There is something I feel I need to emphasize. We need to heed the instructions of the Holy Spirit. The holy Spirit is the messenger who instructs men concerning God’s requirements for salvation. It is imperative that we heed his instructions. In the final book of the Bible we read,
7 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’
This expression is repeated a number of times, indicating the importance of man’s heeding the instructions of the Holy Spirit. In the final chapter of the final book of the bible, there are these words:
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
This is God’s invitation to all of us to come to salvation. My earnest hope is that each one of us will believe in Jesus as the Christ, the divine Son of God, that this belief will be so deep that it will cause us to repent to turn way from all our past sins, that we then make known our faith before men, and finally that we will be buried with our Lord in baptism. These are instructions from God through the Holy Spirit. This is the way the Holy Spirit guides us to begin to be Christians. Of course, there is much more that we need to learn in order to become full-grown men and women in Christ. However, the beginning is simple. Faith in Christ leads us to turn from sin, confess his name before men, and be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins.
There is great significance to the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells in Christians. The Holy Spirit is involved in the Christians’ Growth.
1) The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of our sonship.
Rom. 8:16, 17
16* The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
17* and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Gal. 4:6, 7
6* Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
7* Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
1 Jn. 3:24
24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Eph. 1:13, 14
13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
The word “sealed” in Eph. 1:13 might be interpreted to mean something like the word “trademark” – a sign of ownership. In ancient times jars of wine were sealed with the seal of the owner of the vineyard. The seal of the Holy Spirit is a guarantee that a man belongs to God.
2) The indwelling of the Holy Spirit gives strength and help in our Christian living.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Rom. 8:12, 13
12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh–
13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
2 Thess. 2:13
13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
Sanctification is that process by which the Holy Spirit as the agent uses the word of God as the instrument to develop us into the likeness of Christ.
We receive strength and help from the Holy Spirit in our desire to live the Christian life.
3) The indwelling of the Holy Spirit means that the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers.
Rom. 8:26, 27
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers, rather than praying for us apart from our own prayers.