How does the Promised Holy Spirit Fill Us?
Joh 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
Joh 14:17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
First Things First
Something has to be evicted before the Holy Spirit can fill us, before we can receive Christ into our lives we must first come to a humbling realization. We don’t have any room for Him, there is no room for two masters in our lives, and only one person can sit on the throne of our person.
Before we become aware of our need for Salvation the Holy Spirit is guiding us from the outside to the truth of God’s word and the truth of God’s words is that by ourselves we are worthless and dead in our sins. We are spiritually devoid of any good; the only person who is good was God the Son Jesus Christ. That means that without the Holy Spirit in me I was seen as dead in sin all the way through as were you. Some of you right now are still dead in sin.
In fact if you do not have the Holy Spirit IN you, you are still dead in sin. To get the Holy Spirit IN you, what you have to do is realize that you are worthless in all the “good” you do, after you do this you can then repent to Jesus in prayer casting all your Sin onto Him.
Once that sin has been evicted from your life, it takes the one who was in control of your life out, which would be Satan out of the throne of your life.
And God the Holy Spirit moves in, you ARE SAVED at that time.
Once the Holy Spirit moves in where does He reside?
SDA Perspective- The Holy Spirit Indwells the Mind
Last Sunday I was listening into a conversation between some Former Adventist Fellowship friends and they were talking about how they had understood the Holy Spirit. And I was a little surprised at their remembrance because they stated that they were taught the Holy Spirit came to reside in the mind.
Now in and of itself that sounds like a good idea after all our minds can run wild and we think of an awful lot of bad stuff. With the Holy Spirit in our mind we can be certain that our thoughts are going to be pure. And because our thoughts are pure our actions will be pure, and if our actions are pure then we will be able to perfectly keep the Ten Commandments and then Jesus will come again. After all it is because of us, and our failure to keep his commandments that the Lord has had to delay His return.
If something about the above two paragraphs doesn’t feel right to you, even though it is the point of view of Adventist teachers around the world, that’s good because it means that the Holy Spirit is convicting you of falsehood.
You see the Adventist perspective of just what the Holy Spirit can and cannot do and how it does it has a massive bleed out effect into other key topics. The SDA Church focuses on what the Holy Spirit can help them to do, they expect the Holy Spirit to help them Keep the Ten Commandments perfectly. And unless SDA’s keep the Ten Commandments perfectly in order for Christ to return, then Adventists have eliminated the immediacy of the Lord and His coming of the church.
Adventists are limiting the power of God the Holy Spirit by limiting his Indwelling only to the mind, just like they’re limiting the power of God by claiming that every Adventist must keep the Ten Commandments perfectly or Jesus Christ can’t return.
That’s nuts not to mention entirely unscriptual.
Mainline Christian Outlook- The Holy Spirit Indwells in the Heart
Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
Eph 3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
Eph 3:16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Eph 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Eph 3:19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
Eph 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
HEART (Heb. mostly leb; Gk. kardia). According to thorough investigation and evidence of Scripture in all its parts, the heart is the innermost center of the natural condition of man.—New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart during those plagues in Egypt He did not harden Pharaoh’s mind. He hardened Pharaoh’s heart because the heart is the seat of our consciousness, it is where every thought begins, and it is where until we are saved Satan has his throne. When we are full of sin we are full of evil thoughts and this evil begins in our hearts.
Luk 6:45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
It is only when we Repent and receive God into our lives through Jesus death on the cross that we can even have true good thoughts because it is at that time that God the Holy Spirit enters into our heart and indwells us. It is only through He that we are capable of having the good thoughts that we have, and are able to speak the good things that we speak.
Rom 5:5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
We have assurance of being Saved because God the Holy Spirit has entered our hearts and He has written His Law in our hearts. It is only by His grace that we are able to even begin to follow the law, and all those sins that were in us, they are cast away as far as the east is from the west. They are no longer even remembered.
The saddest thing is we still can’t keep the Ten Commandments (nor are we commanded to, more on that tomorrow), however Jesus kept them perfectly and God the Father sees us as crucified with Christ. Our sins were ON CHRIST, He died for OUR SINS, He suffered from the total wrath of God that was supposed to fall on us. We only have to realize that gift and receive it.
Since the believer is saved when he receives and believes that means we have to do nothing except stay in communion with Him. We cannot delay the Lords coming, the Lord will come exactly on time. When the last gentile of this Church age comes to receive and believe the Lord will come to take His church to be with Him forever.
Believe, receive, and continue to believe.
Salvation comes from God by Grace through Faith and that’s it.
It’s not about keeping a day, it’s not about keeping commandments, it’s about keeping in a personal 1 on 1 relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.