THE INDWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Pastor Floyd Koenig

INTRODUCTION

After hearing of Christís death and departure, the disciples were filled with grief and confusion. The night before His crucifixion, the Savior strengthened them by speaking of the coming of another Comforter (Jn. 14:16-17).

This Comforter would, not only go with them through life, but actually dwell in them. The indwelling of Godís Spirit is still a solace and support to saints.

Our Savior is not with us in the flesh as we face each dayís trials, yet in us is One who is greater than the world (I Jn. 4:4).

I. THE FACT OF THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT A. THE SCRIPTURE TEACHES THAT EVERY BELIEVER IS INDWELT BY GODíS SPIRIT.

1. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us when we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior (Jn. 7:37-39).

2. As the Shekinah dwelt in the temple of Israel, so the Holy Spirit dwells in Christís temple, which we are (I Cor. 6:19).

-Because Christ has purchased us with His precious blood, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we have no right to use our bodies for selfish, sinful pursuits.

B. THE INDWELLING SPIRIT MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH HIS GIFTS.

1. Regeneration and the gifts of the Spirit must be distinguished from the gift of the Spirit Himself.

2. Every believer has the same Spirit dwelling in him, but has been given different gifts (I Cor. 12:4).

3. The Holy Spirit is given to everyone who repents and obeys the commands of the Lord (Acts 2:37-38).

II. SOME FALSE VIEWS CONCERNING THE INDWELLING SPIRIT A. SOME TEACH THAT THE SPIRIT DOES NOT INDWELL THE BELIEVER AT THE TIME OF HIS CONVERSION.

1. The most common error concerning the Spiritís indwelling of saints, is that this blessing is not common to all believers.

2. Many teach that salvation must be supplemented by another experience before one can enjoy the Spiritís presence and power.

3. This experience they call the second blessing, sanctification, or the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

B. THE ERROR OF THIS TEACHING IS THAT SALVATION MUST BE SUPPLEMENTED.

1. Those in Christ are made complete (Col. 2:10; Eph. 1:3; I Cor. 1:30).

2. When men turn our attention from Christ, they have erred.

3. The gift of the Spirit comes to us through Christís salvation and not as a supplement to it (Rom. 8:32; Jn. 7:39).

4. The Holy Spirit has come to magnify Christ Jesus, not to call attention to Himself.

III. SCRIPTURAL PROOF THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLS EVERY BELIEVER A. THE SPIRIT IS RECEIVED THROUGH FAITH.

1. No one is ever born again without receiving the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:3-8).

2. When Peter preached to the Gentiles in Corneliusí house, the Holy Spirit came upon those who were saved (Acts 11:14-18).

3. The gift of the Spirit is received the moment a person believes (Gal. 3:2; Eph. 1:13-14).

B. THOSE WITHOUT THE SPIRIT ARE UNSAVED.

1. If a person is not indwelt by the Spirit of Christ, he is not saved (Rom. 8:9).

2. The indwelling Spirit reveals spiritual truths to the child of God (I Cor. 2:9-15).

3. No one can come to know Christ as His Lord, who is not indwelt by the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:3; I Jn. 4:1-3; Mt. 11:25-27; Jude 17-19).

C. THE PRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT IS NEEDED FOR A PERSON TO BE RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED (Rom. 8:11).

- The Holy Spirit is a pledge that god will raise us, even as Christ was raised from the tomb (Eph. 1:13-14).

D. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION IS BASED ON OUR HAVING THE SPIRIT. (Rom. 8:15-16; 5:5; I Jn. 3:24; 4:13).

E. IT IS THE INDWELLING SPIRIT THAT ENABLES US TO OVERCOME THE WORLD (I Jn. 4:3-4).

F. GOD GIVES US THE SPIRIT BECAUSE WE ARE SONS (Gal. 4:6-7).

The very idea that a Christian could be without the Spirit is contradictory to everything that the Bible teaches about salvation.

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