What does it look like to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Is this the same as baptism of the Spirit? What can I do to get this? I believe that once someone is saved, the Spirit resides in them and will never leave. This is the saving Spirit, right? Then, why does David ask God to not take the Spirit from him in Psalm 51? Is this referring to being filled with the Spirit? If so, does that mean that there are two kinds of Holy Spirits? Obviously, I am quite confused and need guidance.
There can be a lot of confusion about the Holy Spirit. Some people use the Holy Spirit as a way to accept that every believer is saved, but still feel like there is a super special level of Christians. The Holy Spirit is not a reward for acting right or extra faith, nor is it a spiritual supercharger that makes your walk more extreme.
You are right on that the spirit will never leave us and that every believer has it once they come to believe. In 1 Corinthians 12:13, Paul says “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body”. Nobody has more Holy Spirit than anyone else.
The Spirit mentioned is not a different Spirit, but of a different time. In the old testament, the Spirit would come to people and could leave. The Spirit comes on and leaves Samson. David is asking for God to leave the Spirit on him so he can rule Israel. But under the new covenant of grace, the Spirit doesn’t work that way anymore. Jesus says, in John 14 ““All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. God has now spent the Holy Spirit to stay.
That verse also tells us what being filled with the Holy Spirit is about. It is not about showing others how strong the Spirit is in you, and allowing you to do amazing feats. That would be more like the Force. The Spirit teaches us and reminds us about the word of God. It is in small still moments. The Spirit also speaks to God for us “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).
If you have put your faith in Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit in you. You can no more lose it than you can lose salvation. The Spirit is at work in you, the work is constant and ongoing and it will yield results.
-Matt from The Bridge