The Holy Spirit lives in you!

539 the holy spirit lives in them

Do you sometimes feel that God is missing in your life? The Holy Spirit can change that for you. The authors of the New Testament insisted that Christians of that time experience the living presence of God. But is he present for us today? If so, how is he present? The answer is that God lives in us today as in the time of the apostles through the Holy Spirit. We perceive him as the wind, and therefore can not see him: "The wind blows where he wants, and you hear his roar well, but you do not know where he comes from and where he goes born of the Spirit "(Joh 3,8).

A Christian scholar said, "The Holy Ghost leaves no trace in the sand." Being invisible to our senses, it is easily overlooked and easily misunderstood. On the other hand, our knowledge of Jesus Christ is based on solid ground because our Savior was a human being. The God who lived among us in human flesh, Jesus Christ, gave God a face for us. And God the Son has also given God a face to the Father. Jesus insisted that those who saw Him also "saw" the Father. Both father and son today are together with spirit-filled Christians. They are present within Christians through the Holy Spirit. For this reason, we certainly want to know more about the spirit and experience it in a personal way. Through the Spirit, believers experience the closeness of God and are empowered to use his love.

Our comforter

For the apostles, especially John, the Holy Spirit is the counselor or comforter. He is someone called to help in trouble or distress. "Likewise, the spirit of our infirmity also helps, for we know not what to pray, as it is due, but the Spirit Himself enters with unspeakable sighing" (Roman 8,26).

Those who are led by the Holy Spirit are God's people, Paul said. Moreover, they are sons and daughters of God, who address him as their father. Being filled with the Spirit, God's people can live in spiritual freedom. They are no longer bound to the sinful nature and live a new life of inspiration and oneness with God. This is the radical change that the Holy Spirit brings about in converting people.

Their wishes are thereby directed to God instead of to this world. Paul spoke of this transformation: "But when the kindness and charity of God, our Savior, appeared to us, he made us happy - not for the sake of the works that we had done in righteousness, but for his mercy - through the bath of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit "(Tit 3,4-5).
The presence of the Holy Spirit is the determining reality of conversion. Therefore, Paul could say, "He who does not have the Spirit of Christ is not his" (from Roman 8,9). If a person is truly converted, Christ will live in him or her through the Holy Spirit. Such people belong to God, for his spirit has made them his relatives.

Spirit filled life

How can we have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and know that the Spirit of God lives in us? The authors of the New Testament, especially Paul, said that the result of a person's response to the call of God is empowerment. The call to accept the grace of God in Jesus Christ empowers us to abandon ancient ways of thinking and to live with the Spirit.
Therefore, we must be encouraged to be guided by the Spirit, to walk in the Spirit, to live in the Spirit. How to do this is described in the books of the New Testament in a broad principle. The apostle Paul emphasizes that Christians should "energize" the Spirit, helping them to live the virtues that embody love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5,22-23).

Understood in a New Testament context, these qualities are more than concepts or good thoughts. They reflect the true spiritual power within believers as given by the Holy Spirit. This strength is waiting to be used in every life situation.
When put into action, virtues become "fruit" or proof that the Holy Spirit is working in us. The way to be empowered by the Spirit is to ask God for the virtuous presence of the Spirit and then be guided by it.
As the Spirit guides God's people, the Spirit also strengthens the life of the Church and its institutions. Only in this way can the church be strengthened as a corporate structure - by individual believers who live according to the spirit.

Love in Christians

The most important proof or quality of the work of the Holy Spirit within believers is love. This quality defines the nature of God and who God is. Love identifies spiritually guided believers. This love was the primary concern of the Apostle Paul and the other teachers of the New Testament. They wanted to know if the individual Christian life is strengthened and changed by the love of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual gifts, worship, and inspired teaching were (and are) important to the Church. For Paul, however, the dynamic work of the love of the Holy Spirit within believers in Christ was of far greater importance. Paul could speak "in the tongues of men and angels," (1, Kor 13,1), but if he lacked love, he was nothing more than a noisemaker. Paul could also "have the gift of prophecy," be able to "fathom all secrets and all knowledge," and even "have a faith that can move mountains" (verse 2). But if he lacked love, he is nothing. Also, a storehouse of biblical knowledge or firm beliefs could not replace the ability of the love of the Spirit. Paul could even say, "If I give everything I possess to the poor and give my body to the flames without love, it will not do me any good" (verse 3). Doing your own good works for yourself should not be confused with the work of the Holy Spirit in love.

Real Christians

Decisive for the faithful are the active presence of the Holy Spirit and the response to the Spirit. Paul emphasizes that the true people of God - true Christians - are those who have been renewed, reborn and transformed to reflect the love of God in their lives. There is only one way this transformation can take place in you. It is through a life guided and lived by the love of the indwelling Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit is the personal presence of God in your heart and your thoughts.

by Paul Kroll