The Holy Spirit uses a mother’s prayers, a tragic experience, a pastor’s sermon or some other experience to convict us of sin and of our need to turn our lives over to Jesus Christ. the spirit coming from God. I am asking you to say, “I want Christ in my life, to be my Lord and my Savior.” I know thousands of churchgoers who need to come to Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. copyright © 2020. There are times I feel that I don’t have joy, and I get on my knees and say, “Lord, where is the fruit of joy in my life?” I find that the joy is there, down deep. 8:3-6, ” …. I will first quote the verses that concern this gift and where needed offer a different translation and my reasons for it. God loves your body. Holy spirit gives us power and helps us to stay faithful while facing trials. About Us     Contact Us     Privacy I believe that this spirit is the new nature. But in Rom.7:17-18 we read where Paul writes, “As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. The Holy Spirit sees everything that goes on. In this passage however, he tells us that he has been sent by God with the Holy Spirit to preach God’s message. The Holy Spirit was given to us to live inside those who believe in Jesus, so that we might become more like God and live righteous lives. This in itself tells us that the Holy Spirit is a permanent resident within us until Jesus comes again. The Holy Spirit Lives In Us. In my opinion, that concept is demeaning to God. I will come to live in you.” Your body becomes the temple where God dwells by His Holy Spirit. When we read of the Holy Spirit (with upper case letters) in English translations, we are reading an interpretation of the text, not a translation. Isaiah was a prophet of God, it is clear that he was anointed with power from the Holy Spirit. In other words,  verse 11 of this passage tells us that man can know the things of God through the spirit (i.e. When we turn to Him in repentance and faith, He cleanses us of our sins, and He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. I am asking you to give in to the call of the Holy Spirit. 8:23, “… we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies”. We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, but we can grow only by the help of the Holy Spirit. This verse can, and, in my opinion should, read “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts through the holy spirit ( i.e. Thank God for this precious gift—the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives! You must be born again. (Micah 3:8; Luke 1: 35) God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will. Note also in Ephesians 4:30 the sealing action of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is the One who does the work of making you a born-again person. And that’s what I’m not sure he understands. The more we use the Holy Spirit to become like Christ, the more His life will be in us and, thus, the more He lives in us. Power to Serve Christ NASB 1977 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. It is a dangerous thing to resist the Spirit. In John 14:16-17, Jesus is talking to his disciples, and he says, “ And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. Yet another reason is found in Rom. We could never be saved. The “of” is the Genitive of origin, which the Companion Bible Ap. 10) But God hath revealed them unto us by His spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Now, it is possible to be in a season of true Christian life and not be filled with the Holy Spirit. The reason I say that is because, as I’m sure most students of God’s Word are aware, the Greek rarely capitalizes proper nouns. The moment that we receive Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts. the spirit to which the Spirit gives birth. He points to us and says, “You are a sinner. So just what does the Holy Spirit do for us and in us? “Where can I go from Your Spirit? One reason that I question that the Holy Spirit lives in the heart of man, is that basically, man is sinful and as such can not dwell with God. Can God, in His office of Holy Spirit dwell in the heart of Man with a sinful nature? So Paul is saying that we have the firstfruits from the Spirit”. The Holy Spirit can love through you. I Cor. Surely nothing else is required if the Holy Spirit Himself were indwelling the believer. God wants us to choose to live as Jesus lived by our free choice. What this verse says is that the Holy Spirit abides in us by the new nature. But the Holy Spirit will give you the power to love them. May I remind the reader that the Greek language rarely uses capital letters for proper nouns, not even for God, so the upper case letters and the lower case letters are interpretations, not translations. When an individual accepts Christ as personal Savior, the Holy Spirit gives the believer the life of God, eternal life, which is really His very nature (Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:4), and the Holy Spirit comes to live within him spiritually. And note what that new nature is said to do for those who have it, “that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Given that the context is about knowing the deep things of God, I think we may conclude that the things freely given are those deep things of God. The Holy Spirit dwells inside our spirit. The Bible says that He is not something, He is Someone. Galatians 5:22- “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, … If we fail to see the importance of “en” with the plural meaning “among” we have a glaring contradiction in the Word of God, which is not possible. He is God. Without that work we could never have our sins forgiven. Consider that as we read in I Cor. He comes to glorify Jesus Christ (John 16:13-14). Billy Graham: The Only Hope for the World, Billy Graham: A Cradle, a Cross and a Crown. When he comes again to finish the work of redemption, we will no longer need this sealing. The Holy Spirit gives us new life in Jesus Christ. This involves a humble, earnest seeking to become like Jesus Christ so His life becomes our life. If we want to follow Jesus and see that we need help to do so, God gives us His Holy Spirit. