The natural man will not receive the things of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The Holy Spirit directs in the way of godliness.
Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
The Holy Spirit as Author of the new birth.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
To follow the Lord Jesus you have to live like him and only the Holy Spirit enables you to do that.
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life [The Greek word means either life or soul] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
The Lord Jesus knows your future and has the ability to control it.
Jesus reinstates Peter
John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’
16 Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’
17 The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.
18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is going to betray you?’) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’
22 Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’ 23 Because of this, the rumour spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?’
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who decides our fate.
During His Crucifixion
Luke 23:39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’
42 Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. [Some manuscripts come with your kingly power]’
43 Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’
So you can see that the Holy Spirit is more than just miracles. He is what makes all things in the kingdom of God possible and can even influence all things outside of the kingdom.
That God allows some to be blessed by the Holy Spirit while others are not is a mystery to most of us. The following two WebPages should be of help:
- The Saved The rewards of the Lords true Disciples
- The Lost The punishment of the wicked, those who do not love and obey the Lord
What is important, and the unsaved person seems to find difficulty with this, is that the kingdom of God is not a democracy. Jesus is not called ‘Lord of all’ for nothing. A person must love and obey Him, though our humanness often gets in the way and hinders our desire to be obedient. See my webpage on Influences.
How well we are doing in this will be communicated to us by the Holy Spirit of God.
It will also be measured by the amount of hatred we receive from the unsaved people in this world.
There is no ‘Neutral’ ground – You are either saved or lost. Some people are misguided in believing that you can be saved while actively choosing to disobey the teachings and commands of the Lord Jesus they claim is their Saviour.