This subject is most interesting! The Presence of the Holy Spirit is “in” us in two distinct ways:
- He unites us to the Lord Jesus and in that fashion, His presence is connected to the new LIFE that we have (the same life as in Jesus) John 14:19; Gal 2:20 and
- He abides “in” our “soul” : “the Spirit helps us in our infirmities and makes intercession” Rom. 8:2, 9 and 10. In a way, the Spirit fills the soul of the believer Rom. 5:5
That’s cool stuff. We are like vessels filled with the Spirit of God, thus able to enter into the enjoyment of things that please God. That also gives us power.
There is no mysticism here. This is a gift. Scripture says: “herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us” (1 John 4: 10). In one way, we are, through our new nature, in God and because of the Spirit, God is in us: “hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” In that sense, we become morally partakers of God’s nature and character, by the Spirit of God.
Allow us to simply add that in this portion, we are presenting the issue of the Spirit’s Presence, not in our collective aspect (the Church) but in our individual lives.
Ok… so if God the Spirit dwells in our bodies, then, we are done with the old man… right?. Well, not exactly. In our “position”, we are perfected in the eyes of the Father, but in our natural bodies, we remain who and what we are. Think of it this way. The body is a vessel, and that is not yet fully “redeemed”. But what fills the vessel is from Heaven. Does that make any sense?
You can also think of it this way. Our vessel may be old and weak… but inside, in a spiritual sense, the blood of Jesus was sprinkled all over and that allows God to enter and dwell. We had nothing to do but believe. Cool stuff. The “finite” is filled with the “infinite”. We have reasons to rejoice.
- John 14:14-31 - If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?" "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me. "These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
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