A believer who has been granted new life is commanded to live as a new creation rather than continuing to live as they did before (2 Cor 5:17). They must live out their new identity—created in God’s image—real righteousness and purity, and they must put sin to death (Eph 4:22; Col 3:5). (Eph 4:24; Col 3:10). Christ is to be imitated and obeyed by the believer (Phil 2:3-8; John 13:12–15; 1 John 2:6; cf.
After the new birth, sin’s existence and power still exist, but believers “are being transformed” via the activity of the Spirit (2 Cor 3:18). The Christian can mature into Christlikeness through the power and action of the Spirit. The purpose of God’s regenerative operation is to conform us to the image of Christ. Since sanctification is the Holy Spirit’s job, the believer must rely on Him to live a life of happy obedience.
Ephesians 5:18 states that the believer is to be filled with the Spirit, which indicates that the believer can and will obey God (Ezek. 36:26–27) and that God’s law is now engraved on the heart (Jer 31:31–34). The righteousness we previously despised is now something we long for and enjoy, and the fleshly desires can no longer be satisfied (Gal 5:16). He enables the believer to show sacrificial service to their neighbor (1 John 4:10; Rom 5:8; Phil 2:5-8). (Matt 22:39). According to Gal 5:22–23, he makes them possess “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
The Holy Spirit will sanctify the saints, but it takes time. Struggles, temptations, accomplishments, and failures will all still exist. We occasionally give in to our fleshly cravings rather than placing our faith in God’s promises, failing to live up to our new identity. However, a Christian cannot continue sinning because the Holy Spirit who resides inside us convicts us of sin and holiness (John 16:8).
According to John 15:26 and 16:13–15, the Spirit works by convincing the believer of the adequacy of who Christ is and what He has accomplished. He testifies to Christ’s sinless life and obedience, his wrath-bearing substitution in place of sinners for the forgiveness and purgation of sin, his perfect righteousness, which he imputed to all who trust in him, and his marvelous resurrection, which demonstrated his dominion over sin and death.
He also testifies that God has adopted us as his children despite our faults and frailties due to the work of Jesus Christ. According to Romans 8:16–17, the believer has “received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” A believer can always call out to his Father through the Spirit, no matter how frail he feels or how much he struggles (Gal. 4:6). Even on the darkest nights, the Spirit provides support and inspiration. When a believer is going through a difficult time, the Holy Spirit will manifest to comfort and remind him of what Christ has done for him and of God’s love for us as his sons, “a never-ending, never giving up, unstoppable, always and forever love.”
When you heard the news of your salvation and placed your faith in him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who serves as the security for our inheritance until we actually get it, to the glory of God (Eph 1:13–14).
When a person places his faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit gives him security. The Spirit of God not only regenerates a believer but also assures that we will see the project through to completion (Eph 4:30). The believer can be completely assured that God’s opinion of them will not change because of Christ. The Holy Spirit is what He has given them as a down payment! The Holy Spirit guarantees that what God began in regeneration and sanctification, he will also finish (Phil 1:6).
Glorification and regeneration go hand in hand. One is given a solid inheritance when they are born again. Because the very presence of God is protecting the believer—the Spirit himself—the believer is totally, securely, and forever secure. What a wonderful hope and certainty a believer in God enjoys because of the Holy Spirit. No matter how frail and worn out he may feel, he can rest assured that God will see him through to the finish (John 10:27–28; 1 Corinthians 1:8).
Additionally, the Spirit influences a believer’s life through bestowing spiritual talents as he sees fit (1 Cor 12:11). Different forms of service to God for the purpose of strengthening the community of Christ in love are what we refer to as “spiritual gifts” (1 Cor 12:5, 12-26). The Spirit inspires Christians to promote, challenge, and edify one another. When the church is unified and thriving as each member uses their spiritual abilities, the Spirit is present and at work. The church would be as ineffective as a body consisting completely of hands or eyes without the Spirit bestowing various gifts on his people (1 Cor 12:17).
When we turn to the Scripture, we can see that it values and adores the Spirit as a crucial member of the Godhead. In light of this, we ought to love, trust, rely on, and fellowship with God while also giving thanks for his daily regenerating, sanctifying, securing, edifying, and uniting activity.