The Holy Spirit’s Dwelling in Believers

In many Christian circles the Holy Spirit is either neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood. The One given to unite the body of Christ is the center of controversy. So often Christian work is so rigidly programmed that it seems we need no longer depend on Him, yet Jesus said, &quo … More

Holy Spirit

Do you love the Lord?  True love is demonstrated by obedience to the Lord’s commandments (v. 15). If you are married, the same is true of your marriage vows. Love is not some emotional experience. It is commitment. Christ has set the pattern of love and obedience.

Jesus now has a great deal to say about the Holy Spirit (vv. 16-21). In Old Testament times the Spirit came on some believers for special purposes, but after Pentecost, He indwells every believer permanently. He has replaced Jesus’ physical presence as He now mediates between the believer and God. The Holy Spirit does not work instead of us, or in spite of us, but in us and through us.

The world cannot accept Him because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. It is sort of like radio waves. Without a radio you would never know that there are radio waves and they go unnoticed.  The Holy Spirit is unnoticed by the unsaved who have no spiritual life. Jesus said that soon the world that hated Him would not be able to see Him. However, the disciples would see Him because they were spiritually alive, and the Holy Spirit would make Christ known to them. He would not only be in their midst but He would be in them (v. 17). During this time the people would recognize the relationship between the Father, the Son and themselves. Christ in the Father, the disciples in Christ, and Christ in the disciples (v. 20). The same is true today. He will reveal Himself to believers through the Holy Spirit and the Word (v. 21).

Application

Just like the comparison of the radio waves above to the Holy Spirit, the radio must be connected to the power in order to know they are in the air. The same is true in my life concerning the Holy Spirit. The only way I know He is there is by being connected to Jesus Christ.

John 14:15-24 (English Standard Version)

"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?" Jesus answered him, "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."

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