Indwelling All Who Are Saved – Sealing Them As God’s Possession
We believe that the Holy Spirit, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up residence on earth on the day of Pentecost and that His active presence will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the end of the Church. We believe that He indwells every believer from salvation and unites all believers to Christ in one Body. We believe that He never removes Himself from the believer’s life, but is present to testify of Christ; and that He is the source of all power, truth, worship and service.
We believe that the Holy Spirit acts to restrain evil in the world, to convict all people of sin, righteousness and judgment, to regenerate all believers, and to indwell all who are saved to seal them as God’s possession until the day of redemption. He also fills believers who are yielded to His control and subject to His will with power, discernment, and strength for teaching and service.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (ESV)
7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.