“As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!” (Haggai 2:5).
From the beginning God’s Spirit has been an abiding presence…”moving over the surface of the waters” (Gen. 1:2). The prophet reminds us of the continuing activity of the Spirit in fulfilling the covenant promises of God in history. Prior to his ascension, even the departing words of Jesus offer the assurance of the Spirit’s abiding presence among his people–”and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20). And as the body of Christ, we bear testimony to the work of the Spirit in the world today.