The Indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9)

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:9, KJV 1900)

I cannot remember how many times I have heard that people, professing believers, have told other believers that they do not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them. They normally communicate this when the other does not manifest the gift of speaking in tongues. They might make comments something like these, “You need to have the Holy Spirit,” or “Don’t you want the Holy Spirit?” This type of comment has led to much confusion in the minds of new believers. Some have even been told that if they do not speak in tongues that they are not truly saved. All of this type of teaching is void of truth.

The Scriptures are clear. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13, KJV 1900) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, KJV 1900) I could go on, but you get the point. Salvation is a work of God’s grace through faith. For a person to be saved, the only requirement is that he or she believe in Christ for his salvation.

When a person believes, he or she becomes a member of God’s family, a partaker of Christ. Paul used this phrase, “in Christ,” to refer to true believers. In this verse, Paul indicates that if a person does not have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, he is not one of Christ’s fold. In other words, anyone who truly believes and is saved by God’s grace has the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Believer, if someone comes to you and hits you with thoughts contrary to this truth, that every believer has the Holy Spirit, do not listen to them. Do not let them confuse you.

Published by Steve Hankins, Th.D.

Steve has had extensive military, business and ministry experience. He has served for over 16 years in full time vocational ministry and many years of part time ministry in churches. He has led churches through start-up and recasting of vision. Now He resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he is working to help smaller churches and believers to renew their hearts and regain the joy of the Lord.

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