A human being lives, but he is given life.
When Believers receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, they are actually receiving Christ more fully in their life. We read in (John
14:16,17) “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor Knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you”.
John tells us that when Jesus comes, His true followers “shall be like Him.” (1 John 3:24) “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. “
I hesitated using this verse because to many times I have heard people say; that we must be perfect before Christ will return. This is the same trap that Israel fell in too, they could not see that Jesus was the Messiah because their human requirements filled their hearts, when they should have just opened their hearts to God and prayed for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to show then the truth.
Remember this indwelling is always mutual (John 15:4, 5). He who wishes to dwell with God may be sure that God has ever wanted to dwell with him. But man must show he is in harmony with the Lord by willingly keeping His commandments.
We must remember that we are not perfect and that we have been tainted by sin from birth. This does not mean that we can stop trying, but we must not fall in to the trap of thinking that Christ will not love us until we are prefect, His love comes to us freely, and all we need to do is believe, pray and do our best to live the life Christ wants us to live. No one is ever too lost or too tainted for his love.
(Gal. 2:20), (Gal 4:19), (2 Cor. 3:18), (Col. 1:27), (John 14:18), (1 Cor2:16), (Gal. 5:22,23)
Let me close with (Col. 1:27) “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.
Personal Reflection and Discussion