1) Before we have a place with God (before we have asked Him into our souls), the Spirit of the Lord comes close by us and works “with” (para) us, driving and managing us to Christ. He convicts us of our wrongdoing and after that He uncovers Christ as the “appropriate response.”
2) The minute we request that Jesus Christ be our Savior, the Holy Spirit at that point comes “in” (en) to our souls to abide forever. This is the time God’s Spirit turns into the “inhabiting” control source, vitality source or light wellspring of our lives. God Himself lights the flame of our soul and we move toward becoming “one soul with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17)
3) Next, there should be the point at which the Spirit of God (that Light Source) is discharged from our souls, to turn out “upon” (epi) our lives for edifying and “enabling” us. In Acts 2, it talks about God’s Spirit coming “upon” them, so they may have capacity to wind up real observers of Him. This engaging of the Spirit is here and there called, in the Bible, “the sanctification of the Spirit.”
I trust God expected these last two services of the Holy Spirit, the inhabiting of the Spirit (where He comes “in” us) and the engaging of the Spirit (where He comes “upon” us) to happen all the while. In any case, for a large number of us, this was not the situation; the “engaging” happened numerous years after the fact.
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