CONFIDENCE IN SALVATION:
HOLY SPIRIT

The second way we can be certain of our salvation when the Holy Spirit is working in our life.

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WHAT DOES HE DO?

For many people the Holy Spirit is an ambiguous aspect of God, but most simply put, the Holy Spirit is our guide and helper in life:

John 14.26– “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Examples of the Holy Spirit leading in people’s lives: Luke 4.1, Acts 8.26-40, and many more!

THE HOLY SPIRIT INDICATES SPIRITUAL LIFE

Because Jesus is not here on earth, the Holy Spirit shows us what is right, convicts us when we have sinned, empowers us to do God’s will, and much more. The Holy Spirit cannot work in someone who is spiritually dead, so if He is working in our life, we can know we have spiritual life!

Romans 8.14 – …because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8.16 – The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

1 John 3.24 – Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.

MORE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:

The Holy Spirit’s presence in our life is a guarantee of the blessings God has for us in the future:

2 Corinthians 1.22 – [Jesus] set his seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 5.5 – Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Ephesians 1.13 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of His glory.

The Holy Spirit’s work doesn’t always have to be dramatic; we don’t have to be hearing God’s audible voice, or having mystical experiences, or doing miracles in order to be experiencing the Holy Spirit in our life. When God shows us truths in His Word, when He helps us do what’s right and resist doing what’s wrong, when we have confidence in God’s directing in our life, when we are changed by God, when we have peace in difficult situations…then we are experiencing the Holy Spirit! He does a wide range of work in our life and sometimes the most important things aren’t the dramatic things, but the simple, everyday ones:

The Holy Spirit is our communication line – how God speaks to us and how we speak to God:

John 16.15 – “All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”

1 Corinthians 2.14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Romans 8.27 – And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Ephesians 2.18 – For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

The Holy Spirit provides power, strength, joy, and peace:

Acts 1.8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 9.31 – Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

Romans 15.13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 3.16 – I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.

The Holy Spirit directs us – for example, what to say when we are witnessing or praying:

Mark 13.11 – “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 8.26 – In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us, or makes us holy:

Romans 15.16 – [God made me] to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

2 Thessalonians 2.13 – But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

“Living in the spirit” is not just for the super-spiritual. It is necessary for every believer to be experiencing the Holy Spirit in their life, not only because it validates their salvation, but also because it is how God intended the Christian life to be led. We are either living in the sin nature or living in the spirit, and as Christians, we want to be spending our time living in the spirit!

Romans 8.5 – Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 8.9 – You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

Galatians 5.17 – For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

Sometimes we can get frustrated because we feel that we’re not able to live the Christian life. We can feel like we are trying so hard and getting nowhere fast. This is when we need to recognize the role of the Holy Spirit in our life – He is the one that enables us to live as we should. If you feel frustrated like this, make sure you really want the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life and that sin isn’t keeping Him from being able to direct and empower you. Then ask God to bless you with His Holy Spirit and trust Him to do the rest!

Luke 11.13 – “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

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