Prior to the day of Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit was not available to all. Only in ancient days we read that from time-to-time, the spirit of God came upon them and for His purposes. Too, prior to Jesus we as ordinary people did not even have access to the throne of God for petitions—we had to go through 2nd parties—the high priest and even then on designated times only.
When we look at this evil world now, can we envision how evil the world was prior to the advent of the Holy Spirit? Can we envision the evil and all the wicked deeds that were practiced on this earth?
The outcome is mind-boggling and staggering. Life on earth without the Holy Spirit is nothing short of a living HELL. In the absence of God’s spirit there is NO LIFE. Life begins and ends with God.
And the access to eternal life is through Jesus. There is no cutting it short on any of this as the truth of man without God is self-evident. Man is a monster—an animal and capable of anything except natural good. And for those who wish to see bad—all they have to do is step outside God’s presence. And in the process, we no longer have the gift of the Holy Spirit.