1 Corinthians 2 Lesson

Living in the Spirit

LIVING IN THE SPIRIT

What does it mean to live in the Spirit, and how do we know if we are doing it?

These are important questions to think about. Living in the Spirit means that our actions are guided by the Holy Spirit, as opposed to the influences of the world.

In the following scripture, the Apostle Paul mentions, “The Spirit who is from God.”

  • “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12-13.

This is a reference to the Holy Spirit. Understanding the fundamentals of the Holy Spirit is important if we are going to live in the Spirit. Therefore, we will do a quick review of the Holy Spirit now.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

In John’s Gospel, we read that the Holy Spirit was sent from God to help us and to teach us:

  • But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.” – John 14:26.

We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized:

  • “Repent, and each of you be baptizedin the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38.

During Virtual Bible Study’s lesson on the Holy Spirit, we said the following:

“At times in our lives, we may encounter questions or have to make a decision that we cannot answer from scripture alone.   It is in these times that the Holy Spirit can guide us.   If the Bible teaches us ‘what’ to do, the Holy Spirit lets us feel it. The Holy Spirit and the Bible will always agree.   They will never contradict one another.   John wrote about this in his first epistle, ‘By this, you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist.’ –  1 John 4:2.”

There is a special relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.   As we have discussed, they are always in agreement and never contradict one another.  

There are multiple passages in the Bible where God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all mentioned.   We will highlight three of them:

  1. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” - Mathew 28:19,
  2. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” - 2 Corinthians 13:14,
  3. “To those who reside as strangers, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” – 1 Peter 1:1-2.

And while they are different entities, they are all one, always in agreement, and never contradicting.  

Now that we have reviewed the Holy Spirit, we will continue our discussion about what it means to live in the Spirit.

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE

Once we understand the importance of the Holy Spirit, and how to obtain the Holy Spirit, all we need to do is act!

When we repent and are baptized, we receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

And once we have the Holy Spirit, we must choose to allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit.

This means that we are constantly reading the Bible and seeking out His Spirit to guide our actions. Being led by the Spirit is the opposite of being led by the flesh.

When we are led by the flesh, we seek after our own ambitions and pleasures.

When we are led by the Spirit, we seek to glorify God and to serve one another.

PRIORITIES 

Our priorities have a lot to do with determining whether we will be led by the Spirit or led by the flesh.

If we want to seek only to please ourselves, we are choosing not to follow Jesus and we are wasting the opportunity to be led by God’s own Spirit. However, if we choose to be baptized, serve God and others, and study and apply the Bible, then we are being led by the Spirit.

CONCLUSION

The path is ready to be chosen.  

It is now up to each of us to make the right choice.  

Are we going to follow the world and live according to the works of the flesh?

Or will we follow Jesus and commit our lives to walking in the Spirit?

If we do, we will be blessed and we will be at peace with God.

We will end today’s lesson with the following words spoken by Jesus during His Sermon on the Mount:

  • “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Mathew 11:28-30.

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Pat Dermody

When I need to visit someone who has suffered a loss or been given some bad news I wonder what can I possibly say to help them. I feel inadequate. But I find when I take the time to turn it over to the Holy Spirit things are better. Instead of thinking about ME and my inadequacies I turn it over to someone more powrful who will help me help them.

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Dan W

Yes--knowing that the Spirit does not contradict the Bible but actually inspired it and works through it to guide us is an important fact to help us evaluate our feelings and hunches. We often think emotionally, but thinking spiritually means we focus toward the Word of God.

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John

Relying on the Holy Spirit can take the pressure off of us to say something wise, or witty, or profound. By relying on the Spirit and not man, we can breath easy knowing that our priorities are right with God.

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Dan W
John

Agreed. Letting the Spirit speak through the Word rather is more powerful than all of our efforts, and is the safe way to handle the Sword correctly.

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John
Dan W

Appreciate your insights Brother!

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