|Posted on June 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM|
Among the many blessings of being a child of God, the one that stands out more than the others is the privilege of having the Holy Spirit living inside the new person God has made us to be in Christ. Maybe it’s because this blessing is something we can rejoice in right now in this present world, or maybe it’s because it is the source of all real comfort and assurance. In any case the fact that we are indwelled by the very Spirit of God is a blessing that needs to be fully understood and appreciated by all believers.
In the last hours of his ministry on earth Jesus gave his worried disciples the promise of this blessing saying, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but you know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14: 16-18). The fact that Jesus referred to the Spirit of God as the “Comforter” assures us of the personal blessings we may enjoy because of the indwelling presence of the Spirit. The fact that the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of Christ explains how he would fulfill his promise to come to us personal.
In addition, Jesus promised, “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14: 25, 26). Through the indwelling Spirit Jesus continues to teach us just as he did with his first disciples. All that the Father and Jesus want us to know the indwelling Spirit will communicate to each of us personally. Just as Jesus was instructed by the Father through the Holy Spirit while here on earth, so we also may depend on the guidance and leadership of the indwelling Spirit in our everyday lives.
The promise of this blessing was fulfilled on the day of Jesus’ resurrection when he met with his disciples again in the upper room. Having described their mission saying, “As the Father has sent me, so send I you” he breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20: 21, 22). From that time forward all who trust Jesus as their resurrected Savior are indwelled with his Spirit, the Comforter. It is the Spirit who causes us to be “born again” in the first place, and it is the Spirit of God who “seals us unto the day of redemption”. It is the Spirit who joins us to Christ in his death and resurrection making us brand new persons in Christ and it is the Spirit who, living within that new person we are, now comforts, guides, leads, teaches, reminds, and empowers us to live out our new life in Christ.
Just as the early disciples desperately needed the comfort and direction of the Holy Spirit living within them, we too may enjoy this blessing of the New Covenant. Under the Old Covenant God’s people might experience an external demonstration of the power and glory of the Spirit of God on various occasions. Such was the case with the nation of Israel being led and protected in their wilderness wanderings by the “pillar of cloud” during the day, and a “pillar of fire” night. But under the New Covenant of grace, every believer may enjoy the intimate presence of the indwelling Spirit of God. It is your “birthright” as a child of God living in the age of grace to be indwelled by the Comforter to fulfill the mission your resurrected Savior has for your life here on earth. This blessing is the source of all that we need and all that we do as the children of God.