The Indwelling Holy Spirit
“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9).
In this one verse the Holy Spirit is called both “the Spirit of God” and “the Spirit of Christ,” which means that Christ is God, and so is the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:15 also informs us we have, “received the Spirit of adoption, by we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.” Each believer is assured that we are living “in the Spirit,” because He has come to “dwell in us.”
All of this has come about “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy... by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). This glorious new birth, with sins forgiven and eternal life, is confirmed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Notice that “if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” It is vital that we have the Holy Spirit, “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
Paul assures us that we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit when he said, “…having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit will also help us grow, resulting in a change in our behavior when the fruit of the Spirit in our lives begin to manifest, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). This will testify to others that we do indeed have the Holy Spirit.
– Pastor Dicky