A. THE FACT OF THE INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT IS INDISPUTABLE.
B. THE NATURE OF THAT INDWELLING IS HOTLY CONTESTED.
C. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
A. GIVEN WHEN WE OBEY (Acts 5:32).
B. THE SPIRIT DWELLS IN THE CHURCH (1 Cor. 3:16).
C. THE SPIRIT DWELLS IN CHRISTIANS (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
D. IT IS A NECESSARY MEASURE OF GENUINE DISCIPLESHIP (Rom. 8:9).
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
A. CALVINIST VIEW.
1. Mysterious in Nature – can’t be explained.
2. To empower and enlighten, to instill an unsought faith.
Antithesis of Possession – Direct Operation
3. God’s power is in the Gospel – the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:16; Rom. 1:16).
4. God’s power is manifest in the Spirit’s work.
B. THE LITERAL, OR PERSONAL VIEW.
1. An explanation is most often avoided by statements like, “You know, literal, I
mean he’s actually in us.”
2. I know what literal means – One inside the Other … like a tapeworm, in there.
3. What is he in?
a. Our bodies? (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
b. Our hearts? (Gal. 4:6).
c. The difference demands figurative language!
4. Literal Location? (Psa. 139:7-10). He is Omnipresent – in the vilest sinner!
5. It is said of God (1 John 4:12-15). God in us – we in Him.
And of Jesus (Eph. 3:16-17; Rom. 8:10). Christ in us – we in Him (Gal. 4:19).
Mutual Indwelling! Also demands figurative language.
And nobody disputes this!
C. WHEN PRESSED FOR MEANINGS è MYSTERY, WE CAN’T UNDERSTAND.
1. Mystery, musterion, “hidden, not revealed.” Not incomprehensible!
2. The real mystery: Why argue so vehemently for something when we don’t have
a clear picture of what it is?
3. Deut. 29:29. Revealed Things Belong To Us!
4. Is there something in the Scriptures that tell us the answer?
A. PASSAGES TO NOTE: Rom. 8:9, 11; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:14; Eph. 5:18;
John 14:16-17 . The Holy Spirit is in us.
B. NOTE ALSO: Eph. 6:18; Rev. 1:10; 1 Cor. 12:3, 13. We are in the Spirit.
C. LITERALLY, HOW CAN THE SPIRIT BE IN US & US IN THE SPIRIT?
WHO IS IN WHOM?
D. 2 PASSAGES THAT HELP:
1. John 14:10.
a. God is in Jesus and Jesus in the Father.
c. Describes their Working Fellowship.
2. John 17:20-21.
a. We are to be one “even AS thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee …”
b. How are we to be one? (Eph. 4:1-16).
E. EXPRESSES UNITY (1 John 3:24). NOTHING MORE THAN 1:3-7. See 2:3-6
F. FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS IN HIS DEATH (Rom. 6:3-4).
A. INDWELLING RECEIVED UPON OBEYING THE WORD
(Acts 5:32; Gal. 3:2).
B. OUR POINT OF CONTACT WITH THE SPIRIT IS THE REVEALED WORD.
THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF THE WORD THE SPIRIT DWELLS IN US.
1. Parallel passages (Eph. 5:18-19; Col. 3:16).
2. The Bible itself is not the Spirit, but the means by which the Spirit
operates on us (Rom. 8:12-17; Rev. 2:17; John 6:63).
3. We know we are saved when we obey (1 John 2:3-5; 3:24).
a. Rom. 8:16, The Spirit bears witness "with," not "to," our spirit.
b. Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5, "Sealed" with the "earnest" of the
Spirit. God's pledge. What is God's pledge to us?
(Heb. 6:13-20; 2 Tim. 2:11-13 – Heb. 2:3-4).
4. The "fruit of the Spirit" is seen in our conforming our character to the
teaching of the word (Gal. 5:22-26).
A. I CLAIM THE PERSONAL INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT.
1. I am a Christian.
2. I have obeyed the Word.
B. THE EXPRESSION PERSONAL INDWELLING IS A FIGURE OF SPEECH
DENOTING THE FELLOWSHIP THAT I HAVE WITH HIM, AS I ALSO HAVE IT
WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON.