The Holy Spirit — is it something that Christians “agree to disagree”, where some are more “Bible people” while others are more “Spirit people”. Not quite. Jesus Himself taught on the Holy Spirit in John 14-17, and the Spirit as a member of the Trinity is a person with a unique role. But in our modern church circles, we may have drawn a division when the Bible does not have such a dichotomy.

If you come from a background that prizes the Scriptures heavily, here are are some thoughts for you based on the clear and plain reading of the Bible:

First, do you speak of God the Holy Spirit as a Person and as God with whom we have a loving relationship as Helper, Counsellor, Teacher, and Friend? Have you separated Him from Jesus, His companion and the Father from whom He proceeds? We must believe He exists and rewards those who seek Him -- the God of one name -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Heb 11:6, Matt 28:19-20)

Second, are you grieving Him? (Eph 4:30) The text seems to suggest that it has to do with how we live our lives in Christlikeness or not.

Third, are you quenching the Spirit in your attitudes and actions as a believer? (1 Thess 5:19-22) The text suggests that it has to do with whether we are open to, and how we evaluate the prophecies in the church by testing them.

Fourth, are you earnestly seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially prophecy? (1 Cor 12:31, 14:1, 39) I take it that this has to do with whether we are proud and arrogant and believe that God cannot speak mightily or make His will known to us today.

If you come from a background that prizes the miraculous or the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy, speaking in tongues and healing as a normal everyday experience:

First, is God the Spirit a person to you for you to love, know, appreciate and understand? Have you separated Him from the Son of God whom He loves to exalt and the Father who sent Him? Same as above. (Heb 11:6, Matt 28:19-20)

Second, are you blaspheming the Holy Spirit by refusing to repent before His witness to Christ, which is His chief and greatest work? (Mk 3:28-29, Matt 12:27-32) The "unforgiveable sin" of "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" is refusing to see and respond to Jesus and stubbornly rejecting Him in unrepentance. That takes all that the Spirit did through Christ and flushes it down the toilet, which the Spirit takes seriously.

Third, do you know what He wants to do in your life and in the world or are you "outraging the spirit of grace"? (Heb 10:29) The text suggests that if we live in wilful unrepentant sin, we trample the Son of God and dishonor the new covenant, and thus, outrage the spirit of grace.

Fourth, do you "test the spirits" in your spiritual experiences and encounters? (1 Jn 4:1-3) 1 Jn says that the main test is to ask if the Spirit leads us to Jesus Christ or not. If not, it is the spirit of "antiChrist".

Fifth, are you using and experiencing the Spirit's gifts for the building up of the church or for yourself? (1 Cor 12:7). 1 Cor 12-14 are great chapters about the gifts of the spirit but all of them speak of gifts in the context of building up the church, and with love as the main thing. If we use our gifts only for ourselves, that is the opposite of love.