Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (Jn. 14:17 KJV)
The three prepositions “with,” “in” and “upon” describe three key dimensions of interactions of the Holy Spirit with God’s people. Jesus spoke to the Apostles who were with Him that they knew the Holy Spirit because “ He dwelleth with you.” The Holy Spirit was with them. He was operating amongst them in Jesus. They saw the Holy Spirit in full operation in the Person and Work of the Jesus living with them. The Spirit was WITH them.
The Spirit UPON carries a different sense altogether. It was not new to the Israelites. It is essentially the anointing, where the Spirit comes upon someone and uses them in power or wisdom to accomplish a specific task. Judges, Kings, Priest, and Prophets were anointed, and as such, the Spirit of God came UPON them for service.
However, Jesus said to the Apostles above that the Spirit “shall be in you.” The last preposition IN is the crucial and definitive relationship of the Spirit with the believer today in Christ. Jesus was looking into the future when the disciples will become born again and receive the Holy Spirit to start living inside of them PERMANENTLY. The “Spirit IN” is for permanent fellowship with God. What defines a Christian is the Holy Spirit living IN them( Rom. 8:9). This was not the case for any of the Old Testament saints or prophets. Today the Spirit is IN us, and then UPON us also for service.
It is not possible to fully explain the critical concept discussed above in the few words of a devotional. Each sentence above is loaded and condensed. Please reread it again needed and study the subject further for yourself until you take a firm hold of this revelation.
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The Spirit is IN you forever as a believer. He is no longer just WITH us. He is UPON you for service. And of course, He continues to operate in our midsts.
Thank the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit.