The reason I say that is because, as I’m sure most students of God’s Word are aware, the Greek rarely capitalizes proper nouns. 17 defines as, “This marks the source from which anything has its origin”. The human spirit and the Holy Spirit. Thank God for this precious gift—the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives! Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation – but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. Again, I believe that the contrast is between the old nature and the new nature. Paul said to Titus, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). The Holy Spirit gives us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control through Him. There is not a person anywhere who can be a Christian without the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers to renew, sanctify, and make us holy. In other words,  verse 11 of this passage tells us that man can know the things of God through the spirit (i.e. The peace that passes understanding comes from the Holy Spirit. I believe the new nature is that firstfruits. Note that verse 11 contrasts the spirit of man with the spirit of God. We should always be conforming more to the image of Jesus Christ, and it is the Holy Spirit who helps us in this growing process. ), THE GIFT OF THE NEW NATURE GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO EACH BELIEVER. Is Paul saying here that the Holy Spirit Who lives in our hearts testifies with the Holy Spirit Who lives in our hearts? “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. If, as this verse says, the Holy Spirit abides in us by the new nature, then obviously it is not God in His office of Holy Spirit that abides in us, it is the new nature. The Holy Spirit can love through you. 8:9-14, “You however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit (can also be spirit) of God lives in you. There is not a person who can follow Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit. Our spirit within us, made in the image of God, is dead toward God. May I remind the reader that the Greek language rarely uses capital letters for proper nouns, not even for God, so the upper case letters and the lower case letters are interpretations, not translations. Every Christian Has the Spirit There is only one way of salvation, and that is Christ. What counts is the message that–according to Scripture–Christ died for our sins, He rose again, He is coming back again and He is ready to come into your heart by the Holy Spirit and make you a new person. Surely nothing else is required if the Holy Spirit Himself were indwelling the believer. The Holy Spirit Lives In Us. The moment that we receive Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts. But the Holy Spirit will give you the power to love them. The Holy Spirit helps us be obedient. Consider that as we read in I Cor. In short, the new nature, i.e. God loves your body. In other denominations and movements, the Spirit is but a footnote, an afterthought, even a stranger. (For a complete study of the subject please see the paper on spirit which discusses every occurrence of the Hebrew and Greek words translated “spirit”. For He will … Whatever the circumstances, there is a river of joy. The knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives, that He performs all these miraculous functions, that He dwells with us forever, and that He will never leave or forsake us is cause for great joy and comfort. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is all-powerful. Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit helps us live the Christian life. This passage tells us that through the new nature, we participate in the divine nature. We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, but we can grow only by the help of the Holy Spirit. All Rights Reserved. The Holy Spirit gives us new life in Jesus Christ. Amplified Bible If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. Knowing this is crucial for us to live the Christian life. 3:24, “He abideth in us by the spirit He hath given us”. If we want to follow Jesus and see that we need help to do so, God gives us His Holy Spirit. That makes no sense. 1 Peter 1:22. Rom. The Holy Spirit can be in both your heart and my heart, even though we may live a thousand miles apart. But again, not within them. I have used the term “new nature” for this gift that is given by the Holy Spirit to believers even though that term is not used in the Bible. So we see that the Holy Spirit does not produce … 48:16, “And now the sovereign Lord has sent me and His Spirit”. Rom. Eph. That is the Gospel. Rom. LOGIN, Papers Concerning GOD’s Plan of Salvation. 5:5, “….the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” . The phrase, “things that come from the Spirit of God” refers to God in His office of Holy Spirit. “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. 8:3-6, ” …. No matter where we go, He is there. When we read of the Holy Spirit (with upper case letters) in English translations, we are reading an interpretation of the text, not a translation. Jesus said the Holy Spirit shall not speak of Himself. I want my sins forgiven. I cannot believe that it is. 2:11, “the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of  (Genitive of Origin, “from”) God”. But inside of us is the Holy of holies where the Spirit of God dwells. Can God, in His office of Holy Spirit dwell in the heart of Man with a sinful nature? The more we use the Holy Spirit to become like Christ, the more His life will be in us and, thus, the more He lives in us. Let us also consider I Jn. Whatever the circumstances, I have peace in my heart. The same is true when the translators put small h, small s. As students of God’s Word we have the privilege and the responsibility of studying the passages that have to do with the Holy Spirit and decide, with His help, when “He” is meant and when it is not. He helps you to do the Father’s will. I Cor. New Life It is a dangerous thing to resist the Spirit. We know that the Pharisees were not believers and therefore the kingdom of God was certainly not “within” them. Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psalm 139:7). There is not a person anywhere who can be a Christian without the Holy Spirit. Rom. Is it God Who is being contrasted with our old nature? And if the Holy Spirit dwells in us “by” the new nature, why would He Himself also abide in us? Billy Graham: The Only Hope for the World, Billy Graham: A Cradle, a Cross and a Crown. One reason that I question that the Holy Spirit lives in the heart of man, is that basically, man is sinful and as such can not dwell with God. 8:23, “… we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies”. The “of” is the Genitive of origin, which the Companion Bible Ap. NASB 1977 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. This involves a humble, earnest seeking to become like Jesus Christ so His life becomes our life. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit (can also be spirit) you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit (can also be spirit) of God are sons of God”. It is something I didn’t earn, something I didn’t work for. It is the Holy Spirit who draws you to Christ. So Paul is saying that we have the firstfruits from the Spirit”. Third, the Holy Spirit indwells us. I believe it is the new nature that is being put in contrast to the old nature. He guides us to truth. Jesus Christs life illuminates the paththe wayGod wants us to live. But what God does do, in His infinite grace and wisdom, is to give each believer a gift from the Holy Spirit so that through this gift God communicates with His own and we communicate with Him. That implies that the Holy Spirit is accompanying him, not in him. Power to Serve Christ The Greek word translated “in” is “en” which, when used with a plural can be “among”. Another reason for my question centers on Is. The Holy Spirit lives in those in whom it is the Father’s purpose that the Spirit does so. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit (can also read spirit) have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts you of your need of Christ. This verse can, and, in my opinion should, read “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts through the holy spirit ( i.e. I am asking you to give in to the call of the Holy Spirit. We are sealed as if inserted into a Holy-Spirit-envelope that is addressed to Jesus. It is the gift of God, the gift of salvation. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature …..”. the spirit coming from God. God wants us to choose to live as Jesus lived by our free choice. Fourth, the Holy Spirit gives you power to serve Christ. Before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He promised that after He had died, risen again, and ascended to heaven, He would send the Spirit to be with His people. “Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. the spirit given to believers from God, helps us to search out the deep things of God. In the Bible, the word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ruʹach and the Greek word pneuʹma.Most often, those words refer to God’s active force, or holy spirit. I am asking you to say, “I want Christ in my life, to be my Lord and my Savior.” I know thousands of churchgoers who need to come to Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all are dead toward God. We could never be saved. Conviction of Sin The Holy Spirit comes to magnify, to glorify and to exalt the Son. When we do sin, God does not say He will take the Holy Spirit from us. Holy spirit gives us power and helps us to stay faithful while facing trials. The Holy Spirit leads us, convicts us, teaches us, and equips us to do God's work and spread the Gospel. 8:16, “The Spirit testifies with our spirit….”. the man without the new nature cannot accept the things from God. He points to us and says, “You are a sinner. I Cor. Each of these passages states the Holy Spirit moved these prophets to write. The Holy Spirit has all knowledge. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? the new nature) which He has given us”. It is a deep river. The “firstfruits of the Spirit” is not God in His office of Holy Spirit. When we turn to Him in repentance and faith, He cleanses us of our sins, and He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. Note also in Ephesians 4:30 the sealing action of the Holy Spirit. even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. In my opinion, that concept is demeaning to God. In some denominations and movements, the Holy Spirit is overemphasized, leading to a Christless Pentecost — putting the Spirit exclusively on the throne and losing Jesus in the temple. He comes to glorify Jesus Christ (John 16:13-14). When and how He enters our hearts is debated for a couple of reasons. We can’t do this on our own. ( Luke 11:9-13; Acts 5:32 .) God's Spirit is also practical. I believe that this verse is saying that the Holy Spirit dwells among us. And if the Spirit (can also be spirit) of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give you life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit (can also be spirit) who (KJV has “that”) lives in you. Isaiah was a prophet of God, it is clear that he was anointed with power from the Holy Spirit. Another reason for my questioning is found in Eph. In every instance, the Holy Spirit came “upon” people. The holy spirit is God’s power in action, his active force. Anything of eternal value in this life and in eternity comes through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That is the reason we should never take anything unclean into our bodies. Without that work we could never have our sins forgiven. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”. Christian Standard Bible We are saved by the mercy of God, by the grace of God. The Bible says that we are dead in sins and trespasses. • It is the medium by which God comes to dwell in us (Ephesians 2:22 Ephesians 2:22 In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. The answer is "No." The inner court is like our mind, our will and our emotions. First, the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” The contrast here is between the “sinful nature” and the spirit. I have questioned that belief for some time. 11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? So since the Holy Spirit is the source of life and is living in us, how does this imagery work? It is through the Spirit that we are adoptedThe Holy Spirit is like our ‘letter of adoption’ into the family … He is God. 3:16-19 tells each of us, i.e. It is a contrast between the old nature of man and the new nature which comes from God. Just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit will give eternal life to believers in Christ. Obviously this is not a contrast between the sinful spirit of man and God in His office of Holy Spirit. Further, we read in Luke 17:21 of Christ’s statement to the Pharisees, “…..the kingdom of God is within (Gr. You need to say, “I want Christ in my heart.” Say, “I want to know I am going to Heaven. There are three Persons in the Trinity–God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t do the work I am doing without the power of the Holy Spirit. Holy spirit also moves us forward and helps us to remain on the path to life everlasting. The Bible says that He is not something, He is Someone. Do you know Christ? Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Now this is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” There’s nothing like this in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and so forth, that Christ literally comes and lives in us. When an individual accepts Christ as personal Savior, the Holy Spirit gives the believer the life of God, eternal life, which is really His very nature (Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:4), and the Holy Spirit comes to live within him spiritually. You must be born again. I want to start a new life.”. the new nature),  and verse 14 tells us the same thing only in the negative, i.e. the spirit to which the Spirit gives birth. And the Holy Spirit is pleased when you glorify Christ in your life. Let us examine the scriptures that have to do with the spirit living in the believer and then see what we can learn about this wonderful and gracious gift from the Holy Spirit, i.e. We are promised forgiveness when we confess sins. Now we will consider four things we must do to benefit fully from holy spirit. ...you know him, for he lives with you … In other words, He sets up His Kingdom—His rule—within us. And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. In John 3:6 we read, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit”. The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” The Holy Spirit is a Person. But many are confused by I Cor. And that’s what I’m not sure he understands. In John 14:16-17, Jesus is talking to his disciples, and he says, “ And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. Not so much. copyright © 2020. Galatians 5:22- “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, … John said, In Him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:4). If the Holy Spirit lived in everyone, then everyone in the world would … Then, in the following section, I will try to pull all these verses together so that we can have an idea based on Scripture of the Holy Spirit’s gift to each believer. These are people chosen, on some basis we do not understand, before the creation of the universe. But in Rom.7:17-18 we read where Paul writes, “As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. Indwelling Spirit And I know why I am here–by the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is the One who does the work of making you a born-again person. He only resides within those who trust Christ as Savior. “en”) you”. He called me and gave me that gift. Most Christians today believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of each believer. Paul wrote to the Romans about how God’s love has been poured out to the believer by the Holy Spirit. Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit helps us live the Christian life. But it is not possible to be a Christian at all if one does not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Through the Holy Spirit, human beings can live in a more productive and fruitful way. The Spirit is called holy. All have sinned. About Us     Contact Us     Privacy God says, “I will put my Spirit in you. The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit dwells inside our spirit. He knows what goes on in our minds. Mankind needs life. believers in Christ, that it is through the spirit in the inner being that allows us to have Christ dwell in our hearts. That is, the Holy Spirit temporarily filled them. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:28–29). But that process is under our will and control, not His. Instead, He teaches, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. We read in Micah 3:8, “I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.” The Bible says that God is present everywhere. I know where I am going, I know where I have been. I have done so because that gift is spirit, and to refer to it as “spirit” can make a very complex study even more difficult to understand. If the Holy Spirit was in Isaiah then it would not have been necessary for the Holy Spirit to accompany Isaiah. Love is the greatest evidence that you know Christ. Now, it is possible to be in a season of true Christian life and not be filled with the Holy Spirit. “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8). And in Hebrews 9:14 the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is eternal. If the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of believers, why is it necessary for us to “put on the new self”? That is to say, it is the spirit from God that dwelleth among us. I am a communicator of God’s message. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 12) Now 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.”. That is the reason we should discipline our bodies. ©2021 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. We could never go to Heaven. You need to repent.” We don’t like to hear that, but that is the work of the Holy Spirit. There is not a person who can follow Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit. When we read or hear a portion of God’s promise to us in Christ, and we believe it, that is, we trust and rest in it and are satisfied by it, then the Holy Spirit is flowing to our hearts and love is being produced. Finally, 1 Chronicles 12:18 and 2 Chronicles 20:14-15 tell us that the Holy Spirit came upon Amasai and Jahaziel. Our good works and all the good things that we have done are not going to save us. We don't have to fear sharing the good news of what Jesus has done in our lives because Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom to navigate difficult conversations and the ability to clearly communicate our faith. I have expressed the reasons for my belief that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in each believer. The Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). The moment that we receive Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts. There are people whom you may not be able to love easily. We read in Psalm 5: 4, “……. So inside you and inside me is … If we fail to see the importance of “en” with the plural meaning “among” we have a glaring contradiction in the Word of God, which is not possible. We need simply to ask for it, and be obedient. The “of”  in this case is in the Genitive of origin and means “the source”, i.e. 