Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:10-12a).
Twice in this passage Peter mentions the compelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Christ inside the prophets was pointing them to the proper words, compelling them to record the very words of Scripture. And the source of the power of their preaching is identified as the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.
This is a description of the kind of relationship that every New Covenant believer is allowed to have with the Holy Spirit, who dwells inside of us as God himself. The Spirit guides and directs, and gives power to our speech.
Often it seems that the problem with the Holy Spirit is that people don’t feel like they are filled with Spirit, and therefore don’t act as if they do in fact have the presence of Christ living inside of them. This is not to discount the fact that Jesus desires to fill our hearts with joy and love for him, and can do so overwhelmingly at times, but simply to suggest that we ought to take God at his word, which is that he is within us and that he will never leave or forsake us. Once we become believers, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us, always ready to empower us to the live the life of discipleship to which Christ has called us, whether or not we “feel” him in our lives.
So how would we live our lives differently if we truly and at all times believed that Jesus has taken up permanent residence inside of our physical person and is at all times waiting to direct our paths and empower us to make godly decisions? I for one, if I really got that inside of me, would never stare temptation in the face and think “this is to much for me.” We are not alone in the struggle.