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. BGEA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. the spirit given to believers from God, helps us to search out the deep things of God. Some choose to reject Him completely and live the Christian life as if the Holy Spirit doesn’t exist. The Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). We are promised forgiveness when we confess sins. Jesus said the Holy Spirit shall not speak of Himself. Fourth, the Holy Spirit gives you power to serve Christ. When we do sin, God does not say He will take the Holy Spirit from us. God says, “I will put my Spirit in you. Our spirit within us, made in the image of God, is dead toward God. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The moment that we receive Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts. We could never go to Heaven. Do you know Christ? New Life The Holy Spirit lives in those in whom it is the Father’s purpose that the Spirit does so. Amplified Bible If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. the new nature),  and verse 14 tells us the same thing only in the negative, i.e. If the Holy Spirit lived in everyone, then everyone in the world would … Is it God Who is being contrasted with our old nature? We are sealed as if inserted into a Holy-Spirit-envelope that is addressed to Jesus. Therefore, all are dead toward God. Holy spirit also moves us forward and helps us to remain on the path to life everlasting. One more reason is found in II Peter 1:3-4, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Obviously this is not a contrast between the sinful spirit of man and God in His office of Holy Spirit. Let us also consider I Jn. That is the Gospel. 8:16, “The Spirit testifies with our spirit….”. He knows what goes on in our minds. Further, the “of” in the phrase, “the Spirit of God dwelleth” is, in my opinion, the Genitive of Origin. What follows are 50 things the Holy Spirit does according to the New Testament. When we read or hear a portion of God’s promise to us in Christ, and we believe it, that is, we trust and rest in it and are satisfied by it, then the Holy Spirit is flowing to our hearts and love is being produced. Is Paul saying here that the Holy Spirit Who lives in our hearts testifies with the Holy Spirit Who lives in our hearts? 2:14, “The man without the Spirit (can also be 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”. It is through the Spirit that we are adoptedThe Holy Spirit is like our ‘letter of adoption’ into the family … The Holy Spirit leads us, convicts us, teaches us, and equips us to do God's work and spread the Gospel. 17 defines as, “This marks the source from which anything has its origin”. I cannot believe that it is. If, as this verse says, the Holy Spirit abides in us by the new nature, then obviously it is not God in His office of Holy Spirit that abides in us, it is the new nature. In every instance, the Holy Spirit came “upon” people. If the Holy Spirit was in Isaiah then it would not have been necessary for the Holy Spirit to accompany Isaiah. I am a communicator of God’s message. I couldn’t do the work I am doing without the power of the Holy Spirit. 3:16-19 tells each of us, i.e. Christian Standard Bible Once that happens, He begins to rule in our lives. Rom. “Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. There is not a person who can follow Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit. Conviction of Sin Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers to renew, sanctify, and make us holy. He only resides within those who trust Christ as Savior. Love is the greatest evidence that you know Christ. even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. Here again the spirit is put in contrast with the old nature. For He will … He helps you to do the Father’s will. That is the reason we should discipline our bodies. God's Spirit is also practical. Further, we read in Luke 17:21 of Christ’s statement to the Pharisees, “…..the kingdom of God is within (Gr. We are saved by the mercy of God, by the grace of God. 3:16 which reads, “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”. The Holy Spirit gives us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control through Him. The same is true when the translators put small h, small s. As students of God’s Word we have the privilege and the responsibility of studying the passages that have to do with the Holy Spirit and decide, with His help, when “He” is meant and when it is not. And one of the Holy Spirit’s ministries is to help make us holy. But it is not possible to be a Christian at all if one does not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. The Spirit is called holy. Indwelling Spirit Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation – but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. (For a complete study of the subject please see the paper on spirit which discusses every occurrence of the Hebrew and Greek words translated “spirit”. “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8). It is the Holy Spirit who convicts you of your need of Christ. He calls us to the path, but we must want t… John said, In Him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:4). And in Hebrews 9:14 the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is eternal. Rom. That is the reason we should never take anything unclean into our bodies. This passage tells us that through the new nature, we participate in the divine nature. The human spirit and the Holy Spirit. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature …..”. with You (God) the wicked can not dwell“. That makes no sense. