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How do you know if you have the Holy Spirit?

Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior receives God's Holy Spirit at the moment of redemption, according to the Bible: "In him you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you trusted." "Until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory, the Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance" (Ephesians 1:13–14, CSB).

To be a Christian, you must have the Holy Spirit living within you: "You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you." Anyone who lacks the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Romans 8:9, CSB).

Paul taught the Corinthian church that all Christians are linked in one body by the one Spirit of God: "For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so too is Christ." For we were all baptised into one body by one Spirit, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and we were all given one Spirit to drink" (1 Corinthians 12:12–13, CSB). "Jesus stood and yelled to the masses, 'Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!'" Anyone who believes in me is welcome to come and drink! According to the Bible, "rivers of living water will pour from his heart." (When he stated 'life water,' he was referring to the Spirit, which would be given to anybody who believed in him.)"

You have the Holy Spirit if you have accepted Christ as your Savior through faith. Many Christians, however, conflate "having the Holy Spirit" with "being filled with the Spirit." The Holy Spirit is received at the time of salvation. All sincere Christians have the Holy Spirit as a seal that identifies them as God's child.

The experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit—of yielding to the Spirit's control—is ongoing in the Christian life. The biblical descriptions of the objective of Christian discipleship are "being led by the Spirit," "walking by the Spirit," and "keeping step with the Spirit," all spiritual analogies to "being filled with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16–26). Every believer should strive to be filled with the Holy Spirit as part of his or her ongoing relationship with God: "Don't get intoxicated on wine, since it will wreck your life." Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit and make music to the Lord in your hearts by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual melodies among yourselves. And offer thanks to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for everything" (Ephesians 5:18–20, NLT).


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