Why is the Holy Spirit important?
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When a person is saved by confession, repentance, and receiving
Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit dwells within that person.
“Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”
(Romans 8:9b.) “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead
dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give
life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
(Romans 8:11 NASB.) In other words, a person who has the Spirit of
Christ in him has eternal life.
Moreover, it is a mystery how a person goes from viewing these
matters as foolishness to believing in Jesus and experiencing the power of
God. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1
Corinthians 1:18.) However, God’s unseen hand, through the Holy
Spirit, brings people to Himself.
As Jesus told the Pharisee Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to
you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. . . .
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is
flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I
said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes,
and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and
where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3, 5-8.)
When the Holy Spirit puts a call on our lives, it is up to us as to how
to respond: Will we turn to God and accept His offer of salvation
through Jesus Christ? Or, will we reject, ignore, or simply put off the
decision. The Bible tells us not to wait. “Behold, now is the accepted
time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2.)
Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does
not gather with Me, scatters.” (Luke 11:23 NASB.) Jesus does not leave
room for “fence sitting.” When we receive the prodding of His Spirit,
the time is now to turn to Him, ask for forgiveness, and make Him Lord
of our lives.
All we need to do is to be open to His leading; the Holy Spirit will
do the rest. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the
power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT.)
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