“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. Even the Spirit of truth…ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16,17.
One of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the one week camping trip my family took each year. A group of us kids regularly hiked the woods to our favorite spot. On the way we stopped by a natural spring, racing to see who would win the first drink. It never ran dry and always quenched our thirst. Then off we continue to our prize. Nestled off the beaten path, enclosed in the rocky cliffs, surrounded by the tallest trees, lay a pool of cool water fed by a trickling waterfall. The pool invited us in, but I don’t remember any of us every jumping in. We couldn’t see the bottom and the water was always cold. Mostly, we climbed around the pool and up the cliff to the top of the waterfall, never experiencing what it was like to be fully immersed in the water’s refreshing touch.
The Holy Spirit abiding in believers is like that childhood spring. He abides with us for ever springing up into eternal life within us. Only one big difference, we had to keep returning to the spring to abate our thirst. Jesus says, “…whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 5:14. The Holy Spirit abides in any who trust Christ to be the word of truth, the fulfillment of the gospel of salvation. If He is not in you, you do not belong to Him. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee of redemption and our witness of the new life we have in Christ.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:27
But there is another aspect of this relationship believers have with Christ.
“At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” John 14:20.
The apostle John knew what it was to be in the Spirit. Four times in Revelation he was said to be in the Spirit. Did that experience belong to John alone? What took place, how did it happen?
David experienced it when, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.” 2Sam. 23:2. The disciples on the Day of Pentecost experienced it to the salvation of 3000 souls born into the kingdom. Philip experienced it when the Spirit took him to the Ethiopian and then to another place. Each time that I found one being “in the Spirit”, a revelation of the word of God followed. The Lord revealed himself, the word spread and He was exalted.
The Spirit in believers is a constant. We being in the Spirit isn’t necessarily a constant.We live in the Spirit by hearing and obeying His word to us. Drinking of His water. How can we experience being in the Spirit? It is like jumping into that pool and becoming immersed in Him. There is no formula but let’s look at what scripture says.
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” Rev. 1:10. Remember where John lives. He is alone on an island, no where else to go, no cell phone, tv, radio, or interruptions. He is alone with God. We cannot be immersed in the world, cares of the world, pleasures of the world, and hope to be immersed in the Spirit, too. It won’t happen. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Rom. 8:9.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Col. 3:2.
God’s word is His revelation of himself. Notice, also, in Revelation John heard the voice of the Lord. Today, God speaks to us through His Son, the living Word of God. Do you have ears to hear? Begin your time with the Lord in prayer, seeking to know Him, in order to make Him known. He will meet with you and you will taste and see that He is good.
“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4: 8. Now it is time to take the next step…no, it’s time to jump into the water and become immersed in the Spirit, in order to hear the voice of our God and exalt Him. It is time to be still and know He is God.