The Holy Spirit and Our Holiness
From the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:13
The name Holy Spirit teaches us that it is particularly the work of the Spirit to impart holiness to us and make it our own.
The holiness of God in Christ becomes holiness in you because His Spirit dwells in you. The words Holy and Spirit and the divine realities they represent are now inseparably and eternally united. You can only have as much of the Spirit as you are willing to have of holiness. And you can only have as much holiness as you have the indwelling Spirit.
Some pray for the Spirit because they long to have His light and joy and strength, but their prayers accomplish little increase of His blessing or power. It is because they do not truly know or desire Him as the Holy Spirit. They are not acquainted with His burning purity, His convicting light, His putting to death the deeds of the flesh, and His leading into the fellowship of Jesus, who gave up His will and His life to the Father.
He reveals and imparts the holiness of Christ. Jesus speaks of “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, [who] will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). He is the Spirit of Christ. Our hope is awakened to believe that He will work migh ly in us.
“Whoever believes in me . . . streams of living water will ow from within him” (John 7:38). Be assured that the Spirit, who is already within us, will do His work in ever-increasing power.
Andrew Murray, The Path to Holiness