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).
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