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Who Does The Holy Spirit Indwell?

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:9)

Verse 9 is a pivotal verse in the Eighth chapter of Romans. If there remained any doubt up to this point as to the identity of those who are “in the flesh” and those who are “in the Spirit”, it is cleared up succinctly here. The distinction boils down to those who belong to God and those who are none of His.

Additionally, two other doctrinal disputations are settled in this single verse. First we have that which is explicitly addressed, that is, the question regarding who has the Holy Spirit indwelling them and who does not. To suggest that any genuine Christian has not received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is to contradict the clear words of the Apostle Paul. For if the Holy Spirit does not indwell someone, then that person is in no way a Christian at all. He is none of His. The idea of a subsequent impartation of the Holy Spirit to be sought after an individual comes to faith in Jesus Christ is absent from any of Paul’s writings.

When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, when we are born-again in Him, we receive the Godhead in His entirety; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit immediately indwell the new believer from the moment we first believe. As has been rightly said: there is but one receiving of the Holy Spirit (and that receiving occurs at Salvation), yet there may be many fillings of the Holy Spirit. Though the Holy Ghost indwells every child of God, whether or not each believer will choose to avail themselves of the power of the Holy Spirit, walking in His anointing, is dependent on our own closeness, obedience, and fellowship with the Lord. A Christian fails to experience more of the power of God in their life, not because they have not the Holy Ghost, but because the Holy Ghost does not fully have them.

The second great truth testified to in this verse is the doctrine of the Trinity. Some have speculated that Paul was not a proponent of the Trinity or the Deity of Christ because his writings do not have the same strong statements found in other places, particularly the writings of the Apostle John. We rarely find anything as clear-cut in Paul’s writings as “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God...” (John 1:1), but we do find undeniable implications sprinkled throughout the Pauline epistles. Romans 8:9 contains one such implication.

Flowing seamlessly from one thought to the next, the expression “Spirit of God” is used interchangeably with “Spirit of Christ.” It is abundantly clear from the context that Paul has the very same Spirit in mind in both statements. What a beautiful picture of the Holy Trinity with all three Persons of the Godhead referred to inextricably in a single verse of Scripture! For if God the Father’s Spirit is also Christ’s Spirit, is it possible that any of the Three are not Deity?

When we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation, we receive God in His entirety: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It may take us time to give ourselves fully to Him, but He holds nothing back from us the moment we become one of His.

To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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4 responses

  1. Thank you, Loren.

    “When we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation, we receive God in His entirety: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It may take us time to give ourselves fully to Him, but He holds nothing back from us the moment we become one of His.”
    It took ‘a good few years’ for this to become reality, and now that He has revealed His truth to me, I am not about to let go of it!

    God bless you much!
    ann

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  2. Hold on to that truth, Ann, and never let it go! How very awesome :)

    God bless you, Ann, and thanks for sharing these wonderful comments…things have been a little busy; sorry it took a couple of days to get back to you…I always appreciate your thoughts and insights so much, what a blessing they are!

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  3. Thank you so much Loren, for explaining this the way you did . .. that it’s not a separate thing for us to have to ask for, it’s just a matter of realizing all that we have available to us by His Holy Spirit. And your explaining that there may be many fillings of the Holy Spirit was wonderful too! God bless you as you bring His truth to us!

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  4. The Holy Spirit wants to do so many wonderful things in the life of every Christian that it’s a shame that some believe He is only available to a certain few. Ironically, some have taught that the Holy Spirit will only indwell the most “spiritual”, best behaved Christians and that we must purify ourselves before He will enter in. Yes, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16) and any temple wherein the Spirit dwells ought to be holy and pure, but it is He Who does the purifying. If anyone plans on waiting until they have “done a little housekeeping” before inviting Him in, they should know that they will never be able to clean up their own lives without Him.

    Praise God that the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us the moment we come to faith in Jesus Christ! If He didn’t, we could never become the people He has called us to be.

    Thank you so much, Deb, for sharing your thoughts and insights; I am truly blessed to know you :)

    Loren

    (P.S. – As you noticed, I am trying to get back to the “bite-sized” posts…hope these work out better for everyone!)

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