“My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” – 1John 2:1-2
LIGHT FOR NOW: God does not take away His spirit from the believer because of a misdeed.
In our previous studies, we began investigating into what happens to a believer’s relationship with God when he/she sins and we’ve established and seen that acts of sin cannot affect God’s relationship or fellowship with the believer. Salvation is the amalgamation of the union of God in the man Christ Jesus. It is in that union that we have forgiveness of sins, and thus, if acts of sin can break that union, then that union was not a perfect union. All sins have been forgiven in Christ, not even after you sin but before you ever thought of sin. Some people even have the idea that when a believer sins, God takes away His Holy Spirit out of such a believer, and as such a believer comes back to God with a sincere heart seeking for forgiveness, God restores back the Holy Spirit to him; that is error. Without any exegesis, it is out of place to think that God takes away His spirit when a believer sins. For God to take away His spirit because you sinned means you are no longer born again, why? This is because being born again is by the Spirit. The new birth is not possible without the Holy Ghost. Being born again means the Holy Ghost entering and dwelling in you. The indwelling of the Spirit is what makes that new birth possible. That is why Jesus in His discussion with Nicodemus in John 3 says “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… Except a man be born of water and of the spirit” (John 3:3-5). So Jesus makes it clear that the born again experience is a spiritual reality. You cannot be born again except by the Spirit. So the indwelling of the spirit is the reality of the born again man. Therefore, God cannot take away His Spirit because we sinned; for the Holy Spirit to be taken away means that salvation was nullified. No individual sin has the power to undo what Christ had already done; so the Holy Spirit doesn’t leave us when we sin. Hear Paul in Ephesians 1:13 which reads “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise”. The word “sealed” here implies a stamp. In other words, the stamp on us as believers is the Holy Spirit. So, we’ve seen two things so far:
- Acts of sin do not break our fellowship/relationship/union with God.
- God does not take away His Spirit because of a sinful misdeed. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:You’ve been eternally sealed with the Holy Ghost.
Prayer: I grow in understanding like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: The indwelling of the spirit is the reality of the born again experience.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2