About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Spirit Of Christ In You
The Apostle Paul
made an important point in the last half of Romans 8:9.
After telling the Roman believers that they had the Spirit of God
living within them, he said that "if anyone does not have the Spirit
of Christ he does not belong to God."
The first thing to
note here is that the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, is also the Spirit
of Christ, the Spirit of Jesus. This
speaks to the Trinitarian nature of God.
At the moment, Jesus sits at the right hand of God, but His Spirit
lives in the bodies of the true believer.
This is vitally important because Paul said that if the Spirit of
Christ does not live in you, you are not of God.
You are not a real Christian.
As Paul said in
Ephesians 1:13 and 4:30, it is the Holy Spirit that seals a person, making
him a true believer. The word
"seal" here should not be thought of in terms of glue, but
rather in terms of a lawyer's seal of approval.
It is the Holy Spirit living inside a person that guarantees that
person to be a Christian. The
Holy Spirit is the evidence of salvation in one's life.
Without Him, there is no salvation.
minimize the meaning of who a Christian is.
He is one who has left his own way of life, handed his life over to
Jesus in a trusting relationship, and, has received the Holy Spirit into
the core of his being.