The Indwelling Spirit

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Spiritual-Inspirational

Published on February 22, 2009

Author: mikecriswell

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The Indwelling Spirit : The Indwelling Spirit But you are not in the flesh but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (Romans 8:9 NKJV) Points to Ponder : Points to Ponder Does the Holy Spirit indwell a Christian? Theories about how the Spirit indwells. Dangerous leaps. What the Bible teaches. Direct vs. Indirect work of the Holy Spirit. Historical considerations. Does the Spirit Indwell? : Does the Spirit Indwell? YES! Paul affirms it . . . . But you are not in the flesh but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (Romans 8:9 NKJV) Does the Spirit Indwell? : Does the Spirit Indwell? YES! Paul commands it . . . . Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:17-18 NKJV) Does the Spirit Indwell? : Does the Spirit Indwell? YES! But we must be careful!!! The NT era was an age of miracles. “Indwelling Spirit” sometimes refers to Miraculous Power. A passage’s context must determine its meaning. Preconceptions must not taint our interpretation. How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? : How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? Theory 1: The Pentecostal Theory HS acts separate from the Word in salvation process HS literally and physically indwells the believer’s body HS is demonstrated via speaking in tongues etc. HS guides the believer separate and apart from the Word How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? : How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? Theory 2: The Calvinistic Theory HS must act directly on sinners heart Without work of HS sinner cannot even believe HS works separate from the Word of God HS literally and physically indwells assuring salvation How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? : How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? Theory 3: The Personal/Non Miraculous Theory HS works in an undefined way separate from the Word HS literally but non-miraculous indwells at baptism HS non-miraculously guides, provides, and encourages HS works in conjunction but separate from the Word Deity literally indwells humanity W/O any viable effects How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? : How Does the Holy Spirit Indwell? Theory 4: Through the Word Theory HS works via the instrumentality of the Word of God HS does not work separate and apart from the Word HS indwells in as much as the Christian obeys the Word HS does not provide anything the Word does not provide Deity is not physically present in the human body Dangerous Leaps : Dangerous Leaps Leap 1: “Indwelling” mean’s direct indwelling The term “dwell” does not indicate “how” Some things happen via an instrument of cause Ex: A man can cut down a tree via an ax Should not assume HS doesn’t use the Word Dangerous Leaps : Dangerous Leaps Leap 2: Acts 2:38 (Gift of HS) is personal indwelling The context of Acts 2 is miraculous Gift of HS in Acts always refers to miracles Acts 2:38 is qualified by Acts 8:18 Mark 16 is a parallel to Acts 2:38 Dangerous Leaps : Dangerous Leaps Leap 3: Deity in humanity w/o miraculous results Jesus was the only God/Man (Col 2:9) Every time the HS came upon someone miracles accompanied the experience (Acts 8, 10, 19) When “evil spirits” inhabited a person there was a loss of physical control. It is illogical to assume indwelling deity w/o some kind of quantifiable identification What the Bible teaches : What the Bible teaches Many Things Indwell: Satan indwells: But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? (Acts 5:3 NKJV) What the Bible teaches : What the Bible teaches Many Things Indwell: Sin indwells: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, (Romans 6:12-13 KJV) But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. (Romans 7:17 NKJV) What the Bible teaches : What the Bible teaches Many Things Indwell: God indwells: There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6 NKJV) What the Bible teaches : What the Bible teaches Many Things Indwell: Christ indwells: according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:16-17 NKJV) And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10 NKJV) What the Bible teaches : What the Bible teaches Many Things Indwell: The Word indwells: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16 NKJV) What the Bible teaches : What the Bible teaches A Very Important Parallel: Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16 NKJV) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:18-19 NKJV) Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Instrumentality of cause: The Man Cut down the Cherry Tree: How did he cut down the tree? Did he use an ax, a saw, his bare hands, his teeth? Saying a “man” did something is only half of the picture. Work can be accomplished directly or indirectly Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Instrumentality of cause: How does Satan indwell? How does Sin indwell? How does Christ indwell? How does the Spirit indwell? Literally or Figuratively? Literally or Figuratively? Literally or Figuratively? ??? Why do most automatically assume the HS indwells literally? Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Advantages of a Direct Indwelling Minimizes mankind’s responsibility in the salvation process Takes away a single standard (ie: The Word) Allows for subjectivity and emotion to be one’s spiritual guide Diminishes the need to “Prove All Things” via the Word of God The Personal Indwelling Position puts MAN in Control! (How can one prove me wrong if I’m guided apart from the written Word of God?) Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Instrumentality of cause: How does Satan indwell? How does Sin indwell? How does Christ indwell? How does the Spirit indwell? In as much as we yield to him In as much as we yield to it In as much as we yield to Him ??? When we yield to the Word of God the Holy Spirit Indwells! Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Instrumentality of cause: The Holy Spirit Indwells: When we develop the fruits of the Spirit and live according to the Word of God. 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. (Galatians 5:22-25 KJV) Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Instrumentality of cause: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:17 NKJV) The Holy Spirit Indwells: When we allow the Word to work. The Word is the “tool” of the Holy Spirit. Direct or Indirect? : Direct or Indirect? Examples of Direct HS Operation: Balaam (Numbers 24): Spirit came on him and he lost control of his own will King Saul (1 Sam 19): Spirit came on him and he lost control of his own will Pentecost (Acts 2): Spirit came upon apostles and they performed miracles Cornelius (Acts 10): Spirit came upon them and they spoke in tongues When the Holy Spirit directly operated on someone there were visible signs! Historical Considerations : Historical Considerations Most Personal Indwelling Theories are offshoots of Calvinism. Denies the free will of man Denies the all sufficiency of the Word Accepts that man is totally depraved Has infiltrated most denominations Even the church has been affected Conclusion : Conclusion The Holy Spirit Indwells the Believer It is not a literal or bodily indwelling It is not a “feeling” based phenomenon The HS does not operate apart from the Word The HS does not guide apart from the Word The Holy Spirit Dwells in the Believer ONLY to the extent that the Believer Dwells in the Word

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