Why Is the Holy Spirit Essential to the Christian Life?

The disciples should have shuddered at the words of Jesus recorded in John 15:18-27. He promises that trouble, persecution and hatred will be daily realities they will face. To make matters worse, Jesus would soon be going away. Yet his departure would open up a new source of power, guidance and strength for his disciples. When the Counselor ― the Holy Spirit ― arrives on the scene, incredible things would happen among God’s people. The work of the Holy Spirit is an area of study that is too often neglected by Christians today.

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