- If any Man have Not the Spirit of Christ, he is None of His – Unsaved are referred to in Bible as “in the flesh”, or “carnally minded” . Rom 8:6 puts it this way, “For to be carnally minded is death [which refers to Hell]; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. Verses continue: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God”. And Rom 8:9 affirms that one is not a child of God without the indwelling Spirit of God: “… Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”. Without the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit a person cannot be regenerated nor can he understand spiritual truths from the Scriptures and cannot distinguish them from the lies of all the false gospels and religions of the world.
1 Cor 2:11,14 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Mark 4:5,17 “And some fell on stony ground [stony heart], where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 17And [stony heart] have no root [no Spirit of Chirst] in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”
- Ask, and It [the Holy Spirit ] shall be Given to You – Unfortunately, much of what passes for prayer is characterized by the penetrating words of Jam 4:2-3: “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”. In Jam 4:2 the word is used to describe sinful “desire” for worldly things, which is a characteristic of unsaved people. Only those individuals who have indeed become born from above, seek earnestly the things which are above as Col 3:1 affirms. It is also manifested in both their attitudes as well as their actions. Only they have the amazing privilege of approaching their Heavenly Father as 1 John 5:14-15 instructs. In this passage we discover the key to all prayer is to ask according to the will of God.
Col 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Luke 11:5-8 “And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”
- I [God] will Put My Spirit Within You – Indwelling Holy Spirit is given in Salvation. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden they immediately died spiritually – lost fellowship with God, and eventually they died physically. So, each and every human being born since that time is in Adam nature – unsaved both in soul and body in his natural condition. He is rebellious and antagonistic toward God and is subject to eternal damnation. The Holy Spirit do not indwell in an unsaved person. Only God can “restore the soul” and make a person “born-again” into Christ nature, to a right relationship with Him and put His Spirit within that individual, and give eternal life. Only God can resurrect the soul from the dead, and make a “new creature” of a person, as we read in Eze 36:26-27. God must sprinkle the clean water of the True Gospel on him to cleanse him from his sins, give him a new heart, and put His Spirit within him. After one has become born from above, God the Holy Spirit indwells the new Christian in his newly resurrected soul. Salvation is all the work of God – God must draw the elect to Himself and grant them repentance, spiritual understanding, faith to trust Him, and a capacity to love and obey Him. In this wonderful new relationship (which the Bible likens to marriage) the child of God is both taught and led by God in the Scriptures. No one can fear and love God and keep His commandments until God saves him. Obviously, only a heart that has been made alive spiritually and infused with the Spirit of God will want to be obedient to the Word of God.
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water [Word of God typified by water] and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh [unsaved state]; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[saved state]”
Eze 36:26-27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
2 Cor 3:3 “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
Mark 4:8,20 “8And other fell on good ground [heart of flesh], and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 20And these are they which are sown on good ground [heart of flesh and have Spirit of Christ]; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”
- Ye are the Temple of God, the Spirit of God Dwelleth in You – 1 John 4:13 reveals, “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit”. Each “born-again” Christian has the incomparable awareness that his body is now the temple of God. As incredible as that may seem, a true believer has become the dwelling-place of the living God. The true believer has also assurance of Salvation because they have been given the Holy Spirit as the “earnest”, or down payment, of their salvation, as we read in 2 Cor 1:22, “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”. The true believer, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, can overrule his evil nature and focus his thoughts on the things of God. A Christian can have victory over evil and wickedness because, amazingly, he has now the “mind of Christ”. By the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit true believers can understand spiritual truths from the Scriptures and can distinguish them from the lies of all the false gospels and religions of the world. One who earnestly fears God will, in fact, be motivated to obey the Bible by God the Holy Spirit, Who is indwelling him. We see in Eph 2:10 that true believers are God’s “workmanship”, which means “the fruit (or product) of a workman’s labor”. We also see in Gal 5:22-26 that true believers are governed by the “fruit” (or product) of the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives.
Rom 8:14-17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
1 Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
1 Cor 2:10-13 “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Gal 5:22-26 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.