What is the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Christian?
The Holy Spirit is the gift of the Father and the Son to believers to live within them. He gives them spiritual life, assures them of their relationship to God as His children, and communicates to them the benefits of the gospel.
The Holy Spirit is Christ's promised gift to believers.
Christ asked the Father that the Spirit might be believers' possession forever (John 14:16).
The Spirit is sent by Christ from the Father (John 15:26; John 16:7).
He is called 'the Spirit of Jesus' (Acts 16:7) and 'the Spirit of Christ' (Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11).
He is received not by observing the law but by believing the good news made known through Jesus Christ (Galations 3:2-3, Galations 3:14).
The Holy Spirit works in believers the miracle of the new birth.
Unless we are born again by the Holy Spirit we cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3, John 3:5).
We start our Christian lives in the first place as the Spirit gives us spiritual life (Galations 3:3).
If we do not have the Spirit of Christ we do not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9).
Our heavenly Father delights to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him
The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the source of believers' spiritual life (Galations 5:25).
By nature men and women are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1).
The Spirit gives spiritual life to spiritually dead people (Ephesians 2:1-7; compared with Ezekiel 37:14; Romans 8:2, Romans 8:11; John 6:63).
The Holy Spirit testifies with Christians' spirits that they are God's children (Romans 8:16).
He makes believers sure of their union with Christ (1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13).
As the Spirit of God's Son, He calls out to God in our hearts, 'Abba! Father!' (Galations 4:6).
The Holy Spirit dwells within Christian believers.
The possession of the Spirit is a distinguishing mark of Christians (Romans 8:9).
The bodies of Christians are the temples of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; compared with Isaiah 57:15; 2 Timothy 1:14).
By reason of the Spirit living with them, and in them, Christians know Him (John 14:17).
The Spirit dwells with Christians forever (John 14:16-17).
The Holy Spirit sanctifies Christians.
The Holy Spirit makes Christians holy - He sets them apart for God (2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2).
The Holy Spirit is completely contrary in His desires to the desires of our sinful nature (Galations 5:16), and He helps us to fight against it so that we do not gratify its demands (Galations 5:17).
The Holy Spirit enables us to put to death the misdeeds of the body - those activities of our lower nature that displease God (Romans 8:13).
By the power of the Spirit our characters are transformed (Galations 5:22-24).
The Holy Spirit produces the character of Christ in Christians.
The Holy Spirit purposes to transform us into the Lord's likeness, with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are His fruit (Galations 5:22-23).
We would expect the Holy Spirit to produce these characteristics for He is the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Acts 16:7; Romans 8:9; Galations 4:6; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11).
The Holy Spirit strengthens Christians.
His help and resources are available to us (Philippians 1:19).
He strengthens and encourages us (Acts 9:31).
He gives special help in times of difficulty and opposition (1 Peter 4:14).
The Holy Spirit helps Christians to pray.
He helps us to keep on in prayer (Ephesians 6:18).
He inspires prayer by the love He places in our hearts for our fellow-believers (Romans 15:30).
He prompts our 'groanings' - those inner feelings that words cannot express - for He is in them, and He conveys their meaning to the Father (Romans 8:26).
The Holy Spirit instructs Christians, interpreting to them the Scriptures.
The Holy Spirit explores everything, even the deep things of God and His thoughts (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
The Spirit reveals spiritual truths that would otherwise be hidden from us (1 Corinthians 2:10).
The Spirit communicates all that God has freely given us in His Son (1 Corinthians 2:12).
The Spirit testifies pre-eminently about Christ (John 15:26).
The Spirit gives us discernment (1 Corinthians 2:14).
The Spirit guides us into all the truth (John 16:13).
The Spirit speaks to us today in the Scriptures (Hebrews 3:7).
The Holy Spirit gives power to Christians' endeavours in witness.
He gives power to witness and to fulfil the Lord's command to evangelize (Matthew 28:19; compared with Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8).
He makes preaching to carry His power so that those who hear know that it is God's message (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).
The Holy Spirit guides Christians.
He guides us into the way of victory over sin (Galations 5:16).
He leads and directs us in our service for God (Acts 16:6-7; Romans 8:14).
He prompts right action at particular times (Luke 2:27).
He guides to the right solution of difficult problems (Acts 15:28).
The Holy Spirit imparts gifts to Christians for the service of God (Romans 12:6-8).
He equips us to help in the task of building up Christ's Church (Ephesians 4:11-13).
He gives the right gift or gifts for all the varieties of service and the many forms of work there are (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
He enables us to fulfil useful purposes within the Church for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7).
The Holy Spirit communicates the spiritual benefits of the gospel to Christians.
He makes God's love to flood our hearts (Romans 5:5).
He communicates joy (Romans 14:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6).
He makes us overflow with the joy of Christian hope (Romans 15:13; Galations 5:5).
The Holy Spirit is God's seal of ownership on us and His guarantee of what is to come to us in the future (2 Corinthians 1:22).
God has shaped us for a wonderful future in glory (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5).
We are reborn by the Spirit to a great and wonderful inheritance that nothing can destroy or spoil or wither (1 Peter 1:3-4; Ephesians 1:14).
The Spirit is God's guarantee that we will enter upon this inheritance (Ephesians 1:14).
Christians' appropriation of the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit's illumination is given in answer to prayer (Ephesians 1:16-17).
Our heavenly Father delights to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13).
As we live in obedience to God, so we know more and more of the Spirit (Acts 5:32).
We are to let the Spirit direct the course of our life, as we endeavour to keep in step with Him (Galations 5:25).