The Holy Spirit was promised to Christians, and especially Gentile Christians, to prove that they were acceptable by God. Spiritual gifts in a church established two things: 1) the credibility of the apostles that imparted the spiritual gift, and 2) the genuineness of the church as being one approved by God. This appeal to spiritual gifts in the church is made by Paul in answer to Judaizing teachers that denied that he was an apostle of Christ and that the churches he established were churches approved by God. We do not need to receive the Holy Spirit today to establish the credibility of the apostles or the church being acceptable by God. We use the written Word to establish the credibility of the apostles and to prove that a church today is a New Testament church.
The Holy Spirit never directly, apart from the revelation and the assurance with the genuineness of the revelation, gave strength to live the Christian life. If the Holy Spirit gives strength directly and apart from revelation to live the Christian life today, then it seems to me that one of two things must follow: the doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy is correct, for if the Holy Spirit takes over, apart from the truth, and empowers the Christian to overcome sin, how can the Christian fall? Secondly, if the Holy Spirit directly and apart from the Word empowers the Christian to overcome sin, and the Christian is overcome by sin, then the Holy Spirit has failed the Christian. Becoming a Christian is a voluntary action motivated by the truth of the gospel. Living the Christian life is also voluntary and still motivated by the truth of the gospel. The misunderstanding of the denominational world of this fact has contributed to its false teaching on the necessity of the Holy Spirit working directly on the sinner to empower him to obey the truth. Once the Holy Spirit has empowered him to obey the truth in becoming a Christian, then the Spirit continues this work, and it makes it impossible for a Christian to apostatize. We have rejected the first, but some have accepted the second premise, while refusing to also accept the doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy.
What does the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit Do Today?
What does the Holy Spirit do today that He does not do by the Word?
Franklin Camp, Work of the Holy Spirit In Redemption, pp. 260-