“In proportion therefore as mind and heart are fixed on Christ, we may count on the Spirit’s presence and power, but if we make the Holy Ghost Himself the object of our aspirations and worship, some false spirit may counterfeit the true and take us for a prey.” (Sir Robert Anderson)
The Holy Spirit does not speak from or of Himself. His function is to not only glorify Christ but to also reveal and form Christ in a believer’s life.
Even though He does not reveal Himself, yet, He remains the cause of all authentic spiritual experience. The Holy Spirit is the cause which animates and empowers a born again spirit with the effect being the reality of Christ formed in and expressed through the redeemed human instrumentality of a born again believer.
As a true born again one, a believer has not only been born as a child of God by the Spirit, but he has been baptized into Christ’s Body by the Spirit, permanently indwelled by the Spirit, sealed by the Spirit, and is to be led by the Spirit as a mature son. He is commanded to ‘be getting’ (being kept) filled by the Spirit.
To be ‘filled’ by the Spirit is not an issue of getting more of the Spirit; the true issue is the Holy Spirit getting more of us. The proper relationship between the Holy Spirit and a born again spirit is an intricate one and must be understood and implemented accurately if a believer is to truly walk in the spirit. Should a born again spirit not make proper adjustments, the Holy Spirit could very well be grieved and…..
The Spirit is prevented from performing His ministry in and for that saint in an efficient way. When a believer is taught to ask the Spirit to fall fresh on him and to descend upon his heart, he is taught to ignore the truth concerning His indwelling. Furthermore, the idea of the descending Spirit falling fresh upon him takes the place of the conception of the fullness or control of the Spirit over his life, and the believer does not put himself into His control. The result is that the Spirit is prevented from doing His best for the believer, and the saint lives a powerless mediocre Christian life. (Kenneth Wuest)