Thousands of years ago, the LORD swore a promise into existence. He stated that He would forgive the transgressions of the world. He promised to be our God and for us to be His people (Genesis 17:7). God's promise had a hidden mystery throughout the centuries that the Holy Spirit would live within us. The benefits of the Holy Spirit are protection, comfort, peace, hope, joy, wisdom, security, and love just to name a few. This free gift was given while we were still His enemies (Roman 5:8).
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16). Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 3:19). This is the great mystery reveals, the will of God, to have His spirit live inside of His children. His children are those who believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to the earth as a man, who lived and died on the cross, and rose to live again.
When God spoke to Abraham of the promise to redeem His people, He swore it with an oath (Hebrews 6:13). His word is unbreakable for the Lord does not change (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17). His words would prove to be for the Jew and the Gentile through Jesus (Genesis 28:14, Galatians 3:14, Ephesians 3:6). As if this isn't enough, God also sealed His words with a guarantee (2 Corinthians 1:22). This guarantee is a reason for our hope in an eternal salvation that we who believe will be raised up on the last day as Lord Jesus promised (John 6:40). For the the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).
The precious free gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is our hope. Jesus stated it was better for us that He go, so the Helper could come (John 16:7). The Helper is the Greek word, Parakletos, Strong's Concordance #3875 which means advocate, intercessor, counselor, comforter, and helper. These are some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. He has been given to lead us into all truth (John 16:13).
A believer will have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But if you want to receive all the benefits of the power and the fullness of the Spirit, then you must seek to do the will of the Father. The will of the Father is to remain in Jesus' love, as He remained in the Father's love (John 15:9-10). His commandment is this, that we should love God and love one another (11-12). But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). What things? Not only the provisions of this world such as food and drink but also the fruits of the Spirit, which are laws only given to the children of God. The fruits are love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Once we understand in our souls that Jesus redeemed us with an eternal love, then we begin to REALLY love Him in response (1 John 4:19). Because of the price He paid, you will work for Him with an out-flowing of love and thanksgiving from the heart. You will want to do good works, not from a heart of fear or obedience to religious laws which are dead works.
Just as Jesus laid down His life, we must also do the same. For those who lay down their lives, He will lift them up (Matthew 10:39; 16:25; John 12:25). Do you want the indwelling and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in your life?
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