As we’ve been studying the subject of God’s Holy Spirit over the course of the last several weeks, I’ve receive many comments on the matter. To me, this is one of the greatest benefits of ministry: folks becoming interested about things of God! I love all your comments, ideals, suggestions, etc. I also encourage you to engage in a study of God’s Holy Spirit in your private time of study. There’s no greater benefit for the Christian than for our Heavenly Father to watch His children soaking up the truths of scripture. God, in a real sense, dwells in those who are His children. This is the promise of scripture. The fact that we cannot see, hear, feel or emotionally experience this indwelling of the Holy Spirit in a physical way does not negate the promise of God. We know that God dwells in us because the Bible tells us so! Remind yourself that a spirit does not have physical characteristics to be discerned by our five senses. A man cannot prove or disprove the presence of a spirit by scientific examination. A spirit does not take up space, nor is he limited in time. The doctrine that the Holy Spirit works through the Word of God is a biblical doctrine. The doctrine that the Holy Spirit works through the Word of God only lacks biblical truth. The only way we can know about the Holy Spirit or any spiritual being is through the revelation of God. Jesus says in Luke 24: 39, “…a spirit has not flesh and bones”. I believe that truth because Jesus said it! In John 4: 24, Jesus also said, “God is Spirit”. I accept that truth. Because the Scriptures say angels are “ministering spirits” (Heb. 1: 14), I know it to be true. Because Peter promised those who repented and were baptized would “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2: 38), I acknowledge that to be true. A proof that we can know God’s indwelling through His Spirit fall under three criteria. The first is to “love one another”. The second is the “indwelling of His Spirit”. And, the third is the confession that “Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 4: 12-15 “No one has beheld God at any time, if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit…Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in Him, and he in God.” The indwelling of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit is not something that can be known through emotional experiences; it can only be determined by the criteria set forth by God’s Holy Word.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.