You don’t really believe in the Holy Spirit do you?

Posted by Matt Lane on May 9th, 2011 filed in Christian Living

Sure you believe in God. Sure you believe in Jesus. Mostly. But in my experience, most people don’t really believe in the Holy Spirit.

Truthfully, I’m not sure I did fully for way too many years.

Here is the reason: In my childhood denomination the work and person of the Hold Spirit was oppressed and marginalized.

Now before some of you become unglued at that statement, hear me out. I was brought up believing in cessationism. And because of this belief, ANYTHING to do with the Holy Spirit was not talked about much. Well, there was talk but it was more along lines of “those people” and “they do those things”. So because the Holy Spirit was not talked about much beyond convicting people of sin, his true nature and character was not talked about much either. This was and is tragic.

You see, many people will say they believe in the Holy Spirit but act a different way. Especially when it comes to saving faith in Jesus. When it comes to our eternal destinies, it is the regeneration of our hearts done by the Holy Spirit that saves us. It is a gift from God through Jesus Christ. It is a SUPERNATURAL event. Yup, it sure is. And anything less is not the real thing. You didn’t get “saved” by walking an aisle, saying the “sinners prayer”, raising your hand, or doing any other common religious ritual. God does it all through your faith in Jesus Christ. Supernaturally. Hmm, and where does that faith come from…

But the problem is that if we don’t really believe that the Holy Spirit still works, our view of salvation is diminished. You don’t have to understand how he works nor do you have to have participated in a supernatural event (speaking in tongues, healing, etc). But you have to believe that God does work supernaturally all the time otherwise you will believe that you can save yourself. And you can’t. No one can. Turning your cold, dead heart from being a slave to sin to being a slave to God is only done supernaturally. You can’t think enough good things. You can’t say enough prayers. You can’t go to enough church services. You can’t try really hard. You can’t try to believe.

I have a few more thoughts on how the Holy Spirit works in other areas like daily living, Bible reading, preaching, and healing.

But I think one supernatural reading is enough for most of you.

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6 Responses to “You don’t really believe in the Holy Spirit do you?”

  1. Holly Says:

    I attend one of those churches in the denomination you spoke about, and I completely, totally and unashamedly believe in the Holy Spirit and what He does. : )

  2. Matt Lane Says:

    Awesome!

  3. Ben Says:

    do you have the holly spirit? or do you just believe.

  4. Matt Lane Says:

    Hi Ben, thanks for stopping by. The Bible states that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and and so then the Spirit dwells within us. So practically speaking, we have nothing, Jesus has us through the power of the Holy Spirit. But yes we must believe in Jesus and trust in him because we cannot fix anything between us and God and that he (Jesus) is the only way to have our sin’s forgiven and for us to have a right relationship with God. Read all about it here.

    I hope that helps.

    Matt

  5. Liese4 Says:

    I have a question. My friend says that the Holy Spirit is in everyone, eventually leading that person to Jesus. I said that I thought the HS was a gift that came to you after you believed in Jesus. If the HS doesn’t mean that you have to believe in Jesus, then people could say that it led them to Buddha or a higher consciousness or the spirit of the earth. Also, if we are all born sinners and the HS can’t abide in sin (because it is God) then how would people just already have the spirit in them? I was brought up that you believe in Jesus and then receive the HS, not that it was already there guiding me even when I wouldn’t have known what it was. Which is correct?

  6. Matt Lane Says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by!

    As to the HS being in everyone and leading everyone to Jesus, that can’t be true after reading Revelation chapters 21-21. Clearly some are in and some are out. Specifically Rev 20:15. If everyone was led to Jesus then all would be in the Book which the Bible clearly states is not true. If you follow that to it’s logical conclusion, would the HS have to then leave that person before being thrown in the the lake of fire? Again that doesn’t make any logical sense and moreover there is no evidence in the Bible of this happening.

    Acts 2:38 and Acts 10:45 give us a pretty good understanding of how the sequence of events happens but in short, yes when one truly believes then the Holy Spirit is received. Without Jesus, one cannot have the gift of the Holy Spirit for the reasons you point out and more.

    So the real question to ask you friend is, when you believed in Jesus, did you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? If as John Piper says there is little evidence then maybe there is no belief.

    Hope that helps.

    Matt

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