit residing inside you once you are born again by accepting the gift of eternal life through faith in Him (Romans 8:9). Until you are born again by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are not “filled” with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Ghost can only reside in a genuine believer who is leading a holy life untarnished by sin, which is another reason that not everyone has the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are the temples of God’s Spirit, who lives within us; 1 Corinthians 3:16. As a person of faith, you can’t afford to defile yourself with sin if you desire the Holy Spirit to be in your life.
The Holy Spirit’s holy character, which prevents him from tolerating sin, is another factor why not everyone can obtain the Holy Spirit. You must realize that God’s Spirit cannot reside in an unrepentant sinner rebelling against God but only in the life of a sincere believer who has been delivered from a sinful life and is leading a holy life.
How can you tell you have the Holy Spirit in you?
The spirit is present in every Christian. Anyone with the Spirit of Christ is a Christian. If the Spirit of God resides inside you, Romans 8:9 says, “then you are not in the flesh but are in the Spirit. People who aren’t filled with the Spirit of Christ aren’t his followers. Therefore, no one can assert themselves as a Christian if the Holy Spirit is absent. The freedom, boldness, and power that the Holy Spirit bestows—power that exalts Christ—should inspire all believers to seek to be filled with the Spirit.
So how can you tell whether you’re filled with the Holy Spirit?
- The State of Man Before Christ
It is very crucial to understand your pre-conversion state. Unless you know the Bible, it is not primarily based on experience. We need to understand our pre-conversion state from the Bible. Not from our mother’s experience, our memory, or anyone else’s testimony of how terrible we were, but rather from the Bible.
The Bible reveals to us the state of our condition. Thousands of people have received subpar instruction regarding their pre-conversion state. And this is what the Bible’s response is:
- Spiritually, we were dead.
- We were not able to acquire spiritual gifts.
- We were operating in what Paul refers to as the thought of the flesh, which cannot surrender to God or do what God commands.
- Raised from the Dead
Jesus declares that the wind will blow where it pleases. You can hear it, but you’re unsure where it’s coming from or going. It happens to everyone who is Spirit-filled (John 3:8). Your heart is opened to the gospel’s truth of Christ’s beauty and glory as the omnipotent light of God comes upon you.
He imparted life; he gave it to you so that you would no more be dead, blind, hostile to God, unable to serve God, disobedient, or think the cross is meaningless.
Instead, the gospel revealed Christ’s grandeur. In your eyes, it is more attractive and desired than anything from this world. By the power of God’s Spirit, you were given life.
You had lost your blindness. You found the promises of sin less alluring than the cross, Christ, his way, and his word. You don’t hate God; you love and want to please him. You believe his promises to be accurate and rely on them rather than harboring doubts, suspicions, or bad feelings. Your treasure became Christ.
You can tell if you’re alive by it. That’s how you can know whether you’ve been converted. You can recognize your faith in this way. That is how you may confirm that you are filled with the Holy Spirit. If the miraculous power of God’s Spirit were not operating in you, none of that would be taking place. However, you wouldn’t be aware of all these until you had learned from the Bible how completely impossible this magnificent transformation is without the powerful work of the Spirit.
God has not given us a spirit of fear but one full of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). It endows us with the fortitude and wisdom to modify our internal selves appropriately. We can only be changed into beings that are gradually becoming more like God through the assistance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit aids in our transformation into new people.