7503 - We Know

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Friend, it’s great to see you today.

In our study of God’s sacred & valuable Word we are now in 1 John 3, verse 24. Let me read it before our discussion:

“Those who obey his commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

First let’s focus upon that last sentence. Did you notice that anyone can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are indeed the temple of Jesus Christ. That means that He abides in us – that He lives His supernatural life in and through us. How can we be so sure? It says, “we know it by the Spirit He gave us.”

Those of us who have minds which seek proof and verification by means of observation and experiment – must adjust our thinking to grasp this truth, because the Spirit of God is invisible. He does not make footprints upon a sandy beach. We must rely upon our spiritual senses, and we do possess this spiritual dimension of life if we have received Christ as Lord and Savior. That vast realm of life becomes ours when we receive the new life in Christ. It is born within us by God, not by natural forces.

As a part of this new spiritual birth we are told in 2 Corinthians 1:21: “[Christ] set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” So the Holy Spirit of God sets up permanent residence in each and every person who trusts and relies upon Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Jesus talked about this truth before He returned to heaven. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14 (v.16f) Jesus told His disciples that He would ask the Father and then the Father would give them another Counselor to be with them forever. In this Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit which before this time worked in, upon, and through certain people of God, but not in any permanent sense. While in the flesh Jesus was limited to be in one place at one time. But when He returned to heaven, then God would send the Holy Spirit to permanently inhabit each and every one of His children.

So, when we are tuned to spiritual matters we become aware that God’s Spirit is indeed living in us to accomplish God’s mighty purpose. Some may ask, “What are we to see?”

In Galatians 5 (v.22f) we are told that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control. His children should become aware from time to time that their willing service to people who have needs are indeed described in that list of “fruit of the Spirit.”

Perhaps you observe an elderly woman coming from a store weighed down by bags of things. You see her need & offer to help her carry her bags. That’s the Spirit. Perhaps you see a person in a wheelchair seeking to get across traffic, and you lend aid. That’s the fruit of the Spirit. Perhaps you are in a line, been waiting some time; and a rude person cuts in, just in front of you. Instead of becoming angry and berating this intruder, you find yourself extending a smile and a word of encouragement. You may think, “That’s not me. That’s the Spirit of Jesus.” and you would be right.

Another tell-tale evidence that ‘God’s Spirit is working in us is when we find ourselves singing and being happy even in a trouble-filled day. That joy is from God.

Our responding to the Holy Spirit should not require a struggle. The struggle comes as we pray and ask God to do in us whatever is needed so that He can do through us whatever He desires.

Then, Friend, we know that we belong to the Triune God.