The Holy Spirit in the believer’s life
Jesus is our example of how the Holy Spirit works with humans, and the Sanctuary sketch outlines the exact working of God. As Christ was born of the Spirit, we begin our Christian journey being “born again” of the Spirit.
John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”
John 3: 5, 6, “ Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
We saw how the life of Jesus on earth was guided by the Spirit, which was symbolized by the court in the sanctuary. The same way the Spirit guides every seeker of truth to the two items in court—the altar of burnt offering, which is the cross of Christ, and the laver, which is the resurrection of Christ, symbolized by baptism.
The first work of the Holy Sprit is to convict us of our sins and lead us to the solution to sin that we find at the cross of our blessed Lord, who is “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:9). From the own mouth of Jesus we hear these words,
John 16:8, 9, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin…Of sin, because they believe not on me”
And those who believe proceed from the symbolic altar of burnt offering, the cross, to the symbolic laver, the baptism. The next step after believing and accepting the Saviour is getting baptized. The Lord Himself said, Mark 16:16, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”.
The same Holy Spirit that led us to believe in Jesus leads us to the next step of baptism. The apostle wrote, 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”
Then the believer is led by the Spirit in the process of sanctification, of living a righteous life. He makes use of the articles in the holy place—the bread, the incense and the candlestick. We have seen that the bread represents the word of God, the incense represent a life of prayer, and the seven branched candlestick represents the life of witnessing the light to others.
It is through the Holy Spirit again the Lord leads us to the study of His word, a life of prayer and witnessing. The word of God, that the prophets spoke, represented by the bread, was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Peter wrote, 2 Peter 1:21, “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Also it is the Holy Spirit that helps us to in our prayer life, represented by the altar of incense.
Romans 8:26, 27, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
As the oil, which was a symbol of the Holy Spirit, kept the seven lamps burning, it is the Holy Spirit that gives us power to witness about Christ to others. Jesus said,
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me”.
Then finally God leads every sincere believer to the most holy place as well, where the most important article in the sanctuary was kept—the law of God, which is the foundation of the throne of God. It is the Holy Spirit that leads the believer to full obedience to its precepts. The Apostle Paul wrote, Hebrews 10:15, “Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
Jesus too promised the Holy Spirit to help the ones who love Him, to keep His commandments.
John 14:15-17, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
The anointing of Holy Spirit is not given to all. It is only given to people who love Jesus and desire to obey Him by keeping His commandments. Peter too is clear on this, just like Paul was.
Acts 5:32, “The Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
Just as the Spirit of God anointed the complete temple of God, He will lead us into “all truth” (John 16:13) because we are His living temple. The Scripture says,
1 Corinthians 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
We are to bear the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s work is a holy, dignified and lofty work. As the life of Christ was, who was filled with the Spirit, so will be the life of a Christian.
As there are false gods and false christs all around, there is a false spirit roaming around as well, in the camps of Christianity pretending to be the Holy Spirit, to mislead and deceive precious souls. The life of Christ that was filled with the Holy Spirit was not an experience that was marked with emotional, hysterical, uncontrollable feelings, but it was a life of full obedience to the will and precepts of God. We are warned in scripture of this very deception.
1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Yes, the Sanctuary details clearly reveal the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. It is safe to follow the sanctuary leading of God because it is written,
Psalm 77:13, “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”