Scripture reading: John 16:8-14
The Holy Spirit is alive and well and He's working in the world today. According to our Scripture there are specific works of the Holy Spirit in the world . These include convicting of sin, righteousness and judgment, teaching people about Jesus and glorifying Jesus and, of course, bringing people to conversion (a saving knowledge of Jesus). In this blog I want to look at what the Holy Spirit does at the moment of saving faith.
The Holy Spirit brings new life to the believer. 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. We're all spiritually dead because of sin (Eph 2:1-9). A good example of this is Nicodemus (John 3). Nicodemus was religious, but lost. He needed a spiritual birth. Apart from the new birth he would not have been saved .
Regeneration means new birth. Most people at one point or another in their life wish they could start life over again. In the sight of God, you can do just that!
When one is saved, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the individual. Paul, writing to the church of Corinth in 1 Cor 6:19-20 stated What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which in 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 takes up permanent residence in us when we accept Jesus! Jesus promised this to His disciples (John 14:16-23). When the Holy Spirit comes in, there is evidence of His occupancy in the believer's life. The Bible becomes a new book – it comes alive. The Fruit of the Spirit start showing up in the believer's life. Power to overcome sin becomes a daily experience. A new longing for holy living becomes part of the believer's life.
The Holy Spirit seals the believer until Jesus returns. Ephesians 4:30 tells us And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby we are sealed unto the day of redemption. Note this exciting progression: Regeneration, Residence and now Sealing!
Sealing speaks of ownership. Perhaps you've heard the expression You've “sealed the deal”. The presence of the Holy Spirit within the believer is like a down payment (Ephesians 1:13-14). Vs 13 of our Scripture reading tells us In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. To guarantee this sealing, we have the witness of the Spirit (Rom 8:14-16). The sealing of the Spirit guarantees that what God has begun He will continue to completion! (Phil 1:6).
The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer. 1 Corinthians 12:13 tells us 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 . It's important to note that this takes place at conversion. The baptism by one Spirit refers neither to water baptism nor to the baptism of the believer in the Holy Spirit, such as occurred on the Day of Pentecost. Rather, it refers to the Holy Spirit's baptizing the believer into Christ's body, uniting him to the Body of Christ and making him spiritually one with other believers.
It's a supernatural transformation that takes place at conversion and puts the believer in Christ. This is the basis for unity within our diversity. God's church is composed of many types of people from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of gifts. If we're not careful, these gifts – gifts that God meant for good – will divide us. Despite the differences, all believers have one thing in common – faith in Jesus!
To drink into one Spirit means that each of us has received the same Holy Spirit who completely fills our innermost beings. We are united by the Holy Spirit into one spiritual body.
Think about it – a new life, indwelt, sealed, baptized all at conversion! This is the Holy Spirit at work in the believer. In view of these benefits in Christ, let's walk in the Spirit
We are equipped to win!
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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