|The Holy Spirit Indwells You (2010)|
Series: The God Within: What the Holy Spirit Does (Week 1 of 2)
Woodrow Kroll: Did you know that the Holy Spirit takes up residence right inside you?
Tami Weissert: And that happens the moment you come to faith.
Woodrow Kroll: Stay tuned to find out more about the God within. Hi, I'm Woodrow Kroll.
Tami Weissert: And I'm Tami Weissert.
Woodrow Kroll: And this is Back to the Bible.
Tami Weissert: The Bible says that the Holy Spirit comes to indwell believers. And Wood, I like the way you put it--that He takes up residence inside of us. It's kind of like this new person who moves in, sets up house, and hopefully He makes a few changes.
Woodrow Kroll: Oh, big changes! You see, at the moment of our salvation, the Holy Spirit regenerates us. But then as we talk about new life Then, as we talked about yesterday, He also baptizes the new believer into Christ. That's spiritual union with God and everybody in God's family. Now, today we're going to talk about the fact that the Holy Spirit also indwells us. In other words, He comes to live inside of us.
Tami Weissert: OK, so at the moment we come to faith, the Holy Spirit moves right in. This is a permanent dwelling and He's not just renting a room, right?
Woodrow Kroll: No long term lease here. He's got the deed. He abides with us forever.
Tami Weissert: So God didn't just say, "Hey, now that you're saved, you're part of My family. Oh, by the way, I'm making a room for you in heaven and hey, I'll see you on Resurrection Day!"
Woodrow Kroll: No, He didn't strand us here until then. Instead, God put His Spirit into us at the moment of our salvation to seal us forever in Him but also to help guide us and comfort us every day we live here on Earth. Now those are some of the things we are going to talk about later on this week. But today, we want to focus on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Tami Weissert: All right. Well, thank you, Wood. Now this is an important concept to understand so let's get right to our study.
Woodrow Kroll: If you were with us yesterday, you learned from 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:26-28, and elsewhere that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is something that happens to every believer. It is not something that happens to just a select few "super-sanctified" saints. It is the common experience for everyone who puts his/her trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the work of Jesus Christ whereby He brings each of us who come to Him as Savior, into spiritual union with Himself, and, with all others who come to Him as Savior. We are baptized by means of the Holy Spirit, into the Body of Christ, and that happens the very moment we are saved. When you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are baptized by the Spirit of God into the family of God at that very moment. In fact, you cannot be saved without this happening.
You do not have to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You do not have to seek it sometime subsequent to your salvation. In fact, you cannot seek it. It is the work of Christ in your behalf. And, it is true for everyone who trusts Him as Savior.
Ah, but that was yesterday. Today, we want to see what it means to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit. If the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-time act, accomplished by Christ at the very moment of our salvation, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is also a one-time act that continues throughout our lives as Christians.
In order to get a handle on this, let us begin with a working definition of what we mean by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I would say it is this; the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is His taking up residence within the person who has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. In addition, it is the Holy Spirit abiding in him/her, forever. Simply put, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is His dwelling in us, forever—period. I think the best way we can understand the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is by describing it, and then by asking some questions about what it means.
Let us ask some very pointed and personal questions. When does the Holy Spirit indwell us? The answer to that question is At the very moment of our salvation He indwells us. This is an instantaneous thing. It is a non-experiential thing.
That means that we do not feel anything; we cannot describe it. We do not feel particularly indwelt. We do not have to wait until sometime in the future, after we have been a Christian for some trial period, to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. The Spirit comes to us; He comes into us. He takes up residence within us whenever we pass from darkness to light.
Whenever we pass from being lost without Christ to being saved with Christ, we are also indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God.
This is the third day in our study. If you have been with us all three days, you are going to notice a progression. On Monday, we talked about regeneration. The Spirit of God is the agent by which God makes us alive, makes us born again, brings to us new life. He regenerates us. He recreates us. We do not just turn over a new leaf; He gives us a new life. That is the work of the Holy Spirit in your behalf.
