180 Basic Training # 12 – Our Greatest Resource in Recovery ~ blog
When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and asks for His death on the cross to pay the penalty for all of our sins they become born again. At that moment several incredible things happen.
- We go from being spiritually dead in sin to spiritually alive in Christ.
- We become a permanent member of God’s family.
- All of our sins, past, present, and future, are now paid for by Christ’s death on the cross.
I could go on and on and on, but I want to stop and really focus on what Jesus told his disciples before He was captured.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
I would imagine that after spending 3 years 24/7 with Jesus the thought of Him leaving his disciples scared them to death. So, Jesus is trying to calm them down with these words and they completely apply to us as well. Notice carefully what He is saying.
First – Jesus is not abandoning them. In fact, His leaving is going to be even better for them and all future believers. The word “another” means someone who is identical to Him. Since Jesus was the Son of God in the Flesh, “another” means someone completely equal to Jesus as far as their experiencing God still being with them.
Second – The Helper, who is the Holy Spirit of God, is going to be with them “forever.” Jesus came to gather the disciples to become the team God would use to start the Church. He taught them and they were His disciples but after He dies, He is returning to Heaven. While He was here, He was completely a human being just like you and me. He was limited to one body and could only be in one place at a time. The Spirit does not have that limitation, He is omnipresent, and He is with us forever.
Third – The Holy Spirit, who is equally as much God as Jesus was God, would come and He would not only be with them forever … but He would exist inside each one of the disciples. This means that the disciples did not need to be in one specific place to be with God, because when the Spirit came God would be in each of them.
With that in mind look at what Paul writes in Ephesians 1:13-14;
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He reminded the disciples of the promise of the Holy Spirit and told them to wait in Jerusalem for the Spirit to arrive. The Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost and filled all of the believers. They all now had God the Spirit living inside of them.
And the same is true for us. The moment we place our faith in Jesus the Spirit of God comes into our bodies and we are “sealed in Him.” In those days someone proved ownership of something by placing a mark or a seal on it. More like cattlemen brand their cattle to show ownership. You have been sealed by God with the Holy Spirit proving His ownership of us.
Another important word in this passage is the word “pledge.” A pledge is something in a business transaction where the buyer puts money into escrow as a sign of good faith that they are going to make the final purchase. When someone buys a house they put down a deposit that goes into “escrow” and is held there as the buyers promise that they are going to secure full financing and follow through on the purchase.
The Holy Spirit is God’s promise or deposit claiming you as one of His children and putting one-third of the Holy Trinity to live inside of your body … guaranteeing our inheritance in heaven.
Now that we understand that every believer becomes indwelled by the Holy Spirit we will begin to discover how the Spirit can help us as we try and find freedom from our sexual brokenness.
The main two things we need to not only understand but also do on a daily basis is to be filled with the Spirit and then learn how to walk in the Spirit.
If you are not doing these things, and oh by the way, we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit and to remain filled with the Spirit … then you will not be experiencing His power and His ability to help all of us to not fulfill the desires of the flesh.
Do you really want to stop having sexual sin in your life? It all begins with being filled with the Spirit and walking in the Spirit which we will look at tomorrow.