The Indwelling of the Ruach HaKodesh

One of the works of the Ruach HaKodesh in relation to salvation is the ministry of indwelling. While regeneration puts the Messiah into the life of the believer, indwelling puts the Holy Spirit within the believer.

Scriptures Concerning the Ministry of Indwelling

The fact that the Holy Spirit indwells believers is taught by a number of Scriptures. In John 7:37-39, the indwelling was anticipatory in that it was still future. The Holy Spirit had not yet begun His work of indwelling all believers, but the promise was made. At this point, the Spirit was not yet given; because Yeshua was not yet glorified. The glorification of the Son occurred when He ascended into heaven. Ten days later, the Holy Spirit came and began His work of indwelling all believers.

In John 14:16-17, Yeshua promised to send another Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who would indwell the believer for ever—not temporarily, not until they committed their next sin, not until they fell out of fellowship, but forever.

In Acts 11:17, Peter called the indwelling of the Holy Spirit a gift from God. In Romans 5:5, Paul taught that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a product of the love of God.

In Romans 8:11, Paul said the indwelling of the Holy Spirit guarantees future resurrection of the believer’s mortal body.

In I Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul asked the Corinthians, “know ye not your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” because the Holy Spirit indwelt them.

Galatians 4:6 states the Holy Spirit is in the believer’s heart, praying for him (or her).

In I John 3:24 and 4:13, John referred to the Holy Spirit abiding in the believer.

The consistent teaching of the New Testament is that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers as a result of the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification of the Messiah. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Holy Spirit indwelt only some believers. Now He indwells all believers.

Extrapt from: Ruach HaKodesh: God the Holy Spirit. Messianic Jewish Perspectives on Pneumatology by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum pp 101-102

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