A lot of Christians think they need to be as close to the world as they can in order to be cool and accepted. They wear the clothes, drive the status car, engage in the culture, and adopt the language, even the curse words.
That’s a very bad idea.
How can a person who has been raised from the dead be anything but gloriously different? (see Ephesians 2:1-10)
It’s the sinner who needs put-on identities. He has nothing else.
In contrast the Christian has the Holy Spirit in him.
Under the Old Covenant the Spirit was given to a few men and women for a short time to do a special work, and then withdrawn and placed back in the Temple, which was His customary home.
Under the New Covenant, the Christian is himself the temple, and the Holy Spirit dwells in him from the day he believes the gospel to the day he dies, and beyond.
The Spirit comes for a purpose, the first of which is to vindicate the promises of God. He promised in the Old Testament to fill His people with His Spirit permanently, and on the Day of Pentecost He did just that. This He did for the praise of His glory, and to make God look good.
Second, we are blessed because by the Spirit:
- we understand the gospel
- we repent of our sins
- we believe in Christ
- we feel conviction
- we grow in grace
- we know the truth
- we recognize heresy
- we witness for Christ
- we suffer with grace
- we die in hope
We do nothing good apart from the urging and restraining power of the Holy Spirit within us.
And one day, the Holy Spirit will raise our mortal bodies and invest them with the glory of immortality, thus making us fit to live in heaven and in the presence of God forever.
Remember, every Christian possesses the Holy Spirit, including the one you can’t get along with, are looking down on, is slow to learn, and difficult to love. Which means practically everyone, including you!
The reality is every believer is a treasure in the Holy Spirit, which makes every one of us invaluable to God and to each other.
Talk to me.