- The Holy Spirit has always been present and ministering upon the earth (Gen. Gen. 1:2).
- Prior to the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon and filled believers (Num. Num. 24:2; Jdg. Jdg. 3:10; Jdg. 6:34; 1S. 1S. 10:6; 1S. 19:20; 2Chr. 2Chr. 15:2; 2Chr. 20:14; Luke Luke 1:67), but His presence was not permanent (1S. 1S. 16:13-14; Ps. Ps. 51:11).
- Prior to the Day of Pentecost, John explains that the Holy Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified (John John 7:39). Notice that the Holy Spirit has always been omnipresent and ministering upon the earth, but John clearly says at that time that He had not yet been given (John John 14:16).
- The Holy Spirit came to the earth to begin a new ministry on the Day of Pentecost (Acts Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:17; Acts 11:15).
- The new ministry of the Holy Spirit during this, the church age, is baptizing believers into the Body of Christ (1Cor. 1Cor. 12:5, 1Cor. 12:12-13) wherein believers are permanently indwelt and sealed with the Spirit (2Cor. 2Cor. 1:22; Eph. Eph. 1:13; Eph. 4:30).
- The Holy Spirit ministered on earth before the formation of the Church and He will continue to minister on the earth after the departure of the Church at the Rapture.
- The Holy Spirit never permanently indwelt believers prior to the Day of Pentecost. The Church is a unique spiritual organism which began on the Day of Pentecost and which has a unique relationship to the Spirit.
1 Tony Garland, Does Dispensationalism Teach Two Ways of Salvation?, in The Conservative Theological Journal, vol. 7 no. 20 (Fort Worth, TX: Tyndale Theological Seminary, March 2003), 58-59.