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Life embraces more than physical existence; it includes humanity’s relationship with God. Human beings come to life spiritually only through faith in the redeeming work of God in Jesus Christ. This spiritual life is a foretaste of the life which believers will finally enjoy to the full in the new heaven and earth. Life in the Spirit means keeping in step with the promptings and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and always being open to his gifts and empowerment.

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The nature of spiritual life

It is new life

Acts 5:20 NASB95
“Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.”
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It is true life

1 Timothy 6:19 NASB95
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

It is eternal life

Romans 5:21 NASB95
so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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It is abundant life

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The origins and nature of spiritual life

Spiritual life is the work of the Holy Spirit

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Spiritual life unites believers to Jesus Christ

Ephesians 2:4–5 NASB95
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
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Spiritual life makes believers the children of God

John 1:12–13 NASB95
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
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Spiritual life brings people to know God

John 17:3 NASB95
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
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Spiritual life brings about faith

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Keeping in step with the Spirit

A new way of life is made possible

Galatians 5:25 NASB95
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
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Bondage to the written law is ended

Romans 2:29 NASB95
But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
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Obedience to God is made possible

Romans 8:4 NASB95
so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
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Deepening unity is encouraged

Ephesians 4:3 NASB95
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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Strength and encouragement are received

Acts 9:31 NASB95
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

Gifts for those living in the Spirit

Gifts are given for building up the church

1 Corinthians 12:4–11 NASB95
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
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Visions are given

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Miracles are worked

Matthew 12:28 NASB95
“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
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Ministry is enhanced

2 Corinthians 3:6 NASB95
who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
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Those living in the Spirit receive revelation and guidance

God is revealed as Father

Galatians 4:6 NASB95
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
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God’s purposes are revealed

1 Corinthians 2:9–10 NASB95
but just as it is written, Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
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Guidance is given to believers

Acts 8:29 NASB95
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”
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Help is given to pray

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The Holy Spirit sanctifies those in whom he lives

Through the Spirit, Jesus Christ lives in believers

Ephesians 3:16–17 NASB95
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

The Spirit transforms believers

2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB95
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
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The fruit of the Spirit is seen in believers’ lives

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Examples of life in the Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ

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Simeon

Luke 2:25–27 NASB95
And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,

Peter

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Stephen

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The first Christians

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