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5 NKJV). And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Whatever the circumstances, there is a river of joy. ( Luke 11:9-13; Acts 5:32 .) I have expressed the reasons for my belief that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in each believer. If the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of believers, why is it necessary for us to “put on the new self”? Paul said to Titus, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). I must say at the outset that both the NIV and the King James translations are not very helpful in the study of this subject. But many are confused by I Cor. How can God be a firstfruits? Also, I believe that many are at least aware of E. W. Bullinger’s writings on this spirit and they would be comfortable with the term “new nature”. Before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He promised that after He had died, risen again, and ascended to heaven, He would send the Spirit to be with His people. Again, as we put all these passages together, we will, I hope, have a clearer understanding of the spirit given to the believer and therefore be better able to determine when Scripture refers to the gift and when to the Giver. We should always be conforming more to the image of Jesus Christ, and it is the Holy Spirit who helps us in this growing process. It is the Holy Spirit who draws you to Christ. It is a contrast between the old nature of man and the new nature which comes from God. The Bible says, “Be holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). We can’t do this on our own. Through the Holy Spirit, human beings can live in a more productive and fruitful way. And if any one does not have the Spirit (can also be spirit) of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. When and how He enters our hearts is debated for a couple of reasons. No matter where we go, He is there. The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit helps us be obedient. Instead, He teaches, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Paul wrote to the Romans about how God’s love has been poured out to the believer by the Holy Spirit. That implies that the Holy Spirit is accompanying him, not in him. The knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives, that He performs all these miraculous functions, that He dwells with us forever, and that He will never leave or forsake us is cause for great joy and comfort. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit (can also be spirit) you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit (can also be spirit) of God are sons of God”. What is it then that man needs in order to accept the things that come from the Holy Spirit? Let us examine the scriptures that have to do with the spirit living in the believer and then see what we can learn about this wonderful and gracious gift from the Holy Spirit, i.e. Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psalm 139:7). believers in Christ, that it is through the spirit in the inner being that allows us to have Christ dwell in our hearts. There are people whom you may not be able to love easily. These are people chosen, on some basis we do not understand, before the creation of the universe. I have done so because that gift is spirit, and to refer to it as “spirit” can make a very complex study even more difficult to understand. Whatever the circumstances, I have peace in my heart. Many of you are spiritually dead and are completely immersed in our hedonistic culture. He doesn’t want it polluted by fleshly lusts and the things to which you give yourself. Another reason for my question centers on Is. Again, I believe that the contrast is between the old nature and the new nature. I want to start a new life.”. “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot,’" Acts … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, The Holy Spirit helps us live a life that is willing to be obedient to the truth of the scriptures. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” The contrast here is between the “sinful nature” and the spirit. We read in Micah 3:8, “I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.” The Bible says that God is present everywhere. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”. Then, in the following section, I will try to pull all these verses together so that we can have an idea based on Scripture of the Holy Spirit’s gift to each believer. Just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit will give eternal life to believers in Christ. “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. There is only one way of salvation, and that is Christ. It is a supernatural act. I believe the new nature is that firstfruits. The Holy Spirit gives you self-control. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. So we see that the Holy Spirit does not produce … Also, note in verse 12 that there is once again a contrast, this time between “the spirit of the world” and “the spirit which is of (should be “from”, Genitive of origin) God”. I believe it is the new nature that is being put in contrast to the old nature. The Greek word translated “in” is “en” which, when used with a plural can be “among”. • It is the medium by which God comes to dwell in us (Ephesians 2:22 Ephesians 2:22 In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is pleased when you glorify Christ in your life. In John 3:6 we read, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit”. the man without the new nature cannot accept the things from God. ©2021 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. We ought to be more holy today than we were yesterday. If the Holy Spirit dwells in us, why would we need a new nature? 12 So far we have discussed two ways in which holy spirit helps us. “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. This paper is an attempt to explain why I questioned this view and my conclusions, based, of course, on Scripture. 