GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
This outline is from a paper by John B. Austin
There are several conflicting opinions about this subject.
In summary there are three positions
Holy Spirit really dwells in faithful Christians in a personal way
He dwells in us in some other manner
He does not dwell in us at all
Position #3 contradicts clear and plain teaching in the NT.
We will focus on the first two
NO NEED FOR STRIFE
We can disagree without being disagreeable
Since we accept the NT we all agree that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we are in agreement.
The only issue that remains is the manner of this indwelling.
CONSIDER OUR SPIRIT
Each person has a soul / spirit dwelling in the fleshly body
Matthew 10:28; 16:26; Micah 6:7; Daniel 7:15; James 1:21; 1 Peter 3:1-3; Acts 7:59; Revelation 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:6-8; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Hebrews 12:9
The Bible clearly affirms that we have a spirit / soul dwelling in our body.
Even if one is ignorant of having a soul, that does not exclude us from having a human spirit
THINGS NOT REVEALED
There are many secret things that belong to the Lord. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
What we know and understand, is what God has revealed to us.
Here is what the Bible reveals about our subject.
DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELL IN US?
1 Corinthians 3:16
1 Corinthians 6:19
1 Thessalonians 4:8
These are just a few of the many passages that teach that the Holy Spirit dwells in the faithful Christian.
WHEN DOES THE DWELLING BEGIN?
Acts 2:38 teaches the series of events
Receive the remission of sins
THEN receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
NOTE: This is NOT Holy Spirit baptism. (That will be another study.)
NOTE: Holy Spirit baptism and the miraculous works of the early Christians will be a topic to be studied later.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not mean able to do miracles.
John the Baptizer filled with the Holy Spirit Luke 1:15
He did no miracles John 10:41
Acts 5:32 shows that the indwelling begins after we obey the gospel
As Christians, the Holy Spirit dwells in us 1 Corinthians 6:19
We receive the Word accept and believe the Bible teaching James 1:21
Then we act on that faith in obedience of repentance and baptism
After that we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
PART 2 - HOW DOES HE DWELL IN US?
(The rest of the outline was written by Manly Luscombe.)
Fact of Indwelling By Faith
God dwells in us 2 Corinthians 6:16 I John 4:16
Christ dwells in us John 6:56 Ephesians 3:17
Holy Spirit dwells in us 2 Timothy 1:14 Galatians 3:2
NOTE: The power is in proportion to our faith. More faith means more power. Less faith means less power in our lives.
WHAT DOES HE DO IN US / FOR US?
Power to Overcome Sin and Temptation
A. Romans 8:13
B. Galatians 5:16-26
C. Romans 8:1-8
Power to Overcome Doubt and Give Assurance
A. Ephesians 1:13-14 Sealed
B. Romans 8:18-23 Wait
C. Hebrews 12:1-3 Endure
D. I John 5:13 Assurance
E. I John 3:24 Abides
Power to Strengthen and Comfort
A. John 14:16-18
B. John 14:26
C. Ephesians 3:16
NOTES on John 14:26:
"Comfortless" means the absence of support or strength. Same word is translated "fatherless" in James 1:27. The Greek word is "orphanos".
"Comforter" is from the Greek word "paraclete". As a lawyer steps in beside us to plead our case, so the Holy Spirit steps in beside us to support, strengthen and comfort us.
"Another" does not mean different. It means that another person of similar quality will be present.
The Power of the Testimony of Our Salvation
A. Romans 8:16
B. The Holy Spirit testifies WITH our spirit
C. There must be agreement between the two.
|Holy Spirit Says||Bible Text||What Does My Spirit Say?|
|Believe||John 8:24||I have/ OR I have not|
|Repent||Acts 17:30||I have/ OR I have not|
|Confess||Romans 10:9-10||I have/ OR I have not|
|Be Baptized||Mark 16:16||I have/ OR I have not|
|Worship||John 4:23-24||I have/ OR I have not|
|Serve Christ||Matthew 25:40, 45||I have/ OR I have not|
The Power which Marks Us As Genuine
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
"Seal" is not like a "Ball Dome" lid.
1. A proof that the item is genuine
2. Power of ownership
3. It says, This one is authentic!
1. Resist Acts 7:51
Don't fight against the power.
Go with the flow of power.
2. Quench 1 Thessalonians 5:19
Do not try to put out the fire.
Do not smother the power.
3. Lie to Acts 5:3
Do not try to deceive the Holy Spirit.
You can only try to fool yourself.
4. Grieve Ephesians 4:30
Do not rebel against the power of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is sent to "HELP" you.
Do not make His work one of grief.