Do you know there is absolutely no way we can relate to God without of the Holy Spirit? Without the Holy Spirit we cannot understand the Word (1 Corinthians 2:10-15) and therefore there is no way we can be guided into truth (John 16:13), or achieve wisdom. To not understand the truth means that the abundant life (John 10:10) Christ came to provide would also be impossible to experience (John 14:6)2. Our own wisdom is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 1:20-30), common sense makes our path crooked (Proverbs 3:4-5), James says earthly wisdom is demonic (James 3:13-15), and without the Holy Spirit we cannot discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:14). Experiencing God’s guidance would be impossible.
The entire focus of Christ death is for us to have a friendship with God (John 15:13). To achieve this we were transformed into His image, at the point of salvation (Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 3:18) so that we live sober lives in a crooked world (1 Peter 1:13-16). Left to ourselves achieving this is impossible (Romans 3:9-11). David said “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5). It is for this reason that at the point of salvation the Holy Spirit was poured into us (Titus 3:4-8) so that we can have the capacity to have the spiritual ability to relate to God (Ephesians 1:3-4). It is this transforming power that allows us to have the inner ability to ‘work out our salvation in fear and trembling.’ (Philippians 2:12-13). Paul says; “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14). By sons we have what it takes to relate to God (Romans 8:9-17). It is the pouring into us of the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation that makes a friendship with God possible.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17; NASU)
One of the greatest gifts of salvation is the deposit of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14) in us so that we can commune with God even from the very groans of our heart; “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom 8:26-27; NASU) This gift is generously bestowed upon us so that our friendship with God last forever.