The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)


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Located where Residenzplatz flows into Domplatz in Salzburg, Salzburg Cathedral (Domkirche St. Rupert) is renowned for its harmonious Baroque architecture and 4,000-pipe organ. It also contains a medieval font in which Mozart was baptized. The stained glassed central dome contains a detailed depiction of the Holy Spirit as a dove, a very popular characterisation. Click image to enlarge.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit refers to His unique present ministry of ongoing and permanent habitation within all believers coinciding at the moment of their salvation.

This indwelling affects all who believe without exception. John, commenting on Jesus’ own words, says, “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive….” (Jn 7:39a)

If the Spirit is present in all who believe what then might the absence of the Spirit indicate? Paul issues this stern warning: the absence of the Spirit indicates a defunct salvation, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Rom 8:9b)

Sin saps believers of power, but could sin disqualify the presence of the Spirit? Paul spent a great deal of time in the first epistle to the Corinthians dealing with the sins of believers (1 Cor 5:5; 1 Cor 6:7). Yet his exhortation to them to stop sinning is based on the premise of the permanence of the, “Holy Ghost which is in you….” (1 Cor 6:19b)

“…He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (Jn 14:16) What blessed assurance it is that the comforter is freely and eternally bestowed.

More how and what tomorrow.

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7 thoughts on “The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

  1. Amen!

    Was wondering where you stood on this issue. I disagree with Pentecostal and Charismatic teaching that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs after salvation (as a separate and discreet event).

    Reading John Stott on this convinced me that the three occurrences of the baptism occurring after salvation were exceptional and “first time” / “breakthrough” events in history … but certainly not the norm!

    Glad you made the point!

    (Although of course it should be fine to disagree on this … I’m glad we agree! :) )

    • :).

      I’ve been reading John Stott for the last couple of evenings as part of preparation for exams. Specifically “The Living God is a Missionary God” and “The Bible in World Evangelization”. I can see why my dad likes him so much.

      • I seem to agree with 99.9% of what John Stott has to say…

        I’ll leave it up to your imagination as to which 0.1% I disagree with! :)

        Okay enough imagination time.

        I disagree with his 1982 (not sure if he’s changed since then … I have!) beliefs on “same-sex partnerships”…

        That chapter really seems to be him not thinking rationally. Although I do think he adds more than most (sensible stuff) to the debate. Of course “sexuality” is a tough topic for most of us post-Victorians to be “rational” about.

        But that is probably a topic for another day … I digress…

  2. Yes. in my wild charismatic days, I would not have agreed with you. But now I am happy to say I am a cessasionist, a reluctant but content cessationist. The gifts were for the aposotlic age, but the work of the Holy Spirit of convicting the sinner of sin, and enabling them to walk n holiness in that is the Spirit very evident. ( Zechariah 4:6)

  3. I remember many years ago a light came on when I read these words from Andrew Murray’s “The Master’s Indwelling”:

    “This is the salvation the Holy Ghost brings. You know what a change took place in those disciples. Let us praise God for it; the Holy Spirit means this: the life, the disposition, the temper, and the inclinations of Jesus, brought down from heaven into our hearts. That is the Holy Ghost. He has His mighty workings to bestow as gifts; but the fullness of the Holy Ghost is this: Jesus Christ in His humility coming to dwell in us”

    Since then it has always been utterly extraordinary and wonderful how the eternal God should deposit His spirit, the searcher of His heart, in us. Still blows me away.

    Seymour <

    • Hey Seymour,

      Thanks for dropping the quote.

      Your last line is quotable, “Since then it has always been utterly extraordinary and wonderful how the eternal God should deposit His spirit, the searcher of His heart, in us. Still blows me away.”

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