Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The mystery behind the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, part 2. The power to handle people and relationships.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
1. The Holy Spirit indwells the body of the Church-age believer at the moment of salvation.
1CO 3:16; 6:19-20, for our divine protection.
1CO 3:16 Do you not know is one of the most important phrases in the New Testament.
This is known an absolute status quo verb,
You keep on being the temple of God.
temple of God you are.
All the sacred buildings are made of flesh and the thing that makes this building (the physical body sacred), is also the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, who is also the means of divine production or divine good.
2. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, is the means of divine good or divine production.
1TI 4:6-8, In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline [physical exercise] is only of little profit, but godliness [spiritual exercise] is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
HEB 5:12-14, For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
HEB 6:1, Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
The purpose in eternity is a resurrection body, and incidentally the resurrection body has maximum glorified responses to doctrine, to the presence of the Lord, to the conditions of eternity.
On the other hand, the body also has a purpose in time.
It is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
In context, believers at Corinth were taking the temple of the Holy Spirit, their human body, and having sexual relationships with individuals who meant nothing to them, doing it in the name of religion and grace, the union of one body with another body, and therefore, they were taking the temple of the Holy Spirit into a heathen temple.
3. To provide a temple in the body of every Church-age believer for the indwelling of Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory and the indwelling of God the Father.
4. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is also a sign of the royal family status, which is superior to being in the family of God, as believers in past dispensations were.
1. People testing
2. Thought testing
3. System testing
4. disaster testing
No one would be taking these type of spiritual tests from residence in the PPOG unless he already understood the influence from the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit and had the strength from spiritual growth, 1CO 10:13.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face.
1PE 5:9, But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being or [have been, or will be] accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
Because you are the Temple of God and the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit is present within you, you do not need to pray for a miracle or the removal of the suffering like Paul did in 2Co 12 with the thorn in his flesh.
A miracle is a false solution just as prayer is…when God provides for us the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit and undeserved suffering to bear.
Remember that it is easy for God to perform a miracle,
only His volition is involved, only the sovereignty of God is involved plus His omnipotence.
But, it is more difficult for God to give maximum blessing to a believer because that involves the volition of the believer and faith and trust from the believer in the character and nature of God.