Denny answers:The Holy Spirit never changes, because He is God and God never changes.
However, the Holy Spirit works in different ways today than He did during the early Bible times.
During the time of the Old Testament (before Jesus was born), and even until Jesus rose from the dead and ascended back into heaven, the Holy Spirit did not always live inside believers. People who had put their faith in Jesus Christ as their savior would sometimes experience the Holy Spirit being inside of them and guiding their thoughts and decisions, but not all of the time. Today, we have the Holy Spirit inside us all of the time, ever since the moment we trust in Jesus as our Savior. But even back then, the Holy Spirit’s job was to give new spiritual life to people so that they could go to heaven when they died.
Today and also during the Bible times, the Holy Spirit has worked to help us stop sinning as much as we sometimes want to. The Holy Spirit keeps Satan from doing all of the evil that he wants to do. The Holy Spirit is the power of God inside us, the way that God adopts us as His own children and works in us to help us become more and more like Him!
Go back to:
- “When you heard the true teaching – the Good News about your salvation – you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put His special mark of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that He had promised” (Ephesians 1:13-14, New Century Version).
- “Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16, New Century Version).
- “So the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, because my Spirit is in him…” (Numbers 27:18a, New Century Version).