THE MAN WHO HAS FAITH IN JESUS HAS THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
We are studying today Galatians 5:16-18. The man who
has faith in Jesus has the Spirit of God, but the man
who is trusting his own merits for salvation and not
Christ has not the Spirit of God.
Let's look at it now, verses 16-18. "This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit (in the atmosphere of and in
dependence upon the Spirit of God) and ye shall not
fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh,
and these are contrary one to the other, so that ye
cannot do the things ye would. But if ye be led of the
Spirit, ye are not under the law." So the secret of
the overcoming life is the presence and power of the
indwelling Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit is a Person---a Divine Person. He is
one of the PERSONS of the Godhead. There is the
Father, the Son and the Spirit. The Spirit of God
produces the character of Jesus in the person who has
faith in Jesus, as we let Him and as we walk with Him
moment by moment.
Today many people will say, "We were baptized with the
Holy Spirit," referring to a certain experience they
had. Probably many of them were just saved, because in
the Book of Acts as Peter was preaching the Gospel in
the house of Cornelius and they believed on Christ,
the Holy Spirit fell on all of them.
When I was sitting on my front porch reading a book on
the Second Coming of Christ, I opened my heart to
Jesus and I WAS SAVED. The Spirit of God came into my
heart. He has been with me all these years, keeping me
going! Anything that has been done for eternity has
been done by the Holy Spirit: love for the Bible,
service for the Lord, and all the rest. It isn't the
work of the human being; it is the work of the Spirit
of God that produces this in the life of a believer.
It is the Spirit of God that produces the Divine Life
in the believer. There ...
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