His Holy Spirit – Part 1

1Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who had also given unto us his holy Spirit. 

‘He therefore that despises not man, but God.’ The principle stated here is expressed in various ways in Scripture. God considers certain sins as direct sins against Him: murder (Gen. 9:6), despising the least child or believer (4:8; Matt. 18:10; Luke 10:16;), any mistreatment of a human being (Matt. 25:31-46), or rejection of Jesus and the gospel (John 12:48). If this could be emphasized more there would be less malice, envy, jealousy, and strife among Christians and even among sinners.

‘Given unto us his holy Spirit.’ Every believer has the Holy Spirit in a measure when born again (Rom. 8:14-16; Gal. 4:6). In fact, “if any man have not the Spirit” he does not belong to Christ (Rom. 8:9). This Spirit of sonship or even some gift of the Spirit may be received without having the Spirit baptism or the fullness of the Spirit.

The difference between a filling and a baptism or the Spirit by measure and without measure may be illustrated by a glass and a pitcher of water. To the extent the water is poured into the glass it is filled, but not baptized. By burying the glass in the fullness of the water it is both filled and baptized. Taking the glass out of the fullness of the water it is no longer baptized. So it is with believers. To the extent one is filled with the Spirit he has that measure of power and can do things according to the degree of anointing he has. If he is merely filled and has the Spirit by measure he is limited in spiritual power. If he has the Spirit in all fullness there is no limitation. He can do the works of Christ and the apostles as long as it is always to God’s glory and not to the greatness of the individual (Matt. 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:22-24; 16:17-18; John 14:12; Acts 2:43; 3:6; 5:16; Rom. 15:18-19, 29).

A filling always comes with a baptism, but a baptism does not always come with a filling. At Pentecost, they were both filled and baptized (Acts 1:4-8; 2:4), and many fillings kept coming to them to replenish the Spirit and power they had received (Acts 4:8, 31; 13:52). One must continue to live and walk in the Spirit and be filled with all the fullness of God to maintain that baptismal fullness (Eph. 3:16-20; 5:18; Gal. 5:16-26).

To be continued…

The Temple of God

1Corinthians 3:16-17 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 

‘Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?’ “Know you not” contains a gentle reproof and is used 14 times in the New Testament (3:16; 5:6; 6:3, 9, 15, 16, 19; 9:24; Mark 4:13; Rom. 6:3, 16; 7:1; Jas. 4:4; cp. 2Sam. 3:38; 2Chron. 32:13; Ezek. 17:12).

‘You are the temple of God.’ Believers are the temple of God for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The manner in which the Spirit dwells in believers is always in union, never through bodily entrance. The so-called doctrine of interpenetration, that is, persons entering physical into each other, is false. The Bible does speak of the Corinthians and Philippians being in Paul’s heart (2Cor. 7:3; Php. 1:7); God being in Christ (2Cor. 5:19); Christ being in God (John 14:20); God and Christ being in each other (John 14:10-11); men being in both the Father and the Son (1Jn. 2:24); men being in Christ (2Cor. 5:17); men and the Spirit being in each other (Rom. 8:9); Christ being in men (Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:10); man and Christ being in each other (John 14:20); all creation being in God (Acts 17:28); and satan entering into men (Luke 22:3; John 13:27). However, these passages refer to being in union with, being consecrated to the same end – one in mind, purpose, and life. They do not teach physical entrance of one being into another. It may be best understood by a man and woman becoming one in life together, being in each other’s plans, life, etc.

‘Defile’ [Greek: phtheiro] to corrupt, spoil, ruin, waste, destroy. This (3:17) is a solemn warning against sexual sin, alcoholic drinks, tobacco, narcotics, etc. which destroy the body.

‘Him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.’ This is the 3rd New Testament prophecy in 1Corinthians and is unfulfilled until the judgment.

‘Temple of God’ – This refers to the body of man (1Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 12:1; 2Cor. 7:1).

He That is Spiritual

1Corinthians 2:12-16 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

‘Words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches.’ Two kinds of words of wisdom: Words of man’s wisdom and words of Holy Spirit wisdom.

‘Comparing’ [Greek: sungkrino] to compound; put together; to compare (1Cor. 2:13; 2Cor. 10:12). It is used in the Septuagint of interpreting dreams (Gen. 40:8, 16, 22; 41:12-15).

‘The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God.’ Two kinds of people (1Cor. 2:14-15): (1) The natural man [Greek: psuchikos] soulish (1Cor. 2:14; 15:44-46; Jas. 3:15; Jude 1:19). This is man living under the control of the fleshly passions, the sensual and depraved part of man in contrast with the rational part (Gal. 5:19-21; Rom. 1:29-32; 1Cor. 6:9-11; Col. 3:5-10). He is the animal man as opposed to the spiritual man. He has no sense of spiritual values and no relish for them. He counts it the highest wisdom to live for this world and carnal pleasures. Spiritual things are foolish to him. He cannot see their supreme excellence due to animal appetites and being spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1-9). (2) The spiritual man [Greek: pneumatikos] spiritual (1Cor. 2:15; 3:1; 9:11; 14:37; 15:44-46; Gal. 6:1). This man is living under the control of the Holy Spirit and minds the things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:1-13; Gal. 5:16-26). He has the mind of Christ and discerns and esteems spiritual things above the sensual (1Cor. 2:15-16). He is a new creature and resurrected from death in trespasses and sins (2Cor. 5:17-18; Eph. 2:1-9; 4:22-24). The lower animal passions have been crucified (Rom. 8:12-13; Gal. 2:20; 5:24) and put off (Eph. 2:22-24; Col. 3:5-10).

Twelve spiritual things are noted in the Word: Man who follows the things of the Holy Spirit (2:15; 3:1; 14:37; Gal. 6:1; Hos. 9:7); the gifts of the Spirit (1:7; 12:1; 14:1, 12; Rom. 1:11); things (2:13; 9:11; Rom. 15:27); the resurrected body (15:44-46); blessings of the Spirit (Eph. 1:3); religious songs (Eph. 5:19); wisdom and knowledge (Col. 1:9); spiritual people = house (1Pet. 2:5); sacrifices (1Pet. 2:5); the Law, because it typified the spiritual thing of the New Testament (Rom. 7:14); meat and drink, typifying Christ the Spiritual Rock of 1Corinthians 10:3-4 and wickedness, because it is of evil spirit origin (John 8:44; Eph. 2:2; 6:12).

‘Spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.’ The spiritual man examines, convinces, and reproves the natural man of his evil ways, yet no one is able to find fault with the godly man.

‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instrust him?’ Who of the natural men that live in the carnal passions can know the mind of the Lord that he may instruct the spiritual man? Quoted from Isaiah 40:14. ‘But we have the mind of Christ’ – we mind the same things that Christ did. We have the same Spirit.