The Indwelling Holy Spirit

Depositphotos_15365909_x mod with color croppedIt should not surprise us to know that our new spirit and God’s Holy Spirit share a commonality. After all, our new spirit was created in the image of God. Our new spirit communes directly and regularly with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit has the amazing interpersonal work of bringing our inner man to maturity as He transforms us from the inside out.

The Holy Spirit in us is one of the most profound and beautiful truths we find in scripture. The apostle John writes:

John 14:16-17 (NIV) – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

John 16:5-7 (NIV) – “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

Jesus understood that our relationship with the Counselor was both necessary for us and that it would be the most wonderful experience we could ever imagine; even better for us than Jesus’ own physical presence in our world. Instead of living “beside” us, God, through the work of Christ, made a way to live “inside” us. It just doesn’t get more personal than that. Now the Holy Spirit is actively working with our inner man molding us and shaping us into the glory of God. The work of the indwelling Holy Spirit is an extremely personal and altogether wonderful experience with our loving God.

The Holy Spirit of God was sent to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment.

John 16:7-11 (NIV) – But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:  in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;  and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

We can thank the Holy Spirit of God for His work in bringing us to the place of conviction for our sin, and acknowledgement of our impending judgment. The Holy Spirit was actively and personally present in our lives even before we knew Christ, leading us to the point of acknowledging our sinful condition before God and preparing our hearts to receive Christ.

The Holy Spirit points us to Christ.

John 15:26 (NIV) – “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.”

As the Holy Spirit began to convict us of our sin, He also pointed us to the truth of Christ our redeeming Messiah. The word testify means “to bear witness.” The Holy Spirit bore witness in our hearts and minds when we heard the word of truth concerning Christ. When our hearts were ready to receive, He led us to the solution for that guilt: the redeeming work of Christ on the cross which now enables us to stand approved by God and justified freely by His grace.

If that alone was His final act in our lives, we should be eternally grateful. But that’s not all.

The Holy Spirit of God communes directly with our new spirit teaching us the wisdom and plans of God.

The Holy Spirit has been given to help us understand God’s secret wisdom, especially as it pertains to his plan for our glory since before time began. This passage says the Holy Spirit has been given to open our eyes, ears and minds to God’s plans and purposes for us.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (NIV) – We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.  None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  However, as it is written:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”

but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

The Holy Spirit does this by directly communing with our new spirit, continuously leading us toward truth and helping our minds to accept the truth concerning the things of God which can only be spiritually discerned. He was sent specifically to guide us into all truth, to let us know what is to come and He continues to make Christ known to us.

John 16:12-15 (NIV) – “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

The Holy Spirit of God actively brings us toward maturity in Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Although our new spirit is born of God and is created as righteous and holy, it has the capacity to grow up and mature over time. The Holy Spirit has been given to help us in this maturing process, renewing us daily and transforming us into the likeness of God with ever-increasing glory. Without the involvement of the Holy Spirit, we would remain immature in our knowledge and understanding of God’s plans and purposes for our lives rendering us ineffective to accomplish His will on this earth.

The Holy Spirit of God actively encourages and strengthens us.

Acts 9:31 (NIV) – Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

In this life, we may never be fully aware of the incredible intimacy of the Holy Spirit as He interacts and communes with our own spirit. But we know that the Holy Spirit of God is ever-present, interceding for us, convicting us, teaching and instructing us, encouraging us, drawing us toward Christ over and over again and ultimately bringing us closer and closer to the fullness of God’s glorious plans for our now and for our eternal future.

I pray today that we will find the deepest place of communion and trust in this dynamic and intimate relationship with our Holy God.

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