Yesterday, we looked at the Spirit of God baptizing us. Spirit baptism is the act of the Lord Jesus whereby He places us into His Body, and into connection with Him and with everybody else in His Body. He does this by means of the Holy Spirit of God. Those two things are instantaneous acts. They happen at the very moment of our salvation.
And, do you know what? The same thing is true with the indwelling Spirit of God. You do not have to wait a year, or two years, or until you become spiritual enough for the Spirit to indwell you. It is the act of God whereby He takes up residence in you the very moment you pass from darkness to light.
Listen to this. This is Romans 8:9, "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you." (The key words are, dwells in you.) "Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His." (NKJV) That is what the apostle Paul said. Let me say it another way. If you do not have Jesus Christ as Savior, you do not have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in you. But conversely, if you have Jesus Christ as your personal Savior today, you must have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. My friend, it is a packaged deal. You cannot have one without the other.
That leads me to ask another very pertinent question. What does it mean to us to have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us? It means that He lives in us as God’s promised gift to us. A very key passage that will help you understand this is in John 14:16-17. Jesus said, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." Those are pretty powerful verses.
Let us dissect those verses and see what we can learn. First of all, Jesus said that the Father would give us another comforter, another helper, the Holy Spirit of God. Do you know what that means? That means that we do not seek the Spirit. We do not pray for Him to indwell us. We do not crave Him. We do not do anything to get Him to indwell us.
He is God’s gift to us, at the very moment of our salvation. You cannot be saved, then receive the Holy Spirit of God a year or two later in a revival meeting. If you do not have the Holy Spirit living in you, dwelling in you, my friend, you are not saved. That is what the Bible says. Let the Bible say what it wants to say.
Tami Weissert: Well, the Bible definitely has a lot to say on the subject of the Holy Spirit. Hi, I'm Tami Weissert and you're listening to a study from Dr. Kroll's series on the work of the Holy Spirit. Now let's return to our study here on Back to the Bible.
Woodrow Kroll: So, first of all, Jesus said that the Father gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit of God. Secondly, the Holy Spirit will abide, or dwell in us, as believers, forever. You see, we cannot lose His indwelling presence, even if we sin. Oh sure, we can grieve Him; we can disappoint Him with sin; we can cause Him to be ashamed of us as His children; but, we cannot drive Him away.
God’s gifts are forever. And, the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in the believer is God’s gift to us. So, if you are a believer today, you are indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God. The Spirit of God lives inside of you, and He will be there forever.
Here is something else we learn from this verse. The Holy Spirit does not and cannot indwell the unbeliever. John 14:17 clearly says, "…the world cannot receive (the Spirit) because it neither sees Him not knows Him." (paraphrase) Unsaved people do not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them. Jesus said the world could not receive the Holy Spirit of God because light does not dwell with darkness.
Truth does not live with falsehood. The Spirit not only indwells every person who trusts Jesus Christ as Savior; He also cannot indwell any person who does not. That is what the Bible says. Let the Bible speak for itself.
Tami Weissert: If you've just joined us, this is Back to the Bible with Bible teacher, Woodrow Kroll. I'm Tami Weissert.
Now Wood, a moment ago, you said that the Holy Spirit takes us residence in us forever. It's a permanent deal. We can't lose Him. Now that says to me that we can't lose our salvation either.
Woodrow Kroll: It says that to me too. I think we need to take God at His Word. I take what He says in the Bible at face value. He says that He will never go back on our salvation. He won't take it away from us. If we don't live as regenerated people ought to live, we will definitely lose some eternal rewards, but we will never lose our eternal salvation. We're going to talk more about that later this week.
Tami Weissert: Wood, there's a book you recommend called The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit by R. A. Torrey.
