Scripture reading: Gal 3:1-9; 5:16-23
We have learned in this series of blog posts that the Holy Spirit is a person having intellect, emotion and a will, the Holy Spirit is at work in our conversion experience, He regenerates the believer and brings new life. Paul wrote in Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”.
All persons of the godhead participate in the work of salvation. Based upon the redemptive work of His Son, the Father sends the Holy Spirit to wash away our sins and continually renew us. He takes up His residence in the believer. Paul confirmed this in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's”
The Holy Spirit seals the believer. God's Word tells us this in Ephesians 4:30 , “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby, ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”
He baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” All believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body of believers, the church. We don't lose our individual identities, but we have an overriding oneness in Jesus! We learned that each of us has received the same Holy Spirit who completely fills our innermost beings. The question we want to pursue today is “How can I know whether or not the Holy Spirit is within me?”
The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer produces faith (Galatians 3:1-9). The Christian life begins with faith. Paul had been to Galatia and many had believed
There had been evidence of their new life in Christ. The Holy Spirit will draw you to faith in Jesus. Now these converts had concluded that keeping the law was necessary as well.
This is the mistake of many cults. The law is fulfilled in Christ Jesus! The Holy Spirit comes in response to faith, and He matures our faith. He increases our faith through the written Word. He was at work in revelation - in revealing (2 Peter 1:21). He was at work in inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16). He is at work in illumination. Look at the words of Jesus in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”
He increases our faith by revealing Jesus, the Living Word. This is the promise of Jesus. John 16:13-14 “Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you”. The more we know about Jesus, the stronger our faith becomes
The presence of the Holy Spirit produces a fight (Galatians 5:17). We will have peace at the moment of conversion. Spiritual life has come. Fellowship with God becomes a reality!
But soon we learn we are in a war. Paul instructed Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”
Paul, toward the end of his life said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7). We are at war with the devil (Ephesians 6:11-12). We are at war with the flesh. Paul said in 1 Cor 9:27, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection”
What is the point of this conflict? The Holy Spirit verses the sin nature (Galatians 5:17-21). Paul shared some insight into this struggle (Romans 7:15-25). How do we stay victorious in this battle? By feeding the new nature on the Word of God and by yielding to the Holy Spirit.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer produces fruit (Gal 5:22-23). We're talking about the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit we bear will show us if we are winning the battle. These are the things the Holy Spirit wants to produce in you
Notice the natural divisions in this list. First, in relation to God...love, joy, peace. Second ,in relation to our fellow man...longsuffering, gentleness, goodness. Third, in relation to ourselves...faith, meekness, self control
What is the Holy Spirit producing in you? Are you allowing Him to work in your life and produce the fruit He desires to produce? By yielding to the Holy Spirit, we become fruitful.
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
Thanks for taking your time to read and share this blog. If you know of someone who would be encouraged by this blog, please feel free to forward a link or use the icons below to repost this blog.