As you spend time in prayer and devotion to the Lord each day on this 50-day journey, I hope by now you’re having some quality time with the Lord. I pray that you see yourself as a chosen, dearly loved, accepted, purchased, forgiven, righteous child of God who has been called into dynamic union with Christ so that you can grow in grace and be conformed to His image through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In this study on our identity, we’ve been looking at the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Today we are going to explore our relationship to the Holy Spirit. Often times, in evangelical churches, there is a heavy emphasis upon the Father and the Son to the neglect of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, there may be an overemphasis on the Holy Spirit in some of the more radical things you may see on Christian broadcasting. So there is much confusion on this matter of who the Holy Spirit is and how we relate to Him in our salvation.
So who are we in relationship to the Spirit? We are indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Let us discover these three wonderful truths.
Today, we will focus on the truth that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. What does this mean? It simply means that the moment we trust Christ for salvation the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of us. He takes up residence in our lives.
In fact, this is what Jesus promised us.
Read John 14:16-17
This is a glorious promise that the Holy Spirit will be in us forever.
Read Ephesians 1:13-14
He is the seal or the down payment guaranteeing that we will have a home in heaven. The Holy Spirit can never be taken from you. He lives in you permanently which means that you can never lose your salvation. You are in the secure grip of the sovereign Spirit who will ensure that you reach your final destination—heaven!
God will never leave your nor forsake you! You are His eternally because He has given the Holy Spirit to live inside of you.
Read 1 Corinthians 6:19
In the Old Testament, the physical temple was where God’s presence dwelt among the Israelites. Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of holies and offer sacrifices in that temple. God’s glory cloud called the “shekinah” rested in the temple and it symbolized to the people that God would always live among them.
Now as Christians on this side of the cross, resurrection, and Pentecost, we as His church are the temple of God. The Holy Spirit dwells individually in us a the presence of God.
Think about how profound a truth it is that God actually lives inside of us through his Holy Spirit. And that His presence can never be taken away from us.
Thank you for dwelling inside of me and for never leaving nor forsaking me. God has promised that I will go to heaven because You are the seal guaranteeing that fact. I thank you that you caused me to be born again and invaded my heart and live inside of me. Help me to be a holy temple for your dwelling this week.
In Jesus’ Name,