Woodrow Kroll: Yes, Torrey was a pastor. He was an evangelist. He was an author who wrote this book back about the turn of the 20th century but he wrote it to quell some controversies about the Holy Spirit, the same controversies that we deal with today. Now, Torrey felt that to correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, you must first understand the Person of the Holy Spirit. So it's from that perspective that The Work and Person of the Holy Spirit was written.
Tami Weissert: And really, his book still speaks to us today.
Woodrow Kroll: Oh, very much so! It's a very personal introduction to the Person of the Spirit of God.
Tami Weissert: It's a great book to put on your reading list and we have it available right now, right here at Back to the Bible. So if you'd like to order a copy, give us a call at 1-800-759-2425.
Up next, Dr. Kroll gives us another verse that points to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation. The verse is Romans 5:5. Here it is.
Woodrow Kroll: "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" (NKJV). You see, Paul is describing all that we have received when we received Jesus Christ as our Savior. One of the things he lists is the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God. God’s Spirit inhabits all of God’s people. That is what the Bible says.
Want more Bible references to be sure that the Spirit is God’s gift to the saved? How about 1 Corinthians 2:12? "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God." Did you catch that phrase, freely given? The Spirit of God is God’s gift to us. When we receive His free gift of salvation, we also receive His free gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Here is another verse, 2 Corinthians 5:5, "Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee." Notice again those words, has given. God gave us the Spirit. We did not pray all night to receive Him. We did not try to do something supernaturally spiritual. We did not exercise some kind of extraordinary faith to receive it. When we got saved, the Holy Spirit of God took up residence in us. That is what the Bible says.
I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us." When you were saved, my friend, the Spirit of God took up residence in you. He resides in every person who has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior.
Now, we have looked at Romans 8:9. We have looked at John 14. We have looked at Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 2:12, and 2 Corinthians 5:5. Now, listen to this. This is Galatians 4:6, and it says, "And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’"
Now, where is the Spirit of God? He is in our hearts, living inside of us. Who are the "us"? They are those who are sons and daughters of God; they are those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, God’s son, as their only Savior from sin.
You see folks, when we become children of God, we also become the temple of the Holy Spirit. We become His house. We become His residence, His abiding place. One cannot be a son without the presence of the Holy Spirit of God. In addition, you cannot have the Holy Spirit without becoming a son or daughter of God. That is what the Bible says.
You see, it is a packaged deal. When you trust Jesus Christ as Savior, the Spirit of God regenerates you. When you trust Jesus Christ as Savior, the Spirit of God baptizes you into the body of Christ. When you trust Jesus Christ as Savior, the Spirit of God takes up His residence in you immediately.
Can you take another reference? You see it is not important what I teach. It is not important what someone else teaches you from the pulpit, on the radio, or on TV about the Holy Spirit of God. It is important what the Bible teaches. That is why here, at Back to the Bible, I read so much scripture. I want you to know what the Bible says, and you can take it from there.
So, here is what the Bible says in 1 John 3:23-24, "And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandment abides in Him, [in Jesus] and He in him. And by this we know that He [Jesus] abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us."
Now, notice again that the Spirit was given to us. We did not seek Him. We did not pray for Him. We did not exercise enough faith to get Him. God gave Him to us when we trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. Notice too, that this is the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. We know we are keeping the commandments of God and we believed on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior when the Spirit of God abides in us.
Once we are saved, the Spirit takes up residence in us; not until we are born again does this happen. But, it happens at the very moment we are born again, and it happens to everyone who is born again. I cannot stress this too much. This is what the Bible says.
Well, how about one last verse? This is what I call the clincher, 1 John 4:13, "By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit." You see, the strongest proof for anyone’s salvation is the presence, the abiding presence, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in one’s life.
If the Spirit is in there, my friends, you can be sure that salvation is in there as well, because the Spirit simply does not take up residence in those who are not born again through Jesus Christ as Savior. That is what the Bible says. And, that is what it means.
