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WHAT I BELIEVE. # 1 I believe that the believer’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in them and He is given by the Lord to those who are to glorify God in their body (I Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20).

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WHAT I BELIEVE

# 1I believe that the believer’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in them and He is given by the Lord to those who are to glorify God in their body (I Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20)

# 2I believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit is only given to those who obey the word of God becoming believers in Christ, and that this gift is the Holy Spirit Himself, that all believers receive after Christ has now been glorified. (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:38; 5:32)

# 3I believe that the Holy Spirit is given to all those who are saved to indwell them as a seal, pledge, guarantee and down payment of the inheritance, proving that they are the children of God. (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6)


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Nicodemus thinks of physical birth

Jesus is talking about a spiritual birth

John 3:3-7

“You Must Be Born Again”

Jesus teaches that one must be “born of water and the Spirit” (vs. 5)

Jesus said, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit?

BORN OF THE SPIRIT?

Water AND the Spirit


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“WaterAND

John 3:3-7

“You Must Be Born Again”

Nicodemus said, “How can these things be?”

Jesus also said, “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”

Jesus said, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?”

the Spirit”


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John 4:7-15; 6:35; 7:37-39

“Living Water”

In John 4, Jesus, wearied from His journey, came to a well for a drink and had an encounter with a Samaritan woman.(vs. 6)

Jesus asked for a drink and this shocked the woman, since Jews have no dealings with Samaritans, and she questioned Him.(vs. 7-9)

Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water”(vs. 10)


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This woman makes the same mistake as many who do not understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson (vs.11)

John 4:7-15; 6:35; 7:37-39

“Living Water”

She asks, “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well…where do You get that living water?”(vs. 12)

Jesus said the physical well would cause all to thirst again, but the spiritual water He can give will be IN an individual “a well of water springing up to eternal life”(vs. 13-14)


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John 4:7-15; 6:35; 7:37-39 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“Living Water”

In John 7, Jesus continues teaching on the “living water” and says He would give this water to all who thirst and believe in Him(vs.37-38)

Jesus says of the one who believes, “from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water”(vs. 38), “as the Scripture said” (Is. 44:3-5)

John said that Jesus “spoke of the Spirit WHOM, those who believe in Him were to receive.” John also said, “the Spirit was not yet GIVEN, because Jesus was not yet glorified”(vs. 39)


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John 4:7-15; 6:35; 7:37-39 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“Living Water”

Jesus tried to explain these spiritual lessons on several occasions and in many cases people said they could not understand it. (John 6:35, 60)

We learn that many of the disciples decided to stop following Jesus because they could not handle this hard teaching (John 6:61-66)

The question we must answer is, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Believe that Jesus has the words of eternal life in obeying Him and the Holy Spirit will be given to you (John 6:67-68)


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Acts 1:9-11; 2:36-41, 44 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“Jesus Is Glorified, People Are Saved, The Spirit Is Given”

In the book of Acts, we find, Jesus was glorified and went to be seated with the Father in heaven(Acts 1:11; Mark 16:19; Acts 2:36)

Now the Holy Spirit can be given to those who believe and Peter preached about this gift as a gift given to those who obey the gospel (Acts 2:37-38)

The Bible states that those who received the word were baptized so they were forgiven of sin and now could have the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:39-41, 44) This promise is to all mankind who will obey Jesus


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Acts 2:39; 3:19; 5:32 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“The Promise Is For You…”

Peter said that the promises that he had proclaimed were for everyone that the Lord our God will call to Himself (Acts 2:39)

Other passages in the NT teach us this exact same promise is available to those who obey the Lord in turning from sin and believing in Him (Acts 3:19; 5:32)

Notice that the “times of refreshing” come after we have repented and turned to the Lord, which is also the time when the Holy Spirit HIMSELF (“whom”) is given to us (Acts 3:19; Acts 5:32; See Titus 3:4-7)


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“The Promise Is For You…”

Looking at the gift of the Holy Spirit and the times of refreshing as the same thing one writer said, “Hence, "the gift of the Holy Spirit" means the same thing as "times of refreshing". The "gift of the Holy Spirit" was the forgiveness of their sins. The "times of refreshing," which is figurative language, is an equivalent term. What a "refreshing" it is to be forgiven of our sins, redeemed and made heirs of God.”

