Are they just ignorant and unaware? Or are they not saved Jesus-believers? I often ask myself this, when I hear Christians begging God in worship songs or prayers, that He would finally, finally, finally send them the Holy Spirit.
A Jesus sheep has the Holy Spirit. Soemone who does not (yet) have the Holy Spirit, does not belong to Jesus, i.e. is not saved.
“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” (Romans 8:9; NIV)
Every Jesus-sheep has been given the Holy Spirit for all eternity
Jesus Himself tells us in black and white that not only everyone who believes him as his Savior receives the Holy Spirit, but that the Holy Spirit will never leave us again:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and 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.” (Jesus in John 14:16-17; NIV)
The Holy Spirit seals us
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit in our true self, our spirit — created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2: 7) — according to Ephesians 1:13. And no devil or demon can undo that (so you can not be possessed by a demon as a Jesus-believer). The seal of the Holy Spirit (who is part of the Trinity) ensures that we belong to God forever; we carry His seal, so to speak.
Only you can know the answer to this:
- Are you begging for the Holy Spirit because you are (still) unaware of your identity as a Jesus-sheep?
- Or are you begging for the Holy Spirit because you are not yet a saved sheep in Jesus’ flock?
Anyway, both are solved quickly. Because you can always accept Jesus as your Savior (by believing that He has reconciled you to God forever). And every day, you can grow your understanding of your glorious identity as a Jesus-believer by reading the Bible (If you don’t know where to start, the gospel of John is wonderful).
Every example falls short, but to help you understand…
You ask your wealthy father for money. He tells you: No problem, I just transferred $20,000 to your bank account. But now, instead of gratefully looking forward to it and using the money you have received, you call your father constantly and ask him to give you some money. What do you think about how God and Jesus must feel when you constantly beg them to send you the Holy Spirit that Jesus has already given you?
“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13; NIV) • “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13; KJV)