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).