---Unknown


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They said, understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit”(vs. 2)

Paul said,“Did you receive the Spirit when you believed?”(vs. 2)

Paul asked, “Into what then were you baptized?” (vs 3)

The text says, “when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord” (vs. 5)

They said“into John’s baptism” (vs. 3)

Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus” (vs.4)

Acts 19:1-5

“Did You Receive The Holy Spirit When You Believed?”


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Romans 5:5 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“The Holy Spirit Who Was Given To Us…”

Later we will notice how the Spirit is a guarantee or down payment of our hope. Paul here says “hope does not disappoint” because the Spirit is given.

Notice again the word “who” describing the person of the Spirit as the “gift” Himself, “who” is given to us (Acts 2:38; Rom. 5:5)

Paul states that this is how we can know that we have the love of God…by the Spirit who has been poured out “in our hearts” (Gal. 4:6)


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Romans 8:11 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“His Spirit Who Indwells You…”

One of the most interesting discussions on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can be found in the 8th chapter of the book of Romans

Paul first helps the saints to realize that they are free from the Law to follow the leading of the Spirit. Those who follow Him are destined for life and peace (Rom. 8:1-6)

Paul says that those who will not accept the new law in Christ and want to cling to the old Law, cannot please God and they do not belong to Christ. One who obeys has the Spirit of God in him (Rom. 8:7-9)


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Romans 8:11 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“His Spirit Who Indwells You…”

Now Paul shows these saints how they can be sure they are alive in Christ even if the body dies and the flesh decays…you have life from the Spirit dwelling in you (Rom. 8:10-13; I Cor. 3:16-17)

If you want to be reassured that you are a child of God, consider that Paul says you need to be led by the Spirit of God and receive the Spirit of adoption (Gal. 4:6), so that the Spirit can bear witness with our Spirit that we are children of God (Rom. 8:14-17)

Paul talks of the blessings of diligence to make it to our eternal home and reveals how the Spirit can be of assistance to us (Rom. 8:18-19, 23-28; 15:13)


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I Corinthians 3:16 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“Your Body Is A Temple Of The Holy Spirit”

“Do you not know…”

Good question to answer

“your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…”

The Holy Spirit uses your body as a temple

“who is in you, whom you have from God…”

Not “it” but “who” and “whom” (personal) Gr. hos “…–who –m –se”

“you are not your own for you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (I Cor. 6:19-20)

Since this is true, you must be holy and live for glorifying God in your body


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I Corinthians 6:19-20 understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“You Are A Temple Of God…The Spirit…Dwells In You”

“Do you not know…”

Paul wants us to know

“you are a temple of God…”

God resides in us as His spiritual temple

“the Spirit of God…”

God is in us in the person of the Spirit (I John 3:24; 4:13)

Dwell means “to reside, cohabit, make a home” etc. and He does this in us. (See I Cor. 6:9-11)

“dwells in you” (I Cor. 3:16)


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THE SPIRIT OF MAN understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Notice first that when addressing the spirit of man, the Bible uses the word “which” to be impersonal

With the Holy Spirit the Bible uses the word “whom” to address Him in person.

Many willingly accept that in our body lives a spirit that will live on in eternity

Some deny that the Holy Spirit could ever dwell within us in person (See I Cor. 2:11)

I Corinthians 2:11-13

“The Spirit Of The Man, Which…The Spirit Who”


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

“The Spirit Of The Man, Which…The Spirit Who”

“Surely a literal indwelling is not doubted on the ground that we have no sensible evidence of the Spirit’s presence. For neither a priori nor from the Bible have we any reason to conclude that such evidence would be afforded us. And gratuitously to assume it, and then make the assumption a ground on which to doubt the indwelling, is more unwarranted indeed” ---Moses E. Lard (Lard’s Quarterly 1964:19)“If true, then in you somewhere, somehow, you contain a divine, eternal Being, and you have no evidence whatever to prove this. He is there, but you have no idea what He is doing or even if He is doing anything at all! You can't feel Him, hear Him, smell him, see Him, or taste Him; yet some think that He literally and personally dwells within their being somewhere! ---Unknown


