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1 John 3:24: The Spirit Whom He Has Given Us

1 John 3:24
[24] Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (ESV)

We have spent much time looking at how God gives commands that we are supposed to obey. As we think of how great God is it can be intimidating to think of obeying his every command.  After all, we are still struggling with this sinful nature.  Is it too much for God to ask us to obey him? The reality is, our Heavenly Father does not ask us to do something that he is not willing to help us accomplish.

In this verse today we are reminded that a person who keeps Gods commandments gives evidence that there is a genuine relationship with God.  We abide in God.  He abides in us.  Relationship.  One can argue that they have kept some of God's commandments, but the one who truly belongs to God not only keeps his commandments, but they have a genuine relationship with him.

How do we experience that relationship?  By his Holy Spirit whom he has given us.  Here we realize again that salvation is not by works but by the Spirit.  God's spirit works in us, drawing us to the Savior, stirring us to faith, and enabling us to be transformed into a child of God.  That same Spirit never leaves or forsakes us, but dwells within, and helps us always.

"Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds. Like branches without sap, we are withered. Like coals without fire, we are useless. As an offering without the sacrificial flame, we are unaccepted."
- Charles Spurgeon

Do you depend upon the Holy Spirit to help you live a godly life?  If you do not, reach out and receive the gift of God's Spirit. Confess your sin, Believe on Jesus' name.  Receive the Spirit.