Christians have the Holy Spirit present as teacher and guide. The Spirit within empowers to discern what is genuine and what is not. Without the Spirit, revelation is veiled; without the Spirit, covenant relationship would be more religious do’s and don’ts, very different from vibrant spirit-life possibilities we inherit at the new birth.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is distinctive of Christians . . . they have hope, know truth, recognize God’s leading, and are blessed with understanding beyond even that of Jesus’ disciples: “While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Listen to me and remember what I say. The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies.” But they didn’t know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from them, so they couldn’t understand it . . .” (Luke 9:43-45, NLT)
Jesus’ disciples did not understand–since Jesus had not ascended to heaven HIs Spirit had not yet been given to them. Later, at the conclusion of Jesus’ ministry, God sent His Holy Spirit to be present in the hearts of His people. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for this “promise of the Father,” the giving of Holy Spirit power to be resident in their lives.
Applying this truth as disciples of Jesus Christ we receive His Spirit, literally the power and presence of God – God with us, God in us – to rise above circumstances with insight beyond that of natural reasoning or intellect. As disciples, we realize limitations of the Spirit’s presence and expression occur when too little is known about the experience of the Holy Spirit . . . or despite knowing, His presence and power are not believed.
Luke 9:43-45, NLT, Acts 2:1-4, 16-18, Verses@Once