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

About The “Matter Of HOW” Question

Most brethren will admit that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian, but will likely add the qualifying statement, “It is not a matter of does the Holy Spirit dwell in us, but rather how the Holy Spirit dwells in us”

IT IS NOT A MATTER OF HOW

BUT A MATTER OF WHO

If we can answer the question of “who dwells in us?”, then we don’t have to ask “how?” The Bible says that the Holy Spirit “who,…whom,… He,…Himself” dwells in the Christian (Gr. “hos” and “auto”)

See Acts 5:32; I Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 8:11


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

About The “Matter Of HOW” Question

Once we know that the Bible promises the Holy Spirit Himself to indwell as a gift to the believer, we have no right to ask how, but we must simply accept this plain truth.

IT IS NOT A MATTER OF HOW

BUT A MATTER OF WHO

Consider what happens when you fail to respect the personal pronouns of the text of Scripture.

Acts 5:30-32 I Cor. 6:16-20 Rom. 8:5, 8, 14, 16, 26

(vs. 30-31) = Jesus (vs. 16-18) = Man (vs. 5, 8, 14) = Man (vs. 32) = Spirit (vs. 19-20) = Spirit / Man (vs. 16, 26) = Spirit


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION understand the spiritual meaning in this lesson

About The “Matter Of HOW” Question

One person said of the possibility of the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit, “The Holy Spirit Himself does NOT literally and personally dwell within your person or being. It is impossible and no where does God's word teach such an idea!.”

---Unknown


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“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

I Corinthians 12:13

“We Were All Made To Drink Of One Spirit”

Not only is this in harmony with Acts 2:38 in that each believer does receive the gift of the Holy Spirit after obedience, but it is also in agreement with the teaching of Jesus regarding“living water”after our belief in Him.(John 7:37-39)

Paul is teaching that we are not only baptized by one Spirit into the church, the body of Christ (Acts 2:47), but that those who obey the Lord are made to drink of one Spirit, just as we all have been promised to have the Holy Spirit dwell within us.


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II Corinthians 1:22 body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

“Sealed Us…Gave Us The Spirit In Our Hearts As A Pledge”

A constant teaching of the apostle Paul is that we have a guarantee, pledge, down payment, as a child of God when the Holy Spirit dwells in us. This is God’s way of sealing us for redemption and we can know that we belong to Him

A seal is said to be used as a mark of authenticity, genuineness (letter), a mark of ownership and a means of security.

Read: II Cor. 5:2-5; Rom. 8:26Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30 I Thess. 4:8

SEALED


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

“Sealed Us…Gave Us The Spirit In Our Hearts As A Pledge”

Commenting on Ephesians 1:13-14 we read, “Then it follows, most certainly, that if we are now sealed with the Holy Spirit, as these Ephesians were, it takes place after, and is something more than hearing, believing and receiving the word. Their sealing was to them an earnest of their inheritance; that is, a pledge of God’s faithfulness on their part, that they ‘grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.’ Eph. 4:30 ”

---T.W. Brents (The Gospel Plan Of Salvation 642)


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

“Sealed Us…Gave Us The Spirit In Our Hearts As A Pledge”

Commenting on the Greek word arrabon which is seen in the text as “earnest” Ardnt and Gingrich say it means, “first installment, deposit, down payment, pledge, that pays a part of the purchase price in advance, and so secures a legal claim to the article in question, or makes a contract valid…In any case, [arrabon] is a payment which obligates the contracting party to make further payments” ---Ardnt & Gingrich

William Barclay says this pledge is “ a foretaste of what is to come”

---(New Testament Words 58)


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Ephesians 6:17 body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

“The Sword Of The Spirit…Which Is The Word Of God”

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TRUE OR FALSE

The man who uses a sword to fight against the enemy is the sword with which he fights.

The sword that is used by the man to fight against the enemy is the man who sets out to fight.


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Ephesians 6:17 body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

“The Sword Of The Spirit…Which Is The Word Of God”

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The Holy Spirit delivered and uses the word of God as a tool to prick the hearts of men unto salvation, but the Holy Spirit is not the word of God.

