“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and ye shall keep my judgments and do them… I will also save you from all uncleanness and I will call for the corn, and will increase it and lay no famine upon you” Ezekiel 36:25-27 & 29.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The indwelling of the spirit in us is our reality eternally.
In our previous study on this subject, we saw that Ezekiel’s words in verse 26 to 27 of the above text was about the promise of the spirit indwelling man at the point of salvation; that is, this was a prophecy of the indwelling of the spirit which is the reality of the born again man today by faith in the gospel. Paul’s words in his letter to the Galatians makes it clear that it is by faith in Christ (the hearing of faith) that a man receives the spirit, it reads “This only would I learn of you, received ye the spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:2).
Thus, the spirit is received by the hearing of faith which is the gospel. That is, faith in the gospel is what makes the indwelling of the spirit possible and by the time the spirit takes residence in a man, it is eternal; that is, the spirit can never leave that man. This is because the spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) did not temporarily indwell us, He permanently indwelled us. In other words, by faith in Christ, we have been permanently (that is eternally) indwelt by God’s spirit. This is our reality; this is the promise fulfilled; we have His Spirit in us forever. He will not leave us for any reason, He can’t. When you fully comprehend these realities, you will not sing songs like: “Holy Spirit, thou art welcome in this place … Omnipotent father…” Where did He go to that we are welcoming Him? Is He our guest? Is He a visitor in our mist? The Holy Spirit is not our guest, neither is He our visitor, He is in us; He lives in us. We don’t welcome Him as a guest in the course of our service, No! Our services began with Him. He doesn’t come in later after services had begun, No! We don’t invite Him to church, our presence in our Christian gathering in His presence in our gathering. We brought the spirit to church when we came to church to fellowship. It is not after we have come to church and settle for a while, that we stand up and start welcoming Him in our midst in our songs or prayers, No! He is always in our midst; that is why we are called believers. They don’t need invitation card, No! He lives in you. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t contradict your realities in your songs, words or prayers. Affirm your realities and not contradict them.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your spirit that lives eternally in me. Thank you for this eternal union I have in you, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The indwelling of the spirit is the reality of the man in Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EZEKIEL CHAPTER 36; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8