If any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ (Holy Spirit), he is not his. Rom 8:9 (WEB)
Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood God person. Holy Spirit has often been considered “Advanced Christianity” by many and not preached much. When I was a young believer, I had many questions about the Holy Spirit.
- How to receive the Holy Spirit?
- When do I receive the Holy Spirit?
- What should I do to receive the Holy Spirit?
- Does He stay with me all the time or does He come and go?
- Does his presence manifest physically?
- Does he give me any sign when he comes?
- Do I become a Superman when the Holy Spirit is in me?
I have often listened to pastors say to their congregation, “You are Christians but lack the Holy Spirit. If only you had the Holy Spirit, you would do this and that.”
Can I be a Christian and not have the Holy Spirit?
Of all the chapters in the Bible, Romans 8 mentions the Holy Spirit the maximum number of times (19 times). It gives us the best insights into the third person of the Trinity.
Paul is very definite in Romans 8:9. Either one has the Holy Spirit dwelling within, or else that person is not a Christian. This is not a threat but a reality. The reason is clear – at conversion the Holy Spirit makes the transition from being “with” to being “in” a person. This was the promise of the new covenant outlined in the Old Testament and brought to reality in the New. (Eze 36:25-27, John 14:16-17, 2 Cor 1:21-22)
Imagine for a moment that you buy a house, and the purchase formalities pending. Since you have a vacation and have free time, you decide to put it to good use by painting your new house even though the house is not registered in your name. You approach the authorities, and they permit you with the stipulation that you cannot occupy the house until all the necessary papers are signed. A couple of weeks later, when all the legal requirement is finalized, you receive the key and move into the house.
At Calvary, we were “bought with a price” by Jesus’ sacrifice. But when we personally accept Jesus as our Saviour and put our lives willingly into His hands, the Holy Spirit receives the key to our body-temple and comes to dwell within us. ( 1 Cor 6:19,20 – Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price)
This is good news for every Christian. You already have the Holy Spirit dwelling (living, abiding) in you from the day you were born again. Make the most of this might Person of power and invite Him to have total control of every part of your life. This should be your Christian goal.
Thank God for sending you his Holy Spirit to dwell in you from the moment of your conversion. Tell the Holy Spirit that you give Him permission to fill you totally today. Ask him to use you in a way that will best glorify Jesus.