Necessary For Eternal Life: To Exude The Spirit’s Personality
July 2, 2016
While evangelizing downtown for a couple of hours yesterday, another believer who I met and spoke with, said that he likes to remind people that if we claim to house the Holy Spirit then we need to have His personality. I liked what he said. He brought up Gal. 5:22,23 and that having the Spirit’s fruit means to have the Holy Spirit’s personality. He lamented that so many “Christians” do not seem to believe this is necessary in the life of a born-again Christ-follower. How right-on this guy’s assessment is. For we are commanded to “obey God” (Rom. 15:18), hold to the teaching of Jesus (John 8:31), and be teaching everyone to obey everything the Lord has commanded. (Mt. 28:20) Yes, only those who obey the Holy Spirit of God and Christ are inheritors of Eternal Life. (Mt. 7:21-23 // John 15:10 // Rom. 8:9,13,14 // Gal. 5:19-21 // 1 John 2:6 & 3:24)
Consequently, if we claim to belong to Christ, then we must be in submission to His Spirit. (Rom. 8:9,14) If we are in submission to Christ’s Spirit, then His righteousness will bloom and grow in us, being revealed through our conduct, our thoughts, our attitudes, our words, where we go, what we do, and what we refuse. It is Christ’s life permeating our life and consistently shining out for all to see, ever increasingly brighter.
Are we loving, patient, gentle, and self-controlled? This is the personality of the Holy Spirit written about in Gal. 5:22,23. Are we full of joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness (to God and others), and full of all goodness? All of these are there in those two verses. Contrary to popular opinion (including the majority of “Christian” opinion), we must be participating in the divine nature and no longer be sinful. (2 Pe. 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:6-10) Indeed, only the person who DOES what is RIGHT is righteous! (1 John 3:7) “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” (v. 10) Instead that person is of Satan (same verse), for, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” (v. 8 )
Let us understand what God’s Word is telling us: We can have God’s personality or the devil’s personality. What we choose to DO determines it, which then determines our permanent destination and which God/god we will dwell with eternally. (Mt. 25:41-46 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9)
As Jesus warns, “Do not be amazed… –those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:29)