5:5, “….the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” . You need to repent.” We don’t like to hear that, but that is the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can be in both your heart and my heart, even though we may live a thousand miles apart. ...you know him, for he lives with you … First, the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin. It is something I didn’t earn, something I didn’t work for. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit (can also read spirit) have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The kingdom of God was among them in the Person of the King Himself. I believe that he is saying that the Holy Spirit testifies with the new nature, which is given to each believer. The holy spirit is God’s power in action, his active force. That is to say, the old nature is put in contrast to the new nature. I have used the term “new nature” for this gift that is given by the Holy Spirit to believers even though that term is not used in the Bible. Now this is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” There’s nothing like this in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and so forth, that Christ literally comes and lives in us. LOGIN, Papers Concerning GOD’s Plan of Salvation. Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit helps us live the Christian life. What counts is the message that–according to Scripture–Christ died for our sins, He rose again, He is coming back again and He is ready to come into your heart by the Holy Spirit and make you a new person. Second, the Holy Spirit gives new life. He called me and gave me that gift. I have questioned that belief for some time. He guides us to truth. In other words, He sets up His Kingdom—His rule—within us. 1 Peter 1:22. 11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? The Bible says, “The Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). It is the gift of God, the gift of salvation. ), THE GIFT OF THE NEW NATURE GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO EACH BELIEVER. That is, the Holy Spirit temporarily filled them. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us and takes us deeper and deeper into God’s truth as we go along in our Christian life. The answer is "No." In some denominations and movements, the Holy Spirit is overemphasized, leading to a Christless Pentecost — putting the Spirit exclusively on the throne and losing Jesus in the temple. 8:9-14, “You however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit (can also be spirit) of God lives in you. “en”) you”. But inside of us is the Holy of holies where the Spirit of God dwells. Rom. The phrase, “things that come from the Spirit of God” refers to God in His office of Holy Spirit. We need simply to ask for it, and be obedient. Eph. I believe that this verse is saying that the Holy Spirit dwells among us. That is to say, when the translators put capital H, capital S they are not translating the text, they are interpreting it. Anything of eternal value in this life and in eternity comes through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our good works and all the good things that we have done are not going to save us. We don't have to fear sharing the good news of what Jesus has done in our lives because Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom to navigate difficult conversations and the ability to clearly communicate our faith. So inside you and inside me is … The Holy Spirit comes to magnify, to glorify and to exalt the Son. All Rights Reserved. Finally, 1 Chronicles 12:18 and 2 Chronicles 20:14-15 tell us that the Holy Spirit came upon Amasai and Jahaziel. In the Bible, the word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ruʹach and the Greek word pneuʹma.Most often, those words refer to God’s active force, or holy spirit. Rom. That is to say, it is the spirit from God that dwelleth among us. the new nature) which He has given us”. And if the Spirit (can also be spirit) of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give you life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit (can also be spirit) who (KJV has “that”) lives in you. In short, the new nature, i.e. I want my sins forgiven. Jesus Christs life illuminates the paththe wayGod wants us to live. Be Led by the Spirit (Rom 8:14) The apostle Paul writes, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are … But what God does do, in His infinite grace and wisdom, is to give each believer a gift from the Holy Spirit so that through this gift God communicates with His own and we communicate with Him. 2:9-12 reads, 9) “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. There is not a person who can follow Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit. All have sinned. The peace that passes understanding comes from the Holy Spirit. The “firstfruits of the Spirit” is not God in His office of Holy Spirit. So since the Holy Spirit is the source of life and is living in us, how does this imagery work? Each of these passages states the Holy Spirit moved these prophets to write. Jesus said, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Mankind needs life. I know where I am going, I know where I have been. The New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that no one has the Holy Spirit until he or she turns to God and asks to receive His indwelling presence (Luke 11:13) through faith in Jesus Christ. 4:24, which reads, “put on the new self created to be like God”. He comes to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit … Not so much. In other denominations and movements, the Spirit is but a footnote, an afterthought, even a stranger. I Cor. Note that verse 11 contrasts the spirit of man with the spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” The Holy Spirit is a Person. 2:11, “the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of  (Genitive of Origin, “from”) God”. There is not a person anywhere who can be a Christian without the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is all-powerful. 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