The Holy Spirit and the Christian
I want to share with you a basic precept of victorious Christian living:
"My inability to do anything for myself in the spiritual realm."
Repeat it, memorize it, believe it! For until you come to realize and acknowledge this truth you are going to meet with repeated failure.
For this reason God has given to every believer His Holy Spirit. Before Jesus went to the cross He gave this promise to his followers: "I will not leave you helpless orphans..." (John 14:18a Williams Translation). Jesus recognized that His disciples would be able to do nothing for themselves in the spiritual realm, therefore, He promised to do something that would fill the void left by His departure. He would send the Holy Spirit who would be to them everything Jesus would be were He physically present.
"And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper, to remain with you to the end of the age; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept because it does not see Him or recognize His, because He is going to remain with you and will be within you." (John 14:16, 17 Williams Translation.)
This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. But Peter reveals that the promise was not limited to the original believers, for when the convicted people asked what they should do, Peter answered, "Repent and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts. 2:38)
Let's briefly examine the Holy Spirit's relation to the Christian as seen from this important passage of Scripture.
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE ABIDING POSSESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN.
Peter said, "...Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38b). The gift of the Holy Spirit is the Spirit Himself. The Holy Spirit is God's birthday gift to every believer! Miracle ...
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