Since the Holy Spirit is sealed in every believer until the day of redemption and is the down payment of our inheritance, those who believe in Jesus and trust in His death as the means of their acceptance and forgiveness can have full assurance that they have eternal life and will not lose their salvation.
Since the Holy Spirit indwells and actively works in those who believe, every true believer will, at least to some degree, produce the fruit of righteousness. Those who persistently continue in disobedience to God’s commands should question the genuineness of their faith. A righteous life is not the basis of our salvation, nor does it in any way earn salvation, yet it is an evidence of faith and of the Spirit’s work within us. Justification before God is by faith alone, but true faith will not be alone.
Since the Holy Spirit was given to the church on the day of Pentecost and since He indwells every true believer:
- We should live in dependent trust in His presence, direction, and empowerment, relying on the power of God, not our own human resources.
- We should turn to Him as a solution for our aloneness, realizing that He lives in us and intimately knows every thought, desire, and struggle. We can and should develop a relationship with the unseen God through the Holy Spirit within us.
- We should not grieve the Holy Spirit within us by sinning against God or others.
- We should discover and use our spiritual gifts in the different ministries and with the different effects that the Spirit employs in our lives.
If our lives reflect any of the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control, or if God uses us to influence and persuade others to repent and believe or to take a significant step in holiness, we must not take credit, but realize that the Holy Spirit was the one moving both in our hearts and in the hearts of others and give God the credit that He is due.
Since baptism was commanded by Jesus for every believer in this age, and since our profession of faith should be public and clear, we should baptize those who believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Since the word “baptize” mean “immerse,” and since baptism represents our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, baptism should be by immersion. Although children ought to be dedicated to the Lord and welcomed into fellowship by the church, baptism should be reserved for its intended purpose, to indicate personal faith in Christ.
Since all those who truly believe receive the Holy Spirit into their hearts and are simultaneously placed into the body of Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet every believer ought to continually be being filled with the Spirit. We should, through faith, dependence, and submission, seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit moment by moment.
Since the Holy Spirit has, at times in redemptive history, empowered prophets and apostles to perform mighty works of power and healing, attesting to the authenticity of their message, we should be open to such works of power, yet realize that they have typically accompany new revelation from God. Since such new revelation is not occurring today as it was in the days of Jesus and the apostles, we should expect that such sign gifts will be rare.
Since the Holy Spirit’s power has been given to work transformation within the believer and produce the fruit of the Spirit, we should seek this inner-transformational power and not become obsessed with obtaining power to heal or perform great miracles.
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