Has Every Christian Received the Holy Spirit?

I’ve received requests for a list of the verses I discussed in my last sermon on how the Bible makes it clear that there are no Christians who have not already received the Holy Spirit. Anyone who believes or teaches that there is a kind of two-tier Christianity where one tier of Christians are simply Christians who have not yet received the Holy Spirit, and then there’s this higher tier of Christians who have, is taking a clearly unbiblical position. So below are the points and verses I briefly mentioned to give biblical evidence for that point.

The Bible tells us that no one is a Christian who does not have the Holy Spirit. Discussing the need for the believer to live the Christian life by setting their minds on the things of God’s Spirit, the apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:9, “…If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (TNIV). In other words, if you have not received the Holy Spirit, you’re not a Christian. A Christian does not need to do something to receive the Holy Spirit, but rather, it’s only by the Holy Spirit that you even want to be a Christian. That’s why there is no command in the epistles of the New Testament for a Christian to receive the Holy Spirit. It would be like commanding someone to exist.

The Holy Spirit gives every believer a new birth in their hearts and souls (being “born again” or “regenerated”) so that we will have newness of life in how we see Christ and God (John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5).

Every believer in the gospel has received God’s Holy Spirit (Gal 3:2) and is a temple of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19).

Every believer has received the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our eternal life (2 Cor 1:21-22; Eph 1:13-14).

God has put his Holy Spirit in the hearts of every believer (Rom 5:5; Gal 4:6).

Every believer has received the Holy Spirit so that more and more we can understand what God has freely given us in Christ (1 Cor 2:12).

The Holy Spirit lives in every believer and is God’s presence always in us and with us as believers (John 14:17; 2 Tim 1:14; 1 John 3:24).

The Holy Spirit increasingly transforms every believer by helping us want to live less and less by the desires of sin by more and more giving us new desires for God and the things of God (Romans 8:4-11).

Every believer is baptized by/in the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:13).

Every believer is given gifts by the Holy Spirit in order to serve the common good of the church (1 Cor 12).

God’s Holy Spirit is transforming every believer into ever-increasing glory (2 Cor 3:18).

The truest SIGN of the Holy Spirit in our lives is an increase in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23).

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