The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

TEXTRom. 8:9

INTRODUCTION:

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?

I.      INDWELLING IS INDISPUTABLE.

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).

II.     SOME ARGUE FOR LITERAL OR “PERSONAL” INDWELLING.

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 PossessionDirect 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.      IT HAS BEEN ARGUED THAT THE WORDS "DWELL" AND "INDWELL" MUST

          BE UNDERSTOOD LITERALLY, AND SINCE THE SPIRIT "INDWELLS" US IT

          MUST BE A LITERAL "INDWELLING."  MUST "DWELL" BE UNDERSTOOD

          LITERALLY? (Rom. 8:9, 11).

          1.       Dwell - oikeo, "to dwell (from oikos, a house), to inhabit as one's abode."

                   a.       1 Tim. 6:16, God dwelling in light unapproachable.

                   b.       1 Cor. 3:16, In the church, definitely a figure( 1 Pet. 2:4-5 ).

                   c.       Rom. 7:20, The indwelling of sin, def. fig.

                   d.       Rom. 7:18, The absence of any good thing in the flesh.

                   e.       1 Cor. 7:12-13. Married people dwelling together, lit.

          2.       Dwell - katoikeo, "settle down in a dwelling, to dwell fixedly in a place."

                   a.       Col. 1:19, 2:9, "Indwelling of the totality of attributes & powers of the

                             Godhead in Christ, fig.

                   b.       Eph. 3:17, The indwelling of Christ in our hearts, fig.

                   c.       Rev. 2:13, Where Satan has control.

                   d.       2 Pet. 3:13, Righteousness dwells literally?

          3.       Indwelling - eoikeo, "to dwell in, is used, with a spiritual significance only, of:

                   a.       2 Cor. 6:16, "the indwelling of God in believers."

                   b.       Rom. 8:11; 2 Tim. 1:14, "the indwelling of the H. S."

                   c.       Col. 3:16, "the indwelling word of Christ."

                   d.       2 Tim. 1:5, "the indwelling of faith."

                   e.       Rom. 7:17, "the indwelling of sin in the believer."

                   f.        Thayer: this word is used everywhere metaphorically.

A Bogus Argument from not studying!

D.      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. 29:29Revealed Things Belong To Us!

          4.       Is there something in the Scriptures that tell us the answer?

III.    "IN" PASSAGES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.

A.      PASSAGES TO NOTE:  Rom. 8:9, 11;  1 Cor. 6:19;  2 Tim. 1:14;  Eph. 5:18; 

          John 14:16-17The Holy Spirit is in us.

B.      NOTE ALSO: Eph. 6:18;  Rev. 1:10;  1 Cor. 12:3, 13We 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).

IV.   IN ANY FELLOWSHIP THERE IS A POINT OF CONTACT.

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).

CONCLUSION:

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.