“When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all the truth”. John 16:13
For it is from the Spirit that the powers derive their close relationship to God, their inability to change to evil, and their continuance in blessedness. Is it Christ’s advent? The Spirit is forerunner. Is there the incarnate presence? The Spirit is inseparable. Working the miracles, and gifts of healing are through the Holy Spirit. Demons were driven out by the Spirit of God. The devil was brought to naught by the presence of the Spirit.
Remission of sins was by the gift of the Spirit, for ‘you were washed, you were sanctified …in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit of our God.’ There is close relationship with God through the Spirit, for ‘God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father.’
The resurrection from the dead is effected by the operation of the Spirit, for ‘You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth’ (Ps. 104:30). If here creation may be taken to mean the bringing of the Spirit, who is to us the dispenser of the life that follows on the resurrection, and attunes our souls to the spiritual life beyond?
St. Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit, Ch. 9, parag. 49, NPNF 2nd Series, Volume 8.