13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.” (I John 4:13-14)
One of the ways believers in Christ know that they are believers in Christ and that their faith is genuine is the Holy Spirit’s work in and through their lives. For example, loving a fellow believer self-sacrificially does not come naturally for anyone, including a Christian. Rather, it is the Spirit’s work in and through the believer wherein self-sacrificial love is displayed.
Since God has given us His Spirit to indwell us (Romans 8:9), it is a foregone conclusion that the Spirit is going to display His holy character through us. The result is that God receives all the glory.
I Peter 4:10-11 says, 10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Dr. Roy Zuck comments that, “The statement in verse 13 is intimately related to the ideas just expressed (See I John 4:7-12). We know that we live (menomen, “we abide”) in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. The mutual abiding of a believer in God and God in that believer (cf. John 15:4–7) is indicated by that believer’s experience of the Spirit. The Greek for “of His Spirit” (ek tou pneumatos) suggests participation in the Spirit of God, literally, “He has given us out of His Spirit.” The same construction occurs in 1 John 3:24. When a believer loves, he is drawing that love from God’s Spirit (cf. Rom. 5:5).”
One of the most significant ways God communicates through us by the Holy Spirit is through the preaching, teaching and living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John again directs the church to the exclusive person and work of Jesus Christ, as he has throughout this epistle. In Jesus Christ, God the Father…
- Revealed the Word of Life (1:1).
- Brought eternal life (1:2).
- Cleansed us from all sin (1:7).
- Gave believers an Advocate (2:1).
- Expiates and Propitiates our sin (2:2; 4:10).
- Gives us an example to follow (2:6).
- Sen the Messiah (2:22-23).
- Makes the new birth possible (2:29).
- Sent the righteous and sinless One (2″29; 3:4).
- Took away our sin (3:5).
- Destroys the work of the devil (3:8).
- Sacrificed His son (3:16).
- Gave us life (4:9).
Always remember that God is working through you by the Holy Spirit who is within you (Philippians 2:13). Ultimately, God is to receive all the glory for what we do in His name.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!