It was Oswald Chambers who said, "The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a guest in a house; He invades everything."
That means that when the Spirit of God comes into your life, when you trust Jesus Christ as Savior, the Spirit of God not only takes up residence, He takes over. He takes control.
Well OK, let us summarize. The Holy Spirit takes up residence in the believer at the very moment of his/her salvation. And, He continues to indwell us forever. That is what the Bible says. But, more than that, it is impossible--listen now--it is impossible to be saved and not have the Holy Spirit indwelling in you.
Romans 8:9, "Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His." That is pretty plain, is it not? If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, living in you, you are not a part of the Body of Christ. In addition, since the Holy Spirit lives within every believer, that makes the body of every believer, the house of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6: 19). Our body is His sanctuary. The Holy Spirit is not a part of our body. Our bodies are not divine, friends. They are not to be worshipped. The Holy Spirit lives in our body. Our body is His home.
Do you know what that means? That means that while we do not worship the body, we do tend to it the way we would tend to a house. We clean it. We keep it fit. We refuse to put anything in it that would be harmful to it, anything that would make it an unfit dwelling for the Holy Spirit of God. We care for our body the way we care for God’s creation. We do not worship it, but, we do tend it. We care for it. We recognize its function, and we dedicate it to the One who lives in us, the Holy Spirit of God.
It is really a pretty scary thought that the Holy Spirit is right inside of us. That means that you take Him with you on every date; and, when you allow your body either to be mistreated or aroused in an unsanctified way, the Holy Spirit is just as close to you as that person you are with. That means that when you over-eat, when you run yourself down, when you abuse alcohol or prescriptions, when you harm your body in any way, you are demonstrating to the Holy Spirit of God that you do not much care what kind of a house He has to live in.
Ah, but that is the negative side. There is also a positive side. The Holy Spirit’s presence in our very bodies is His pledge of all future blessings in Christ. Listen to this, Ephesians 1:14, it says that the Holy Spirit "is the guarantee of our inheritance." That means that God loves you so much that instead of just giving you His word--that would have been enough--His word that your inheritance is laid up in heaven, He actually gives you a guarantee. He asks that guarantee to live within you, to go with you everywhere you go, so that you will never forget or doubt that God has saved you and He has great things in store for you.
That, friends, is what the Spirit of God does for you. That is what the indwelling of the Holy Spirit means for the Christian.
Tami Weissert: You know, Wood, you used a lot of scripture today to tell us about the Holy Spirit's work. When you think about it on a daily basis, having the Spirit inside of us as we pick up God's Word--what a helper that is.
Woodrow Kroll: You know, Tami, there are a lot of people who say, "If I could only see the Spirit living within me, then I'd believe." There are people like that in the Bible as well. But what I hold in my hand is God's eternal, forever, settled in heaven Word. And when I read the promises in God's Word in black and white, I shouldn't need to see the Spirit to trust God. The Holy Spirit inspired this Book, His stamp of approval is all over it. What I read in God's Word means the Spirit of God lives within me.
Tami Weissert: Yes, and it's probably a good idea (at least I think it is) when I try to read, I ask ahead of time, "Lord, show me what You would have for me in this passage that I am looking at today."
Woodrow Kroll: That way we're sure that we didn't just dream this up; that in fact, this is God's Word because we have it in print, in black and white, right before us.
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Well, Wood, give us a little rundown of tomorrow's study.
Woodrow Kroll: Well, since you asked nicely, I'll do that. Tomorrow we'll touch on the identity, the ownership, the security, the value that comes with the seal of the Holy Spirit. I know it sounds like a guarantee and it is. It's God's guarantee. It's His insurance policy that we'll make it home safely to heaven. So tune in for the details tomorrow right here on Back to the Bible.
Thanks for dropping by today. God bless you. I'm Woodrow Kroll. Have a good and godly day.
Scripture used in today's study was based on the New King James Version of the Bible.