Thursday, February 12, 2015

Is it necessary for one to have the Holy Spirit in order to be saved?

As with many questions about religious topics, one can assume there are differing opinions. We, however are not concerned with what is the most popular opinion, but instead, what does the Bible say?  Here is what the Bible teaches.

The Spirit is Necessary for one to Have Eternal Life
  • 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. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him who raised you from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you". (Romans 8:9-11)
The Spirit is God's Pledge That He will Save Us
  • In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Eph. 1:13-14).
  • For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 2:4-5).
The Spirit is Evidence of God's Love
  • “...and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).
The Spirit in the Christian is Motivation to Live Holy
  • “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body”. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
The Spirit is Necessary For One's Sanctification 
  • “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
It is clear throughout the Bible that one must have the Holy Spirit in order to be saved. One must not confuse the work of the Holy Spirit in today's Christian with His miraculous enabling of the Apostles. Although He does not empower the Christian today as He did the Apostles (such as guiding them into all truth or the ability to speak in different languages/tongues or other revelatory or confirmatory gifts), He is still very much real and at work (especially through His sword; The Word of God (Eph. 6:17).

Please see my other post here, on how one receives the Spirit today.

All quotations are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 Update - Lockman Foundation. Emphasis Mine - Cliff Sabroe Image gathered from Relevant Magazine.