WHAT THE INDWELLING SPIRIT DOES IN THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN

THE INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT IN EVERY CHRISTIAN
IV. WHAT THE INDWELLING SPIRIT DOES IN THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN

1. The Spirit bears “fruit” in our lives (Gal 5:22,23).
(1) This fruit is not merely that of “mortality”, but “goodness” and “righteousness” as God sees it and as is according to “TRUTH” (Eph 5:9).
(2) The Spirit bears the fruit of character-building virtue s (Gal 5:22,23).
(3) The Spirit helps us bear the fruit of souls won to Christ, which is the supreme task of Christians (John 15:2-8).
(4) We will be judged by our Spirit-bearing fruit, or the lack of it, whether it be good or bad, righteous or evil (Matt 7:16-20).
2. The Spirit helps every Christian in his or her life.
(1) The Spirit transform s the Christian into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18).
(2) The Spirit has shed the love of God abroad in the heart of every Christian (Rom 5:5).
(3) The Spirit sanctifies, or sets the Christian apart from sin unto God (2 Thess 2:13; 1 Peter 1:1,2).
(4) The Spirit mortifies (puts to death) the flesh for the Christian (Rom 8:13; Gal 5:16-18,24,25).
(5) The Spirit sets free, and helps keep free, the Christian from sin (John 8:31,32; Rom 8:1,2; 1 John 5:8-10).
(6) The Spirit helps the Christian fight the battles against sin (Rom 8:10-12; Eph 6:17).
(7) The Spirit strengthens the Christian mightily in his or her life (Eph 4:10-12; 3:16; Col 1:11,22; Gal 5:17; Rom 8:5-8).
(8) The Spirit works through the Christian mightily to the accomplishing of great things for God (Eph 1:18-23; 3:14-19).
(9) The Spirit is Christ’s pledge to the Christian that final adoption into the heavenly family, final entrance into heaven, eternal life, will be the reward of the Christian (2 Cor 1:21,22; Eph 1:13,14; 4:30; 2 Cor 5:5).
(10) The Spirit helps the Christian in prayer (Rom 8:26,27; Eph 6:18; John 14:16,26).
A. He helps with access to God (Eph 2:18).
B. He helps to conquer, through prayer (Phil 1:19,20).
(11) The Spirit leads into life and peace (Rom 8:5-7).
(12) The Spirit will transform the earthly bodies into glorified ones in the Last Day (Rom 8:11; Phil 3:20,21).

Copyright 2004 (c) by Burton W. Barber. All rights reserved.

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