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Salvation is impossible without the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13

The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the triune Godhead. The Holy Spirit indwells believers at the moment of salvation. We know from1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19–20, that the bodies of Christians are the Spirit’s temple. The teaching of the New Testament is that the Holy Spirit’s indwelling is permanent. We cannot lose the Holy Spirit. The Seal of the Holy Spirit represents a finished transaction that cannot be broken, and security of the believer.

God is not the author of confusion. The Old Testament relates occasions in which the Spirit left someone, such as King Saul (1 Samuel 16:14) or Samson (Judges 16:20). However, in those days, the Holy Spirit worked differently than He does since the time Jesus rose from the dead. In the Old Testament, the Spirit is never said to “indwell” anyone; rather, He “came upon” people for a time, to accomplish specific purposes (Judges 3:10;1 Chronicles 12:18). The Holy Spirit inspired the prophets to proclaim truth to the people (Ezekiel 11:1–2). He instructed the leaders of Israel (1 Samuel 16:13). He inspired the writing of Scripture (2 Peter 1:21). But He did not indwell those people as He now does, with believers in Christ.

Before Christ’s finished work and ascension, the Holy Spirit came and went, but He no longer works that way. He does not come and go in the lives of believers today. Just before His arrest, Jesus promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit, who “lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). The Bible emphasizes the permanency of the Spirit’s presence: “He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.”

Acts 2 describes the transition from the Old Testament economy to the New, as it pertains to the Holy Spirit. The disciples were gathered for prayer, waiting for the promise of the Father, in obedience to Jesus (John 14:26; Acts 1:4,8). As they prayed, the Holy Spirit fell upon them all and filled them (verse 3–4). Jesus’ promise was fulfilled, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit came upon all who had trusted in Christ. That outpouring resulted in courage in the face of opposition, love for all humanity, and supernatural gifts and abilities to further the gospel (1 Corinthians 12:4;Hebrews 2:4).

Salvation is impossible without the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). Jesus explained this to Nicodemus in John 3:1–21. Nicodemus, a leader of the Jewish religion, wanted to know what laws he could keep or additional actions he could perform that would guarantee eternal life. Jesus responded that there was nothing Nicodemus could do to save himself and that salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit’s work in a repentant heart, no one can be born again, regardless of how many “sinner’s prayers” he prays or Christian actions he performs. It is the Holy Spirit who regenerates and renews a heart (Titus 3:5).

An issue related to losing the Holy Spirit is eternal security. There is debat about whether or not someone can lose his or her salvation. To lose salvation would be to lose the Holy Spirit who provides it. In fact, Scripture says that the Holy Spirit “seals” our salvation until we experience its completion in the presence of God (Ephesians 1:13;4:30). For the Holy Spirit to vacate a heart that He had promised to seal, would make Him unfaithful and a liar, but scripture says that Jesus is without sin. He is perfect and cannot lie. One of the Holy Spirit’s tasks, after moving into a believing heart, is to transform that person into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17;Romans 8:29), and we have the promise that “he who began a good work in you, will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). The Spirit will not undo His work of regeneration, give up on His transformative work, or redefine salvation and eternal life to mean a “temporary life.”

While a Christian cannot lose the Holy Spirit, he or she can forfeit the gifts and salvation Jesus brings, by awillful, outright renouncement of Him. However, Ephesians 1:13 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” Can a believer truly break the seal placed on him by God? The Holy Spirit is the mark of a true believer; therefore, to lose Him, would be to lose any hope of salvation in the future.

Ephesians 4:30 warns us not to “grieve the Holy Spirit.” And First Thessalonians 5:19, says that we can “quench the Spirit.” These passages do NOT imply that the Holy Spirit has left us... only that He is sorrowful because of our sinful actions. The grieving and quenching of the Spirit, hinders our fellowship with Him, but does not nullify our salvation, in much the same way that a rebellious child may lose the fellowship of a parent, but is not kicked out of the family.

What causes confusion on this issue is that we cannot know whether someone else has truly been born of the Spirit or whether he is the “shallow soil” as Jesus described inLuke 8:1–15. Some people seem excited to follow Jesus and may exhibit that, but they were never truly born again. Jesus addresses those people with a stern warning inMatthew 7:21–23. Many people profess to have the Holy Spirit, but eventually prove that they were imposters, when their lives turn away from following Him (see Romans 8:14). Such people did not lose the Holy Spirit; He was never theirs at all. (1 John 2:19).
saintsong · 41-45, F
I loved this bless you sister Grace! I too have the Holy Spirit...I went to the Doctor today and a gentleman who has been monitoring me for years, was talking to the doctors in the next room, saying that the healings that have been happening at the hospital were because of the Lord, and everyone agree's that is it is the Lord, or the Holy Spirit's doing not mine.. Also on the other hand the higher the level the higher the devil...I've been oppressed by a spirit that causes me to sin, the nations will drink in her adulteries not mine! So they seen the seperation of the two, battling over my soul and everyones belief's... When my doctor came into the room she had a glow about her I told her she looked beautiful, then I told her that I could feel the hand of the Lord upon my shoulder...We were blessed! It's those little things that the Holy Spirit does on a day to day basis that keeps my faith in God stronger. I absolutely love Him! He is so so lovely! And beautiful!
@saintsong Amen, sister. He surely is. And thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story. You are a beautiful saint of God.

Some don't know this, but God said in His Word that every single person that comes to Him and is saved, are called Saints. It also says that we should never worship Saints nor pray to angels.
DanielsASJ · 36-40, M
It's a recommendable read for everyone, particularly those who have questions about the difference in the new and the old testament. A very nice explanation of the functions of The Holy Spirit. Thank you Grace for jotting it down.
A second one- such great expositions on the Holy Spirit!

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