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 (Romans 5:5 NKJV). Further, the “of” in the phrase, “the Spirit of God dwelleth” is, in my opinion, the Genitive of Origin. Again, as we put all these passages together, we will, I hope, have a clearer understanding of the spirit given to the believer and therefore be better able to determine when Scripture refers to the gift and when to the Giver. —Psalm 104:30; 139:7. And one of the Holy Spirit’s ministries is to help make us holy. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, The Holy Spirit helps us live a life that is willing to be obedient to the truth of the scriptures. We ought to be more holy today than we were yesterday. I will first quote the verses that concern this gift and where needed offer a different translation and my reasons for it. He knows what goes on in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us and takes us deeper and deeper into God’s truth as we go along in our Christian life. (Micah 3:8; Luke 1: 35) God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will. Second, the Holy Spirit gives new life. Only then does God take up residence in our lives through His Son. There are times I feel that I don’t have joy, and I get on my knees and say, “Lord, where is the fruit of joy in my life?” I find that the joy is there, down deep. Here again the spirit is put in contrast with the old nature. The Bible says, “Be holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). The Holy Spirit sees everything that goes on. Also, I believe that many are at least aware of E. W. Bullinger’s writings on this spirit and they would be comfortable with the term “new nature”. One more reason is found in II Peter 1:3-4, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Also, note in verse 12 that there is once again a contrast, this time between “the spirit of the world” and “the spirit which is of (should be “from”, Genitive of origin) God”. 2:14, “The man without the Spirit (can also be spirit) does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned”. BGEA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that no one has the Holy Spirit until he or she turns to God and asks to receive His indwelling presence (Luke 11:13) through faith in Jesus Christ. “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot,’" Acts … This in itself tells us that the Holy Spirit is a permanent resident within us until Jesus comes again. 3:16 which reads, “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”. 12 So far we have discussed two ways in which holy spirit helps us. He calls us to the path, but we must want t… This paper is an attempt to explain why I questioned this view and my conclusions, based, of course, on Scripture. The Holy Spirit gives you self-control. That is to say, the old nature is put in contrast to the new nature. When he comes again to finish the work of redemption, we will no longer need this sealing. The Holy Spirit uses a mother’s prayers, a tragic experience, a pastor’s sermon or some other experience to convict us of sin and of our need to turn our lives over to Jesus Christ. How can God be a firstfruits? I must say at the outset that both the NIV and the King James translations are not very helpful in the study of this subject. What this verse says is that the Holy Spirit abides in us by the new nature. Once that happens, He begins to rule in our lives. Yet another reason is found in Rom. He doesn’t want it polluted by fleshly lusts and the things to which you give yourself. Some choose to reject Him completely and live the Christian life as if the Holy Spirit doesn’t exist. I believe that this spirit is the new nature. And note what that new nature is said to do for those who have it, “that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Given that the context is about knowing the deep things of God, I think we may conclude that the things freely given are those deep things of God. So just what does the Holy Spirit do for us and in us? This shows us that we may participate in the divine nature, we are not divine, that is to say, the Divine Holy Spirit does not live in us. He comes to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ. If the Holy Spirit dwells in us, why would we need a new nature? The Holy Spirit … Jesus said, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Many of you are spiritually dead and are completely immersed in our hedonistic culture. Be Led by the Spirit (Rom 8:14) The apostle Paul writes, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are … The Bible says, “The Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). What follows are 50 things the Holy Spirit does according to the New Testament. The kingdom of God was among them in the Person of the King Himself. The Holy Spirit is that part of the Trinity that lives inside all believers. The Holy Spirit was given to us to live inside those who believe in Jesus, so that we might become more like God and live righteous lives. In this passage however, he tells us that he has been sent by God with the Holy Spirit to preach God’s message. with You (God) the wicked can not dwell“. 4:24, which reads, “put on the new self created to be like God”. I will come to live in you.” Your body becomes the temple where God dwells by His Holy Spirit. 2:9-12 reads, 9) “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. And if any one does not have the Spirit (can also be spirit) of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. I believe that he is saying that the Holy Spirit testifies with the new nature, which is given to each believer. It is a supernatural act. 10) But God hath revealed them unto us by His spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. That is to say, when the translators put capital H, capital S they are not translating the text, they are interpreting it. Nothing is hidden from Him. What is it then that man needs in order to accept the things that come from the Holy Spirit? View and my reasons for my questioning is found in Eph moment we... 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