Does the Holy Spirit dwell within a born again person all of the
time if he or she believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
or does the Holy Spirit hover around them and come into them whenever
they asks for help?
The Holy Spirit is the Helper, in other
words, the Spirit of truth whom God has given to all righteous people
who have been born again of water and the Spirit, ever since Jesus
Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, died on the Cross and resurrected
(John 15:26). Ephesians 1:13 says, "In Him you also trusted,
after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation;
in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit
of promise." The Holy Spirit comes upon the righteous who have
received forgiveness for their sins by believing in Jesus Christ
and thereby seals them as children of God.
In John 14:16, the Lord said, "And
I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that
He may abide with you forever." Jesus' disciples received forgiveness
for all their sin by believing that Jesus took on all the sins of
the world through His baptism. This was why John the Baptist said,
"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
"The sins of the world" are
all the sins that all the people of this world have been committing
from the beginning until the end of the world. He accepted all the
sins of the world at once, died on the Cross, was resurrected and
thereby made us righteous forever. In Hebrews 10:12-14 it's written,
"But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins
forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting
till His enemies are made His footstool. For by the offering He
has perfected forever those who are being sanctified."
The Lord was baptized by John, was crucified then resurrected, and
thereby made us righteous forever. We were forgiven for all our
sins at once and became God's children through Jesus, and this truth
is immutable for all eternity. Those who have become righteous through
faith don't have sin in their hearts. Even though people cannot
help but sin due to their weaknesses, they have no sin forever because
Jesus took away all their sins. Therefore, they can never become
The Holy Spirit dwells eternally in
the hearts of the righteous who have been sanctified. We cannot
but sin due to our insufficiencies; but if we would became sinners
every time we sin, then the gift of Jesus Christ, who made us righteous
forever, would be wasted, and He would have to die for us again
after accepting our sins. This is the sin of blaspheming the Holy
Spirit (Hebrews 6:4-8, 10:26-29).
Accordingly, the Holy Spirit dwells
within the righteous who have received forgiveness for their sins
and have been born again by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. Paul said, "For you are the temple of the living
God. As for God has said: 'I will dwell in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people'" (2 Corinthians
The Holy Spirit always dwells in God's
children who have been sanctified forever. The word "dwell"
here doesn't mean that He hovers around us then comes to us whenever
we pray and call for Him; instead He "always abides in us."
He always lives in those who have been born again of water and the
Spirit, teaching them all things and leading them to know God's
words (John 14:26).
Therefore, anyone who doesn't have
the Holy Spirit of God is not His (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit
dwells in those who are purified and sinless, teaching them all
heavenly things and testifying that they are the children of God.
It is not true that the Holy Spirit is near us, coming to us as
a price for our own efforts; instead He always dwells in God's children
who have been born again by the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
However, many people lack knowledge
of this and try to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit with
their sinful hearts. As a result, they think that He comes upon
them when they put effort into fervent prayers of repentance, but
that He leaves when they sin. This is the faith of those who have
not received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Those who have true
faith believe that they receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
as a gift through the forgiveness of sins. One should forsake one's
own thoughts and return to the faith in God's word.