Judges 14: 19 When Samson needed God, “Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men…” In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon people and stayed with them for a season.
John 14: 17 “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you.” In the Gospels, the Holy Spirit dwelt with the Disciples in the person of Christ.
1 Corinthians, 6: 19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” From the second chapter of Acts onward, the Holy Spirit is spoken of as being in the people of God.
When you analyze 1 Corinthians 6: 19, it sounds like the Holy Spirit has become very personal with all of us; in fact He has. Pastor Billy Graham says the Spirit has taken up residence in our minds and in our bodies. He has not come upon us, He has not dwelt with us, He is now in us.
How is this?
First of all, the Holy Spirit “illumines” our minds. One can point to scriptures like Romans 12: 2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind.” Ephesians 4:23 states “that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
I have had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for twenty-three years and hanging around many, many Christians has given me a feeling that some Christians really don’t worry about using their minds too much; their idea is that feelings are much more important. I will be the first to admit that feelings are important. One of my favorite authors is John R. W. Stott who says “Nobody wants a cold, joyless, intellectual Christianity.” But he further says God desires feeling coupled with intellect: “Heaven forbid that knowledge without zeal should replace zeal without knowledge! God’s purpose is both.” In my personal experience, I have seen many wonderful people feel that they are being led by God to take action, only to see their feelings bear little fruit. If they had used their mind to think through their plans a bit better, maybe they would have experienced success. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” is Jesus’ condensation of all the Law in “the greatest commandment”, just because mind comes behind heart and soul does not mean that mind has less value. Pastor Graham says “It is the business of the Holy Spirit to lift the veil Satan has put over our minds, and to illuminate them so that we can understand the things of God. He does this especially as we read and study the Word of God, which the Holy Spirit inspired” .
Secondly, the Holy Spirit indwells our bodies. That first Corinthians quotation above makes it sound like we should be taking better care of ourselves [our bodies are temples]. In other words, maybe we should be careful about what we eat, drink, look at and read. Paul said, “But I buffet my body and make it a slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified” [1 Corinthians 9: 27]. Too often the source of many temptations in life are centered around the body. We crave certain sensations. We fill our bodies with highly caloric foods. We look at things that bring pleasure but they also separate us from God. When one considers the words of Paul in Romans 7, you can hear the cries of a man who is trying to curb his bodily urges: “I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.”
How do we conquer those urges? The very things that appeal to our bodies can be overcome by the power of the Spirit. Many try to use their own power to throw off sin. Earnestly calling on the Holy Spirit is the best ticket to getting bodily sin under control. Let the Godly power that indwells your body help you keep it clean.
As Christians, we all have access to the Holy Spirit. We may not have Jesus on earth but as He left He gave us something special: “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you [John 16:7].
Let us use the power that He and the Father gave us.
The Holy Spirit’s powerful indwelling in our minds and in our bodies is an amazing gift we should never take lightly.