7525 - Indwelling Spirit

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We’re so glad you’re with us today as we talk about; the “Indwelling Spirit.”

In our study of the First Letter of John we have come to chapter 4, verse 13, which says: “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

In this verse, once again, John circles back to a truth he has previously affirmed in the letter. In 1 John 3:24 John wrote: “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.”

Notice that this is a mutual relationship we live in Him, and He lives in us. Put aside your thoughts about a body and comprehend that God is spirit; therefore, he is able to abide within our inner being. Likewise, we are able to live within Him. That’s the way God intended it to be at creation. An abiding relationship of close, intimate fellowship. Because of Jesus, God has once again become resident within His Children.

The evidence that this is true is that God has placed His Spirit within our inner being, and this is true of every Child of God. There are no exceptions.

There are some facts about this relationship, which certainly are important. In this period of time, called the Church Age, the Holy Spirit has become a permanent resident within Christians. Jesus told His disciples (John 14:16-17) that the Spirit would be their Counselor and would never leave them. This was a new relationship.

In Old Testament times the Spirit was sent to be in, or upon, or to empower those God selected. Some examples: In Exodus (31:3; 35:31f) God filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God so that he was gifted with many skills which were needed to build and decorate the Tabernacle. In the book of Numbers (11:17,25) when God was formulating the leadership among the children of Israel, He informed Moses that He would take of the Spirit, which was on Moses and put that Spirit on those others, which God had chosen to share leadership positions as they proceeded to the promised land.

We learn much when we trace the life of King Saul (1 Sam. 10:9; 11:6). At first it says God changed Saul’s heart and the Spirit of God came upon him in power. You may remember that Saul was not consistently obedient to God; so, it says (1 Sam. 16:14) that at a later time the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul. God actually removed His Spirit from influencing and empowering King Saul.

When David came along the Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power so as to enable David to reign (1 Sam. 16:13; 19:23). Did you notice that the Spirit could be removed, and it’s never stated that the Spirit remained upon or within any of these leaders in Israel.

Just prior to His departure Jesus told His followers that the Spirit lived with them, but that He will come to be in you. What are some of the recognizable manifestations that the Holy Spirit really lives within us?

Jesus told the people as He taught (John 7:38-39) that those who had faith in Him would receive the indwelling Holy Spirit, which would flow from within them like streams of living water. This was speaking of the entrance of the Holy Spirit at salvation, which would then bear His fruit in and through the life of every believer. New qualities and dimensions of God’s love would be evident not only to those receiving the Spirit, but also, often surprising the child of God from whom He flowed.

So when the believer sees the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in and through him, then we have assurance that we do indeed abide in the Lord and that He is abiding is us. We have no doubt that this is a supernatural, secure relationship of grace, provided through the sacrifice of Jesus, because we chose to place our faith in Him and none other.

How wonderful is His love and grace.