Why do we need the Holy Spirit?
Let us consider the following teachings in the bible on the reasons why do we need the Holy Spirit
We need the Holy Spirit for Salvation
If baptism can cleanse sins (Acts 22:16), sanctify and justify (1 Cor 6:11), regenerate (Tit 3:5), raise life (col 2:12) and save (1 Pet 3:20-21). Then why do we need the Holy Spirit at all? Baptism would be sufficient.
- The saving effects of both water baptism and the Holy Spirit are closely related; neither one should replace the other. While baptism is essential for salvation, receiving the Holy Spirit is also a necessary step of salvation. One must be born of the water and of the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God (Jn 3:5, Tit 3:5).
- Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ (Holy Spirit) does not belong to Christ (Rom 8:9). The Holy Spirit also testifies that we are the children and heirs of God (Rom 8:15-17; Gal 4:6-7). We need the Holy Spirit for He is a seal of our future inheritance (Eph 1:13-14).
- A person who is dead spiritually must be revived by the Holy Spirit (Eze 37:14; Rom 8:11). The Holy Spirit will also raise the believers from the dead and transform them into spiritual beings on the last day (Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 15:22-23). God has given the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing our future resurrection (2 Cor 5:1-5).
- “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”" (Jn 3:5). It is clear that being born of the Spirit is essential for salvation.
Why do we need the Holy Spirit? Is there other reason in the Scripture that the Holy Spirit is a requisite for salvation?
- Titus 3:5 states that we are saved by the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit; verse 6 explains that this Holy Spirit has been poured out on us generously.
- Eph 1:13 discusses the believers have been marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit (ie. received the promised Holy Spirit), who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. So to be born of the Spirit does indeed refer to receiving the Holy Spirit, which is necessary for salvation.
- To be born of the Spirit involves receiving a new spiritual life. A person who has died spiritually must be revived. That is why “to be born of the Spirit” is also referred to as being born again. This spiritual resurrection occurs when God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) lives in and renews a believer in his daily life (Rom 8:11; Eze 37:14).
“Everything God does will endure; nothing can be added to it and nothing liken from it.” (Eccl 3:14)
“…. who does not change like shifting shadows.” (Jas 1:17)
The Holy Spirit is God’s promise to all generations and people far and wide and not confined to the apostolic times. Since Pentecost, it has been spread to the Gentiles and to the end of the earth.
Why do we need the Holy Spirit unless it is the way of Truth?
The Holy Spirit will not be poured out on a church that goes against the truth (Isa 63:10-11; Prov 1:23). Only the gospel of salvation can lead us to receive the Holy Spirit. The church must not preach what is against God’s truth.
John the Baptist testified, “The one who sent me to baptise with water told me, the man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.” (Jn 1:33) God revealed beforehand that Jesus would baptise with the Holy Spirit. Exalted to the right hand of God, he received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and poured it out (Acts 2:33).
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