Wednesday, February 6, 2019
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
This is our litmus test – if one by faith acknowledges that Jesus is God’s only son and savior, God lives in them and they in God. We know God lives in us because God has given us his Spirit. It is by the Spirit that one comes to a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said before his arrest and crucifixion that he would be sending the Holy Spirit after he was gone (John 16:7) After his resurrection, before he ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples that they would receive his power when they received the Holy Spirit – power that would enable them to become Christ’s witnesses. (Acts 1:8)
The Holy Spirit enables us to realize when we have done wrong. Jesus said that God would send the Spirit into the world to “convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness…” (John 16:8) The Holy Spirit guides us to know God’s truth (John 16:13).
The Holy Spirit helps us develop spiritual gifts that are intended to be used in ministry and service. These are the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, listed in Galatians 5:22-23. These gifts help us work together as members of Christ’s body here on earth.
Best of all, God has promised that by the Holy Spirit, God will never desert us or abandon us, but be with us forever. (John 14:16). The Holy Spirit is God’s deposit in us now of what will be our eternal inheritance after this earthly life is complete.
Lord, help us live according to your will and listen to your Spirit within us. When we have done wrong, let us not be afraid to admit it to you. As we confess where we have gone astray, you help us move past that barrier between us and you. You bless us to again serve you with joy. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, given to us in our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.