Posted by: missionventureministries | June 28, 2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT FILLED CHRISTIAN – 1 Corinthians 2:15

“We who have the Holy Spirit are able to make judgments about all these things. But anyone without the Holy Spirit is not able to make proper judgments about us.” (1 Corinthians 2:15) 

A Holy Spirit filled person is one who is born again spiritually through faith in Christ and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, and who has a burning desire to follow the leading of the indwelling Spirit and to understand and obey the precepts of the Bible inspired by Him. 

A Holy Spirit filled person will have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), and is able to judge all things by spiritual standards and biblical revelation. They will “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” knowing that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:4, 6). As such, spiritual believers prayerfully make decisions seeking God’s will; they are “led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14). And since they “walk in the Spirit,” they “shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). 

They will be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) for Christian service. Furthermore, they will manifest “the fruit of the Spirit” in their lives and personalities, which are, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). 

Non-Christians cannot understand God, and they cannot grasp the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect the majority of people to approve of, or understand your decision to follow Christ. It all seems so foolish to them. Just as a deaf person cannot appreciate fine music, the person who rejects God cannot understand God’s beautiful message. And with no lines of communications they will not be able to hear what God is saying to them. Therefore, while “he that has the Holy Spirit indwelling in them” is thereby able to discern and evaluate all things by such divine standards, they find themselves often misunderstood by their unsaved relatives and acquaintances, because, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). 

We must however not remain silent in our sharing the gospel. We should not accept unbeliever’s excuse of reading but not understanding. We need to make ourselves available to open up eyes and need to teach the truth of God’s word as opportunities present themselves. Someone’s question could be evidence that God’s Spirit is drawing them to the point of making a decision for Christ. We need to remember that no one can comprehend God (Romans 11:34), this comes only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and an intimate relationship with Christ from spending time consistently in His presence and in His Word. This is the only way a believer can obtain the “mind of Christ.” 

Philippians 2:5 states: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Meaning that Jesus was willing to give up His rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant’s attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, by teaching them His Word. 

So let us proclaim to the unsaved: cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12), and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts (Romans 13:14). 

Along with this, we are to “put off, the old man concerning your former conduct” and then to “put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22, 24). 

And finally we must “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). 

These items of spiritual clothing, the power of the Holy Spirit, the light of God’s presence, the new man in Christ, the resurrection life of the indwelling Christ, His imputed righteousness and holiness and all our spiritual armor, provide the foundation for beautiful spiritual clothing. “Since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him: . . . Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:9-10, Colossians 3:12-14). 

A lifestyle of obedience brings an awareness of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling (1 John 3:24). And those filled by the Holy Spirit show by their deeds Whom they serve (1 John 3:7). “Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20). 

Please remember that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17); and that we should be doers of the word, and not only hearers, thereby deceiving ourselves. (James 1:22) 

A Spirit filled life and godly character await those who choose God over self.

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