Eternal Life in the Spirit
When it comes to the issue of Eternal Life in the Spirit, we must address the issue of the believer’s eternal security. That is crucial to our spiritual enjoyment.
The Bible tells us, in point blank, that if you believe in Jesus, you have Eternal Life. This topic is explained in other sections on this website. When this happens (faith), we receive the Holy Spirit. It is an instant action, neither measured nor defined, but it remains real. The moment you receive the Person of the Holy Ghost in you (through faith in the Son), you receive this Divine Person. This sealing process is permanent. Forever! That means that the Spirit abides in you. It is not an uncertainty nor is it something that requires repetition. It happens once. There is no such thing as being again sealed by the Spirit of God.
This is cool because it is permanent. You are called to rejoice in this. This divine action gives you spiritual Life (“…the Spirit gives life…”)… and it also gives you FREEDOM… Liberty in the soul. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
If and when a believer sins, there is a grieving action in the soul of that person. After a time, if the believer continues into a path that is wrong, the Spirit is grieved and this believer becomes unhappy. Yet, do remember that the Lord Jesus is Advocate with the Father; as John says — “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
In the second Chapter of the book of Acts, we find that, when all the believers of Jesus were together, out of nowhere came a sound from heaven… like a mighty rushing wind. That was the entrance of the Holy Spirit on earth. (Remember, Jesus had said that He would send Another Comforter). Acts 2: 32, 33, “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”
Suddently, above each individual in that room, you could see flames of fire. These cloven tongues sat upon each one. (A bit like the Holy Ghost was there, both in a collective and in a personal sense). An interesting note to add here. When the Spirit came down on Jesus, at His baptism, the Spirit chose the form of a dove. Here, fire. It may suggest that on Christ, everything was perfect, no sin. In our case, we need the purifying element of fire. (Fire often speaks of judgement in the Bible).
But we need to become believers in Christ for the Holy Ghost to come on and in us. This won’t happen until we rest on Christ’s redemption. The precious blood of Christ “cleanseth us” it is said in Scripture, “from all sin.” Do you believe it? Do you really bow to what God declares, that “the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin”?
The Holy Ghost never leaves the believer or the Church, because He is given in virtue of Christ. Certainly not because of our good behaviour. He will always abide or reside with us. Otherwise, Christ’s work would be worthless. This makes the Spirit so cool… so precious. “He shall abide with you for ever” (John 14: 16).
- John 3:1-18 - Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
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