Westminster Theological Seminary 1997-06-24 - You are a Temple of the Holy Spirit

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you." 1 Corinthians 3:16

The recent success of the television show, "Touched by an Angel" prompted a recent survey by the Barna Research Group. Nationwide the consensus of Americans, 61% of them, is that the Holy Spirit does not exist. These respondents agreed with the question, "the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God's presence or power, but is not a living entity." This is really not all that surprising. What surprised me was the following. The majority of professing born-again Christians, 55%, also reject the existence of the Holy Spirit. My response has really been, that I am speechless. Professing born-again Christians!?!

"The greatest difference (that I know) in all the Book of God, between saints and sinners is, that the one hath the Spirit, and the other hath not." Walter Cradock

"The Holy Ghost is the sum of all that Christ purchases for men." Jonathan Edwards

"The work of the Holy Spirit is as needful as that of Christ." William MacLeod

"Christ communicates himself to his church only by his Spirit; he dwells in their hearts by his Spirit, the ministers of the gospel are instruments of the conveyance of the Spirit, the hearts of particular believers are fountains of living water, that is, of the Spirit." Jonathan Edwards

"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." Ephesians 1:13

"And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth." 1 John 5:7

"For to us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God." 1 Corinthians 2:10

This study said: "America appears to be drowning in a sea of relativistic, non-biblical theology. We are living in amidst the dilution of traditional, Bible-based Christian faith. Millions of Americans are comfortable calling themselves Christian even though their beliefs suggest otherwise." Pray for our nation and those who profess faith in Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria,