Last week, I attempted to start writing my systematic theology paper covering the Holy Spirit, but I failed miserably. Instead, I wrote a paper about my personal revelation with the Holy Spirit. I was happy with what I wrote (or, what the Holy Spirit led me to write), but it was not satisfactory for class, so I still need to write a proper paper to submit. (Ah, Lord help me!!).
Below is a section I really liked from my first attempt at writing my paper, “The Holy Spirit Revealed.” Hope you enjoy it.
… The third and final topic I would like to address is the fact that God is without a doubt working in me and revealing things to me, and that this in itself is evidence that the Spirit dwells in me. I will start this discussion by giving a personal illustration. There was a point in my life when I came to know Jesus Christ as my savior. That when I die, I knew I would go to Heaven. For a while however, I questioned if I had received the Holy Spirit, and how I would know if I actually received Him. I believe part of my confusion was that I didn’t have clarity of the Scriptures and I heard different things from different people. I had been told that once I was saved, (by saying and believing the sinner’s prayer which involved repenting of my sins and asking Jesus to be my personal Lord and savior) then the Holy Spirit would come upon me. In discussion, baptism had never surfaced as part of the process, other than it was simply an act of obedience. However, that’s not what the Apostle Peter preached. According to Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will revive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Interestingly enough, the Holy Spirit brought me this revelation fairly recently. Although I had read this passage of Scripture before, that time, the words of the text jumped out as revelation. Repentance and baptism are needed to activate the Holy Spirit inside. And, by faith, I hold on to that promise. Galatians 3: 13-14, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us… so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
So now that I know I have the Holy Spirit is dwelling in me, how do I know that He is working? The mere fact that I continue to pursue God and His transforming power in me is evidence in itself. The content and discussion points in this paper are an attempt to illustrate that the Holy Spirit is living in me, and that He is a person. How much more now I want to take care of myself, which is His temple, His dwelling place. One Corinthians 19 asks, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
The Holy Spirit shows Himself to me through my studies, stories and progressive special revelation. The Holy Spirit is indeed alive and active in me and I want to continue to receive as much of Him as I can. With Him, I strive to know more of God, His face and His works. I am transformed by His love to love Him and others as He has and continues to do for me and the body. He has given me the desire to be His faithful servant for His kingdom, His glory and His honor. In everything I do, the Holy Spirit guides in love and conviction of sin so that I may be a continuing light that shines the Good News of Christ everywhere. I want to give to God and for God until it hurts. “It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of. This is our purpose for living. This is our hope.” Romans 5:5, “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” All the dots connect and as I study more of Him and His work in my life, the closer I become in sensitivity to all the persons and works of God.
 Chan, Francis. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. Canada: David Cook, 2009.