Today’s Message – 1st March 2020
We continue today in part 4 of our series, ‘You Are Spirit, Soul, Body.’ Make sure to watch the previous two Sunday’s sermons on our church website, https://stjamespukekohe.org.nz/ This is a powerful revelation on the real you as a born-again Spirit, with a Soul, living in a Body.
Today, I want us to focus on what exactly happens to your spirit when you become born-again. Galatians 4:6 says, “…God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, [a]“Abba, Father!” So, the Spirit of Jesus (i.e. Holy Spirit) is sent into your heart (i.e. your spirit) when you become born again.
But there is more. Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “In Him (Christ) you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation…. having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise..…” (NKJV) These verses confirm that the ‘Spirit of the Son’ we saw in Galatians 4:6 was the Holy Spirit.
Now note the bolded words, ‘you were sealed with the Holy Spirit.’ The picture here is of your spirit being vacuum-packed with and by the Holy Spirit the moment you become born-again! Imagine an airtight, sealed container with absolutely no air, no gap for anything to enter in. That’s the image of your born-again spirit. If so, then no sin can enter your born-again spirit. Your born-again spirit is
vacuum-packed with the Holy Spirit who is sinless, righteous, holy, blameless! WOW!
Moreover, God is immutable. That is, God is unchanging. God is not growing bigger or better or wiser daily. No. God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). If so, then your born-again spirit too (where the Holy Spirit now lives) is unchanging for all of eternity. Your born-again spirit is not maturing, nor improving nor becoming better daily. No. Your born-again spirit has been ‘sealed’ by God who is immutable; forever!
The implications of the Holy Spirit living in your born-again spirit are HUGE! It means that God’s Divine love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faith, self-control are now living in you.
Practically that means:
*God’s love, Daddy’s love lives in you. Being Daddy’s boy or girl means His protective eye is upon you all the time so that no one can mess with you! His pure liquid love gives you confidence to openly share with Him whatever is on your heart! What freedom!
*With the joy of God in you 24/7 you should be the happiest person on earth! His joy also strengthens you! (Nehemiah 8:10). His deep joy goes way beyond the absence of conflicts.
*God’s transcendent peace flows through you. People sense God’s peace as soon as you walk into a room! You can calm storms of anxiety,
depression, anger, hopelessness, etc. by releasing (speaking) God’s peace into those atmospheres.
*Being full of God’s faith you can heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons in Jesus’ Name! (Matthew 10:8). With God’s faith all things are possible!
The list of implications goes on..…..
The key however is KNOWING HOW to flick the switch so that God’s Power (Acts 1:8) can flow out from within your spirit to your soul, then to your body and out to the world. Hint: The answers are in the Holy Spirit’s Text Book! (see 2 Tim. 3:16)