How Does It Feel to Have the Holy Spirit in Us? (73)
by Eusebio Tanicala
Introduction: I believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the disciple. Often I am asked what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit inside one’s body. Some demand that I demonstrate a miraculous gift because I claim that Christ has poured the Holy Spirit on every obedient disciple. These questions about my feeling if the Holy Spirit is poured on me are misguided.
We ask in return the following:
1. We are washed with the blood of Christ. We all believe this.
Question: What and how did it feel when you were washed with the blood of Christ?
2. We are forgiven of our sins upon baptism or immersion. We all believe this.
Question: What physical changes did you feel when your sins were forgiven?
3. Matthew 28:19, you were baptized into (eis) the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We all believe this.
Question: What physical change did you feel when you were immersed into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit?
4. Romans 6:4 says that you were immersed into Christ.
Question: What physical feeling did you have in being immersed in Christ?
5. Romans 6:4 says that you were immersed into the death of Christ
Question: What physical feeling did you have in being immersed in the death of Christ?
6. Galatians 3:27 says that you were immersed and had put on or have clothed yourself with Christ.
Question: What is the physical feeling of that event?
7. Romans 6:4 you were buried.
Question: What was your feeling when you were buried with Christ?
8. Romans 6:4 you rose from your burial with Christ.
Question: What did you feel about that change or newness of life when you came out of the water? Please describe it.
We are talking about the spiritual life. John 3:8 says that we don’t know the direction where the wind comes from or what direction the wind goes or how it curves left and right or up and down. We also don’t consciously know these feelings in being confronted or having fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is by faith that we believe there is something that happens in the spiritual reality of our existence.
The external, observable phenomena common in the first century among those given miraculous powers no longer exist because we believe in the cessation of these powers based on 1 Corinthians 13:8-11. We continually cite this passage and yet we are asked that we produce miraculous signs. Are these brethren hard of hearing and slow of understanding?