The word of God is the tool that the Holy Spirit delivered and uses to prick the hearts of men unto salvation, but the word of God is not the Holy Spirit.

Consider the following passages:

Eph. 1:13-14; 4:4-6; II Cor. 6:6-8; II Thess. 2:13; Heb. 6:4-6


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Eph. 5:19 body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

Col. 3:16

ANSWERING OBJECTIONS

About The Connection With The Word & The Spirit

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord…”

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns {and} spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God…”

When one turns from sin and obeys the Lord from the heart, they are filled with the Spirit and then they are to serve the Lord with praise and thanksgiving


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Connection With The Word & The Spirit

SPIRIT

John 3:5, 8 John 6:63 Titus 3:5 John 16:8 Rom. 8:16 Rom. 15:13 II Thess. 2:13 I Cor. 6:11 Acts 9:31 Eph. 5:18-19 John 16:8

ACTION

Gives Birth Gives Life Saves Convicts Testifies Gives Power Sanctifies Washes Comforts Indwells Reproves

WORD

I Peter 1:23-25 Ps. 119:93 Jam. 1:21 Titus 1:9 John 5:39 Heb. 4:12 John 17:17 Eph. 5:26 Rom. 15:4 Col. 3:16 II Tim. 3:16

Just because the Spirit and the word have similar qualities does not mean that they are the same in each passage

The Bible plainly states that after we receive the word we obey that word and then we receive the “gift of the Holy Spirit” who dwells in us (Eph. 1:13-14)


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Connection With The Word & The Spirit

“Whatever we read about the power of the gospel or the activity of the written word in the lives of aliens or Christians is true. But these facts do not contradict what we read about the Holy Spirit dwelling within the Christian…I don’t really think that any gospel preacher believes that the Spirit is to be identified as the written word, but there are some Christians who do believe it. And they have gotten this erroneous impression because some preachers can’t read one of these plain passages without saying, ‘through the word; not separate and apart from the word’”

---Ferrell Jenkins (The Holy Spirit And The Christian)


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Renewing Of The Holy Spirit body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

Eph. 1:13-14; Tit. 3:5b-7; II Cor. 4:16

Washing Of Regeneration

Rom. 6:3-4; Eph. 2:5-7; Col 2:12-13

Titus 3:5-7

“Washing Of Regeneration And Renewing Of The Holy Spirit”

The washing of regeneration (made alive from the dead) is the salvation that comes when we are baptized for the remission of sin

The renewing of the Holy Spirit is that which comes after we have received Him as a gift and are then sealed for the day of redemption.


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Division Of The Spirit For The Indwelling

I agree, but you don’t have to spilt the Holy Spirit for Him to dwell in every place that He wills (Ps. 139:7-10)

The omnipresence of God in the Spirit allows for an easy, clear understanding of this teaching

Some say you cannot take a “cookie cutter” to the Holy Spirit and have Him to dwell in every believer in Christ

The Holy Spirit “who” dwells in you is proof.


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Need For Miracles With The Indwelling

Some demand that we must see something supernatural from a believer, in order to believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the body

The promise of the “gift of the Holy Spirit” is for everyone who believes, while the miraculous “gifts of the Spirit” were only for those that were apostles or were gifted through the laying on of the apostles hands (John 14:16-17; 7:37-39)

John was full of the Holy Spirit, but never worked a miracle (See Lk. 1:15)


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Need For Miracles With The Indwelling

“The fact of the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit does not mean that any of the erroneous denominational theories about the Holy Spirit discussed… are true. It does not imply that there is a present-day baptism of the Spirit, nor present-day miracles, direct operation of the Spirit in conversion or tongue speaking”

---J.D. Thomas (The Spirit and Spirituality 26)


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Need For Miracles With An Indwelling

APOSTLE IS PROMISED

BELIEVER IS PROMISED

The Spirit Himself would be with the apostles and be in them (John 14:16-17)

All who believe are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells in them (John 7:37-39)

This was fulfilled and was only given to the apostles in this miraculous measure (Acts 1:2, 12-13; 2:1-4, 43)

This blessing came to those who first obeyed the gospel and will be given to all who believe. (Acts 2:38-39; 5:32)

READ Acts 10:45-48; 11:15-18; 15:8-9


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Need For Miracles With An Indwelling

“…I conclude that the Holy Spirit dwells in my body as well as in the body of an apostle, though not in the same measure or manifestation”

---Roy Lanier Sr. (Firm Foundation 20 Oct. 1964:673)


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Similar Indwelling Of The Godhead

FATHER

Rom. 8:9-11 I John 3:24 I John 4:16 etc.

