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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
DOCTRINAL

PNEUMATOLOGY

(A study on the Holy Spirit)

Dr. Silas C. Nair

 

VIII. WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM

PENTECOST TO THE LORD’S RETURN

  

C. INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT

 

The work of the Holy Spirit in this age is very distinctive and the indwelling work is the heart of it. On the day of Pentecost Holy Spirit came to indwell the temple, the Church of God, and from that day forward He also indwells every believer.

 

Jesus Christ had promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would be in them. Corporately (1 Cor.3.16) and individually (1 Cor.6.19) believers are the temple of God and Holy Spirit indwells them. This indwelling is permanent (Jn.14.16). Even if there is sin in the life of a believer, the Holy Spirit indwells and does not depart from him (cf.1 Cor.6.19 with 5.5). There is sin in every Christian (1 Jn.1.8). This is the sin nature. In the lives of the Christians in Corinth there were many sins and they were exhorted to live a godly life. Though sins in the lives of Christians do not affect their salvation it affects their service. Sins cause the power of his indwelling, but not the fact of it, to be diminished. Yet the body of every believer is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit indwells them. If this indwelling is not a fact, then that man is not a believer at all. If you don’t have the Sprit of Christ you are none of his (Rom.8.9). Such a person is an unbeliever. While describing the apostates Jude describes as those who walk after their own ungodly lusts and they are those who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit (Jude 19).

 

Can we know that Holy Spirit indwells us? Yes, we can know it by the Word of God. The word promises us that when we believe each of us is sealed by the Spirit. Our experience may or may not confirm it.

 

When David sinned and he realized this, he prayed: Take not thy Holy Spirit from me (Ps.51.11). David suspected that there is a possibility of God taking the Holy Spirit from him as a result.

 

There is also the case of King Saul concerning whom it is said: The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him (1 Sam.16.14). These instances are not applicable to the New Testament Christians. Holy Spirit abides with them forever (Jn.14.16).

 

On the basis of Peter’s words in Acts 5.32, “we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him”, it is taught by some that obedience to God is the condition upon which Holy Spirit is given. This verse only teaches the initial obedience to Christ when a repentant sinner puts his trust in Christ. Every believer receives the Holy Spirit the moment one is saved by obeying the gospel. Other problem passages in the Book of Acts, Viz. The Samaritans in Chapter 10, and John’s disciples in Chapter 19 have already been dealt with elsewhere.

 

Are there any evidences to the truth of the Spirit of God indwelling a believer? The following may be noted.

 

1. The flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary to one another (Gal.5.17). An unbeliever by nature follows the prompting of the flesh, because he is flesh. But not so a believer. The Spirit in him opposes such prompting of the flesh and leads him in the opposite direction. The indwelling Spirit helps he believer to put to death the deeds of the body (Rom.8.13).

 

2. The indwelling Spirit helps in our weakness and Himself makes intercession for us with groanings, which cannot be uttered (Rom.8.26). He is called the Spirit of grace and supplication (Zech 12.10).

 

3. Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Rom.8.5, 6). The mind set of those who are indwelt by the Spirit is different from others. This does not mean that those who are indwelt by the Spirit never sins. But the habitual bent of the believer is to spiritual things.

 

The anointing and the indwelling of the Spirit

            “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 Jn.2.20). But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true and is not a lie and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him (v.27).

 

The anointing in the above verses is the Holy Spirit Himself who abides (permanently indwells) in every believer. He guards the believers from error. He is the Guardian given by the Lord to guard the believers from deception. He is the believer’s built in safe guard. He will also guide and teach them.

 

D. THE SEALING OF THE SPIRIT

 

There are three passages in the New Testament concerning the sealing ministry of the Spirit, one in Corinthians and two in Ephesians, which may be noted.

 

(a) All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he, who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (2 Cor.1.20-22).

            The several promises of God find their fulfillment in Christ. This is for the glory of God. God has also established them in the faith and anointed them by the Spirit who teaches them that the entire inheritance promised by God will be theirs one day. The Spirit of God by whom they are sealed is the guarantee that this will be so.

 

(b) In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise (Eph.1.13).

            Paul emphasizes here that the sealing by the Holy Spirit happens when one puts his trust in Christ. This is the salvation experience. The basis of their belief is hearing the word of the Gospel. Here the Spirit is called the Holy Spirit of promise. The Father promised to send him (Joel 2.28; Acts 1.4) and the Lord himself promised to send Him (Jn.16.7). The Spirit of promise is the guarantee that all promises will be fulfilled.

 

(c) Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption (Eph.4.30).

All the Ephesian believers were sealed by the Spirit, and therefore they have the potential of grieving the Spirit who is a person. This is true of all other believers also. At the time of salvation a person’s spirit is saved. This is the past. In the present tense his soul is being saved. The prospect of every believer is that one day when the Lord comes his body will be redeemed. We are waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body (Rom.8.23). The Spirit in the believer is his guarantee that one day his body will be saved.

 

Concerning the sealing ministry of the Spirit five precious truths may be noted.

 

1. It shows a finished transaction. (Jer.32.9, 10). When the judgment of God fell upon Israel He said that they would be handed over to the Babylonians. But this will be only for a period when the Lord will visit them again to bring them back. As a token the Lord told Jeremiah to buy the field of Hanamel in Anathoth. Jeremiah bought the field, signed the deed, gave the money and sealed the purchase deed according to the law and custom. This signified the finished transaction. The buried earthen vessel on which the sealed deed was certified ownership. Like wise when a believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise it showed a finished transaction. The finished transaction means that a believer is saved and he is secure. When the Lord visits them again he will take them home.

 

2. It shows ownership. Again referring to the above transaction, the sealed deed showed that Jeremiah has purchased the field and he is the owner. (cf. 2 Tim.2.19; Jn.10.14) The Lord knows them that are his. The seal of the Spirit shows that we are not our own. We are purchased of God. Paul writing to the Corinthians said, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price” (1 Cor.6.19, 20).

 

3. Jesus died and he was placed in the tomb. Roman government then sealed the tomb with its seal. Though the seal had no strength in itself, the authority of the government was behind it. None other than the Government had the authority to break it. The ring Pharoah gave to Joseph gave him the authority of Pharoah. The seal speaks of authority.

 

4. It shows security. When Daniel was put in the Lion’s den and it was sealed it was secure.  Daniel could not get out of it. Like wise when a believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit he is secure. His salvation will not be lost.

 

5. It shows authenticity. Jezebel wrote letters to the princes in the name of the king. The letter itself was a forgery. But she sealed it with the seal of the King. It gave authenticity to the document. Likewise when we were sealed by the Spirit, we became authentic. It is the Spirit that authenticates us as the sons of God. (cf.1 King 21/ 7-9; Jn.1.12). All genuine believers are sealed by the Spirit.

                                                             To be continued.......

 

 
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