Dynamic #2: Christians are indwelt by the Spirit; the world is not.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (16-17)
Look at the relationship of the Spirit of God, this third person of the Trinity, to the Christian. At the end of verse 17 we read that he lives with us and in us. How long is he with us? Forever.
This is significant. In other places in Scripture we read of the Spirit’s work in the lives of Christians.
- He regenerates us; it is he who is responsible for making us new creations in Christ. (John 3)
- He empowers us to witness on behalf of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
- He equips us with the spiritual gifts and abilities he wants each of us to have. (1 Corinthians 12)
- He reminds us that we are loved by God. (Romans 5)
- He reminds us that we are God’s very children. (Romans 8)
- He intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray. (Romans 8)
- He produces godly virtues in our lives. (Galatians 5)
- He enables us to know God better and understand the things of God. (1 Corinthians 2)
1. They do not accept the Spirit.
2. They do not see the Spirit; that is, perceive him.
3. They do not know the Spirit.
There is no intimacy there, no connection with God's Spirit whatsoever.
Quite a contrast with the Christian who is indwelt by the very Spirit of God. Think of it. God is with you always; he never leaves your side. Further, he dwells within you. Jesus took up residence among us. The Holy Spirit takes up residence within us.