SON

Rom. 8:10 Eph. 3:17 John 14:18-23 Gal. 2:20 etc.

HOLY SPIRIT

Rom. 5:5 Rom. 8:9-11 I Cor. 3:16 I Cor. 6:19 II Cor. 1:22 II Tim. 1:14 etc.

These passages all speak of the indwelling of the God head.

Do the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all abide in us in the same way?

There are many who say that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all dwell in the Christian the same way.

Consider the following passages:

Eph. 2:19-22; I John 4:13; Eph 3:16-20; II Cor. 6:14-18


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Similar Indwelling Of The Godhead

These passages all speak of the indwelling of the God head.

Do the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all abide in us in the same way?

There are many who say that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all dwell in the Christian the same way.

FATHER

SON


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Similar Indwelling Of The Godhead

These passages all speak of the indwelling of the God head.

Do the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all abide in us in the same way?

There are many who say that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all dwell in the Christian the same way.

The Father and the Son dwell in the Christian through the person of the Holy Spirit and they are all one in the believer

THE ANSWER TO OUR QUESTION IS YES… NOT IN THE WORD BUTTHROUGH THEHOLY SPIRIT


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= body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

ANSWERING OBJECTIONS

About The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Some brethren propose that the gift of the Holy Spirit must be a gift from the Spirit since other passages using this same Greek structure refer to a gift from God and a gift from Christ.

FATHER

John 4:10

SON

Eph. 4:7

HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 2:38

The problem is that these brethren fail to notice that language authorities agree that the definite article in Acts 2:38 is found in that context for a reason.

“the gift of God…”

“the gift of Christ…”

“the gift of the Holy Spirit…”

The Bible says that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit , “whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32)


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QUOTE CONSIDERATION body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Lenski says that the “genitive is appositional …so here the gift is the Holy Spirit” He also said that the construction of the grammar is parallel to Acts 2:33 where, “the promise of the Holy Spirit” means, “the promise which is the Spirit”. ---Lenski (The Interpretation Of The Acts Of The Apostles)

“Certainly the gift of the Holy Spirit is the Spirit itself (KJV translation M.L.H.) given. The common version (KJV) of the passage is very faulty, faulty inasmuch as it completely hides the true sense from the common reader. Render it as follows and all is clear: And the Holy Spirit will be given you. A child can understand this; and it expresses the exact import of the original. ---Moses E. Lard (Lard’s Quarterly, Oct. 1864:104)


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Spirit Being Given As A Relationship

John 15

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither {can} you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

John 17

“…that they may all be one; even as you, Father, {are} in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.” ... “that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me…:


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Spirit Being Given As A Relationship

John 15

There is no question that Jesus was referring to a relationship in this text, “for apart from” Him we can “do nothing”. The way that we enter this relationship is through obedience to the word of God, after which we receive the Holy Spirit to dwell in us as a pledge of our inheritance (Eph 1:13-14)

John 17

Jesus wanted us to be “perfected in unity” like He and the Father were (vs. 23) and this happens when we “believe in” Jesus (vs. 20). This is also in harmony with the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell within the child of God after our obedience. This assures us of being in a right relationship with God.


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ANSWERING OBJECTIONS body…and we were all made to drink of one Spirit”

About The Work Of The Holy Spirit

1.To serve as a “seal” or a “pledge” of our inheritance as we can know with a certainty that we are children of God and are able to be assured of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14)

It is said that if the Holy Spirit dwells in us, then He must have some work to do in us

2.To intercede for us in our prayers (Rom. 8:26-28)

3.To motivate us to purity and holiness in the body of this life(I Cor. 6:12-20)

WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO WHILE INDWELLING THE BODY OF A BELIEVER?


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