Do you remember when you were saved? Do you remember being compelled to repentance of your sins? Or…Do you just remember saying a prayer?
Charles Spurgeon, Reformed theologian and Baptist preacher said this in his book, The Soul-Winner,
“Men need to be told that except divine grace shall bring them out of their enmity to God they must eternally perish, and they must be reminded of the sovereignty of God; that He is not obliged to bring them out of this state; that He would be right and just if He left them in such a condition; that they have no merit to plead before Him, and no claims upon Him; but that if they are to be saved, it must be by grace, and grace alone.”
“They must be quickened into a new life, and they must become new creatures in Christ Jesus. The same energy which accomplishes resurrection and creation must put forth all its power upon them; nothing short of this can meet the case. They must be born again from above.”
“The Holy Ghost creates in us a new, heavenly and immortal nature, which is known in Scriptures as “the spirit,” by way of distinction from the soul. Our theory of regeneration is that man in his fallen nature consists only of body and soul and that when he is regenerated there is created in him a new and higher nature – “the spirit” – which is a spark from the everlasting fire of God’s life and love; this falls into the heart and abides there, and makes its receiver a partaker of the divine nature.”
Paul doesn’t ask if these men said a prayer. He asked them if they received the Holy Spirit.
Why is the Holy Spirit important to us as Christians?
Regeneration: The work of the Holy Spirit in creating a new life in the sinful person who repents and comes to faith in Christ.
Sanctification: The divine act of making the believer actually holy – that is, bringing the person’s moral condition into conformity with the legal status established in justification.
The Holy Spirit:
- Renews our minds – Ephesians 4:23
- The Holy Spirit causes ongoing change in our lives. The change starts with the renewing of our minds. Our minds have to change because changing how we think changes who we are. Proverbs 23:7
- Helps us in our weakness – Romans 8:26
- The Holy Spirit helps us to do things that we cannot do in our own power.
- Helps us know we are saved – Romans 8:14, 16
- A lot of Christians get discouraged. They doubt their salvation and they go back to the prayer they said at the altar or a version of it and they keep asking Jesus to save them over and over. The Holy Spirit helps you to know for sure that Jesus is your Shepherd. – John 10
- Leads us and teaches us – John 14:26, Gal. 5:25, 1 Cor. 2:6-14
- Convicts us of sin and helps us live a godly life – John 16:8, Gal. 5:16, 22, Romans 8:5-9, 12:2
- You confess your sins initially to receive salvation and then to maintain fellowship with God and with one another.
- Helps us be messengers of the gospel – John 15:26-27, Acts 1:8
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit
If there is no desire in you:
- to conform to the image of Jesus
- to obey the Scripture
- to be transformed by the renewing of your mind
- to confess and repent of sin
Are you truly saved? Do you truly belong to Jesus?
1 John 1:6
1 John 2:3-6
You have to examine yourselves to see if you are truly saved. 2 Cor. 13:5
Is the love of God being perfected in you?