Dwelling, Empowerment & Three States of Mankind

God’s Holy Spirit Lives IN YOU and Empowers you.

There are three {3} States of Mankind
1. Mankind Without Christ = State of Nature
2. Mankind In Christ = Sate of Grace
3. Mankind With Christ = State of Glory

Romans 8:8-17

8] and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 
Making God happy? On a scale of 1>10, where does the importance of this fall in your life? 
Without faith it is impoosible to please God. {Heb. 11:6}
Does faith in God involves recognizing the Holy Spirit living in us and giving Him control? Then how faithful are we?

9] However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 
The biggest ‘litttle’ word in the english language – ‘if.’
Does the Spirit of God dwell in you? How are you to know? {Galatians 5: 22-25}
How is someone to know if someone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ? Is this judging or fruit inspecting? What is the difference?

10] If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 
The living righteousness is the righteousness of Christ, not ours. It is His ‘declared’ righteousness and thereby it makes our human spirit alive. {notice small ‘s’ here and capital ‘S’ elsewhere. Not all translations agree if reference is to Spirit or spirit}
Looking at this verse with both references of ‘spirit’ to be the Holy Spirit then we must conclude the righteous Holy Spirit God makes our spiritual self ‘righteous’ because of His indwelling presence. It is not because we righteous but because the Spirit is righteous.

11] But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 
Now we are talking abouth the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. Thought that was God? Read carefully and find the answer: the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus… It was God’s Holy Spirit or better yet; Holy Spirit God.
Holy Spirit God will give you life: John 10:10b 
Holy Spirit God who dwells in you

12] So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- 
We are duty bound to live under the control of the flesh

13] for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 
Living according to the flesh is to live in sin. The results of sin is death. Therefore, you will die.
Living by the Holy Spirit is to have put away fleshly living. The results of a Spirit-controlled life is resurrection from the dead. 

There are three {3} States of Mankind
1. Mankind Without Christ = State of Nature
2. Mankind In Christ = Sate of Grace
3. Mankind With Christ = State of Glory

14] For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 
Follow the leader, yes, so long as it is the Holy Sppirit doing the leading.

15] For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 
The Holy Spirit is sometimes refered to as the Spirit of Adoption.

16] The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 
Can I get a testimony?

17] and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:8-17 NASB)
There is an inheritance to be had for those belonging to the Holy Spirit – State of Glory!

Romans 8:26-27

26] In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 
Stated as ‘Spirit HImself’ is to emphatically emphasize the role of Holy Spirit God.

27] and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26, 27 NASB)
The work of the Holy Spirit is not hidden but for all who search to find.

The three Works of the Holy Spirit:
1. Dwells within the Believer
2. Gives blessed assurance of going to Heaven
3. Allows to produce fruit to the glory of God

Until Next time,

Hoss

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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