The Authenticity and Reliability of Your Salvation
We have seen the wonderful things that God has done bestow all Spiritual Blessings on them. God the Father Chose his people before time began, God the Son (Jesus ) redeemed his people by the sacrifice of himself. now we see God the Holy Spirit applying the work of redemption individually. Salvation is God’s work, it involves the entire God—head, and as such God certifies his work. He places his stamp of approval, of authenticity on those whom he saves. If God has worked in a person they will bear the evidence of that. It’s not a mark on their foreheads or even some external symbol, its the possession of a person. God himself, God the Holy Spirit.
There are many people today that claim they know God, would like to think they are friends with God, but actually don’t. (Possibly people here that way) Just because you are a member/attending a Church or because you read the Bible, have been baptized does not certify that you are genuinely a Christian. Do you possess the Holy Spirit? Is he living in you?
Means a mark of ownership
-Promised in the OT
And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
-Given to all true Christians in the NT
And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
2. How to we receive the Holy Spirit? vs. 13
-Hearing the Word/ the Gospel
That you are a sinner, wicked in your heart and deserve the judgment of a righteous God, but through Jesus God has provided a means to reconcile you with God.
-Responding in Faith
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
When we believe on Christ, you are marked as belonging to God. Certified as being truly his! The Holy Spirit.
If you don’t possess the Holy Spirit, it’s because you have not believed on Christ. You may believe things about Christ, you may talk the lingo, convince all of us that you are a Christian but if you don’t possess the Spirit, you are not a God certified product.
3. How do I know that I have the Holy Spirit?
It’s not feelings.
It’s not whether you can speak in tongues or perform some miracle. ()
assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
If I have learned Christ in such a way that it has Changed me, I now treasure him above everything else, and that leads me to war with sin!
Is the Spirit Teaching me to Treasure Christ?
Is the Spirit leading me to continually Fight with Sin?
The Promise of Payment in Full in the Future
Our Salvation has a reliable outcome
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
How can we live with confidence?
How can we die with assurance and peace?
My God finishes what he starts, and he pays in full.
In Christ, we are secure. We can be confident in him. The security of all Believers rests in the work of this triune God and God has given his guarantee of final payment.