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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper
Lesson 9, Digging Deeper 6
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At what point do we begin being led by the Holy Spirit?

We begin being led by the Spirit when we listen to and obey the Spirit. We cannot “live in the flesh” and “live in the Spirit” at the same time (Romans 8:5-14). To “live in the flesh” is to live selfishly and sinfully against the desires of the Spirit. It is to do what we want, not what God wants. To “live in the Spirit” is to live according to the will of the Spirit.

We begin being led by the Spirit when we hear the words of the Spirit about Jesus Christ and God’s will for our lives. We obey the will of the Spirit as revealed in the word of God. We believe that Jesus is God’s Son who died for our sins, rose from the dead, and is now glorified in heaven. We recognize our sinful condition, repent of our sins and are baptized in the name of Christ (Acts 2:36-38). Baptism is into fellowship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). This means that when we are baptized, the Spirit cleanses and empowers us. When we are baptized in water (Acts 8:34-39; 10:47-48), the Spirit regenerates us and we are born anew to life in Christ (Titus 3:5; John 3:3-5). We are “cleansed by a washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26). We are raised from the waters of baptism as a new creation in Christ to live a new life according to the Spirit’s directions (Romans 6:3-4). We are now “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (6:11). The Apostle Paul instructs us how to live as God’s people:

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. (Romans 6:12-13)

Paul and other apostolic writers guided by the Holy Spirit spoke and wrote instructions to the early Christians on how to live a life that pleases God. These teachings are recorded in the New Testament scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Those who want to be spiritual will listen to and obey the words of the Holy Spirit. This is the way that we abide in Christ (John 15:1-12).