Particular People, Times, and Purposes
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came on particular people at particular times for particular purposes. There are literally hundreds of examples of this in story after story. Stories of prophets, priests and kings like Isaiah, Melchizedek, and king David. The Old Testament consistently points toward a coming day when the “Spirit will be poured out on all people” even regular people like us.
In the New Testament we see how this promise is unveiled. Jesus who was continually filled with the Spirit, even before His birth, gave the fulfillment of this promise to all of His followers when He said in Acts chapter 1 verse 8; “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We are living in the age of the Spirit. When you receive Jesus as your Savior the Holy Spirit actually takes up residence inside of you, in your spirit. The implications of this fulfilled promise are wonderful and abundant. One huge implication is we are not on our own to live a righteous life. We have divine inside help.
Daily we have the invitation to live by the Spirit. It’s not an automatic thing however. The Spirit doesn’t come and overrule us, or make us into robots. We always have a choice to either follow or go our own way.
So now, you are one of the particular people, and your day is filled with particular times, and the Spirit is always in touch with particular purposes. Live today by the Spirit!