David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
1 Chronicles 28:20
So what does this mean? “He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
Would God leave Solomon after the “Work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished”
Many Christians read some of these OT passages and wonder, “Well it sounds like God’s Spirit could leave me too!!”
Yet we must understand that we are the “Temple” as the New Testament explains, (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
So God said he his Spirit would rest on Solomon to help him accomplish the building of the literal temple back in 1 Chronicles 28
Yet as a people of Christ, it says of us, “As you come to him, the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5 –
Why in the Old Testament did some lose the Holy Spirit? We see Samson lost the Spirit of the Lord (Judges 16:20) we also see the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and an evil spirit came over him (1 Samuel 16:14) and David in Psalm 51, begs God to not take His Holy Spirit from him.
Yet this begs the question, can a born again child of God lose the Holy Spirit and be lost?
Well I think not. In the Old Testament times, the Spirit of the Lord would come over certain individuals to enable them to accomplish certain God given tasks. Yet Jesus said, a time would come where the Holy Spirit would dwell within us by faith in Jesus Christ
Jesus says: “15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 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. (John 14:15-17)
“Advocate to help you and be with you forever”
“For he lives with you and will be in you.”
What exactly does the Holy Spirit do? What is His role?
Well Jesus said He would remind us of what Jesus taught
1.) He reminds us of what Jesus taught and teach us
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
2.) Guide us into truth
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
John 16:13-15 –
3.) He inwardly confirms in us we belong to Christ and are children of God
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:16 –
4.) He enables us to walk in victory and whole hearted obedience
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 2:13 –
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 –
5.) Provides hope, endurance, joy and fruit in us
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
6.) Helps us understand, make sense of and apply the Word of God in out lives
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14 –
We can never truly thank God enough for the wonderful gift of His Holy Spirit that has become a permanent resident in our hearts and lives