Your salvation rests on your full belief of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross and that is all that is needed! The strength of your “full belief” however, rests on whether you are filled with the Holy Spirit or not? If you are not Spirit filled you will have doubt and feelings of condemnation and shortcomings because you are left understand this truth with just your carnal mind which is enmity to God, Romans 8:7.
If you are Spirit filled, and do not let Him do His job of teaching you who you are in Christ and the power of God’s grace in your everyday life then you are not much better off than a Non-Spirit filled Christian. Think of it like getting into a powerful car with a tank full of fuel to go where you need to be, but you do not know how to start the engine. If you are Spirit filled and are still having doubts and feelings of condemnation than maybe it is time to go to another mechanic (preacher), who understands your powerful engine better so they can help you get where God wants you to be.
Ephesians 1:14, “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
“Who” in this verse refers to the Holy Spirit and this verse is understood best when verse 13 is both read and understood as well. I often ask people, do you know for sure that you are saved? The typical answers are “I think so”, or “you never really know till you get to heaven”, and “I hope my good outweighs my bad when the time comes”. None of these statements have any truth in them. The truth is having believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior according to verses 13 and 14 your salvation is guaranteed by the Holy Spirit.
The word is very clear, “no one can come to the Father, except through Jesus”, (John 14:6). (Matthew 10:13, Luke 12:9, & 1 John 2:23 confirm that Jesus is the only way to the father and also confirm that open confession of Jesus is a must for our salvation. John 3:16 tells us that we must first believe in Jesus and Romans 10: 8-10 confirms John 3:16, and gives us clear instructions on how easy it is to become saved. With salvation proved, the question still stands for the believer, “How do you know you are still saved”. 2 Corinthians 5:5 confirms Ephesians 1:4, and tells us, “Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as guarantee”. It is God who made the way for our salvation through Jesus, and it is the Spirit of God who dwells in those who receive Him. We know in Luke 24 and Acts 1 that Jesus told the disciples that He would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit to endue them with power. This power is for the purpose of helping us maintain our Christian walk and for the signs and wonders to follow all of those who believe. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it not only is God’s grace that we are saved, but He gives us the faith to receive the grace of salvation. 2 Timothy 1:12 assures us that it is Jesus who will keep that which is committed to Him until the final Day of Judgment. We also must remember that it was Jesus Himself who told the disciples that He would send the Helper, the Holy Spirit when He goes up to the Father. We must not think that the Holy Spirit was for the disciples only. Paul encourages us in most of the books he wrote that the Holy Spirit is a “must have” for all believers in Jesus.
God is not mocked and when he sets something in order it will happen. It is He who made the way for all mankind to have salvation through the bloodshed by Jesus on the cross. It is Jesus making intercession for us in heaven, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives the power to those who believe to both confess and receive salvation. This is where God in three Persons comes into play. All three work as one. God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit all point to a pure and renewed relationship with God as our Father. Galatians 4:4- 7 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”
Think of receiving the Holy Spirit in this manner and it will help you understand why it is so important for the believer to receive the Him. When God made man (Adam), He “breathed” into him the “breath of life”, Genesis 2:7. From that point on Adam had a personal one on one relationship with God which is emphasized in Genesis 3:8. However, from the fall of Adam until the Disciples received the Holy Spirit after Jesus rose up into heaven, there were no other people who were able to have that ono on one relationship. It was impossible for God to fellowship with man’s fallen sinful nature. Even throughout the Old Testament you will never read where any person, prophet or otherwise, were filled with the Holy Spirit. The wording is that the Holy Spirit “came upon them” and they prophesied.
Jesus paid the price to erase all of man’s sins for the sole purpose of making the way for the believer to then “receive the Helper (Holy Spirit), which brings us right back into that perfect loving one on one relationship with our God that Adam had. Ask for and receive the Holy Spirit and you will be right back in the very same place Adam was that we read about in Genesis 3:8 where God spoke to him “in the cool of the day.” By the way, “the cool of the day” in Hebrew actually translates to mean a sweat and pleasant time. Be filled with the Holy Spirit, then be encouraged and go enjoy your time with God, “in the cool of the day.”
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