WHAT THE INDWELLING SPIRIT DOES IN/FOR THE CHRISTIAN
A. The Holy Spirit dwells (lives) in the faithful Christian.
The PROMISE – Promised to all (Jn. 7:37-39; Acts 2:38-39).
The PLEDGE – Given to all (Acts 5:32).
The PLACE – In the heart/inner man (Gal. 4:6; Eph. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19).
The PROOF – God cannot lie. (Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18).
The PREDICAMENT – We are not His without the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-9).
The PURPOSE – This is the basis of this study
B. What does the indwelling Spirit do for the Christian today?
C. (S-P-I-R-I-T) Each letter reminds us of something the Spirit does for the Christian.
I. Seals & Strengthens.
A. The “S” could stand for “Sealed.”
1. The Spirit seals us as God’s own (2 Tim. 2:19).
2. “You were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13).
3. “The Holy Spirit…by whom you were sealed for the
day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). God “has sealed us and given us the Spirit in
our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Cor. 1:22).
B. The “S” also stands for strengthens.”
1. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be “strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16b).
Note: Strengthened how? Through His Spirit.
Note: Strengthened where? In the inner man.
II. Produces (Gal. 5:22-23).
A. The “P” stands for produces fruit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).
B. The fruit is produced in us as we co-operate with the Spirit’s leading (Rom. 8:14; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6).
C. We can put out the Spirit’s fire (1 Thess. 5:19). He is a “helper” not an “enforcer.”
III. Intercedes (Rom. 8:26).
A. The first “I” stands for intercedes.
1. The Spirit “makes intercession for us” (Rom.8:26)
2. We do not know “how” or even “what” to pray for as we should (Rom. 8:26).
B. The indwelling Spirit helps us in these “weaknesses”.
1. In those times when our hearts are burdened or troubled to the point where we cannot even express are deepest needs, desires, and wants; God has provided His Spirit to take the “groanings which cannot be uttered” and make “intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:26-27).
2. The indwelling Spirit helps us in all our other “weaknesses.”
A. The letter “R” stands for renews.
1. There is clearly a “renewing” that the Holy Spirit accomplishes in us. a. “He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:4-6).
2. This “renewing” is a work that the indwelling Spirit continues to do “day by day”.
3. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16).
4. It seems to me that the “the gift of the Holy Spirit” promised to believers produces the “times of refreshing” that comes “from the presence of the Lord” (Compare Acts 2:38 & 3:19).
5. Furthermore, Jesus promised “that the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life” (Jn. 4:14). He later identified this “living water” as “the Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive” (Jn. 7:37-39).
6. I probably need to remind you that it is not my purpose or plan to explain how the Spirit accomplishes this “renewing.” I simply believe that He does it. (Note: I can’t explain how God can “renew the face of the earth,” but I believe He can and does. (See Psalm 104:30).
V. Imparts (Rom. 12:6-8).
A. The second “i” stands for Imparts.
1. I believe that every Christian is gifted by the Spirit to do something in the kingdom.
2. I believe that God produces and develops various gifts or abilities in us by His indwelling Spirit.
3. I am not talking about the “miraculous gifts” that were generally given instantly by the laying on of the apostles’ hands (1 Cor. 12:8-10; Acts 8:18; 19:5; Rom. 1:11), but I am talking about gifts or abilities given by God to the Christian.
B. Not all spiritual “gifts” given by God in the New Testament were “miraculous” in nature.
1. Paul lists such abilities or gifts as “ministering,” “teaching,” “exhorting,” “giving,” and “showing mercy” as “gifts” that are “given to us” (Rom. 12:6-8).
2. God has given to “each one” a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3).
a. All members do not have the same function (Rom. 12:4).
b. The Spirit distributes to “each one” as He wills (1 Cor. 12:11).
c. He sets the members in the body “just as He pleased” (1 Cor. 12:18).
d. And “every joint (member) supplies” something for the “edifying” of the body or church (Eph. 4:16).
e. Notice carefully 1 Peter 4:10-11:
i. “As each one has received a gift” (verse 10a).
ii. “Minister it” (i.e. the gift) to one another (verse 10b).
iii. If anyone ministers let him do it as with the ability which God supplies (verse 11).
VI. Transforms (2 Cor. 3:17-18).
A. The “T” stands for transforms.
1. Paul told the saints in Rome to “be transformed by
the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).
2. The Holy Spirit has a part in this transformation.
3. Christians are continually “being transformed into the same image” of Christ “by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:17-18).
4. God is at work in us helping us “both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 4:13).
5. He is “working” in us “what is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ” (Heb. 13:21).
A. We cannot allow Satan or anyone else to take the Holy Spirit out of the heart and life of the Christian.
1. If we do:
a. They take away our Helper (Jn. 14:17) and leave us all orphans (Jn. 14:18).
b. They leave us in the flesh (Rom. 8:9a).
c. They make us none of His (Rom. 8:9b).
d. They take away our spiritual life (Rom. 8:11, 2 Cor. 3:6).
e. They take away our being a temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16).
f. They leave us thirsty (1 Cor. 12:13, Jn. 7:37).
g. They take away our sonship (Gal. 4:6).
h. They take away the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
i. They take away what God promised (Eph. 1:13).
j. They take away our seal (Eph. 1:13, 4:30; 2 Tim. 2:19).
k. They take away our guarantee (Eph. 1:14).
l. They take away our being a habitation of God (Eph. 2:22).
m. They take away a source of strength (Eph. 3:16).
n. They take away Him whom Jesus poured out on us abundantly (Titus 3:5-6).
o. They take away our proof that God abides in us (1 Jn. 3:24, 4:13).
p. They take away the “water of life” (Rev. 22:17, Jn. 4:14, 7:37-39).
q. They take away the “Spirit Himself” (Rom. 8:26); “Who is in you” (1 Cor. 6:19); “Whom God has given to them that obey Him” (Acts 5:32); and who is given to “even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39).
Wayne Dunaway December 14, 2005