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Wednesday | 26 September 2018
A temple for the Holy Spirit

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all involved in giving us the Spirit so we can live in the New Covenant. When Jesus was outlining the pathway of salvation, He said to His disciples that if they loved Him, they would keep His commandments. Joh 14:21. He then explained how they would be able to love Him and to keep His commandments. He said, ‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.’ Joh 14:16-17. This happens when the Father seals us and gives us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee of receiving the full inheritance of our sonship. 2Co 1:22.

We note that Jesus did not say that we are enabled to obey His commandments because the other law is removed from our heart. He said that we are able to obey Him because we have received the Holy Spirit. However, it is important to recognise that when we receive the Holy Spirit, He is not helping us to keep the law. Rather, He is helping us by being the expression of the righteousness of God within us. This is fundamental to living in the New Covenant.

Once the Holy Spirit takes up residency in our heart, our body becomes His temple. 1Co 6:19. When we are baptised into the name of the Holy Spirit, He seals our body as a temple for the expression of His name. Eph 1:13. Eph 4:30. This means that His name is recorded upon us as His temple. The offering of the Holy Spirit within us is to sanctify our spirit and soul so we can be joined to Christ, become a member of His body and, through offering, reveal and glorify His name.


Further Study:
1 Corinthians 6
Daily Proverb:

References:
Joh 14:21
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.

Joh 14:16-17
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

2Co 1:22
Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

1Co 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Eph 1:13
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Eph 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
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